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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Disney's Fastpass- What is it and how does the Fast Pass work? Does the Fastpass cost?



Some of the most common questions I get are about Disney's Fastpass.

The Fastpass is great... even better if you know how to use them.

A Fastpass allows you to skip the line at a ride that makes the one open checkout line at Wal Mart at 5 pm on a Friday ( very specific on this because it's one of my pet peeves- seriously, why can't I ever just walk up to an open checkout at a Wal Mart?) look like a breeze.

 Sometimes, at a Disney World ride like Toy Story Mania, you might celebrate another birthday while waiting in line..people flock to certain rides like june bugs to a light. That's why knowing what rides need a Fastpass and when to get them are a must ( and of course, something I can help with!).

They are free, and you use your Key to the World or Park Ticket to pick them up- there are kiosks located near the entrance or exits of participating rides to distribute the Fastpass. You simply walk up, pop in your Key to the World, and out spits your Fastpass, which allows you to skip the long wait and enter a separate line, where you fly through the queue line. People without a Fastpass in the other line will sometimes look at you with giant sad eyes, like a basset hound.


Read on for more valuable info!




First, here's a list of rides that offer Fastpass distribution at both Disneyland and Disney World.


Disneyland Resort


Disneyland Park

Autopia
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Haunted Mansion Holiday (seasonal attraction)

Disney California Adventure Park

California Screamin'
Goofy's Sky School
Grizzly River Run
Radiator Springs Racers (New!)
Soarin' Over California
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
World of Color

Walt Disney World Resort


Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Jungle Cruise
Peter Pan's Flight
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Epcot

Captain EO
Maelstrom
Mission: SPACE
Soarin'
Test Track
Living With The Land (Only offers FASTPASS seasonally)

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Midway Mania!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Expedition Everest
Primeval Whirl


Here's what an actual Fastpass will look like:

You'll notice your return is listed on the Fastpass-this is even more important now. It used to be that you could arrive anytime after 10:05- but now Disney is starting to require you to return in that hour window. Of course, not all workers check-there will be workers who will eventually collect them from you in line- but it's probably not something you want to risk. Sometimes, they can be very strict on letting you in- I've had to wait when I arrive a minute early, until it said the time on my ticket.

Also, you see the attraction name on top of the ticket. This one is for Splash Mountain.

It also lets you know the requirements to get on the ride- in this case, you must be at least 40 inches to experience a Zip a Dee Doo Da Day.

One important thing to note- look at the time you can get another Fastpass on the bottom- you can pick up another at 10:05, the same time you can get on the ride. Usually, you can get another Fastpass in 2 hours from the time you get your first Fastpass. It may be smarter to get your next Fastpass (like say, Space Mountain), and then get on the ride (in this case, Splash Mountain) with your now valid Fastpass.


Fastpasses are unlimited- BUT you have to wait for the allotted time to pick one up. That's why its important you choose wisely on the first rides you get a Fastpass, because some will run out, or they might be for 8 hours later.

Like I mentioned before, there can be a science to maximizing the efficiency of using the Fastpasses, and I can certainly help with that.

Some future blog posts I have planned are some fun Disney Fastpass holders, and ways to pick up some extra Fastpasses for free!

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