Walt Disney World Fastpass+ Strategies


Your vacation is booked, you grabbed those must have dining reservations, and now it’s time to make Fastpass+ reservations! So which ones do you book? Which park should you be booking for each day? Is your crew going to be devastated if they don’t get to ride a certain ride? AND you have to think about all of this at the booty crack of early in the morning? Are you overwhelmed yet? Yep. Most people are. So here are a few tips to help take the scary, crazy, overwhelming out of making Fastpass+ reservations!

First, download our FREE Planning Files and Fastpass+ Files to help you plan it all out!

Be Ready Early

Fastpass+ reservations open at 7am EST 60 days in advance for resort guests and 30 days in advance for all other guests. That means that if you’re in California, your wake up call for Fastpass+ day is 4am. I usually set my alarm for 15 minutes before that so I have time to brew some coffee, grab my computer, and get logged in before the fun begins.

The Tier System

3 of the 4 parks use a Tier system for Fastpass+ reservations, and you can choose 1 FP+ from Tier 1 and 2 from Tier 2 OR 3 FP+ from Tier 2. With the opening of new areas in the parks, the Tier lists have changed around a bit, but as of January 1, 2019, this is where they stand:

Magic Kingdom:
  • No Tier System
Epcot:
Tier 1:
  • Epcot Forever
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Test Track
Tier 2:
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: SPACE
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Turtle Talk With Crush
Hollywood Studios:
Tier 1:
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash
Tier 2:
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Fantasmic!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Animal Kingdom:
Tier 1:
  • Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey
Tier 2:
  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Musical
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Rivers of Light
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Know Your Park Hours

Make sure to check out your park hours for your trip, and make sure to keep Extra Magic Hours in mind when you’re planning out your vacation. Some people like to make Fastpass+ reservations early so they can get extras after they use their first 3. Some people like to book their reservations for mid afternoon when the park is busiest. It all depends on how your crew does Disney World.

Know Your Dining Plans

Be aware of the dining reservations that you’ve already made. You don’t want to make a Space Mountain Fastpass+ for 10:00am-11:00am when you have a 10:15am Be Our Guest breakfast.

Know Your Must Do List

If you have a person in your group who *HAS TO* ride Flight of Passage, that needs to be the very first Fastpass+ that you book. Make sure that you know which reservations you are looking for so you can get them quickly.

Know Your Park Layout

Location is key to making your Fastpass+ reservations. You do NOT want to be running from Frontierland for Big Thunder Mountain to Tomorrowland for Space Mountain and then back to Liberty Square for Haunted Mansion. If you have lots of options to work with, try to make sure that you’re not jumping all over the park.

Book in Reverse Order

Another way to up your chances of getting those must have Fastpass+ reservations is schedule those for the latest part of your vacation. Since your reservations for your entire stay opened at your 60 day mark, you have to remember that other people who are arriving in the days before you have already been able to book for the first few days of your trip. There should still be great reservations available for the beginning of your trip, but the most coveted ones {specifically Flight of Passage, Navi River Journey, Frozen Ever After, and Mine Train} will likely be gone.

and last but not least…

Be Flexible

I know, it goes completely against everything that I just said, but hear me out. Do not let missing out on a Fastpass+ or 2 ruin your vacation for you! Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to book them, but there are other ways to ride your must do rides: even if that means waiting in standby if it’s that important to you. Not having a Fastpass+ does not mean that you can’t ride something. It just means that it may take longer to do it. Also, keep checking back to see if that Fastpass+ becomes available! People are always changing them {especially on the day of}, and we’ve managed to score some great Fastpass+ reservations at the last minute.

OR

Use a Travel Agent 

If you book your vacation through a travel agent, you have someone to do all of this for you! Not only do they save you time, money, and sanity, they’re also FREE. You read that right: 100% free! So if you aren’t using a travel agent, you’re literally missing out on free help and having to do it all yourself. If you don’t have a travel agent, we recommend using Embrace the Journey Travel for all of your travel needs!

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