Fast Pass Secrets for Disney
Alright, you made it to 60 days out & you get to choose your Fast Passes! How excited are YOU?? Me, I am always so excited! But, I made some major mistakes when I planned out our first trip! See, at the time of our first Disney trip we had a 2-year old and 13 month old. This excited Mama planned our Fast Passes around characters & little rides, because I thought my girls were going to be so excited to meet the character. Boy was I wrong!
The first night there we had dinner at 1900 Park Fare & at this dinner the step sisters (which are hilarious), the step-mother, and of course Prince Charming & Cinderella are there for guests to meet! M & K wanted nothing to do with them!
As you can imagine my dreams of M & K hugging characters and Princesses went flying out the window. I ended up staying up late that night in the resort reworking about half our fast passes. I could have subjected them to the characters’ til they were comfortable but I wanted them to enjoy this vacation & I knew one day my dreams would be realized.
Since, that crazy night in the Resort room I have learned a lot about Fast Passes. (I did do a ton of research before but I felt most of that information was geared towards the older kids).
Let me save you some mistakes & pass on some magical Disney Wisdom!
1. If your children are shy or don’t think they will do well with characters….save those fast passes, if you are doing character breakfasts & or Dinners, you will get the opportunity to grab some cute pictures.
Also, if you get to the park early a few mornings some princesses don’t have much of a wait (Ariel, Cinderella, Rapunzel, etc.) Now if you want to meet Mickey at Town Square you will need a fast pass or it will be a long wait.
2. Set up your fast passes for mid-morning or late afternoon. These tend to be the busiest time in the park and you will thank your fairy Godmother for having fast passes during this time.
Especially if your vacation is in the hot summer months. Everyone is looking to get cool, so rides like a small world, peter pan, Winnie the pooh, little mermaid will be packed. Basically anything with an indoor waiting area.
3. Magic Kingdom (Recomended Fast Passes)- Peter Pan (the smallest wait I have ever seen for this is 60min), Winnie the Pooh (not as bad as Pan but tends to always be around 30-45), Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (if you have one child in your party that can ride this I recommend using early morning magic hours to get on this ride). Also, don’t forget to use Disney’s rider swap option.
4. Epcot (Recomended Fast Passes) : Frozen, Finding Nemo & Turtle Talk with Crush. Most of the other rides at Epcot are geared towards older kids.
5. Animal Kingdom(Recomended Fast Passes) – Na’vi River Journey, Kilimanjaro Safari, & the shows. Most of the other rides don’t have a big wait. Now if you have a child that can ride the Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur,Primeval Whirl and Mt. Everest then you are going to want to use fast passes.
Side Note: You can get a Fast Pass for special seating in shows & Rivers of Light.
6. Try to plan your fast passes back-to-back as much as possible because as soon as you use up you 3 fast passes per person, you get extra fast passes one at a time.
On our trip to Disney it looks something like this : 10 – 11 Little Mermaid 11:30 – 12:30 Peter Pan 1:00- 2:00 Winnie the Pooh.
7. You can get to your Fast Pass 5 minutes before the start time (most of the time, exceptions are the Avatar & other insanely popular rides) and you can get in 5 minutes late from the end time of the Fast Pass.
8. If you have slightly older child in your group then plan a fun fast pass for them & the other parent use a fast pass time with the other children.
On our latest trip it looked like this H & M rode thunder mountain fast pass and I rode Magic Carpets of Aladdin with K & B. This way you are making sure to use up fast passes at the same time.
9. Go on a Disney Vacation Club Tour – On our summer trip there was an afternoon that it stormed the entire afternoon!
The kids & I relaxed and napped while H went on a Disney Vacation Club Tour. We were staying at Wilderness Lodge, so he didn’t have to leave the Resort. We were given extra fast passes to use 5 for each of us! (note : they don’t work for characters or super popular rides!)
10. Use the My Experience App to check wait times & get extra Fast Passes. Also don’t be afraid to move Fast Passes if you are able to get on a ride or show with no wait.
Have you been to Disney? Do you have Fast Pass Secrets of your own? Please comment or share via email! As always reach out if you have any questions.
Til Our Next Adventure,