How to Jump the Queues with FastPass+ at Walt Disney World
If you haven’t been to Walt Disney World (WDW) before, or not for a while then you might not know about FastPass+. This is a system that allows you to leapfrog queues on some of the most popular rides in the park so that you can get ahead. But there are different strategies to make the most of it. So, we are here to tell you how it all works.
How Does It Work?
Well FastPass+ allows you to pre-book three one-hour slots on certain popular rides in one park. This means that you can go to the ride during that period and queue jump to get onto the ride more quickly. This has become a really popular system, as some of the queue times for popular rides can stretch into hours. So, it is definitely worth making use of. If you are staying at a WDW hotel or resort, you can book up to 60 days in advance, or if you are staying off resort, 30 days in advance.
Pick Your Times
When it comes to using your fast pass bookings you want to be smart about what times you pick to book your rides. Various websites will give you a breakdown of the ‘rider levels’ of various rides at different times during the day. Generally, you want to use your FastPass+ when the park is at its busiest so that you minimise your downtime during the day. Early mornings tend to be quieter so you might want to save your FastPass+ until after lunch. You also should remember that it will only work in one park. So, if you are planning on doing two parks in one day, maybe save your FastPass+ for the second park, as it will be later in the day and busier then.
Pick Your Rides
This is also another thing to be smart about, you want to use your FastPass+ for the most popular rides in the park, so that these are the ones you cut the queues on. Reading up on the web will tell you which rides will get the busiest at the park, and therefore which are good targets for FastPass+ these include Frozen Ever After at Epcot, Slinky Dog Dash at Hollywood Studios, Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom and Seven Dwarves Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom.
Pick What is Important to Your Family
Remember though this trip is all about you and your family. If there are certain rides that your children would never forgive you for missing, or they have particular favourites themselves, the you would be wise to use your FastPass+ on those rides. Parents should also be aware that they can Rider Swap. This means that if you have two children and one doesn’t want to go on a particular ride, one parent can go with one child on the ride and swap afterwards so the other parent can go on the ride with the one child again. This is makes sure everyone wins.