Say it with me... Fast Passes are my FRIEND!!!
Knowing how to use the FastPass at main attractions can save you TONS of time at Disney World. But first you have to know what it is and where to get one.
What is a FastPass? Think of a FastPass as a piece of paper that holds your place in line while you ride other attractions. It gives you a window of time to return where you will get into a second line with a much shorter wait.
Who needs a FastPass? Every person in your party who is going to ride the ride MUST have a fast pass. Nobody will be allowed to ride through the fast pass line if they don't have this little slip of paper. The people who do not plan to ride DO NOT NEED A FASTPASS!
How do I get one? Locate the FastPass machines for that attraction. With only a few exceptions they are located very near the entrance to the attraction.Insert your park admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine and receive a FASTPASS coupon with a time range to return. So this means that if you're the one being sent to go get the fastpasses for everybody else you must have A PARK TICKET (or your key to the world, depending on what package you have) for EACH PERSON who needs a fast pass. Typical time range for a return visit is about an hour.
First off, fast passes are FREE. They cost you nothing so use them well!
If you come pretty early in the day your fast pass will usually "come up" about an hour from the time that you get it. For example. You get your fastpasses at 11:05, then any time between 12:05 and 1:05 you can come and get int he Fast Pass line.
If you come to get a FastPass at say, 11am for Soarin' your entry time might not be until 4:00pm. Yet another reason why you need to get there earlier in the day.
The second important thing you need top pay attention to is right here.. where it says "Another FastPass ticket will be available after 12:05pm. This means that you cannot go and get a fast pass for another ride until this time. So DON'T WASTE YOUR FASTPASSES on stupid things that don't usually have a wait,
How do I know if I should get a FastPass or just wait in Standby? We have a rule in the Diva household. "If standby is more than 20 minutes, fastpass it." The only thing we'll wait longer for is Expedition Everest, and even then it can't be longer than 30. Our last trip, the standby for Splash Mountain was 50 minutes. Fastpass wait was only 60!!! So instead of standing in line like a goob, grab a fast pass, do some stuff that has no wait or minimal wait then use your fast passes and walk to the front of the line. I bet we passed close to 250 people in the line for Splash Mountain.... I kid you not. And we walked DIRECTLY onto the ride.. No wait for us whatsoever.
What are some rides that I will probably need to use a FastPass for?
Magic Kingdom - Peter Pan, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.
Animal Kingdom - Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari (depending on how late you wait to ride it. We've ALWAYS walked directly onto this ride. Every single trip), Kali River Rapids.
Hollywood Studios- Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Rockin' Roller coaster.
Epcot - Soarin' , Mission Space, Test Track.
What does NOT need a fast pass... ever!
a) Do not waste a fast pass on ANY SHOWS.... We saw someone arriving late for Nemo with a fast pass and they were turned away. First off, the Nemo seating is HUGE and if you're there in any reasonable proximity to the showing you'll get a seat.
b) Do not waste a fast pass on any 3D Movies or Cartoon Interactive. For example: Tough to be a Bug, Philharmagic, Turtle Talk with Crush or Monsters Inc. You will most likely get in a show if you're there at least 5-10 minutes to when its scheduled. If you don't make that show come back, they're really regular!
c) Anything with under a 20 minute standby. By the time you get through the extremely long queues you've burned 5 minutes of it anyway.
So there you go. Got more fast pass questions. PLEASE ASK!!!