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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Walt Disney World: Fastpass Experience



Fastpass...the only reason taking on Walt Disney World with a toddler is even possible. Seriously. Best. Invention. Ever.

I'm not going to give you a history lesson on the Disney Fastpass System, because I don't have all of the answers nor do I care to research them and spit out that information here. That's what google is for. What I would love to do is share our experience with using the fastpass system for the first time!

By staying on Disney resort property we had the luxury of choosing our Fastpass Plus selections 60 days in advance. If you are staying off property I believe you can only make those 30 days in advance. This is a big deal if you want to ride some of the more popular attractions without a significant wait time. It's also a big deal if you are an ultra-planner like me and already know which rides you want to ride and in what order. 

For a single theme park per day you are able to select three attractions for a fastpass. It's important to note that you make the selections 60 days out from the first day of your trip for your entire trip. 

We made the following Fastpass selections:

Epcot:

Turtle Talk with Crush
- Not worth a Fastpass
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Soarin'

When we go back we plan to use our Fastpass selections for the following at Epcot:

The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Journey Into Imagination with Figment 
- This was actually our favorite ride! I would love to by-pass the 30 minute wait next time!
Frozen - The new frozen ride *might* be available on our next trip!

Animal Kingdom:

Kilimanjaro Safari
- This one is a no-brainer for sure!
Nemo - Show
- Great seats and great show! The only problem? Keeping my toddler entertained for the 30 minutes in between the time the Fastpass individuals chose their seats and the time the show started.
The Lion King - Show
- We were a little disappointed that we were limited to one section of four with our fastpass for this show. We still ended up having to sit in the back and people without a fastpass got closer seating in the other three sections. I'm not sure if this was worth a fastpass for us. We loved the show, but I think I would rather just take my chances on seating and use my fastpass elsewhere. 

Hollywood Studios:

Toy Story Mania - Fastpass MUST HAVE. These go so quickly that if you aren't staying on the resort and booking 60 days in advance chances are you will have a tough time getting a fastpass.
Disney Junior Live - Again, worth the fastpass if you have a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse lover in your family like we do.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid - Confession time, we didn't use this fastpass. Mini d was getting sleepy and we didn't think she could sit through another show so we skipped out on it. Instead we let her nap and then took her to play in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area, which she LOVED!

Magic Kingdom:

Peter Pan's Flight - This HAS to be one of my all-time favorite rides. We got to the park for the {rope drop} ceremony and headed straight for Peter Pan. When we got there we didn't even have to wait! So we rescheduled this fastpass for a meet and great with Tinkerbell. 



Side Note: By the time we got off of the Peter Pan ride the wait time had already jumped to 50 minutes!

Winnie The Pooh - Again, I loved this ride! Definitely worth the fastpass!
Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid - Another perfect use for a fastpass for a toddler that loves Ariel. 

If I were to consider a different fastpass it would be for Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. Mini d loved this ride and the line was consistently very long. We were finally able to ride it with only a 20 minute wait during the Halloween Party!

Okay so maybe mini d wasn't the only one that loved this ride...



Having your fastpass on your magic band is super convenient, and even though mini d didn't really have to wear her magic band she loved being able to scan hers too as we got on rides!

We were able to ride just about every ride we wanted to ride during one of the more crowded times of the year. We never waited more than 25 minutes for a ride, and we only waited that long for maybe 3 of the numerous rides we rode. By using the fastpass system and checking the ride wait times on the Disney app on our phones we were able to ride more and save valuable time and our sanity!

I know there are tips and tricks to the system that make it even more efficient and we surely haven't learned them all. I would love to hear any tips and tricks you guys might have! 


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