I’m just going to throw this out there but: I didn’t plan my Disney fast passes like a boss, in fact I did it somewhat like a muggle whose found herself in the middle of Knockturn Alley at 1am. If you didn’t get that reference then you are not my Bae.
Anyhoo, I know what to do, I have a wonderful plan of How to organise your Disney fast passes like a boss but I just didn’t… so for the sake of transparency, this is a case of do as I say and totally NOT as I do…
For the sake of this I’m assuming you are staying on site and this would also cover you for how to organise Disney dining like a boss – that shiz is HARD, how the hell are you meant to know what you want to eat 6 months in advance…
How to Disney Fastpass like a BOSS.
Step 1. BEFORE DINING :: Work out Magic Hours AKA the step I forgot
Download the My disney experience App and then look at “park hours” – this brings up a calendar and tells you exactly which park has extra magic hours on which days during your stay. Make a note of this because it will serve you well throughout every Disney booking experience. I forgot this step before I booked my dining which is just ARGHH because it has cost me greatly when it’s come to using up magic hours and working out where to be and when. Urgh.
Step 2. Book your dining
I will write a whole other post on this, but the next step after working out you magic hours is to do your dining using those magic hours. Don’t do a Harriet and think you’re oh-so-clever booking a dining reservation in Magic Kingdom only to find that the magic hours you forgot to check are in Epcot. No no my friend, be smart and always start with magic hours. It won’t ruin your holiday if you don’t, you could have a genuinely magical Disney experience without booking a damn thing but if you are like me and you want to be organised you will *kick* yourself when you realise you forgot the most basic step.
Step 3. It’s time to fast pass plan
Yasss this is actually step 3. You kind of have to lay the ground work with Disney in my experience and once you’ve done that, that’s when you get the best results. So fast passes… well I think the first question most people have is: where the fudge do I start? What do I book and what is totally pointless to book, and I can help you with that! Yay!
Easiest way to break it down is by park and which rides I would recommend you fast pass the shiz out of:
- Peter Pan’s flight
- Seven Dwarves mine train
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Jungle Cruise
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spinner
- It’s a Small World
Epcot is the only park that (ahem, annoyingly) has categories for the fast passes. You can only book one of the category A fastpasses at a time, but admittedly once you have used that up you can go onto the app and book another. So I’ve split them in two, there are more than just these (obvs) but frankly you would only need fast passes for these:
- Frozen Ever After
- Test track
- Spaceship Earth
- Turtle talk with Crush
- Avatar flight of Passage
- Expedition of Everest
- Kilimanjaro Safari
- Kali River rapids
- Primeval Whirl
- Na’vi River Journey (your can only choose one pandora fast pass a day – and I would go with the flight of passage.)
- Slinky dog dash
- Toy story mania
- Alien Swirling saucers
- Tower of Terror
- Rock n Roller Coaster
A few things you should know:
- If you keep the My Disney Experience app on your phone, you can edit your Disney fast passes whilst you go round the park and one of the best things to know is that once you have used up your fast passes you can book more on that day, you get 3 to book in advance but you can book more and more as the day goes on.
- I rarely use the fast passes for characters as we can meet the characters during dining *however* there will be character meets that you might want to do and you will end up queuing for an age if you don’t look into them. If you are looking to meet characters I would aim to get there early in the morning or during magic hours as there will be a smaller queue. This time I want to queue up and meet some of the more obscure characters that you might not automatically think of or the ones we missed last time like Pocahontas, Alice in Wonderland.
- Even if you didn’t book a single fast pass, I still think you would be absolutely fine. Yes, some rides you might have to miss out on or you would have to bee line for really early on, but honestly, you can’t spend your run up to your holiday panicking about fast passes and dining (something that I do!) as it just stresses you out. Have faith that you will LOVE your time at Disneyworld.