When you visit any Disney theme park (Disney World, Disneyland, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, etc.) you’ll find that every ride, every attraction and nearly every show includes a reservation system called FastPass+ which allows visitors to book ride times months in advance.
Disney’s FastPass+ attraction reservation system has been rolled out for a couple years now, but a lot of people, theme park veterans included, don’t know how to manipulate the system to get the best times for them. First, let’s quickly cover what what FastPass is and what it isn’t.
In early 2014 the Disney theme parks rolled out their FastPass+ program which essentially allows all Disney theme park attendees (anyone with a purchased ticket) to make reservations for rides or attractions online or with a smartphone app. Prior to this FastPass reservations were handled with paper tickets that had to be picked up at each ride, but the new online system is much more convenient and tends to give more people a chance to experience the rides they want.
There are a lot of rules surrounding the FastPass+ system, but here are the basics:
- If you’re staying in a Disney hotel and you have your tickets already purchased you can begin making FastPass+ reservations 60 days before you will be in the parks.
- If you’re not staying in a Disney hotel but you have your tickets already purchased you can began making FastPass+ reservations 30 days before you will be in the parks.
- You can initially make FastPass+ reservations for up to 3 rides per day.
- You FastPass+ reservations for each day can only be tied to rides in one park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom).
- After using up your FastPass+ reservations you can get additional FastPass+ reservations at kiosks scattered throughout the parks.
- As with everything else Disney, these rules are subject to change at any given time.
Some people compare FastPass+ to making dinner reservations, but it’s a little more complex than that. It’s more like telling Disney that you want to eat at three different restaurants (attractions) and then Disney presents you with 4 different package options for those restaurants, all with different times. You then pick the best bundled set of options. So after buying your tickets and logging into your My Disney Experience account, you would set up FastPass by walking through the steps and telling Disney you want to ride on Space Mountain, the Seven Dwarves Mine Train and Winnie-the-Pooh. Disney then gives you 4 bundled options like this:
|Ride||Option A||Option B||Option C||Option D|
Now you have to pick ONE package (A, B, C or D).
But this is where the amateurs are separated from the professionals. Most people just pick their package and deal with their times. But if you want more flexibility, keep reading.
Now that you have your initial FastPass+ options, don’t stop there. Go back into your FastPass+ plans and now you can Modify the individual FastPass+ reservations to pick the times you really want. Instead of just four different times for each ride you will probably have access to dozens of available time slots throughout the day.
Here are the quick steps to follow to modify your FastPass+ reservations and get the times you want:
1. Log into your My Disney Experience online or use the Disney app for your smartphone.
2. Scroll through your existing plans, looking for the day where you want to make a change.
3. When you find the day click on Edit Plans.
4. Now click on the attraction name or time that you want to edit.
5. You may be presented with a pop-up window that confirms you are changing times for others in your party. Click on the Modify FastPass button.
6. Now you can choose a new time from the drop-down menu. For most attractions you’ll have a lot of options.
7. Once you’re happy with your selection, click on the Update button.
Still unsure? Check out the video below to see how it works.
Modifying FastPass+ Times Video Demo
You’re done! You just hacked your FastPass+ times to YOUR liking!