13 August 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Disney World FastPass

Disney's FastPass

Walt Disney World introduced the FastPass system in 1999, as a way to shorten lines on many of the popular rides in their theme parks. Think of the FastPass akin to showing up at a busy restaurant with a long wait, but being able to put your name on the list, and come back after a certain time, and your table will be ready. No waiting in long lines, and it fits to your schedule.

One of the most important things to understand about Walt Disney World is how to use the FastPass system. Once you figure it out, it will allow you to ride more rides during the day, and stand in fewer lines.

Here is how the FastPass works:

  1. Walk up to a ride that offers the FastPass
  2. Find the FastPass distribution Center near the entrance of the ride
  3. Notice the current time, along with the return time listed on the FastPass sign
  4. If the return time is not too far away, insert each of your park passes into the FastPass machines
  5. You will receive one FastPass for each ticket you insert (children under 3 do not need a FastPass to ride the ride)
  6. Look at the return times printed on the tickets, you will not be allowed to ride the ride until that time.
  7. Go fill your wait time with other rides, food or relaxing while others foolishly wait in line

FastPasses are free to all theme park guests, they are not limited to Disney resort guests or anyone else.  Not only are they free, there is not way to purchase them, and they do not come as part of a Disney resort package, you can only get them in the theme parks with your tickets

WDW101 Insight – Make sure to note your return time, and also the time listed when you can get your next FastPass, usually one hour after the FastPass was issued. Get another FastPass as soon as you can, and keep doing so throughout the day. Also, even though you have a one hour window to return to ride the ride, Cast Members will allow you in after your one hour has past, so don’t worry about getting back in time.

Do not be afraid of the FastPass system, it is free to use, and really makes your vacation just that much better.

Currently, these are the Disney World rides that offer FastPasses:

Magic Kingdom

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
  • Living with the Land
  • Maelstrom
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Expedition Everest

For more information, along with a tutorial on using the FastPass, visit FastPass.info.

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