Category Archives: FASTPASS+ Information

Tower of Terror now offering on-ride videos with Memory Maker package.

Tower of Terror now offering on-ride videos with Memory Maker package.

If you are using Disney World’s Memory Maker package as part of the Photopass system, you may be aware that you receive on-ride photos of many of the rides.  Beginning today, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will begin offering on-ride VIDEO of your experience.  If you are using Memory Maker, the videos should automatically be added to your My Disney Experience account within 24 hours of completing your experience.

The experience is ONLY available to guests with a current Memory Maker package and linked MagicBands.  Other rides are expected to receive this special addition in coming weeks and months.

For a description of the Memory Maker package take a look at this post.

 

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Which Disney World character meet and greets offer Fastpass+?

I’m often asked this question via email and Facebook, so I thought I’d create a simple post that explains which character meets offer Fastpass and which ones would have priority.  I’ll update this post if things change in the future.

Animal Kingdom

  • Meet Mickey and Minnie at the Adventurers Outpost.  The MyDisneyExperience app actually refers to this meet as “Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost.”  The photo shows Mickey and Minnie, but it doesn’t specify the characters.  This is the ONLY location that offers Mickey and Minnie in the same photo in the same location.  Use this as a 3rd or 4th Fastpass option.

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Where can I purchase a MagicBand at Walt Disney World?

Guests staying at a Disney World Resort and Annual Passholders are provided with MagicBands free of charge.  MagicBands are helpful, but not necessary for offsite guests.  They will help you by not having to pull out your ticket at each ride or Fastpass+ Kiosk.

Things guests staying at a Disney resort can use the MagicBand to:

  • Unlock their hotel room door
  • Enter theme parks and water parks
  • Check in at Fastpass+ entrances
  • Schedule additional Fastpasses at in-park kiosks
  • Charge food and merchandise purchase to your hotel room acount
  • Use it for your Disney Dining plan credits.

Offsite guests may use MagicBands to: Continue reading Where can I purchase a MagicBand at Walt Disney World?

Walt Disney World Fastpass+ Attractions List sorted by priority

Updated September 12, 2014

Animal Kingdom

  • Kali River Rapids
  • Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Dinosaur
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug

Epcot

Tier One (Choose only one)

  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
  • IllumiNations:  Reflections of Earth
  • Living with the Land

Tier Two (Choose only two)

  • Mission:  Space
  • Meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy at the Epcot Character Spot
  • Maelstrom
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Journey into Imagination with Figment
  • Turtle Talk with Crush
  • Captain EO

Hollywood Studios

Tier One (Choose only one)

  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Rock n Roller Coaster
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!

Tier Two (Choose only two)

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • For the First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing-A-Long
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Muppet Vision 3D

Magic Kingdom

(Choose any three)

  • Meet Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall (Book 60 days in advance for onsite guests!)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Book 60 days in advance for onsite guests!)
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade (Book 30 days in advance or more)
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Wishes Fireworks
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  • Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • it’s a small world
  • Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic

 

Walt Disney World Fastpass+ Kiosk Locations and MyMagic+ Service Centers

Fastpass+ Kiosk and MyMagic+ Locations in the four main Walt Disney World

Animal Kingdom

MyMagic+ service center:  Creature Comforts – (available to set up My Disney Experience account or use My Disney Experience to view, make or modify different FP+ selections)  *Not considered an in-park kiosk

  • Disney Outfitters – across from Flame Tree BBQ
  • Entrance to Asia – across from Yak & Yet
  • Harambe Breezeway – Near Tusker House
  • Island Mercantile (accommodates large parties and tour groups)

Epcot

MyMagic+ service center:  Innoventions East – (available to set up My Disney Experience account or use My Disney Experience to view, make or modify different FP+ selections)  *Not considered an in-park kiosk

  • FutureWorld East Breezeway
  • FutureWorld West Breezeway
  • Innoventions West
  • International Gateway
  • Tip Board

Hollywood Studios

MyMagic+ service center:  Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind – (available to set up My Disney Experience account or use My Disney Experience to view, make or modify different FP+ selections)  *Not considered an in-park kiosk

  • Tip Board (accommodates large parties and tour groups)
  • Muppet Courtyard
  • Pixar Place – in front of Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Sunset Boulevard – in front of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Magic Kingdom

MyMagic+ service center:  Town Square Theater – (available to set up My Disney Experience account or use My Disney Experience to view, make or modify different FP+ selections)  *Not considered an in-park kiosk

  • Adventureland Breezeway (next to the Diamond Horseshoe)
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Stitch’s Great Escape (accommodates large parties and tour groups)

Fastpass+ offering the ability to use more than 3 FP+ in a single day and park hop.

Today, April 28, 2014 Walt Disney World began a new phase in Fastpass+ (FP+) offerings.  Guests are now allowed to choose more than the original limit of 3 Fastpasses per day with some limitations.  Guests can even use Fastpass+ for park hopping to a degree.

1.  Guest must book 3 Fastpass+ selections from the Disney website, My Disney Experience app or in park kiosk.

2.  Once the 3 FP+ have been used OR the time frame expires on your FP+ selections, a guest may go to an in-park kiosk and book ONE additional FP+ from any available at that time.  (High demand attractions like Anna & Elsa, Toy Story Midway Mania, Soarin’ and Test Track could be gone by the time you try this).

3.  Once the 4th FP+ has been used or the time frame expires, you may book another FP+ and continue this process as long as FP+ is available.  (The additional selection can take place in the same park, or a different park)  There will be no limitation on how many additional selections you can make, but they must be made one at a time.

4.  At this time guests can ONLY book the additional FP+ at an in park kiosk.  Walt Disney World plans to allow the flexibility to use their app for the additional FP+, but this feature is not currently available.

5.  Any ride can be chosen as the 4th (or more) selection, including the ability to re-ride the same attraction you chose earlier based on availability.

6.  The guest can choose any attraction as the 4th (or more).  The tiers that are a part of Epcot and Hollywood Studios will not apply to the in-park kiosk selections of number 4 or more.

So, what does all this mean?  Guests will be allowed to pick over any available attractions that remain, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get to re-ride Toy Story Midway Mania and it doesn’t mean you’ll find Anna and Elsa FP+ in the park.  This feature is going to be most effective at the Magic Kingdom which has a wide variety of Fastpass options.  This feature will also mean that wait times at rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, it’s a small world and Haunted Mansion could actually increase later in the day because more people will be using FP+ for these attractions.

If you choose a late FP+ for things like Main Street Electrical Parade, Wishes, Illuminations or Fantasmic as part of your original 3 FP+, you’ll be locked out of being able to make the additional FP+ choices.

I recommend that you continue to use the Touring Plans that I’ve written exactly as they are presented, because they work.  If you’d like to make use of the extra FP+, just book them after using the 3 outlined in the plans.

Magic Bands and My Disney Experience will be available to guests staying off Walt Disney World property

Beginning next week, guests staying offsite, not on Walt Disney World property, will be offered the opportunity to pre-book Fastpass+ reservations using My Disney Experience.  Off site guests will be allowed to reserve Fastpass+ options up to 30 days before their date of park visit.   Off site guests would be allowed to book for up to 7 days at a time.

Guests will be allowed the option of purchasing a MagicBand at the park for $12.95 each, but they aren’t required as the ticket media is all RFID enabled and will operate just fine without the MagicBand.  The Magic Band would basically just make you look like all the cool people and keep you from pulling your ticket out of your pocket three times per day.

Offsite guests will need to link their ticket number to the MyDisneyExperience website before being allowed to make reservations.  After linking your ticket to the system, you can use the My Disney Experience app and website freely to reserve, change, copy and delete Fastpass+ options.

Be sure to check out my post on booking difficult to find Fastpass+ reservations to get FP+ for Anna and Elsa

How to get difficult Fastpass+ reservations from My Disney Experience

NOTE:  EVERY person that plans to enter the line must have a pre-reserved Fastpass+, even if they don’t plan to take part in the photo opportunity.

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This could be really easy to understand or I could blow it big time 🙂

Kelly wrote me to ask why she couldn’t find Fastpass+ (FP+) reservations for her group of 5 to meet Anna and Elsa in May even though she is within her 60 day window for guests staying at a Disney resort.  I recommended using a strategy that I used yesterday afternoon at Hollywood Studios to get Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror and Star Tours in the afternoon when Rock n Roller Coaster didn’t have group availability.

Here’s what you can do:

Book reservations for ONE person, then either COPY those reservations to one or more at a time or continue to book them ONE PERSON AT A TIME until you get them all regardless of the return time.  You could then play with the times a bit.  It’s easier to adjust the times on a computer than it is a phone though.  You might need to move a person’s return time up or down a bit to find a range that a group could use for entry.

I recommended the Copy or Single book strategy to Kelly who was able to find the following reservations to meet Anna and Elsa on her desired date.

  • 1 person for 2:55 – 3:55
  • 2 people for 3:05 – 4:05
  • 2 people for 3:25 – 4:25

She asked what her return range would be if they entered as an entire group.  I stated that the return range would be 3:25-3:55 pm.  The reason is because the group can’t enter together until the LAST person is available (3:25) and the group can only enter as late as the FIRST person (3:55) in the group.

With that stated, you are allowed to enter 5 minutes early and usually are allowed to enter up to 10 minutes late at each FP+ reservation.  So, the theoretical range for this group is 3:20-4:05pm, but I wouldn’t guarantee the late arrival time, as it is subject to the Cast Member allowing entry.

It’s a lot of work to find those little crumbs some times, but it’s worth it if your family REALLY wants to do an attraction that isn’t showing availability.

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Book those Fastpass+ for Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom now!

As of March 14 at 6:06 guests are beginning to book Fastpass+ reservations to meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom.  This image was sent to me by a Facebook reader named Sam for a reservation on May 15th.  Another reader named Dawn said they just booked for May 7th

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Fairytale Hall, Anna and Elsa, Fastpass+Let the booking begin!

How I just got three Tier 1 Fastpass+ for Epcot and Hollywood Studios

2/12/2014

UPDATE:  This glitch appears to have been patched overnight.   They are getting faster with their patch times 🙂

2/11/2014

With the ever-changing world that is Fastpass+ testing, there’s a couple of things that I’ve learned or heard.  I did the following on the web version.  My Droid won’t even let me login today, uggghhh!

First thing I learned today:

You can make 3 FP+ Tier ONE choices for Epcot and Hollywood Studios with just a minor amount of effort today.  Here’s how I did that:

1.  Book your regular 1 Tier ONE FP and 2 Tier TWO FP of your choice.

2.  Change one of your Tier TWO FP and it allows you to change it to a Tier ONE FP.  Repeat process with other Tier TWO changed to Tier ONE FP, based on availability.

I was able to book Maelstrom, Test Track and Soarin’ for today with a minor amount of effort on the web version of My Disney Experience.

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Moments later I repeated the process for tomorrow at Hollywood Studios and changed two Tier TWO FP for two Tier ONE FP.HS-3-FPThere’s no guarantee how long this will last.  Disney could change that within seconds of me posting or keep it forever.

Second thing I heard today:

Disney is going to test the ability to do more than 3 FP+.  This is just a strong rumor, but I heard that once you’ve used up the 3 FP+ that your allowed, you’ll be able to book another one based on availability and continue to do so throughout the day.  It would still limit you to the one hour blocks of time that currently exist.  This part hasn’t been confirmed.

In other Fastpass+ news, Disney just released a new iPhone version of My Disney Experience today.  It’s said to be much faster and smoother in operation.  My brother has this version and he likes it much better.  You can download that version in the iTunes store.  If you want full character and entertainment schedules, you should get my app though 🙂