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Let’s face it – Walt Disney World’s change over to the FastPass+ system is a bit confusing. Ashley’s guest post this past fall about the new MagicBands was one of our most visited posts last year, and with the full change over, families seem to be confused with how it all works (with good reason – it’s a big change!). Wondering how the new FastPass+ system works at Walt Disney World? Here are nine things to know about the new FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World!
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FastPass+ is in the testing phase
This means that anything is subject to change at any time. If your trip isn’t for a few months, be sure to continue reading about developments as your trip approaches.
No paper FastPasses are currently being offered
In 2013, guests could supplement their FastPass+ selections with legacy FastPasses from the machines. At this time, legacy FastPasses are not being offered, so guests can only use the FastPass+.
Only those staying onsite are able to currently get MagicBands and make FP+ reservations in advance
Right now, only onsite guests are offered MagicBands, and the opportunity to make FastPass+ selections in advance. Off site and onsite guests can make/change their FastPass+ allocations at an onsite kiosk. UPDATED! Staying off-site? Check out this post for the latest info for off property guests.
Guests are only able to make three (or sometimes four) allocations
At this time, guests are only able to make three FastPass+ allocations, although sometimes you’ll be able to make four. Be strategic with your selections, and choose afternoon times where possible.
Fastpass+ options include rides, parade/fireworks, and character greetings
The new Fastpass+ system offers FastPasses for additional rides, as well as parade and fireworks viewing spots, shows, and character greetings. So, it’s important that you really sit down and think about which of these experiences are the most important before making your choices. Keep in mind that you can still experience these things without a FastPass, but you’ll need to wait in line.
Guests can make FastPass+ reservations for a time that they choose
Unlike the legacy system, you can choose the time for your FastPass among available options. Now, you won’t need to worry about getting a FastPass that potentially overlaps with your dining reservation or other plans.
Make your FastPass+ allocations for the afternoon, unless you only plan to be at the park in the morning
Lines are historically shorter in the mornings, when the park opens. So, if you are planning an all-day trip to the parks, save your three or four allocations to the afternoon, when lines are traditional longer.
Only one FastPass+ can be made for an attraction
Sadly, you can’t ride Toy Story Mania three times in a row. Right now, some of the parks are also tiering attractions – so at Hollywood Studios, for example, you’ll have to choose between Fantasmic!, Toy Story Mania, and the Rock N Roller Coaster, because you can only get one of your three allocations from that top tier.
Even if you have park hopper passes, you can only make FastPass+ reservations for one park per day
It’s three per day, not three per day per park. So, I’d recommend making your allocations for the second park you are visiting for the day.
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