A lot has changed at Walt Disney World over the past few years, and if you haven’t been in a while, you may be surprised. I was pretty well-versed in the old legacy FastPass system at Walt Disney World, and knew exactly how to best use it for my family. When we traveled on our family vacation to Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving, it was the first time we’d all been since the new MyMagic+ and FastPass + changes had been implemented.
FastPass+ reservations can be made in advance (60 days if staying on property, 30 days if staying off property), and since Thanksgiving is a busy time of year, I went online right at midnight of my 60th day (note that if the parks are open past midnight, the FP+ window opens when the parks are all closed). I had a few dinner ADRs (advance dining reservations – those can be made 180 days in advance), but otherwise didn’t have any specific plans for which park(s) to visit each day. I had one goal – to get FastPass + reservations for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
Before my window opened, I went to the My Disney Experience site to explore. The system is a bit tricky to get used to, so I recommend checking it out before hand. You can make three FastPass + reservations per day – know in advance what you want to reserve. I made sure to review our choices with everyone in advance so my family would be part of the decision-making process.
Lines at the Walt Disney World parks tend to be less crowded in the mornings, so I chose to book our FastPass + reservations for the afternoons. I started at the end of my trip and moved forward – which gave me the best opportunity to book that all-important Seven Dwarfs Mine Train reservation. I was lucky enough to get the exact day I wanted. I also made sure to customize our MagicBands on My Disney Experience well in advance. I didn’t choose to order MemoryMaker, but in retrospect, I wish I had.
So, how did it work when we arrived? We liked having reservations for the attractions that we really wanted to experience, but still had lots of flexibility. Because I made all of the reservations, I was completely responsible for the family schedule. In the future, I’ll make little laminated cards with our schedule so everyone in the family knows what our plans are for the week.
- Make FastPass + reservations right at the 60/30 day point
- System is a bit tricky, so review it in advance
- Review plans with the whole family before booking
- Download the My Disney Experience app on all devices so you can check your plans on the go.
- Book reservations for the afternoons
- Start at back of your vacation and move forward for hard-to-get reservations
- Make copies of the schedule for everyone in your party so everyone has access to see the plans
How you used MyMagic+? What tips would you recommend?
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