The term FASTPASS is a foreign word to a lot of people. If you have never been to Disney World then chances are - you have never used one!
What is a FASTPASS (sometimes referred to as FP)? It's a brilliant idea that Disney came up with years ago that allows their guests to designate a time frame for certain rides. The actual FP itself is a simple, small piece of paper that can keep you out of waiting in line for hours on end.
How do you take advantage of the FP? There is not a charge for using Disney's FP system. But sometimes it takes a little thinking to determine if it will benefit you. To obtain a FP you need to find a ride or attraction that offers a FP. You'll need to go to the FP machines and insert your Key to the World card or your park ticket. For each card you insert (one per person that will be riding) you will receive a small card that is the FP. It will have listed on it what time you should return to the ride to immediately go to the front of the line to wait with other FP guests to board the ride. It's an awesome idea and one that my family takes full advantage of.
One thing I recommend is that you weigh your options. If you are considering a Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger ride at 10:00 am and the wait time is 20 minutes and the FP return time is 10:15 to 11:15, why not take advantage of both? Get your family FPs for Buzz, jump in line to wait 20 minutes (sometimes 20 may only mean 15), ride once, get off and back in the FP line and ride again without a wait. There are ways to maximize your FPs use! Just think outside the box!
I have spoken with people who have traveled to Disney World and never taken advantage of the FP option. Honestly I don't think I would know how to go without it! I guess it's always possible but the very best way to make the most out of your time in the parks is to utilize this feature. So what you might have to walk around the corner to come back to a ride. At least your not standing in line for an hour! A simple 5 minute walk back to an attraction could save you a full hour of waiting.
While I know that the way my family "does" Disney is not the only way, nor the "right" way, it's what works best for us. I'd love to hear opinions from you and what you think about the FP option. If you have questions regarding FASTPASSES please leave them here or drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a list of current attractions at Walt Disney World that use the FP system:Magic Kingdom® Park:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Peter Pan's Flight
Stitch's Great Escape!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Epcot®:
Living with the Land
Test Track Disney's Hollywood Studios™:
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Toy Story Mania!
Voyage of The Little Mermaid Show Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park:
Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
It's Tough to be a Bug!
Kali River Rapids
Primeval Whirl**This post is part of the Disney Blog Carnival. Go there to read more great Disney posts.**