You and your family have made it to the Magic Kingdom, and have trekked to Frontierland with the intention of riding the ever-popular Splash Mountain. Unfortunately, when you get into line, you notice that the standby wait time is listed at fifty minutes. You are well aware that fifty minutes may well end up feeling like three hours as you stand there in the Orlando heat. There has to be a better way!
Luckily, there is. If you had a Disney World FASTPASS, there would be no need to wait in that long line! So, you ask, how do I get a FASTPASS? How much does it cost?
Unlike parks such as Universal Studios or Six Flags, Walt Disney World does not charge for front of the line priviledges. That's right - FASTPASS is free! All you need to obtain one is a valid park ticket (these can be single day tickets, multi day tickets, hopper passes, annual passes, or any other valid admission ticket, whether they be printed paper tickets or plastic cards).
All FASTPASS attractions will have distibution machines set up close to the standby line entrance. Simply insert your ticket, and the machine will give you a pass valid for some point later in the day. Return during the valid times listed on the pass, and you get to bypass the standby line altogether!
Let's take our Splash Mountain example. Instead of getting in the standby line, you check the FASTPASS machines and see that you can get a pass now that will be good for a return time of 2:05 PM to 3:05 PM (times are always clearly posted, so you don't have to worry about getting passes you won't be able to use). Next, you'll run everyone's tickets through the FASTPASS machine and receive passes that are good for the times indicated. You are now free to go grab a bite to eat, seek out a character autograph or two, and still come back in time to enjoy your ride - but this time, you'll get to go through the FASTPASS entrance.
A few things you should know about FASTPASS:
- For ride attractions, your FASTPASS will be good for a one hour time window, so you don't have to rush back immediately. For theatre shows, your FASTPASS is good for one performance only, so you usually have a fifteen minute window in which to arrive. (hint: cast members will usually allow you to use a FASTPASS for a ride at any point after the earliest time listed on the pass, provided you use it during the same day)
- Each guest must possess their own FASTPASS. If you required a ticket to enter the park, you require a FASTPASS to skip the standby line. Make sure to scan the ticket of everyone in your party, not just one person's ticket!
- FASTPASS is something to be used wisely - there are restrictions on how many you may possess at once. Generally speaking, you may obtain another FASTPASS two hours after your current one was issued. In other words, don't plan to race from one machine to another gathering passes in the hopes of skipping every single line. Your FASTPASS will clearly indicate the time that you'll be allowed to obtain your next set of passes.
- There are only a limited number of FASTPASS slots per day, per attraction. The later in the day you request a pass, the later the return time will be. This continues until all of that day's passes have been handed out. This means that on crowded days, you would be wise to seek FASTPASS attractions early - if you wait until late afternoon, for instance, odds are very good that none will remain for popular attractions such as Splash Mountain.
The following Disney World attractions use the FASTPASS system:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Peter Pan's Flight
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Stitch's Great Escape
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
Living with the Land
Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios)
Tower of Terror
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Toy Story Mania!
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Kali River Rapids
It's Tough to be a Bug
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March 19, 2008
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