Disney's FASTPASS Ride Reservation System
Tired of waiting in long lines for popular attractions? Disney is introducing their new FASTPASS system, designed to reduce the amount of time you need to spend in line. Here at PassPorter we're very interested in FASTPASS for several reasons. We love anything that helps you save time and have more fun! Additionally, it seems that the PassPorter is ideal for carrying and protecting your family's FASTPASS tickets. No "oops, my FASTPASS must have fallen out of my pocket, Mom" or "oh no, our FASTPASS tickets were ruined when they got wet on Kali River Rapids." Besides, we couldn't help but notice that FASTPASS and PassPorter have a little four-letter word in common (hint: it starts with a P).
Five more attractions now have FASTPASSJungle Cruise and Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom, "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience" at Epcot, Star Tours and Voyage of the Little Mermaid at Disney-MGM Studios.
To help you get the most out of this new system, we've gathered all the information on FASTPASS together on this Web page. We're presenting it in question-and-answer form, as many of you have questions and we hope this is most helpful. Below are the questions on this page -- just click on one to jump to its answer on the right:
If you have additional questions, clarifications, or corrections, we encourage you to e-mail us. Please visit this page often as we will be updating it as we get more information!Updated 11/21/03
|Q & A on FASTPASS
FASTPASS is a free ride reservation system that gives you a ticket to ride a popular attraction during a specific time frame. This allows guests to bypass a long line, do other things (such as another attraction or a meal), and return at a designated time to ride the attraction. FASTPASS is optional -- you can wait in the regular queue (standby) if you chose.
Walk to the attraction you intend to ride. Check the two posted wait times -- one is for standby (regular queue) and one is for FASTPASS (virtual queue). If the Standby time exceeds the amount of time you're willing to wait and a FASTPASS time is posted, proceed to the FASTPASS area which is generally near the entrance to the attraction queue. Each member of your party must insert their admission media (ticket, resort identification card, annual pass, etc.) into the FASTPASS machine. A FASTPASS pass is issued, including the one-hour window during which you should return to the attraction. Keep your pass in a safe place as you will need it later.
This is a possibility, but if it happens your entire party is allowed to enter the attraction at the earliest time shown on your FASTPASS. This does assume that every member of your party presents their admission media at the same time. You should not send one person ahead to get the FASTPASS pass just to get an earlier time.
Look for the FASTPASS queue (there should be a sign nearby or overhead) and proceed directly to it. A Cast Member will ask to see your FASTPASS pass(es), but will not take them. Once you present your passes, continue through the queue to the attraction. In most cases there will be little to no wait for the attraction. A Cast Member at the end of the line will collect your FASTPASS pass(es) before you actually get on the ride.
It is possible, but without a FASTPASS pass to present to the Cast Member at the end of the queue, the guest would be instructed to return to the end of the line.
When you approach an attraction, the FASTPASS clock will tell you how long you have to wait. Additionally, the FASTPASS pass displays your time window for return. Guests have reported the time to be as early as 25 minutes and as late as a couple of hours.
Guests report that Cast Members do not let guests into the FASTPASS line until their one-hour window begins, so arriving early is not helpful. Likewise, if you miss your one-hour window, you probably will miss your opportunity to ride the attraction.
If an attraction goes down, the FASTPASS system will stop issuing passes. If you already have a pass, you should be able to use it any time after the attraction comes back up.
A reader writes: "When we were
there, Kali River Rapids in Animal kingdom went down
during our FASTPASS time. If you go up to a cast member,
they will mark your FASTPASS for entrance any time after
the ride begins again. It is important to get the cast
member to mark your ticket. (Contributed by Theresa)
No. If an attraction has a pre-show, the Standby and FASTPASS lines will merge at the entrance to the pre-show so no one misses any part of the attraction.
Officially, no. The FASTPASS system will not issue another ride reservation if you are already holding one. You must wait until after the start of your pass's one-hour window.
Your FASTPASS pass is only valid for one ride on an attraction. You could, however, get a FASTPASS for a future time and then wait in the Standby line. This would allow you to ride the attraction once as standby, and exit, and walk on the ride again with your FASTPASS (assuming you exited the ride within your one-hour window).
You must get a new one or wait in the Standby line. If you have a PassPorter, we recommend you keep your pass(es) inside it.
Most likely FASTPASS wasn't needed when you visited. The FASTPASS system is available during peak times and seasons, so it will not be used all of the time.
Yes. Guests report great success with FASTPASS, as it frees them up to visit other attractions, take meal breaks, and so on.
There is no charge for this service.
Disney's FASTPASS Gives Disney Park Guests Alternative to Waiting in Line
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World Resort is introducing an innovative system this month at Disney's Animal Kingdom that gives guests an alternative to waiting in line at popular attractions during peak seasons. Disney's FASTPASS is Walt Disney World Resort's newest guest improvement that frees guests to enjoy more of the Disney park they are visiting.
The system is expected to roll out at popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom and Disney-MGM Studios later this summer. "We're always striving to set new standards in guest service," said Bruce Laval, executive vice president of operations planning and development for Walt Disney World Resort, "and Disney's FASTPASS gives guests time and flexibility to experience more of the fun."
Here's how it works:
Before There Was FASTPASS . . .
Magic Kingdom E-Ride Nights Held on certain evenings at the Magic Kingdom, and exclusive to Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests carrying multi-day tickets, this event provides guests with special "after hours" access to their favorite Magic Kingdom attractions. E-ticket parties typically take place between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., and include some of the more popular attractions.
Pre-shows Elaborately themed queues add a whole new dimension to the guest experience. State-of-the-art pre-shows extend the time in which guests are engaged in the story of the attraction. For instance, the Test Track (Epcot) experience and Kali River Rapids white-water adventure (Disney's Animal Kingdom) really begin in the queue, where guests learn the significance of automotive testing and the threat deforestation poses to our environment and the habitats of hundreds of animals.
Tip Boards Located near the center of each of Walt Disney World Resort's four major theme parks, tip boards are useful tools that allow trained cast members to aid guests in getting the most out of their visit. Up-to-the-minute listings of wait times at all of the parks' attractions allow guests to best plan their day.
Laugh 911/"Streetmosphere" Cast members recognizing increases in demand for certain attractions can alert their partners in Walt Disney World Entertainment to roll out a portable entertainment set. Often comedic in nature, live "Streetmosphere" comes to the rescue, providing another element for guest enjoyment.
Extended Hours During peak seasons, Walt Disney World Resort extends park hours to accommodate early birds, night owls and everyone in between.
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Additionally, this brochure is available to guests inside the resorts and parks:
Can't wait to ride your favorite rides? (Don't)
Disney's FASTPASS Now cutting attraction wait times at Walt Disney World Theme Parks
With Disney's FASTPASS, the amazing, new guest service exclusive to Walt Disney World Theme Parks, you no longer have to wait in line for many of your favorite attractions.
Just slide your regular Park ticket through the tunstiles at participating attractions and get a complimentary FASTPASS imprinted with a designated ride time. Then, go play in the Parks. When your ride time rolls around, come back to the FASTPASS entrance and hop on board with no further wait.
Disney's FASTPASS. What you've been waiting for.
NOTES AND TIPS:
The pass is about 2" x 3",. The front bears the name of the attraction, the time frame for which it is valid, and the date and time the pass was issued. The back notes the rules conditions of the pass. Here's a diagram of a pass we have in our possession: