Getting a “Fourth” FastPass+ (and Beyond)
One of the first changes to the FastPass+ program was the ability to make more FastPass+ selections after using your first set of advance reservations. Besides being able to get more FastPasses, this lets you get FastPass+ options that may not have been available to you previously. (For example, the advance FastPass “tiering” rules at Epcot and the Studios aren’t in effect for your 4th FastPass+ selection and beyond, nor is the once-per-attraction restriction.)
This means you have to choose a strategy. The two most common options are:
- Book your advance FastPass+ reservations early in the day and have more time for “extra” FastPass+ selections,
- Schedule your advance FastPass+ reservations during the busiest time of the day and use the standby lines early in the day, when the wait times are lower
To make this choice, it helps to know each attraction’s day-of FastPass+ availability.
The table below shows attractions that have availability throughout the day.
|Magic Kingdom||Epcot||Hollywood Studios||Animal Kingdom|
|Mad Tea Party
Winnie the Pooh
it’s a small world
Under the Sea
Town Square Tinker Bell
Seas with Nemo
Beauty & Beast
Great Movie Ride
|It’s Tough to Be a Bug
The chart below shows the attractions where FastPass+ selections run out the quickest. The chart shows the probability of FastPass+ reservations still being available at a specific time of day. These probabilities are for groups of 1 and will be lower as the group size increases.
The analysis is based on 1.2 million day-of FastPass+ reservations available since June 2014. Attractions not in the above table or chart fall somewhere in between the two: their FastPass+ selections will run out, but not as quickly as the attractions in the chart. An upcoming version of our Personalized Touring Plan software will incorporate this FastPass+ availability analysis. In addition to recommending which three FastPass+ selections to make in advance, the software will determine if additional FastPass+ reservations will be available and whether they should be used in your touring plan.
FastPass+ Availability Factors
Many people assume that at midnight, 60 days out, all FastPass+ selections are available. The problem is that on the 60-day mark you can make FastPass+ reservations for your entire trip. This means that other guests arriving before you have already had the opportunity to make FastPass+ reservations on your vacation dates. As a result, the hard-to-get FastPass+ reservations may not be available, esepecially early in your trip.
Another factor that plays into getting FastPass+ reservations is your party size: it is harder to find a reservation for a large group than for a single guest. One strategy is to make your initial FastPass+ selections for a subset of your party and then copy the FastPass+ selections to the other members. In my case, I was not able to select Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for 4 people. But when I lowered my party size to 3, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was available. When I copied the FastPass+ selection to the fourth person, My Disney Experience found an overlapping FastPass+ reservation. This strategy does not always work: the Disney software will randomly insert a different attraction if it cannot fulfill the copy request.
One of the major complaints about FastPass+ is that guests “have to” make their FastPass+ reservations 30 days (or 60 days, for those staying in Disney hotels) prior to their vacations. For most attractions, there is still good availability a few days prior to your visit. This does not apply on a very busy day, or for the Frozen meet and greet at Princess Fairytale Hall and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attractions (both at Magic Kingdom).
How has been your experience making FastPass+ reservations? Have you had any luck getting useful “extra” FastPass+ selections (beyond the first three) in the park?