I’ll admit I was skeptical when Disney rolled out its FastPass+ program. It just seemed like this was one more thing I would have to plan long before we actually arrived at WDW and as much as I like planning for our vacations, my family doesn’t like to have every element of our holidays “scheduled” in advance.
For instance, after purchasing the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan one visit and booking dining reservations for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, it felt like all we did was run from one reservation to the next and it took some of the fun out of the visit for us. Now I only book one or two Table-Service meals per week to avoid the dreaded “schedule”.
If you are staying at a WDW Resort you can book your FastPass+ experiences 60 days in advance of your check-in date and if you have purchased advance tickets (without a WDW Resort stay) you can book FastPass+ experiences 30 days in advance of your use date.
From either your computer or your smart phone you can access the My Disney Experience web page or App to set up your FastPass+ experiences. You select 3 choices from the available attractions and the system will provide you with a number of time slot options for you to select from. It’s so easy.
I liked the fact that for most experiences you get a one hour time slot and not just a specific time. This one hour time slot provides a lot more flexibility to arrive at the attraction at a time that works for you within the hour window.
The hardest part about the whole process was deciding which 3 attractions/experiences are your favorites that you want to guarantee a time slot for. We have a few must do’s every vacation that do not normally have very long lines so we decided to forgo using FastPass+ on those rides and used them for the rides that traditionally have longer lines (such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Toy Story Midway Mania) so we didn’t have to wait as long.
When all was said and done I loved the FastPass+ system and being able to book 3 attractions ahead of time. I hadn’t realized before this trip just how much my family likes to sleep in. We aren’t early risers. We would much rather sleep in and then stay at the Parks until they close. Under the old system, by not getting to the Parks early we were often too late to get a FastPass for our favorite attractions and would just have to wait in line. The new system shortened our overall wait time immensely. I loved it and can’t wait to use it again.