In 1999 Disney began
testing a new system that was intended to help reduce the waiting time
at some of their more popular attractions. This system called FastPass
was first introduced at the Animal Kingdom®. Following its successful
debut there and with the sigh of relief from Disney guests that were
heard all the way to Disney corporate headquarters it was expanded to
all four major theme parks.
Disney’s FastPass is free and can utilized by anyone
How do I know which attraction has a FastPass option?
The theme park maps will high light those attractions that offer the
Each attraction offering a FastPass option will have signage that
clearly lets you know that it is a FastPass attraction
Refer to the list below as you begin to outline a touring plan for each
How does FastPass work?
Each FastPass attraction will have two displays of time
The first display of time will give guests the approximate waiting time
if you were to enter the attraction right then.
The second display of time indicates the window of time for a return
visit if you were to get a FastPass right then
If the wait is acceptable then go ahead and enjoy the attraction. If the
wait is longer than you feel is reasonable then go ahead and get a
FastPass for a return appointment to enjoy the attraction later.
How do I get a FastPass?
Locate the FastPass machines for that attraction. With only a few
exceptions they are located very near the entrance to the attraction.
Insert your park admission ticket into the FASTPASS machine and receive
a FASTPASS coupon with a time range to return. Typical time range for a
return visit is about an hour.
Honey I Shrunk the Audience at Epcot and the Mermaid Show at
Hollywood Studios both have only a 15-minute window during
which you are to return.
When it's your time to ride, come back to the FASTPASS
return line and hop on the attraction with little or no
Have your FastPass coupon out and ready to show the cast member manning
the FastPass return line. A cast member will collect your FastPass from
you prior to entering the attraction itself.
Each person will need a FastPass in order to enter the
attraction. The only exception is for those guests under
three years of age that did not require a park admission.
Is there anything else I should know about FastPass?
You will not be able to request a specific time. The time you are
assigned and is printed on your FastPass coupon is the time you will be
admitted to the FastPass line for that attraction.
Each FastPass coupon equals one admission to that attraction. Your
FastPass will be collected as you enter the attraction.
Each FastPass machine is specific for the attraction that it is in front
of. In other words to get a FastPass for Space Mountain you will need to
go to Space Mountain and get your FastPass coupon for Space Mountain
from that machine
The wait time after entering the FastPass line is generally around five
If an attraction breaks down during the time you were to return you will
be admitted to the FastPass line anytime later on during the day once
the attraction is back up and running.
Your FastPass expires after the time printed on your FastPass coupon.
For example, if your coupon states a return time of between 1:00pm and
2:00pm and you arrive at 2:10pm you will not be admitted to the FastPass
Initially Disney’s FastPass system would not issue guests multiple
FastPass coupons. Each person using his or her park admission ticket
would only be issued one FastPass for the time frame indicated on the
You would be allowed to obtain a subsequent FastPass 5 to 10 minutes
after the beginning time on the FastPass coupon you are holding. For
example, if currently hold a FastPass for Space Mountain that has a
return time of between 1:00pm and 2:00pm at approximately 1:10pm you can
go to any FastPass machine and obtain another FastPass.
In practice let’s say you obtained a FastPass for Splash Mountain that
had a return time of between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. You return to Splash
Mountain at 1:15pm enjoyed the ride and exit at 1:30pm. You could then
walk over to Big Thunder Mountain and the FastPass machine there would
issue you another FastPass.
During the summer of 2002 Disney made an upgrade to the FastPass
computer system. The computer system has been upgraded to allow guests
to be issued a second ticket within 45 minutes of the first one
depending on guest demand. It is now possible for a guest to be issued
two Fast Pass Tickets within the space of an hour and attend both rides
within that timeframe. Apparently, processing power prevented the
previous system from keeping track of what tickets had been already