With the new Walt Disney World Fastpass+ system operating in full gear, there are so many questions about how to maximize the use of the new system. Our family of four were experts at the old paper Fastpass system and could easily use 6-10 per day. To be honest, I really miss the old system because it still had an element of spontaneity, but as Walt said....”keep moving forward”.
The convenience of booking three Fastpasses for each day at a park from home is an amazing way to make sure you can enjoy that coveted ‘must do’ ride or visit with Anna and Elsa, so this element of the Fastpass+ is really beneficial. This is enough reason in itself to stay on site at a Walt Disney World Resort. But there`s more! Not only do you receive a MagicBand to use for your Fastpass+ that you have booked already from home, you have the added perks of Extra Magic Hours, access to booking dining reservations for your entire stay 180 days from the first day of your vacation and the ability to purchase the Disney Dining Plan as part of your resort stay.
So what is the best way to maximize your Fastpass+?
There are two strategies you can use:
1. Book all of your Fastpasses for the afternoon when the parks tend to be busiest. Enter the park at opening and try and get hit as many rides and experiences as possible before 11am. Relax, have lunch, and then use your pre-booked Fastpasses.
2. Book all of your Fastpasses for the most popular and busiest rides in the morning and then add more when you have completed your three. Save the afternoon Fastpasses for less crowded rides and experiences.
In my opinion, I like option 1. The only exception to this strategy is the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom. The animals are more awake in the morning, so I always like to do this first thing.
Crowd levels and time of year can have a great impact on everything at Walt Disney World, so at slow times you might not even need a Fastpass+ strategy.
The most important thing to remember when visiting Walt Disney World with the implementation of My Disney Experience is to try and have some spontaneity in your day, keep your eyes up from your mobile phone App and enjoy a little Magic!
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