Here’s a fun fact about me. I lead worship for K-5th graders at our church, Southside Church, in Peachtree City! I do NOT claim to be a great singer, but I admittedly can carry a tune, and that is the only qualification needed to lead those little guys and gals into worship with their big God on Sunday mornings. It is actually a lot of fun, and I get to share the stage with some really great ladies (and recently a few gents have joined the team) that I have really grown to love.
Yesterday morning I was singing with Michelle, a mother of two. During some down time backstage, she told me that she and her husband are thinking of taking their daughters, ages 9 and 6, to Disney this Christmas. Well that perked me up more than my morning cup of coffee! Talk to me about Disney and I can go for days…
Michelle asked about a few things, knowing that my husband and I go to Disney at least once a year (this year the count is up to three!), but the question that stuck out most to me, and the one I wanted to talk about now was about the FASTPASS.
What is a FASTPASS?? How does it work??
Disney knows that lines can get long, especially during it’s busiest seasons which include President’s week in February, spring break weeks in April, the summer weeks of June – August, and the time between Christmas and New Years, so in answer to this, they introduced the FASTPASS in early 1999. A FASTPASS is basically a ticket that you obtain at the entrance to the most popular Disney attractions. You insert your park ticket into a machine and it will print you out an additional ticket that has a window of time (i.e. 11:20 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) for you to return to that ride with a minimal wait.
Upon your return, you hand your FASTPASS ticket to a Cast Member and get ushered into a separate entrance to the ride that has a much shorter wait time. FASTPASS is a great system with you and your family’s best interest in mind, and I thoroughly suggest taking advantage of it. The only catch is that you can only get a limited amount of FASTPASS tickets at a time. So if you were planning on running into the park and snagging all the FASTPASS tickets you can as soon as you get there, it won’t work. I suggest getting a FASTPASS to the ride that you know will get a long wait quick, and then hop on some less popular attractions while you wait. Below is a list of attractions that offer the FASTPASS at each park.
Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Jungle Cruise, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Primeval Whirl, Kilimanjaro Safaris, DINOSAUR, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Mania!, Star Tours, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
EPCOT: Mission: SPACE Pavilion, Test Track, Captain EO Starring Michael Jackson, Maelstrom, Soarin’
And here’s another quick tip: Have a favorite ride?? Grab a FASTPASS and wait in line first thing in the morning! For example, my family LOVES the Toy Story Mania ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So, as soon as the park opens we jet to the back of the park to hop on before the line gets long. But before we do, we grab a FASTPASS as well, that way we can ride TWICE that day without a long wait!! Gives me that second chance to beat my husband’s high score! 😉
ALSO! Want to know a little Disney secret?
Although it is best to come back to an attraction during the time printed on your ticket, if you get caught up in a character greeting, meal, or spending all your souvenir money at one of the many wonder-inspiring shops, and accidentally miss your time slot, DON’T FRET! You don’t have to get another FASTPASS for that ride; they will still let you on, even if you missed your time slot. Just know that your PASTPASS is only good for that day. Got to love that Disney Magic!