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Your vacation is booked, your Advanced Dining Reservations are locked in, and now you only have one more planning hurdle to overcome before your magical vacation – planning your FastPass+ reservations. For some guests, this process is a bit anxiety-producing, but no need to worry! I’ve got some tips for you to help make this part of your planning process a breeze. Good luck!

Know Your FastPass+ Date!

This is super important, especially if you’re trying to get FastPass+ reservations for popular attractions! When you book your Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll see this date in a few places. On the “My Plans” page of the Walt Disney World website, this will be listed all the way to the right of your page, under “Get FastPass+.” You’ll also see this date in a booklet that Disney usually sends to your home after you book a vacation package. Having trouble finding this date? Enter “60 days before (check-in date)” (if staying at a WDW resort) into your favorite search engine, and boom! You have your FastPass+ date!

Now that you have your FastPass+ date, set a calendar reminder for yourself on your phone for 7:00 am on that day. Also, set your phone to remind you of this “appointment” the day before. This way, you won’t miss the opening of your FastPass+ window!

Use Multiple Devices

So this tip sounds a little crazy, but I promise there is a reason for this! For whatever reason, sometimes My Disney Experience works perfectly on my phone, and other times it crashes almost immediately. To combat this problem, and make sure I get the FastPass+ reservations I want, I have My Disney Experience open and ready to go on multiple devices. Typically, I have my laptop and my iPad as backups. Most of the time, I don’t need them, but it’s nice to have them just in case!

Book By Priority, Not Chronology

This tip is sometimes a little counterintuitive to people, as most of us tend to book things in the chronological order in which we hope to experience them. For FastPass+ reservations, fight this urge! Instead, book your FastPass+ reservations in terms of which rides are the most difficult to get reservations for or those that you must experience. Once you have these secured, you can fill in your schedule with the other attractions for which you want FastPass+ reservations.

The following attractions tend to be the first ones to run out of FastPass+ reservations, so book them first!

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
  • Frozen Ever After (Epcot)
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Hollywood Studios)
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Hollywood Studios)
  • Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)
  • Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom)

Book, Then Modify

The easiest way to ensure you’re happy with your FastPass+ reservations is to be a bit flexible. If you cannot initially book the time you want for a certain attraction, book what is available and closest to your desired time. Once you have the reservation locked in, you can modify it in My Disney Experience, all the way up to your day in the park! Guests change plans all the time, so you may get lucky and get the time you originally wanted.

Keep Checking the App!

If you were unable to book a FastPass+ reservation for that one must-do attraction, don’t give up hope! This has happened to me quite a few times as well, and there are things you can do to help you secure that reservation.

First, be persistent in checking My Disney Experience. As I said before, guests are constantly modifying vacation plans, and someone may end up canceling the FastPass+ reservation you’re looking for. Second, check My Disney Experience at several strategic times the day you plan to visit the park that houses that attraction. Disney World does FastPass+ “dumps” at several points during the day, and you can benefit. These times are 7:00 am, 11:00 am, and 3:00 pm.

FastPass+ planning can be a little daunting and anxiety-producing, especially if this is your first Walt Disney World vacation. But don’t be worried! Just like Advanced Dining Reservations, there are things you can do and modifications you can make to help all your plans fall into place. Persistence is the name of the game here! If things don’t work out right the first time you book a FastPass+ reservation, keep trying and be flexible. Good things come to those who wait…and stalk My Disney Experience!

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