The Fast Pass system can make your day at the park a lot easier. Unlike Universal, there is no additional charge in Disney parks to use Fast Pass. To most effectively use the Fast Pass system, it helps to plan prior to arriving at the park.
Before getting to the park, try to determine which attractions are a must-do for your family. Determine which of those attractions have Fast Pass available. Not all of the attractions use the Fast Pass system. In most cases, the Fast Pass system is available on major attractions only. For example, It’s A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean and Tomorrowland Speedway do not have Fast Pass available. If you are staying in an on-property Disney World Resort there will be a booklet with maps of the four theme parks in your hotel room. Those maps will show the attractions that utilize Fast Pass. You can also refer to the list at the bottom of this page.
How They Work
When you arrive at an attraction with Fast Pass you’ll see a Fast Pass Distribution station near the attraction entrance which consist of several automated kiosks. You can receive one Fast Pass per ticket. So if there are four people in your party, you can receive up to four Fast Passes. You’ll insert each ticket – one by one – into the kiosk. After inserting a ticket, you will receive a Fast Pass with a time window printed on the front. These are the times between which you can return to ride the attraction.
Also printed on your Fast Pass is a time when you can receive an additional Fast Pass. This is important because you can only have one fast pass per ticket at a time. Another Fast Pass cannot be obtained until either the fast pass is used or it is after the time listed at the bottom of the Fast Pass. This comes in handy because there may be times where you receive a return time that’s several hours later than the current time.
During busy times of the year and during some events, Fast Passes can – and do – run out for some attractions. In Epcot, for example, the Soarin’ and Test Track attractions are the first to run out. In Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain are the first to run out. In Hollywood Studios it’s Rock n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror. Typically, the first thing I do when entering Epcot is head directly for Soarin’ to get a Fast Pass. Not only is this to make sure I get one before they run out but the earlier you get your Fast Pass, the earlier your return time will be.
What If I Can’t Use It?
If for some reason you can not use your Fast Pass at the designated return time you can trade them with someone else. While you do use your park ticket to receive your Fast Pass, you do not need your ticket to use the Fast Pass. So you can trade them for a time that’s more convenient for you or just give them away if you can’t use them at all. DO NOT, under any circumstances, try to sell your Fast Pass.
Attractions with Fast Pass:
- 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
- Dumbo The Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
- Town Square Theater
- Mission: SPACE Pavilion
- Test Track
- Captain EO
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- Toy Story Mania!
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Primeval Whirl
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Kali River Rapids
- Expedition Everest