Disneyland is without a doubt the happiest place on earth, but there is one detail that could put a damper on anyone’s way – the dreaded long lines. Disney packs a lot of people into the park on any given day, and some of the best rides can have lines over two hours long! Luckily, most of those same rides have FastPass, a system that lets you wait in line without waiting in line. Follow these tips and you’ll be a FastPass pro in no time.

  • Know the System
    First and foremost, it’s important to know exactly how FastPasses work. A FastPass will give you a certain time slot to come back and get on the ride without waiting. These time slots are an hour long, so you have plenty of time to get to the ride you need to be at. Usually Cast Members will let it slide if you are a bit late, but they will never let you in even a minute early. FastPasses are also not unlimited – each ride only allots a certain amount of FastPasses per time slot, and once they are gone, they are gone! All you have to do is scan it at one of the FastPass booths and it will print your ticket. You can only have one FastPass out at a time, so choose wisely! There are exceptions though. If you snag a FastPass early in the morning, but the time slot doesn’t allow you to ride for over two hours, you will likely be able to get more in the meantime. Check the bottom of your FastPass and look for a message to see when your next one is available.
  • Don’t Forget the Details
    Each FastPass booth is located near the ride, usually somewhere around the exit. Not every ride has a FastPass, so make sure to check the map to see which rides are FastPass ready. The FastPasses are linked to your ticket or annual pass, so everyone in your party will need their own FastPass. When your time rolls around and you’re ready to ride, be sure to head to the FastPass entrance. Each ride will have a separate entrance for the FastPass holders, so don’t forget to use that instead of the normal standby line.
  • Get the Good Rides Early
    Because FastPasses aren’t unlimited, the more popular rides run out very quickly. Radiator Springs Racers in DCA run out almost immediately after the park opens, so be sure to grab those right away! Some other rides that tend to run out quickly are Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Splash Mountain. Even though scrambling to grab a FastPass might not seem like the ideal way to start out your day at Disney, you’ll be glad you did when you get to waltz past the two hour queue.
  • Plan Your Route
    If you’re looking to get in as many rides as possible, it is vital to map out your route for the day. Because obtaining a FastPass requires you to physically go to the attraction, it’s best to enjoy what is immediately around it while you wait to save some time. Waiting for your FastPass slot is a great time for a snack break. You can enjoy a meal knowing that right after, you’ll be ready to go on the next ride.

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