Quantcast FastPass Reservations Strategies.
 
INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Guide Walt Disney World Disney Cruise Line Mousehut Mail WebDisney News INTERCOT: Walt Disney World Vacation Guide
News Discussion Theme Parks Resorts Info Central Shop Interactive Podcast INTERCOT Navigtion
 

Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default FastPass Reservations Strategies.

    Thanks for previous answers, I have another question: what is your best FastPass strategy/advice, especially if you want to see Flight of Passage in Pandora? Do you use the app for FP Reservations? Do you prefer being online? What time can you make your reservations in the morning? Do you shoot for the difficult reservations further out in your vacation first? Or do you approach it linearly? Ill take all the help I can get it please.
    WDW - 99 Off Site
    WDW - 00 Coronado Springs, Wilderness Lodge
    WDW - 01 POFQ, Boardwalk Inn
    WDW - 02 Caribbean Beach, POFQ, Animal Kingdom Lodge
    WDW - 04 Riverside
    WDW - 05 Coronado Springs
    WDW - 07 Riverside
    WDW - 11 Caribbean Beach
    WDW - 12 POFQ
    WDW - 14 Riverside

  2.     Please Support INTERCOT's Sponsors:
  3. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    40,569
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Sometimes, it's almost impossible to get fastpasses for the most popular rides regardless of your strategy. For something like Flight of Passage, I'd go as far out into your trip as possible to try for a fastpass and then work your way backward to the beginning of your trip in the hopes of securing the fastpass you want. Other rides that remain very difficult to get include Slinky Dog, Navi River and 7 Dwarves. I'd had a fair amount of success getting fastpasses for most other rides even a week or a few days in advance.

    Also, if you are unable to get a fastpass you want, continue to check back - one may open up later. Just a few weeks ago, my brother was able to get Slinky Dog fastpasses for 5 just a day ahead of time so it sometimes happens.
    Linda aka: Faline
    INTERCOT Staff: Vacation Planning,Trip Reports and Disney Camping
    faline@intercot.com

  4. Thanks eam thanked for this post
    Likes Jeff, PopPhan liked this post
  5. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    8,148
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I find that FP+ can be very strange to book. I'm a "be up and ready at 7am" person, and yes, I try for the "harder" ones first, usually later in the trip. I do the first booking run online, and don't usually switch over to the app until I'm at the parks.

    However, I don't always find what I'm looking for, and when I try back hours, or even a few days later, there is more availability and I can fiddle around for what I'm hoping for.

    All I can say is check back, if you don't get what you want at the start, and keep trying.
    Heather aka ibelieveindisneymagic
    INTERCOT Staff: Vacation Planning, Nightlife, Shopping & Waterparks, Collectibles


    Engaged at the castle!
    My Disney Home is POFQ


    Upcoming: Disney "free" Dining @ POR August 2019

  6. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    We are 62 days away. Does my window open at 6 AM? Or 7 AM? Is it different online versus on the app?

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Blacksburg, VA
    Posts
    1,854
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    First, we always buy the Park Hopper. Which dictates part of our FP strategy.

    We are always up early and at the parks about 30 minutes before they open. Then, we go straight for the popular rides. So, at MK, we'll go to 7 Dwarves Mine Train first, then Peter Pan. Maybe hit Space Mountain.

    We book the fast passes for the afternoon. So, if we did MK in the morning, we'd have FP's for something like Soarin' at Epcot in the afternoon. Occasionally, we'll stay within the same park, and still get there early. Like at DHS, we'd hit Rockin' Roller Coaster first thing, and we'll have FP's for it again later in the morning.

    In the case of Flight of Passage, we have done both, where we were there first thing to ride it (still had at least a 30 min. wait), and another where we snagged a FP for much later in the day, so we spent the morning at another park, and hit AK in the afternoon with FP's late for the Avatar rides.

    We always do all of our park trip planning online. So much easier with a mouse and keyboard. We only use the app once we're actually at WDW.

    As to when we go for the FP's, we plan our trip around the Extra Magic Hours. If we know that we'll be there from Saturday to Saturday, we look at what parks are open early each of those days. We try to hit those, for the most part. Then we pick the afternoon park based on where we can get dining reservations. And so then we know which parks we'll be in, and try to get FP's accordingly. Occasionally, we will make changes to those parks/days, but that's pretty much how we plan.
    2002 - 2017 - 20+ visits (POR, BW, All Stars, VWL, CSR, BLT, BC, SSR, CB, Dolphin, OKW, offsite x4)
    I survived Hurricane Irma @ OKW!
    Next up - Disneyland Fall 2019

  8. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Huntsville, Alabama
    Posts
    1,211
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    My experience has been the same as most everyone else. It is almost impossible to get FP's for the most popular/newest rides regardless of strategy. It is frustrating and I really don't have any advice to add to what others have already mentioned. We don't park hop to chase fastpasses because we then waste so much time going from one park to another and getting through security, we could have just stood in line and ridden in the time it takes to park hop. Just do the best you can and make the best of it is about all I can say. It has led to us going to WDW less and going on other vacations. I just don't have the patience for it.

  9. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    40,569
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPeetrie View Post
    We are 62 days away. Does my window open at 6 AM? Or 7 AM? Is it different online versus on the app?
    From the Disney website:

    Disney FastPass+ service lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. With the purchase of a ticket or Annual Pass, you can make selections as early as 30 days before you arrive—starting at 7:00 AM Eastern Time. Plus, if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, Disney Springs Area Hotels or other select nearby hotels, you can make your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to check-in for the entire length of your stay
    Linda aka: Faline
    INTERCOT Staff: Vacation Planning,Trip Reports and Disney Camping
    faline@intercot.com

  10. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    1,847
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I just booked our fastpasses two days ago and we got all the attractions on the day we wanted and I really only have one time that was off from what I wanted. We found it all went pretty smoothly. With our hotel ressies we are technically a 9 day trip, hitting the parks day 2 - 8.

    Most limited availability was Slinky Dog however we found plenty of morning slots for Slink by going to day 6 of our trip. Flight of passage was readily available for days 5 and 7. The only one I had to change the time I really wanted was 7 Dwarves, which was the 4th fast pass I attempted to book on the 2nd day of our trip.

    As others mentioned pushing more desired fast passes to later in a trip makes it easier. Also don't book all three fastpasses just because you are working on that day. i.e. I booked slinky dog for day 6 but circled back to book my other two fast passes for that day after getting through flight of passage and 7 dwarves on other days.

    I also booked via the app and had no issues. I much prefer a nice touch screen to a mouse.
    "One little spark of inspiration is at the heart of all creation, right at the start of everything thats new, one little spark lights up for you!"


    o


    Mom to our little Prince Everett and Princess Adelaide
    August 2019 Pop Century!
    Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

  11. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thanks everyone. I have them numbered on which to attempt first. (i.e., FOP on day 6, then Slinky on day 5, etc.) My window opens tomorrow at 7 am. Wish me luck.

  12. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Nine minutes... nervous.

  13. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thank you, everyone, for all of your suggestions. The system worked very, very well, as did the strategies I got most everything I wanted. I got Flights of Passage TWICE in our vacation. I got Seven Swarfs Mine Ride. The only thing I couldnt get Slinky Dog Dash and that is because I chose Toy Story Mania for my Tier 1 that day because I know my son will love that ride. Maybe Ill take advantage of extended hours to ride that. Thanks again.

  14. Likes PopPhan, Dulcee liked this post
  15. #12
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    York, PA
    Posts
    2,811
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    In that I have always stayed 'on property' and have had the 60 day window, I have yet to NOT be able to get FP+ reservations for everything I have wanted.

    First, know when your dates are and what park you want to visit on each date. Be flexible, but have a basic plan in place.

    Next, be online at 7am sharp to start trying for your FP+ selections.

    Then, start with either your last day of your visit OR the most difficult FP+ selection to get as late in your trip as possible.

    Last tip: Take any available time that fits into your schedule for the attraction you want. There will be opportunities, once you lock the selection in, to go back and try to modify times to fit better into your schedule.

    These things have always worked for me. Last trip, I had 3 FoP, 2 Slinky Dog Dash and a 7 Dwarfs Mine Train FP+ option, all at times I preferred. It was a 8 day/night trip.....

    Sorry to be so late to this thread, but I hope this still can help someone....
    -Bud

    Walt Disney World:
    9/03 - CBR
    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18; 10/18 - PC
    5/15 - POR

    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

    Next up: ????

  16. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 1999
    Posts
    7,086
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPeetrie View Post
    Nine minutes... nervous.
    how did you do?
    Ali's Mom
    Senior Imagineer

  17. #14
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,750
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Imalismom View Post
    how did you do?
    Very Well! First off, the system worked to perfection. It has been four years since our last visit and the system is much faster and intuitive.

    My first selection was:
    Day 6: Flights of Passage -- AVAILABLE, and at an early time. [Perfect!]
    Day 2: Flights of Passage -- NOT AVAILABLE, so I selected Na'Vi River Adventure instead.
    Day 3: Slinky Dog -- NOT AVAILABLE, so I chose Toy Story Mania instead
    Day 8: Slinky Dog -- AVAILABLE, so I took it at a good early hour.
    Day 5: Soarin' -- AVAILABLE
    Day 1: 7 Dwarfs -- AVAILABLE
    Day 1: Splash Mountain -- AVAILABLE
    Day 9: Flights of Passage -- AVAILABLE

    Then I was able to fill in with two Kilimanjaro Safari's, two Star Tours, RnRC, ToT, BTMRR, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion.

    After I had them set, I reviewed my plans against dining reservations and saw some disrupt the "flow" too much so I was able to adjust some times. All in all, I'm very pleased with the reservations I have and look forward to the next 60 days moving quickly. Thanks all for your strategies!!!!

    I Love Disney!!!
    WDW - 99 Off Site
    WDW - 00 Coronado Springs, Wilderness Lodge
    WDW - 01 POFQ, Boardwalk Inn
    WDW - 02 Caribbean Beach, POFQ, Animal Kingdom Lodge
    WDW - 04 Riverside
    WDW - 05 Coronado Springs
    WDW - 07 Riverside
    WDW - 11 Caribbean Beach
    WDW - 12 POFQ
    WDW - 14 Riverside

  18. Likes Dulcee, PopPhan liked this post
  19. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Posts
    1,847
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Glad it all worked out for you! I know FP+ has a lot of naysayers but we've been fans of it from day 1. It has always worked well for how we plan and tour.
    "One little spark of inspiration is at the heart of all creation, right at the start of everything thats new, one little spark lights up for you!"


    o


    Mom to our little Prince Everett and Princess Adelaide
    August 2019 Pop Century!
    Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

  20. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    7,046
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPeetrie View Post
    Very Well! First off, the system worked to perfection. It has been four years since our last visit and the system is much faster and intuitive.

    My first selection was:
    Day 6: Flights of Passage -- AVAILABLE, and at an early time. [Perfect!]
    Day 2: Flights of Passage -- NOT AVAILABLE, so I selected Na'Vi River Adventure instead.
    Day 3: Slinky Dog -- NOT AVAILABLE, so I chose Toy Story Mania instead
    Day 8: Slinky Dog -- AVAILABLE, so I took it at a good early hour.
    Day 5: Soarin' -- AVAILABLE
    Day 1: 7 Dwarfs -- AVAILABLE
    Day 1: Splash Mountain -- AVAILABLE
    Day 9: Flights of Passage -- AVAILABLE

    Then I was able to fill in with two Kilimanjaro Safari's, two Star Tours, RnRC, ToT, BTMRR, Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion.

    After I had them set, I reviewed my plans against dining reservations and saw some disrupt the "flow" too much so I was able to adjust some times. All in all, I'm very pleased with the reservations I have and look forward to the next 60 days moving quickly. Thanks all for your strategies!!!!

    I Love Disney!!!
    Sounds like your trip is shaping up well.
    We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together

    Not
    We believed in our idea - a place to line the pockets of CEOs and shareholders

  21. #17
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Fort Worth, Tx
    Posts
    2,252
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cinderelley View Post
    Sounds like your trip is shaping up well.
    A miracle.
    ===================

    2016 POR
    2015 CS
    2014 WDW-Offsite
    2014 Disneyland-offsite
    2014 CBR
    2013 Dolphin
    2012 POR
    2012 WDW-Offsite
    2011 ASMusic, POR

    1998 Dixie Landings
    1990's, Dixie Landings, Misc Offsite

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Share This Thread On Social Media:

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

 
Company
Advertising
Guest Relations
Community
Discussion Boards
Podcast
Newsletter
Shop
Social
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube
Pinterest
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Enter your email address below to receive our newsletter:
INTERCOT Logo PRIVACY STATEMENT / DISCLAIMER | DISCUSSION BOARD RULES
Since 1997 INTERCOT - a Levelbest Communications Website. This is not an official Disney website.
> Levelbest Network Site