What is Disneyland FASTPASS exactly?
Disneyland FASTPASS is a great system that lets you “eliminate the wait” at the most popular attractions. The FASTPASS essentially saves your place in line, while you are then able to do other things.
So how does it work?
Let’s say you want to go on an attraction, there’s a clock showing wait of 45 minutes, and another stating the return time for FASTPASS in 90 minutes, you’re thirsty, don’t want to wait in line, but desperately want to enjoy the experience. You notice by the attraction sign another board that states “FASTPASS DISTRIBUTION”. This is your chance to “eliminate the wait”. Simply take your park pass, insert it into the FASTPASS Machine, and out pops your FASTPASS ticket. Take a look at the pass, it will give you a time window to return to the attraction (this is usually an hour ie: 11:15-12:15 although can be less for certain attractions, most typically shows). Bring this back to the ride at the allotted time and “eliminate the wait”, jump past the crowds and hit the attraction. Make sure that you get a FASTPASS ticket for everyone in your party, you don’t want to have to leave them behind while you enjoy the fun.
How much do I have to pay for FASTPASS?
Nothing…nada…zip…it’s one of the ways that Disney goes out of their way to improve the guest experience.
However if you would like to conveniently reserve a FASTPASS through your mobile Disneyland app guests can purchase Disney’s MAXPASS. Disney MAXPASS is a new digital service that combining Disney PhotoPass and Disney FastPass services through the convenience of your smartphone. With Disney’s MAXPASS, you’ll receive unlimited downloads of your Disney PhotoPass pictures, including Magic Shots, select attractions, and character dining. The digital FastPass will allow you to make your selection without visiting one of the ticket kiosks located around the park.
How many FASTPASS tickets can I get in a day?
It’s limited only by how busy the park and attractions get. FASTPASS is an ingenious system that removes the physical person from the line and puts a virtual person in their place. As the park gets more crowded, obviously the lines get longer. This means you’ll wait longer in lines, this in turn affects the return time on the FASTPASS ticket. When you pick up your FASTPASS, you’ll see a time stamped upon it stating the time that you will be able to get your next FASTPASS ticket. This prevents you (or anyone else) from running around the park and joining a whole bunch of virtual lines at once (after all, when was the last time that you were able to split yourself in two) preventing other guests from enjoying the attractions. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be used the same day you pick it up.
Is it available on all Disneyland attractions?
FASTPASS is limited to the busiest attractions, so don’t go looking for the machines for attractions like “Tarzan’s Tree House”.
Attractions that offer Disneyland FASTPASS
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Haunted Mansion Holiday
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- “it’s a small world” Holiday
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- The Incredicoaster
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- World of Color (Available near The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure)
Popular Attraction Distribution Locations
The FASTPASS ticket distribution kiosks are located along the Rivers of America adjacent to Frontier Landing.
Kiosks distributing World of Color FASTPASSES near The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.
The “it’s a small world” attraction FASTPASS kiosk can be found near the entrance of Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction.
You will not be able to get a FASTPASS for another attraction until the time indicated on your current ticket.
The evening spectaculars (like World of Color) and occasionally some other attractions (like Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters) will not count against your ability to get another FASTPASS.
Each person in your party needs their own FASTPASS to ride the ride.
The clocks will tell you the time you will be required to return to use your FASTPASS before you get your next FASTPASS. The time will also be noted on your pass.
The tickets for some attractions are gone before the end of the day. Make sure you get yours early in the day for popular attractions.
You can hold a FASTPASS for an attraction at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure at the same time.
FASTPASSES are not available for attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.