FastPass Plus was Disney World’s revolutionary reservation system that allowed guests to book access to popular attractions, shows, character meet-and-greets, and more – all before even stepping foot in the park. Although FastPass Plus has been replaced by the Disney Genie+ system, understanding how it worked can help guests navigate the new system effectively.
FastPass Plus was a free reservation system provided by Disney World that allowed guests to book access to popular attractions, shows, and character meet-and-greets in advance. Reservations were linked to a Disney World ticket or MagicBand and could be made through the My Disney Experience account. Guests could make up to three FastPass Plus reservations per day, all in the same park. After using these reservations, they could make additional ones one at a time. This system has been replaced by Disney Genie+.
What is FastPass Plus?
FastPass Plus was a free online system included with your park ticket that allowed you to reserve access to certain attractions, entertainment, and Character meet-and-greets in advance. With FastPass Plus, you could reserve a specific window of time to experience an attraction without having to wait in the regular line.
How to Make a FastPass Plus Reservation?
FastPass Plus reservations were linked to a Disney World ticket or MagicBand. To make a reservation, you needed a My Disney Experience account where you could link your park admission. Once linked, you could start making FastPass Plus selections.
Disney Resort hotel guests could make FastPass Plus reservations up to 60 days in advance of their check-in date for the entire length of their stay, while guests staying offsite could make reservations up to 30 days in advance of each day of their park visit.
Limitations of FastPass Plus
While FastPass Plus was a great tool for planning, it did have some restrictions. Guests could initially make only three FastPass Plus reservations per day, and all three had to be in the same park. Once those three reservations were used (or the reservation times had expired), guests could make additional FastPass Plus reservations one at a time.
Making the Most of FastPass Plus
While FastPass Plus is no longer in operation, understanding how it worked can help you navigate the current system, Disney Genie+. Here are some strategies that were effective with FastPass Plus and continue to be useful:
- Book in advance: Just as with FastPass Plus, Disney Genie+ allows you to make advanced reservations. The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing a spot for popular attractions.
- Prioritize popular attractions: Use your advanced reservations for the attractions that tend to have the longest wait times.
- Use the app: The My Disney Experience app was crucial for managing FastPass Plus reservations, and it’s just as useful for managing Disney Genie+.
FastPass Plus to Disney Genie+
In 2021, Disney retired the FastPass Plus system and introduced Disney Genie+. This new system offers similar features, but for a fee. For $15 per ticket per day at Walt Disney World, guests can choose the next available time to arrive at a variety of attractions and experiences using the Lightning Lane entrance.
While Disney Genie+ incorporates many elements of the FastPass Plus system, it also offers more flexibility and the ability to choose from a wider range of experiences.
In conclusion, while FastPass Plus is no longer available, understanding how it worked can provide valuable insight into making the most of your Disney World visit. Whether you’re using Disney Genie+ or navigating the standby queues, a little planning can go a long way in ensuring a magical Disney experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
What was the cost of FastPass Plus?
FastPass Plus was included with the price of your Disney World park ticket. There was no additional cost to use the service.
Was there a limit to the number of FastPass Plus reservations I could have at one time?
Yes, guests could initially make three FastPass Plus reservations per day. Once those reservations were used or expired, guests could make additional reservations one at a time.
Do I need a special app to use FastPass Plus?
Yes, to use FastPass Plus, guests needed to use the My Disney Experience app where they could make and manage their reservations.
How does Disney Genie+ differ from FastPass Plus?
While Disney Genie+ offers similar features to FastPass Plus, it also offers more flexibility and the ability to choose from a wider range of experiences. However, unlike FastPass Plus, Disney Genie+ comes with an additional cost of $15 per ticket per day.
Can I still use my FastPass Plus reservations with the new Disney Genie+ system?
No, FastPass Plus has been retired and replaced by the Disney Genie+ system. Any existing FastPass Plus reservations would not be valid under the new system.