All Animal Kingdom Touring Plans Updated for FastPass+

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Starting Wednesday, December 18, Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park will turn off its legacy FASTPASS machines and make FastPass+ available to all guests. UPDATE: See below for the paper form off-site guests will need to fill out to make FastPass+ requests.

We’ve updated all of our Animal Kingdom touring plans to include suggested FastPass+ reservations times, and to remove references to the original FASTPASS system.

You’ll find each plan’s recommended FastPass+ return times in the Summary section. If you’re able to secure FastPass+ reservations near these times, the plan should work without any changes:

Animal Kingdom Touring Plan FastPass+ Suggestions

Using Different Reservation Times or Attractions

If you get FastPass+ reservations at different times, or you’re using our free Disney World touring plan software to customize a plan with different FastPass+ attractions, enter your family’s current FastPass+ reservations into the section titled Reservations I Have Already Made on My Disney Experience. We’ll adjust the touring plan to take advantage of whatever reservations you’ve got:

Changing FastPass+ Reservation Times

Help Choosing Your FastPass+ Attractions

If you’re not sure for which attractions you should use your FastPass+ reservations, we can make suggestions. Simply enter how many FastPass+ opportunities you have (typically 3). We’ll tell you which attractions in your plan would benefit most from FastPass+, and at what time to make your FastPass+ reservations:

FastPass+ Suggestions for Animal Kingdom

As a reminder to off-site guests, you can make FastPass+ reservations at special FastPass+ kiosks located throughout the Animal Kingdom:

  • Expedition Everest
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Primeval Whirl
  • In front of the Disney Outfitters store on Discovery Island
  • In front of the FastPass+ Service Center near Creature Comforts on Discovery Island

If this is your first theme park visit in a while, our FASTPASS and FastPass+ overview will explain how to use both systems.

UPDATE: It seems that Disney is concerned about the lines that would form at the Animal Kingdom FastPass+ kiosks by having thousands of off-site guests, not using My Disney Experience, and trying to navigate the FastPass+ system. So Disney is distributing the paper form below to guests, who return them to a Castmember for the Cast Member to use at the kiosks.

FastPass+ Checklist

Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

27 thoughts on “All Animal Kingdom Touring Plans Updated for FastPass+

  • December 17, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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    Will anyone be there tomorrow to try it out and report back on their experience?

  • December 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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    Sad to see the old system go. I loved being the fastpass runner. I loved being able to get and use ten fastpasses or more a day. On my trip first week of December, I noticed crowd traffic backing up and frequent collisions. The culprit? People staring at their phones waiting for MyMagic to load or update, while trying to walk. And now there are lines forming at the fastpass entrances, because the system takes two seconds to register each fastpass. I used to be able to hold up a deck of fastpasses for my entire group and the cast member could inspect and clear all of us through in a second. Another thing that is gone is my tradition of gifting fastpasses to other guests when I was leaving the park. The only positive thing I have about Fastpass+ is that I can schedule three rides in the afternoon at Hollywood and go to another park in the morning. I hope what I experienced is not what gets rolled out when the test is finished. They need to have cast members pull people over for walking while peering at their phone. It is dangerous.

  • December 18, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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    I noticed the touring plans software gives options to fastpass the parade, but the parade isn’t listed on the paper form. How does that work? I don’t think I fully understand the use of the paper form. Do we wait and watch the CM update it for us?

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:28 am
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      Hey Brandy – Yes, you wait for the CM to enter the form into the kiosk for you. Not sure why the parade isn’t shown on the form. I’ll ask around.

  • December 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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    I just wanted to thank you folks at the books and site for doing all you can to keep up with the huge changes as well as the usual day-to-day changes at the Disney parks and at Universal Orlando. This is but one of the many reasons this site has made it to the top of my list (and my recommended list to friends). It’s certainly worth the nomimal cost.

  • December 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm
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    Raise your hand if you knew the actual name was “Expedition Everest–Legend of the Forbidden Mountain”.

  • December 19, 2013 at 6:49 am
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    I’ve been trying to use the TP software to create a personalized plan for my trip 12/20-26. However, we are staying at Pop Century Resort, which is supposedly not allowing its guests to pull any paper FPs at the parks. I’ve reserved my 3 FP+ for each park and entered that info into the software, but when I optimize, it keeps suggesting other FPs to get while at each park. From what I’ve read, I won’t have this option; I am limited to only my 3 FP+ per day. I wish there was a way to “turn off” the regular FP option for folks like me staying at those particular resorts and can’t “double dip” on Fast Passes. Frustrated, would like to use the TP software but not sure I’ll be able to.

    • December 19, 2013 at 9:27 am
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      Thanks for using the software Melissa!

      I see you’ve got one plan (“MK”) that has both FP+ and old FASTPASS usage. It looks like the Fastpass+ reservations are entered as breaks, however, so they’re not being recognized.

      Can you re-enter your FastPass+ reservations in the section titled “FastPass+ Options” just above Step 1 in the plan? Remove the breaks that are supposed to represent the FP+ steps, too. The software should work then.

      Let me know if this isn’t clear – I’m happy to talk through it on the phone.

      Thanks again!

      • December 19, 2013 at 1:26 pm
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        Hi Len, I entered my FP+ as breaks after a friend suggested it, because when I entered them as FP+ and then optimized, the software kept suggesting regular FP options which we aren’t allowed to have on this trip. Pop Century guests only get the 3 FP+. So if I remove the breaks, it will still keep telling me to pull FP+ for rides like Buzz Lightyear, Barnstormer & Dumbo, right?

        • December 20, 2013 at 7:01 am
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          It should not suggest both FP and FP+, unless the box named “I’m using both FP and FP+” is checked. Can you try it and let us know the results? Post the link to the plan here, too, if it doesn’t work. Thanks!

  • December 19, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    I will miss having my husband acting as fastpass runner. It was the best exercise he ever got! Oh well….

  • December 22, 2013 at 3:04 am
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    I’m actually getting the same msg that the plan won’t use my fast pass + reservations. I’m new to your site/app so any help is much appreciated!!

    • December 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm
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      Hey Christen –

      If the Optimizer is returning a message saying that it’s not using one of your FastPass+ reservations, it’s because the Optimizer thinks the FP+ reservation isn’t helpful. Post a link to your plan, please, and I’ll take a look. Thanks!

      Len

      • December 23, 2013 at 2:04 pm
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        I’m actually having issues with this one too. Soarin doesn’t make sense. I keep trying to move it to the front where it will be in the right time order and it would rather that we wait 88 minutes than use a fast pass.
        http://touringplans.com/plans/698655

        • December 23, 2013 at 7:06 pm
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          Thanks for the link Christen. The issue is fixed and your plan looks good.

          We use military time to specify the Fastpass+ window, so 9:00 AM is 09:00 and 5:00 PM is 17:00. The Fastpass+ times were for 4, 5, and 6 AM, so I adjusted them to military time.

          I’ll ask our developers to add a check to this, so that it’s not possible to specify a Fastpass+ return time before the park opens. That’s our fault. Sorry for the frustration!

          Len

          • December 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm
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            Thanks so much!!

        • December 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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          Hey Christen-

          Your Studios touring plan. I re-added Toy Story and it worked.

          I don’t think you’ll need FP+ for Star Tours, since there’s likely to be no wait at 9 AM when the plan has you there. (The wait was less than 10 minutes on January 2, 2013 until well past 10 AM.)

          You’ll probably also not need FP+ for Voyage of the Little Mermaid at 4:30 pm. The wait for that was 5 minutes all afternoon on January 2, 2013.

          You could ride Rock ‘n Roller Coaster twice, using FP+ for the second ride in the afternoon, and use the other FP+ for a second ride on Tower of Terror in the afternoon too.

  • December 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm
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    I am having trouble with my touring plan for Animal Kingdom. I put all my fastpass + reservations at the times suggested and it won’t use mine for something ok I can deal with that, will just ride the roller coaster twice. The other problem is my attempt to visit conservation station and affection section. The touring plan has me taking the train to them then riding Everest, seeing Nemo, ect then taking the train back and finally seeing the two attractions and going straight to lunch. It is my first time trying to follow the plans and since I have two other fastpass+ reservations in the time between train times I am not really sure how to do this. It also won’t move the Explorers to earlier in the day. I have heard this is something to do as you tour so the plan wanting me to start it at 4pm is a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions? I have tried moving the Explorers thing up and moving the train down, but when I optimize the plan puts them back.

    • December 23, 2013 at 4:03 am
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      Hi Leslie-

      Yes, there’s a known issue with Conservation Station – the Optimizer doesn’t recognize that you have to take the train back and forth. What I’d do to solve this is to create a break, about 50 minutes long, titled “Visit Conservation Station.” Make the start time of the break to whatever time the Optimizer is suggesting you get to Conservation Station. Post the URL of the plan here if that isn’t clear.

      As for your FP+ reservations, you could move around your plans’ steps to whatever you want, including using those FP+ reservations. Instead of clicking the “Optimize” button, however, click the “Evaluate” button to see how your changes affect your waits and walks.

      • December 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm
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        thanks so much for your quick reply. I got it to do almost all i needed it to.

  • December 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm
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    I just saw in the updated terms and conditions for Disney My Magic+ regarding converting paper tickets into RFID tickets that says “Once you convert a ticket or pass you will no longer be able to participate in the standard FASTPASS service upon arrival at the parks.” I was wondering if this also means that guests that aren’t staying at WDW resorts and who originally purchased RFID tickets won’t be able to utilize both the legacy FASTPASS and FASTPASS+ systems (while the legacy FASTPASS systems are still operating in MK, EP, and HS)? The language on the WDW website sounds like once you link your RFID ticket numbers on My Magic+ and you commit to making FASTPASS+ reservations, your RFID tickets will not work with legacy FASTPASS kiosks.

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