Since the FastPass+ system was introduced in 2013, Disney has made big changes, such as moving attractions between tiers, and subtle changes. One subtle change that we’ve noticed this past year is that Disney has increased the number of day-of FastPasses available. That is, you’ll find FastPasses available for rides on the day you’re in the park now more than ever.
Giving out more day-of FastPasses benefits you and Disney. The benefit to you, obviously, is that you might get a FastPass that wasn’t available when you made your advance FastPass selections 30 or 60 days ago.
The benefit to Disney happens when a FastPass ride breaks down unexpectedly. Remember that when this happens, your FastPass selection for that ride can be transferred to almost any other ride. If a high-volume ride like Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down for several hours, the other FastPass attractions in the Magic Kingdom have to accept thousands of unplanned FastPasses. By increasing the number of day-of FastPasses, Disney has to replace fewer made-in-advance FastPasses, which puts less strain on the other rides to pick up the slack.
For easy reading, the charts below separate out out day-of FastPass+ reservations from advance FastPass+ reservations. The crowd levels shown are the same as in our Disney Crowd Calendar.
Day-Of FastPass+ Availability
The tables below show when you can expect FastPass+ reservations to run out. An empty cell means that there is no day-of availability. Attractions in yellow generally do not have day-of FastPasses available.
It is possible to get a FastPass+ reservation for any attraction on the day of your visit. It may be unlikely, but possible. Attraction availability and time slots change continuously. If you keep refreshing the My Disney Experience app it is possible that a FastPass+ reservation will appear.
Advance FastPass+ Reservation
As long as guests have park admission and a My Disney Experience account, they can make FastPass+ reservations 30 days in advance. Guests staying at a Disney Resort hotel can make FastPass+ reservations 60-days in advance. “Start” is important in the prior statement. Guest can make FastPass+ reservations for all days from check-in to check-out once they are 60-days from their check-in day. So if a guest has a 7-day reservation, they can actually make FastPass+ reservations up to 68 days in advance.
At first, it may seem counter-intuitive that FastPass+ reservations run out faster on days with a lower crowd level. The explanation for this is that lower crowd days have shorter park hours. The shorter park hours means less FastPass+ time slots. This causes days with a low crowd level to have a smaller pool of FastPass+ reservations.
Avatar Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPasses run out the fastest. Even at 60 days prior to your visit, the selection will be sparse. Getting FastPasses for these two attractions will be easier for days later in your vacation. Frozen Ever After and Na’vi River Journey FastPasses will be sparse for off-site guests.
Schedule your advanced FastPass+ reservations early in the day so you can get additional FastPasses. Use the day-of run out times to prioritize which attractions you should reserve FastPasses in advance.
FastPass+ still works for people who do not want to plan 60-days in advance. It is possible to be spontaneous at Walt Disney World and be efficient in your touring.
Has your FastPass+ strategy changed with the evolution of the system? Let us know in the comments.