Can you get same-day FastPass+ for a second top-tier attraction without first using at least two lower-tier FastPass+? People often ask us whether the following plan will work: enter the park with exactly one FastPass+ for a popular attraction at an early time, use that, and then immediately book FastPass+ for a another top-tier attraction.
First, let’s look at the rules. From the Walt Disney World website:
You can make multiple FastPass+ selections in advance each day for attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings. For most days, you will be able to select up to 3 FastPass+ experiences at a single theme park. However, the specific number depends on availability.
With valid park admission, choose your FastPass+ experiences up to 30 days in advance of each day of your theme park visit. If you are also staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can start making your FastPass+ selections as early as 60 days―plus the number of days of your stay―prior to your check-in date.
Once you redeem your initial set of FastPass+ selections (or the last arrival window has passed), you can make another FastPass+ selection for the same day at an in-park kiosk or using your mobile device, up to park closing. After you redeem the additional FastPass+ pick, you can make more selections (one at a time).
If your ticket includes a Park Hopper Option, after you use your initial FastPass+ selections at the first park, you’ll be able to make additional FastPass+ selections (one at a time) at a kiosk or using the mobile app at the second park you visit that day, up to park closing.
At Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, there is tiering of attractions. This means that of the initial FastPass+ selections, only one can come from “Group A,” where Group A has the most popular experiences.
Reading the Disney text, it sounds like you can definitely book another FastPass+ after using your initial set of “up to 3” FastPass+ selections. But it is not clear what (if any) tiering restrictions apply for the “additional FastPass+ selections (one at a time)” you can make.
With this uncertainty I mind, I entered Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 30, 2019, with only a single FastPass+ selection reserved.
Below is the current FastPass+ tiering at Hollywood Studios.
My single FastPass was for Toy Story Mania! (a Group A attraction) from 8:00-9:00 a.m. After tapping-in at the attraction, I opened the My Disney Experience app to make a second FastPass+ selection.
As you can see, the app gave me the warning “You already chose an experience from this list” and presented me only with options for Group B attractions. Even though there was availability, I could not book FastPass+ for a Group A ride like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
However, I discovered that I could make a Group A selection at a different park. Below, see that I could reserve FastPass+ for Soarin’ Around the World.
To get a Disney employee’s opinion on the matter, I asked a Guest Experience Cast Member in Hollywood Studios whether I could get a second Group A experience after using only my one initial FastPass+ selection. He told me that would not work; I would have to do two Group B FastPass+ experiences (in addition to my initial Group A attraction) before getting FastPass+ for a second Group A attraction.” This matches what I saw in the park (although he did not address what would happen if I was looking at a different park for my second Group A FastPass+).
Based on my experience last week, people who say they booked a second top-tier FastPass+ after only using a single top-tier FastPass+ likely experienced a pleasant glitch, or they were looking at a Group A attraction in a second park as their second top-tier FastPass+.
In summary, based on my test, do not plan on getting a second Group A FastPass+ experience in the same park until after you have used your initial Group A FastPass+ and two Group B FastPass+ selections in that park.