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  • On Jul 1, 2019
    Connie from ON Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi I'm coming to Disney World in 2 weeks because we just decided for a last minute trip but I wanted to know what's the chance of my family being able to get fastpasses on the good attractions. Also how crowded is exta magic hours usually. Thanks

    Hi Connie, 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. It's wonderful to see you again, my fellow Canadian! We often plan last-minute visits to Walt Disney World Resort, so I’ve been in your shoes many MANY times.

    As you know, FastPass+ selections for extremely popular attractions such as Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Avatar Flight of Passage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are often long gone, even before the 60-Day selection window opens. 

    That doesn't mean, however, that you’re out of luck. If your party isn’t very big (say, max 4 people), you’ll be surprised at how many options will pop up the day before and even the day of your visit to the Theme Parks. During my last visit, I was able to ride Slinky with FastPass+ selections made the day of my visit! Just keep refreshing and checking daily before your arrival and even once you arrive. This also works with several hard-to-get Disney Dining reservations, so you can also try this trick if you didn’t get all of the dining experiences you’d like to have on your first try. 

    If you do have a larger party, then try getting selections for smaller groups of, say two people, that overlap. That will be your best chance at getting some of your most coveted FastPass+ selections.

    While I do find that the first hour of evening Extra Magic Hours can be a bit busier, the Parks do start to become less busy in the second hour. In addition, if you and your family are early risers and can be at the Parks in time for morning Extra Magic Hours, that might be the way to go to maximize your fun (and your exposure to the hot sun in the early afternoon). 

    I hope my answer helps you plan a wonderful last-minute visit for your family. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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