Mom and child riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • On Apr 24, 2019
    Jenny from SC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning May 2020 visit. Staying off property. Will have 6 day hopper tickets. I know FastPass reservations can be booked 30 days out, but will I be able to make all 6 days at once or will I need to book them one day at a time?

    Hello, Jenny from a fellow South Carolinian! Thanks for bringing another great question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I’m so happy to hear you’re planning a return visit to Walt Disney World Resort next year! There are so many new, exciting things taking shape over the next year including the soon-to-open Disney Skyliner system and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, as well as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Spring 2020). 

    One of the best ways to maximize your chances of seeing and doing as much as you possibly can is using Walt Disney World Resort’s FastPass+ system. While the ability to reserve multiple days’ FastPasses outside of a 30-day window is reserved for Guests staying at an official Walt Disney World Resort Hotel, you will be able to book your experiences one day at a time within that 30-day window as an off-site Guest. Since Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests can book their experiences up to 60 days in advance of their check-in date, sometimes it can be hard to get all of the attractions you want within that shorter time frame. So here are a few suggestions for maximizing your options:

    First of all, make a list of each of the attractions in each of the Theme Parks that are your family’s must-dos. Then prioritize this list based on which Parks you want to visit the most. Then, at 7 a.m. ET on the 30th day from your arrival, make sure you’re logged into your My Disney Experience account and ready to make your selections. 

    Secondly, take a look at the Park Hours for the week of your arrival and try to make your plans based on those. Sometimes you’ll be able to catch one of those hard-to-get attractions without a FastPass at an early Park opening or later Park closing (keeping in mind that Extra Magic Hours are reserved for on-site Guests as well). Although Park Hours are always subject to change, I’ve found the published hours tend to be accurate within that 30-day window.

    Don’t despair if you don’t get what you want at first! Since selections can always be modified (up to the day of your visit, depending on availability), keep checking back to see if something opens up closer to your arrival.

    Hopefully these tips will help you maximize your chances for getting the FastPass+ experiences everyone in your party is hoping for, Jenny. Please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer for you as you continue to plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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