• On Jul 7, 2015
    Larry from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am traveling to Disney World at Thanksgiving with my family of 10. I am concerned about getting fast passes. What is the best time to get fast passes and how often do attractions run out of passes if you want to get another one?

    Hi, Larry!  This can be a bit complicated to answer, because you just never know with FastPass+ which options will be available once you've used the initial three.  Also, how you like to plan your day has a lot to do with the FastPass+ times you might want to select.

    For my family, we are "rope droppers" - I have my kids at the turnstiles to go into the parks as soon as they open.  Instead of choosing FastPass+ times for the early morning, we do the attractions that we can get to before the lines get too long, and I book my FastPass+ times for late morning or just after lunch.  Usually, by about 2 o'clock, we are ready to head back to our resort for a break, so if I grab another FastPass+ using the kiosks in the theme park, I see what is available for later in the evening - like after dinner.  

    If you are a late sleeper, you may want to get your FastPass+ times for the time you think you'll arrive at the park - maybe in the 11 AM range.  Once you've used your three, you can secure an additional pass for the earliest time available, so you can maybe get another one or two to use into the evening.That works best if you plan to go late and stay late.

    Attractions I would say you need to get your initial FastPass+ selections for include the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Midway Mania, Meet and Greet with Anna and Elsa, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Test Track, and Expedition Everest.  Those are the passes I find most often not available later in the day at the park.

    Good luck! 
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My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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