What is a FASTPASS in Disneyland?

Disneyland’s FASTPASS is a free service that allows you to make a reservation for a specific attraction with little or no wait time.  You walk over to the attraction you’re interested in and somewhere by the line entrance, there will be a few machines under a “FASTPASS Distribution” sign.  Put your park ticket into the machine and it will give you a little piece of paper with the ride name and a one hour window of time for you to return to the attraction and enter the FASTPASS line to skip the vast majority of the wait time.  

If you are you are unfamiliar with FASTPASS, please read on, but if you are familiar with FASTPASS and want to learn about the paid version of MaxPass, click here

Once you have your FASTPASS, you are free to go and enjoy other parts of the park until it is time for you to go back to the attraction.  FASTPASS has a limited amount to offer per attraction per day, so they can (and do) run out for specific attractions for the day.

When you have entered the time block of your FASTPASS, return to the attraction, and enter the FASTPASS line (NOT the Stand-By line). You will simply scan your ticket at the entrance of the line, then enter the much shorter FASTPASS LINE line. The paper FASTPASS you received from the machine is just a reminder card, and now a fun souvenir. 

You can enter the line at any time during your FASTPASS window, which means you can have more than one FASTPASS at a time.  As you can see, this FASTPASS is from 8:40am to 9:40am, however, I circled where it says “Another FASTPASS selection will be available after 8:44am.”  So at 8:44am, if you go to the next attraction you’d like to visit, you can get a new FASTPASS, and then go back to Matterhorn Bobsleds to use the FASTPASS in this example.  

While you can hold more than one FASTPASS at a time, they cannot be for the same attraction.  You can get more than one FASTPASS for a single attraction in one day, but you must use one or let one expire before getting another one.

Be sure to take note of the circled section to make the most of your FASTPASS options and, in return, spend less time waiting in lines!

FASTPASS selections are only valid during the window you are given, so keep an eye on the time while waiting for your attraction.

Below are the attractions that offer FASTPASS 

Disneyland

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Fantasmic!** (see below)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Disney California Adventure

  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Incredicoaster
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • World of Color** (see below)

**Fantastmic and World of Color are the nighttime spectaculars in Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. They offer FASTPASS for reserved viewing areas.  Neither of these FASTPASS selections require a waiting period after getting one, so you are free to go directly to another attraction and get a new FASTPASS right after.  You can get a Fantasmic FASTPASS at the machines along the Rivers of America adjacent to Frontier Landing. You get your World of Color FASTPASS at the machines near The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. These passes are available as soon as the parks open.

Attractions in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge do not currently have FASTPASS options available.

Now that you know how the FASTPASS service works, let me help you get to the parks, so you can use this FASTPASS knowledge firsthand.  Email me at Jill@ThinkTheHappiestThoughts.com or fill out the form under “Free Quote” on the homepage for a complimentary start to your next trip to Disney!  

I can help you book a hotel, figure out what ticket package is best for you, and book dining reservations.  This service is completely free to you. Can’t wait to talk to you soon!

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