I’ve spent that past several weeks sharing all kinds of fun advice for you, my amazing readers. I always promise to be honest and this post is all about honesty…
I’M FREAKING OUT!!
I don’t know why. Booking my hotel reservation was easy. Deciding on if we’re doing Dining Plan or not was a chore, but not stressful. (Spoiler Alert: I’m NOT HAPPY with the Disney Dining Plan). Deciding on WHEN we’ll go was easy as pie.
But, next week I have to book our FastPasses. In case you don’t know what a FastPass is:
Disney FastPass+ service allows you to reserve access to select Walt Disney World theme park attractions, entertainment and Character Meets in advance. There is no additional cost to use FastPass+ service―it is included with your theme park admission. – Disney Website
At 7:00am, 60 days from your arrival date, you can book your FastPasses. I have three LITTLE kids (5, 3 & 1). So, I know the rides we won’t be going on and don’t NEED to book most of the hard-to-get rides like Flight of Passage, Splash Mountain or Tower of Terror. Yet, I DO need to book passes so we have them.
And, once again… I’M FREAKING OUT!!
Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Set In Stone
With the little kids, we don’t have ANY idea what our full days will look like. We are planning on doing a park in the morning, resort in the midday for rest and a swim, and another park in the afternoon/evening.
We do have SOME breakfast or lunch reservations which dictate what parks we’ll do each morning, so that helps. But you’re only allowed to make your three passes, each day, in the SAME park. i.e. I can’t rope drop Animal Kindom, FastPass the Safari and then hop over to Magic Kingdom and FastPass two rides there. If I want The Safari, I have to use the other two FastPasses in Animal Kingdom. (More on this in a little bit.)
So, once I decide on where I’ll book my FastPasses (especially if they’re a hard to get Pass), I’m locked into that park for that day, or risk losing those passes.
2. Rides We NEED To FastPass
My little kids have a list of rides they’re excited about from hearing stories or watching videos. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to FastPass rides like Dumbo or Flying Carpets. But I’m thinking it’s a definite for Peter Pan, Character Meets and a few others.
But I’m not all that sure WHAT rides they’ll be dying to go on (they’ve never been) and I’m worried we’ll miss some if we don’t FastPass them.
3. Same Day in the Same Park
Like I mentioned earlier, your three FastPasses have to be used in the same park. Magic Kingdom, I’m sure we can find three. Animal Kingdom we got our three ideas.
However, we’re not so sure about Hollywood Studios or Epcot. In Epcot we have breakfast reservations at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at 8am so we’ll get right in line for Frozen Ever After, after we eat.
Then we’ll FastPass it to ride a second time (I know this will be a hit with the kids). Since we need all three in the same park – I don’t know what else to use the FP for in Epcot. My kids are LITTLE, we won’t be going on Soarin’ or Test Track. We don’t need them for the ride in Mexico or Living with the Land or Turtle Talk with Crush. We’re meeting Mickey and Minnie at Magic Kingdom so I don’t need to book them in Epcot.
I know once I use up the three FPs I can make more and change parks.
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. – Disney Website
But, where do I use my Epcot FPs?!?!
With only a few lunch reservations (like Sanaa), our days are purposely loose with the schedule – allowing us to go with the flow of the littles.
The FastPasses add a bit more schedule there. I have to keep in mind where the rides I FP are, in relation to each other, so we’re not sprinting with a baby in a backpack and the others in our double stroller from Adventureland across Fantasyland over to Tomorrowland as fast as we can to be sure I make my window for Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.
This is fine in parks we’ll visit multiple times on our trip (i.e. Magic Kingdom almost every day). But we are planning on doing Animal Kingdom once. Maybe Hollywood Studios, too. (I’m sneaking out at least one night to visit Galaxy’s Edge by myself.)
I don’t want to miss anything. However, as I’m been advised many times by friends, we can’t do it ALL. I just don’t want to miss something the kids will love – that’s the big wild card here.
I’ll be back with a new story in the next day or so with FastPass advice I’m getting from my friends (NOW LIVE!), on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll also share my FastPass plan with you when I finalize it this weekend. And I’ll be back next Wednesday to let you know how it went and what I booked. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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