Fastpass

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Fastpass

Fastpass helps you avoid lines, and it's included in regular park admission. Insert your theme-park ticket into the machines near several attractions. Out comes your Fastpass, printed with a one-hour window of time during which you can return to get into the fast line. Don't forget to take your park ticket back, too. You can't make a Fastpass appointment for another attraction until you're within the window of time for your first appointment. It's best to make appointments only for the most popular attractions and to make new ones as soon as existing ones mature. Strategy is everything.

Disney has recently expanded the Fastpass program to allow park guests to reserve Fastpasses in advance—in fact, before they even enter the parks. The technology is slated to become available just as we go to press, so we don't have as many details as we'd like, but what we do know is this: 1) Guests can prebook a limited number of Fastpasses so you need to use them strategically. 2) Fastpasses can be reserved through the app My Disney Experience or online) For the first time, guests can get Fastpasses for some designated character greetings, parades, and shows. It is rumored but not confirmed that these "experience" Fastpasses are in their own category and thus will not affect your ability to get a Fastpass for a popular ride. 4) Best Fastpass practices are explained by the program. It will direct you to the attractions where Fastpass is most helpful. If these attractions don't meet your family's specific needs—your kids are too young to ride coasters, for example—the program will also help you customize your Fastpass selections.

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