Most of you know that I love Disneyland. I don’t want Walt Disney World to feel slighted by me, but I love Disneyland just a little more. One of the reasons I feel this way is because of the FastPass system at Disneyland. There are pros and cons to the FastPass systems at both parks, but the system at Walt Disney World is a bit more complicated. At Walt Disney World, you definitely need the help of a travel agent (call me, I’m glad to oblige) to navigate the system. The system at Disneyland is just a bit simpler. (By the way, there are some things at Disneyland that you can use a travel agent’s help with, too, like planning your meals and shows/parades, but that is another blog.) One of the benefits of the FastPass+ system at Walt Disney World is being able to plan your visit and rides/attractions in advance, but that can also limit your trip flexibility. That is why I like the FastPass system at Disneyland- it gives you flexibility. So let’s get started.
What is a FastPass? It is simply a tool that allows you a shorter wait for a ride or attraction. You have the opportunity at some, not all, rides and attractions at Disneyland and California Adventure Park to pick up a ticket with a return time. When you return at the specified time, the cast member sends you to a shorter line or the “FastPass line” than what is called the “standby line” or the regular line. You can always have one FastPass in your pocket. Once the time window for your return has come, you can pick up an additional FastPass at another attraction or even the same attraction. So you should always have a FastPass in your pocket. It’s like a “go to the front of the line” free card. While you wait for your return time, you are free to go to other rides and attractions. You know that if your return time is soon, you should stay in the vicinity. If your return time is hours away, which happens with some of the most popular attractions like Indiana Jones Adventure, you are free to go have a meal or ride some other rides while you wait. You can even go to the other park and return as long as you return within your window. Since your return time is within a one-hour window, you don’t have to go back at an exact time. You can return anytime within that hour. Know that cast members may not be flexible on your return time if you show up late. After all, they gave you an hour window.
Another thing you should know is that you will need your park ticket to obtain a FastPass. At the FastPass distribution kiosk, you will need to insert your valid park ticket in order to obtain the FastPass for that ride. So, if you are sending one member of your group to obtain FastPasses for the entire group, be sure to send the park tickets for everyone. And be sure, too, that it is a responsible member of your group who won’t lose any of the park tickets. The return time is displayed at the kiosk so be sure you approve of the return time before you insert your park ticket and then are unable to obtain a FastPass at a different ride or attraction.
Here is a list of rides at Disneyland and California Adventure who are currently offering FastPass:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours
Disney California Adventure Park
- World of Color (distributed at Grizzly River Run)
- California Screamin’
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Radiator Springs Racers (distributed near It’s Tough to Be a Bug!)
- Soarin’ Over California
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The kiosks for each attraction are located at the entrance to the attraction except where noted. FastPass distribution is on a first come, first served basis and they do run out. Also, please note that FastPass is only good for the same day distributed. They do not carry over to the following day in the park.
So, the bottom line for me is getting to the front of the line faster. And getting to the front of the line faster enables you to ride more rides and attractions. And riding more rides and attractions enables you to make it through the park “Fast”-er! So take advantage of the FastPass system next time you book your Disneyland Resort Vacation with me!
I’m Jeri May and I’m a Disneyland Fan!