How To Use A Disney FASTPASS
A girlfriend of mine was recently planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, and questioned me about FASTPASS. She’d never used one, and was wondering how to obtain and use a FASTPASS at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
What Is FASTPASS?
First, for those of you that don’t know, FASTPASS is a service that allows you to receive a return ticket to an attraction at Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park, potentially saving you lots of time in line. Not all attractions have the option of using FASTPASS, and you’re limited to a certain amount of FASTPASS tickets you can receive per day. For instance, you would not be able to receive 20 FASTPASS tickets to ride Radiator Springs Racers over and over, or any other ride for that matter. Also, there is no guarantee that you will receive a FASTPASS to each attraction that offers them. If the attraction runs out, the attraction is closed, or all the FASTPASS tickets have been distributed, you’ll need to wait in the regular line.
It’s FREE To Use FASTPASS!
It costs nothing to get, or use a FASTPASS! The process is super simple too. FASTPASS tickets are available to those that entered the gates to Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park with their valid ticket or Annual Pass.
How Do I Get A FASTPASS?
Obtaining and using a FASTPASS is super easy! Once inside the Park with the attraction that you wish to go to, that offers FASTPASS, head over to the attraction’s FASTPASS Distribution Center. The Distribution Centers are free standing machines which remit the FASTPASS return tickets. (They’re a lot like the machines that validate parking at shopping malls.) Once you place either your valid admission ticket or Annual Passport into the machine, it should give you a FASTPASS. The machine will also return your Park admission ticket or Pass, so don’t forget to retrieve it!
Now That I Have It, What Do I Do With My FASTPASS?
The FASTPASS will tell you a return time, allowing you to visit other attractions throughout the Park, and return at the time printed on the FASTPASS. You actually have one hour from the time on the FASTPASS to return to the attraction. For instance, if your FASTPASS states 3:15pm, you may return between 3:15pm-4:15pm. It’s always a good idea to verify this with a Cast Member, just to make sure nothing has changed since this post was written.
Which Attractions Use FASTPASS?
A handful of attractions have the option of using FASTPASS. A list of the attractions using FASTPASS at the time this post was written are below. Be sure to check the Disneyland website prior to your trip to verify the attractions using this feature, as they change every now and then. (Psst, Disneyland! We wish that FASTPASS would be brought back to the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride!)
Disneyland Attractions with FASTPASS:
• Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
• Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
• Indiana Jones Adventure
• Splash Mountain
• Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
• Space Mountain
Disney California Adventure Attractions with FASTPASS:
• World of Color (Show)
• California Screamin’
• Grizzly River Run
• Soarin’ Over California
• Goofy’s Sky School
• The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
• Radiator Springs Racers
Other Things To Know About FASTPASS
Important things to know about using FASTPASS:
• You can only get a FASTPASS at the Park where the attraction is located.
• Using FASTPASS may save you time from standing in long lines.
• You may obtain a FASTPASS for each attraction that you wish to experience that uses the feature, upon availability.
• Once you return to an attraction with your FASTPASS return ticket, you’ll want to get in the special FASTPASS Return Entrance. A Cast Member will take your FASTPASS after you’re in the Return line.
• You can only receive one FASTPASS ticket per valid Park ticket/pass per time stated on the return ticket from the FASTPASS machine.
• After you use your FASTPASS ticket you have the option of going back to get another, upon availability.
• Your FASTPASS ticket is only good on the day that you receive it.
• Once you return to an attraction to use a FASTPASS, each person in your party must have a valid FASTPASS return ticket for the time stated to return for that attraction. For instance, you can’t have your friends that you just ran into, that don’t have a FASTPASS in hand join you in the FASTPASS return line. This helps keep it fair for everyone! (Children under 3 don’t require a Park ticket or Pass, so they should be fine returning with you in the FASTPASS return line.)
• Some attractions may run out of FASTPASS tickets, and they’re available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• If you want to get a FASTPASS to World of Color or Radiator Springs Racers, it might be good idea to go straight to the FASTPASS distribution machines for those attractions first thing in the morning, before you do anything else. Don’t fret if you don’t get a FASTPASS for World of Color. I have more information about that in this post about visiting Disney California Adventure.
• It’s a good idea to check the official Disneyland website for updates on attractions using FASTPASS.
Do you have any added information that would be helpful to share about using a FASTPASS? We think it’s a great feature at the Parks! Perhaps we’ll see you there!
The opinions in this article are our own. We do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this post, nor do we have any official relationship with them. We’re Disney fans and were Annual Passholders for many years.