If you are like most people, you are probably sort of paralyzed at the thought of scheduling FastPasses. You don’t know what to choose, you don’t know when to choose it and Disney’s website is confusing you.
Let me tell you, I’ve been doing this a long time and I still feel that way sometimes. Especially if I’m going to schedule FPs so that we can employ the Ninja Rider Switch Technique.
But it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some steps I take to make it less stressful:
Know what you want to FastPass. See this post.
Then, think about when the ideal times for your FastPasses would be. If I skip this step, I find myself sitting there unsure of what to click on when Disney’s site gives me thirty options. If I had planned beforehand, I would know and choose and move on. Once you’ve taken these steps, you are ready for scheduling FastPasses.
I suggest breaking these steps up over several days. This process is mentally taxing and shouldn’t be done in one sitting!
Here’s where we left off on planning Asher’s birthday trip:
I’ve got my days, I know what I want to FP, I just don’t have the order that I want to put them in. Let me just jot those down quickly before I go to My Disney Experience. If you have more in your day, you might want to actually put down times that will work for you. I am more flexible since we don’t have any ADR (Advanced Dining Reservations) or other appointments.
So, here’s where we are now:
Now, I’m ready to go to My Disney Experience and get started. I used to just head right over there to start. It always took me longer and felt harder. And it left me with a day that wasn’t planned all that well. Now I am more prepared, and can knock the actual scheduling out fairly quickly because the thinking has already been done.
My Disney Experience is known to be very buggy. If you’ve spent any kind of time on there, you’ve gotten the “Someone ate the page” or “Pardon our paws” screens. I could scream sometimes.
But two things help this immensely:
#1: Make sure nothing is hanging out in your cart. Anything in your cart will cause problems.
#2: Use Incognito Mode with the Chrome Browser.
Both of these lead me to believe that it’s the cookies that are messing the whole thing up. Anyway, here’s how to get to Incognito Mode if you don’t know (I didn’t.)
Then when you get this guy, you know you’re good to go:
Ok, now head on over to My Disney Experience. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
Sign in and then go to:
My Disney Experience. Then, Get Started under FastPass+:
Next you’ll choose your FastPass party. This is probably easy for you, but I have been to Disney with a lot of people so my list is humongous!
Then you choose your date and park. I started with March 19, and Animal Kingdom.
The first showing of Rivers of Light was all booked up, but the second one was available so I snagged it! Usually, I like to work from morning to evening for FPs, but in this case, I’m grabbing RoL as soon as I see it because it could be gone at any minute.
Then I hit, “Continue on same day” and that will keep my party together too.
Now, I’ll look for when the Safari is available. I have been wanting to try it in the dark, just because I never have before, so I’m hoping to book that in the evening.
I was able to grab that from 7:20-8:20pm.
Expedition Everest wasn’t available for the evening so I scheduled the character spot instead. This is Asher’s birthday trip after all and he loves meeting Mickey.
So here we are for our first day:
I left Expedition Everest there with a question mark because I would still like to let Seth do it if the line isn’t long in the evening.
On to the next day!
I ended up only being able to get Peter Pan and Belle in the evening, so I switched Jungle Cruise to Winnie the Pooh and scheduled that around the same time. This way we can just hang out in Fantasyland for a few hours. We will probably eat dinner at Friar’s Nook or Pinnochio Haus.
I am a fan of scheduling FastPasses close in time because it frees up the rest of your day. We might just skip AK in the morning if we did everything we wanted to do the day before. Instead, we can hit the splash pad and pool at Port Orleans French Quarter.
A way to think about how close or far apart to book your FastPasses is this: If you book them close together in time, book them close together in location as well. If you book them further apart in time, you can book them further apart in location too. That gives you time to walk to them as well as to see some of the other sights nearby.
I won’t bore you with the rest of my FPs choices. They all went similarly- had to make a few concessions, but ended up in a good place!
This will be easier for you!
Remember, I’m scheduling FastPasses for a few days from now, not a couple months. You will have a lot more options and won’t have to make so many decisions on the fly. You should even be able to write down times that you want and then just select those because you’ll have so many options.
The next post in this series will be about setting up your touring plans. It’s not as hard as it looks!
Let me know if you have any questions! LJ@SmartMomsPlanDisney.com
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