As it gets closer to your FastPass (FP) selection time, it’s a good idea to plan out which attractions and shows you want your FastPasses for. If you are staying on property you can make your FP reservations 60 days from your arrival date and if you are not staying on property you can make your FP reservations 30 days from your arrival date,
There are certain attractions and shows that will book up fast. For example, in the Magic Kingdom the Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are both very popular. If your traveling is interested in either of those then I would make sure those are the first ones you try for when your FP reservation window opens.
To make it easier, try to plan out where you are going to be on what day. You will already have some of this planned out, if you made advanced dining reservations. Knowing where you will be on what day will help you to narrow down your FP choices for that day. Each person in the traveling party will get three FPs per person/per day.
We already had a spreadsheet started for our dining selections, so we knew where we wanted to be on what day. That made it easier when planning for FPs. Since we are traveling with kids, we decided to go with one kids ride, one big kid coaster, and one meet and greet. Plus, we know we are going to be at a lot of the parks at rope drop, or soon after, most days. Since the lines are significantly shorter in the morning, we’ll do some of the more popular rides when the park opens.
So, I would recommend talking to everyone that is in your traveling party. Try to come up with a list of FP selections for everyone and not everyone has to have the same FPs. If someone wants to go on Space Mountain, but another person doesn’t like roller coaster they can make their FP reservation for a tamer ride during the same time period (as long as the same time period is available for both selections). To help with organization, make a spreadsheet with the days you are going to be in each park and your dining reservation times.
I know I talk about spreadsheets a lot, but they really do help when you are planning for your Disney trip. It makes it so much easier to keep track of everything. Disney trips can be a little intimidating to plan, especially if it is your first trip.
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