It has been said that before doing Disneyland Resort, you should ALWAYS do your research. If you are like Cassie and me, you probably do a TON of research before leaving your driveway. That is what Mousekemoms was created for…. Here is the most recent 411 on Disneyland and California Adventure Fast Passes.
WHAT ARE FASTPASSES: A basic definition would be little FREE extra tickets that hold your spot in line. You take your entrance ticket and insert it into the kiosk of the ride that offers a Fast Pass. You will then get a special ticket printed out for you. These tickets have a time span listed on it that tells you when to report back to the ride. When you return you are moved to the front, or the near front, of the line.
You can only have one Fast Pass at a time. So while you wait for one Fast Pass to come due, go stand in line at another attraction. Really, having a Fast Pass is like standing in line for 2 rides at the same time. It really is handy. Always read the bottom of the Fast Pass itself to see when you can get another.
A smart thing to do is assign 1 person of your party to be the ‘runner’. Ours is always Cassie’s husband, Alex. (Thanks Alex!) Have that one person hold on to all the entrance tickets for the day. When you need a Fast Pass, send the runner to the kiosk to get the Passes while the rest of your party stands in another line. You can only get 1 Fast Pass per entrance ticket. So, you can’t get 8 Fast Passes for Hyper Space Mountain if you only have 4 entrance tickets.
However, the Fast Pass is NOT linked to any one person. You can get 4 Fast Passes for said Hyper Space Mountain but just have 2 people in your party use them. Those 2 people can ride twice if the other 2 opt out.
- Located near the entrance of the ride. Make sure to check the map.
- Grab the pass then go stand in another line. Having a Fast Pass is like standing in two lines at once.
- Always check the bottom of the Fast Pass to see when you can get another.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Indiana Jones ride
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Fantasmic! (A Show: when open, not connected to other Fast Passes)
Hyper-Space Mountain (early as possible)
Splash Mountain (early as possible)
POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR DISNEYLAND:
~Grab a Fast Pass for Haunted then get in line for Pirates.
~Get a Fast Pass for Indiana Jones, then get in line for the Jungle Cruise.
~Fantasy Land does NOT do Fast Passes. Get them for other rides, then head here to stand in line.
~ Fast Pass for Star Tours, then get in line to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Grizzly River Run
Radiator Springs Racers (beside It’s Tough To Be a Bug, not connected to other passes, go early)
Soarin’ Around The World
World of Color (A Show: near Grizzly River Run, not connected to other passes, go early)
Frozen (A Show: not connected to other passes, go early)
***And they just added a Fast Pass for Toy Story Mania!!!!*** Due to this one being so new, it will go quite quickly. I still recommend getting the Radiator Springs Racers pass first, Soarin’ 2nd, and Toy Story 3rd.***
POSSIBLE STRATEGIES FOR CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE:
~ Get a Fast Pass for Radiator Springs Racers then go to It’s Tough to be a Bug! Show, or ride Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
~Get a Fast Pass for Soarin’ then hike over to Hollywood Land to do Turtle Talk with Crush.
***There most likely will be a Fast Pass for the Guardians of the Galaxy ride when it opens May 27th. Again, the novelty of it will most likely mean it will be gone quick. Make sure to pay attention and see what works best for you and your family. ***
Download the Disneyland App for wait times and fast pass return times. This will help with getting the MOST of your time in the parks.