Thursday, March 26, 2009

Disneyland FAST PASS Tips

When you get to Disneyland the first thing you want to do is get a Fast Pass for the first major ride you want to go on. If you plan it right you can optimize the number of Fast Passes you can acquire during the day. For the first part of the day you may feel that all you are doing is collecting Fast Passes and going on just a few rides but this will pay off during the second half when you start using them up quickly.

Disneyland rides with Fast Passes in order of popularity:
Indiana Jones Adventure
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Buz Lightyear
Enchanted Tiki Room - Just kidding

California Adventure Fast Pass Rides
Soarin' over California
Grizzly River Run
California Screamin'
Tower of Terror
Mulholland Madness

1. ARRIVE EARLY! FastPasses run out as the day goes on and if you get to Disneyland when the park opens you can get FastPasses 30 minutes apart. Later in the afternoon the ride return time get later and later, and eventually stop. Keep in mind that even if you do get a FastPass for some rides like Indian Jones, this only gets you through part of the line quickly. You may still have to wait like everyone else once the lines merge.

2. View the list of attractions that give out Fast Passes. Start with the attraction you want to ride first and send one person over there with all your tickets to get the Fast Passes. I recommend that you start with Splash Mountain because you may not want to get wet later in the day when it's starting to cool off. Also Space Mountain Fast Passes run out fast so you may want to get those second.

3. If you have a stroller this can be used to your advantage. Stroller Passes are given out if the rider does not meet the height requirement. This is good. On this ride if you have 3 people that can ride get 1 Fast Pass. Once that person enters the line ask for a Stroller Pass. The other two riders now have their ticket for the Fast Pass line in the form of a Stroller Pass.

4. You can also take advantage of the Single Rider lines. In this case you don't need a Fast Pass. California Adventure Fast Passes are not connected to Disneyland so if you hop over there you can start over.

5. Some rides only spit out Fast Passes once every 1-2 hours. Rodger Rabbits ride is not connected to the rest of the Disneyland system. Don't worry about the return time, every time I have been there they have always accepted a Fast Pass in the Return line no matter what time I go back as long as it's after the Return Time.

6. Keep track of the time, usually every two hours you can get a pass. But I'm sure that last week I got a Fast Pass on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster and then on Splash Mountain an hour later because it was early and the park was not crowded yet. At any rate once the time is near for your next fast pass send one person in your party over to the next ride to get the next pass. Again the earlier you start the more you will get.

California Adventure and Disneyland Fast Pass systems are not connected, but may be too hard to go back and forth just Fast Passes so send one person with all of the tickets, make sure they have a cell phone.