Using Fastpasses at the Disneyland
This page does not specifically cover Maxpass, but the information presented here will be generally applicable to this system.
UPDATES: The minimum wait time (of about 40 minutes) until the return window opens has been eliminated.
Paper Fastpasses are no longer distributed - instead the machines print
"reminders" (see photo below). The guest's Fastpass is scanned
from the ticket or AP.
For those who are familiar with the FP+ system used at Walt Disney World: [Temporarily]
forget what you know.
Although there are similarities, trying to use knowledge of the WDW
system can impede your ability to make the best use of Fastpasses at
the Disneyland Resort.
There is no charge for Fastpasses beyond the cost of admission to
either park. Do not be confused by some travel agencies and ticket
resellers that imply that Fastpasses are included with their tickets or
travel packages as some sort of "bonus". Every guest, whether
using a ticket or Annual Pass, can get Fastpasses after their
admissions media have been initialized at Disneyland Park or Disneyland California Adventure Park
on a particular day. Children under the age of 3 do not need a ticket
to enter either park, so can't get Fastpasses, but that is not a
problem, as these children can enter any attraction (for which they meet the height requirement) that accepts
Fastpasses with their families.
Your ticket or annual pass is initialized each day as you first use it
to gain admission through the turnstiles of either park.
One person cannot take the
whole family's tickets, enter a park for the first time, and get
Fastpasses in that park for the other members of the family.
Text on the Disneyland web
site implies - and visitor reports confirm - that it is possible
for the whole group to enter either
park, and then one person take
everyone's park hoppers or
APs, go over to the other park, and get Fastpasses for everyone in the
This page details the how, what, and when of using
Fastpasses. Fastpasses can not only save you from having to wait
in some long ride lines, but will get you "more for your money" as you
can enjoy more attractions that you could without their effective
use. As you read further, remember this: the sooner you get a
Fastpass, the sooner you can get another Fastpass.
that offer Fastpasses
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
[E] Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Haunted Mansion [+ "Holiday" version]
[S] Indiana Jones Adventure
[EFS] Matterhorn Bobsleds
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
[EF] Space Mountain
[+ "Ghost Galaxy" version]
[S] Splash Mountain
[E] Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure Park
[ES] California Screamin'
[AEF] Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
[S] Goofy's Sky School
[S] Grizzly River Run
[EFS] Radiator Springs Racers
[E] Soarin' Around the World
Story Midway Mania!
[FN] World of Color
A: reportedly during the late afternoon on some days: after-hours Fastpasses being distributed only to
Annual Pass holders at Radiator Springs Racers Fastpass location
E: ride operates during
Magic Mornings / Extra Magic Hours
F: Fastpasses may be
during Magic Mornings / Extra Magic Hours; apparently when the early
entry hour at one park coincides with first hour at the other park
N: not "connected" to the
wider Fastpass network, so Fastpasses may be obtained independently of
S: single rider queue
the Fastpass Machines Work
When a guest attempts to get a Fastpass by inserting their ticket or
Annual Pass into
the barcode reader, the machine verifiies that it has been initialized
at a turnstile that day. Next, it checks to see
if you already have a Fastpass for the same attraction - the machine
will "give" you a Fastpass and print a reminder only if ... [UPDATE: unclear as of June 20]. If
don't have a Fastpass for this attraction, the machine then checks to
see if you have a current Fastpass for another
The rule on what constitutes a current Fastpass at another attraction
is more complex and is important to getting full use out of the system.
The way it works is that once you have a Fastpass for Attraction A, you will not be able to
get a Fastpass at Attraction B until either the return
window of the Attraction A Fastpass has begun or about
2 hours have passed since the Attraction
A Fastpass was issued - whichever is earlier.
The easiest way to check this is to look at the bottom of the first
Fastpass where it will state "Another FASTPASS ticket will be available
The return window for any ride Fastpass is generally one hour in length
starts with the minutes at a five-minute increment (##:#0 or ##:#5).
Fastpass was obtained at 12:10 PM - the time is printed at the bottom
right in 24-hour format. In this case, since the return window
begins less than 2 hours from the time the Fastpass was obtained,
another one may be obtained when the return window opens at 1:10 PM. ["reminders" printed now]
|Since this Fastpass was issued
at 1:21 PM and its return window does not open until more than 2 hours
later, another one may be obtained at 3:20 PM - not exactly 2 hours
later, but the closest time ending in :#0 or :#5.
["reminders" printed now]
Fastpasses for Matterhorn Bobsleds, "Toy
Story Midway Mania!" and "Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!" may
be obtained across from the rides' entrances.
Radiator Springs Racers
Fastpasses are distributed next to It's
to Be a Bug. The Star
Tours Fastpass machines are located across
the pathway next to Buzz
Lightyear Astroblasters - the machines for
both attractions are in the same area, but there are two distinct queues
set up. World of Color
Fastpasses can be obtained from portable machines located by The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea
Fastpass machines are turned off when an attraction experiences a
temporary closure and are turned back on when the attraction returns to
normal operation. If you are unable to use a Fastpass during the
printed return window because a ride is temporarily out of operation,
you may be allowed to use it later in the day after the ride re-opens.
Electronic signs at each
Fastpass ride - usually located by the
machines - show the return windows of the Fastpasses currently being
issued. No times will be displayed if the ride is not operating
or the day's Fastpasses have all been distributed.
Determining Fastpass Availability and
You can also use the Disneyland app. Search for fastpass on
the Attractions list view^, as seen below. Tap on the name of an
individual ride -
not "Disney FASTPASS Service" -
to see availability and return times. Add California to the search term to see only Disney California Adventure Park Fastpass attractions. Search for fastpass "Disneyland Park" - including the double quotes - to see only Disneyland Park Fastpass attractions.
^Click here for an explanation and illustration of the app's list view.
|If you search for "fastpass" on
the Attractions list view, this is the result.
Tap on "California Screamin'"
to see the current Fastpass return window.
|The standby wait time is again
displayed, with the return window of Fastpasses currently being issued
under the words |
|Searching for fastpass california |
(the "c" does not have to be capitalized) brings up this list.
|Search for fastpass "disneyland park" (include double quotes - capitalization does not matter) to bring up only Disneyland Park Fastpass attractions.
Currently, before you've even used one of the networked machines, you
could hold a World of Color
Once you get a ride Fastpass, you may not get another ride Fastpass
within either park until one
of these two events happens:
It is later than the opening time of the return window listed on the
Fastpass, or two hours have passed since receiving the Fastpass
Now that there is no minimum amount of time until a return window
opens, you may be able obtain a number of Fastpasses early in the
Strange at it seems, you can even get too many - the return windows may coinicide to such a degree that you couldn't use the all Fastpasses in time!
* You get a Space
Mountain Fastpass at
9:13 AM which is valid from 9:45 AM to 10:45
In this case, you could get your next ride Fastpass
at 9:45 AM, and that would be the time printed toward the bottom of the reminder.
* Suppose instead it's 11:02 AM when you get a Space
Mountain Fastpass, and it is good between 1:40 PM and 2:40
In this case, the next ride Fastpass would be available
to you at 1:00 PM, about two hours after the Fastpass was issued.
[UPDATE: unclear as of June 20]
There is one additional rule in that you would not be allowed to get
another Space Mountain
Fastpass until the window opens at 1:40 PM.
* One of the most
important ways to maximize your Fastpass
usage is to get a new networked Fastpass prior to using the one you
If you have an Indiana Jones
Adventure Fastpass that will become good at
12:35 PM, you could get a Space
Mountain Fastpass at that time (let's say it is
good for 3:10 PM to 4:10 PM) and then go back to ride Indiana Jones
Adventure. Then at 2:35 PM (don't forget the two-hour rule), you
pick up a Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad Fastpass before riding Space
Mountain. You can continue to use this tactic throughout the day.
Another way to maximize the number of rides you enjoy in one day is to
use the Single Rider queues - see the rides marked "S" above. Single
generally move faster than Fastpass lines#.
you are willing to use
SR queues or can take advantage
of early admission (see rides marked "E" above), there will be fewer
attractions for which you will want to
have reported that being a single rider on Matterhorn Boblsleds or on Radiator Springs Racers may not save time over using a
In Disneyland Park, the
distribution of Space Mountain
Fastpasses generally ends before that of any other ride.
As there is also no Single Rider queue available, these Fastpasses may
be considered the most "valuable" and (if you desire to get one) should
obtained relatively early in the day.
The Fastpasses that will "run out" next are usually for Indiana Jones Adventure, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue,
or Splash Mountain (on hot
California Adventure Park, Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! Fastpasses will "run out" first - and again, with no SR queue - are especially important to get sooner rather than later. The distribution of Radiator Springs
Racers Fastpasses will probably end next, followed by those for Soarin'
Around the World or "Toy
Story Midway Mania!".