|The FASTPASS option is one of Disney's greatest inventions. It is a way to beat the long lines waiting to get on the most popular rides. The FASTPASS is a special ticket dispensed from a FASTPASS machine that displays a window of time in which you may return and enter the express (shorter) line for a specific ride. It works like an ATM machine when you insert your park ticket.
HERE IS HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF FASTPASS:
Arrive at the park at least 30 minutes before opening time so you are near the front of the entrance.
Strategy 1: When you get into the park, head for your most desired FASTPASS attraction and ride it first. Then go to your next favorite FASTPASS attraction and get a FASTPASS from the dispenser and return to it within your allotted time window to bypass the long queues waiting in the regular lines. Meanwhile, fill in the time with shorter wait rides.
Strategy 2: Send a runner ahead with the tickets to get FASTPASSES for one ride while the rest of the party goes to a nearby popular ride and gets in line; in most cases you can ride one, then almost immediately ride the other.
As soon as you use your FASTPASS, get your next one. The fastest person in your group can take everyone's park tickets and forge ahead to the next FASTPASS machine. Be sure you don't leave a park ticket in the machine!
FASTPASS can save you hours of standing in lines. When the new Soarin' attraction opened, we went first thing after getting into the park and rode immediately; shortly after, it was a 20 minute wait. By late afternoon, the line was two hours long and all the FASTPASSES were gone.
Sometimes, not always: If you are in the park early for the Extra Magic Morning Hour, the lines may thin out at the popular rides about 10 or 15 minutes before the park opens to the public.
FASTPASS tip: Check the FASTPASS return time before you decide to get your FASTPASS - it sometimes is a long wait for popular rides -- I've seen 6 hours! Sometimes you are allowed to get another FASTPASS in between if it is a long delay -- ask the Cast Member at the attraction before you commit.
Insider tip for picking the fastest line: If you have a choice of the left line or right line, the left line will usually be shorter--it is human nature to pick the right one.
Author: Beth Haworth http://www.dw-secrets.com