With all the incredible attractions in Disney World, FastPasses can be one of your best friends when you plan out your vacation. (No line for Slinky Dog Dash? Yes pls!)
And, while we’ve already given you pro tips on the FastPass system, you’re especially going to want to remember this one if you’re heading to a hard-ticket event this year!
…they’re also a great way to ride all your favorite attractions with shorter lines! Sounds like a dream, right? (Um, wait, it gets better!)
Now, we’ve already given you the deets on how guests are able to enter the parks up to three hours before the events officially start with their event tickets. Buuut, did you know that you can also usually use your hard ticket to make FASTPASSES for those last few hours the park is open?? (Wait, whaaaat?!)
Yep! If you have a hard ticket to one of the after hours events in Disney World, you may also be able to use it to book FastPasses for the few hours before the park officially closes to the public!
Based on our research (using our own hard-ticket event tickets several times, and asking for confirmation from Disney World Guest Services), you can make three FastPass selections with your hard ticket through the My Disney Experience app! FastPasses can apparently be scheduled from the time you’re allowed to enter the park with your hard ticket, up until the park officially closes to the public. (Note: FastPasses cannot be scheduled during the after hours event or party. And if you already have three FastPasses booked for that day using your regular day ticket, you probably won’t be able to book any extras with your hard ticket. FPs are associated with your account, not your individual tickets in that way.)
This system could be especially helpful at an Animal Kingdom After Hours event, where many of the e-ticket attractions are not included in the After Hours line-up! For example, you may be able to use your After Hours event ticket to book a FastPass on Kilimanjaro Safari before the park closes, since this attraction does not operate during After Hours. But our team didn’t test this at AK (we did test at MK), so let us know your experience if you do!
And while we WERE able to use our hard-tickets to both make and USE FastPasses during the extra hours before Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year, we did notice a few glitches in the system that you’ll want to watch out for.
First, it appears that guests can select any park when looking for FastPasses with their event hard tickets. That likely wouldn’t work, since your ticket will only get you into the park where the event is located. Also, FastPasses were popping up for morning timeframes. Again, since you’re supposedly not allowed into the park in the morning with an after hours or party event ticket, you’ll likely not be able to take advantage of morning FastPasses. Remember — you have to be able to both make the FastPasses AND get into the park to use them.
Keep an eye out for these glitches and you should be OK to go using your event ticket to book FastPasses before the park officially closes! That said, and though Disney Guest Services did confirm that event tickets are viable for FastPass booking prior to park closure, your mileage may vary. (Be sure to let us know your experiences!)
And remember — this is REALLY IMPORTANT — the Disney system may prioritize a multi-day ticket BEFORE it uses an after hours event ticket. So, if you’re planning on using your hard-ticket event day as a resort day, and you’re not planning to use a day of your multi-day ticket to go into the parks before the event that evening, BE CAREFUL when booking FastPasses for that day and entering the park. Check with a cast member that you’re not using up a regular park ticket day when you enter the park, and instead are using your party ticket. Confusing? Yes. But something to keep in mind.
So whether you’re looking to save your energy for the evening’s activities or just to ride as many attractions as possible, this is a GREAT way to hit up those popular spots without waiting in super long lines! And, you still get an entire night of fun at the event (win-win)!
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