Disney World has recently extended their closure, now stating that the parks will be closed “until further notice.” This statement has been followed with a large amount of confusion and concern from those with upcoming Disney vacations.
Many of our readers have reached out to us with a few issues they’re facing, including making FastPasses for their upcoming Disney vacations. Some folks are saying they’re seeing “limited FastPasses” for early June and others are claiming they’re not getting top tier FastPasses even when booking 60 days out on the dot.
And since we here at DFB want to make sure we help you as much as possible through this totally crazy time, we decided to investigate! We spoke to some Cast Members, made a few hotel bookings and FastPass bookings, and here’s what we found out!
FastPasses Are Still Available For Booking at Both 30 and 60 Days Out
Although we don’t know when the parks are going to reopen, guests with hotel bookings in June are still able to book FastPasses up to 60 days in advance and non-resort guests and Annual Passholders can still book FastPasses 30 days in advance. (Booking them doesn’t cost anything, and if the parks don’t open in time for your vacation, your FastPasses will be automatically cancelled.)
If you’re looking to book a trip, it is important to note that guests cannot make new Disney reservations until June 1, but those with tickets for May can still make 30-day Fastpasses right now.
What We’re Finding When Making FastPasses 30 Days Out
Today, we logged on to make a few Fastpasses (for May 9) and what we found this morning is that FastPasses for May are still available but options may be scarce.
It is important to keep in mind that many people may have moved their trips to this month after the first closure announcement (it was originally scheduled to last until the end of March).
What FastPasses Were Available This Morning
In Disney’s Animal Kingdom we were only able to choose from It’s Tough to be a Bug! and Mickey and Minnie’s meet-and-greet. All other options were listed as currently unavailable.
When looking to book FastPasses at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we found that NO tier one options (which recently changed — read more about that here) were available. But since we are booking only 30 days out, that’s not super unusual. There were about five attractions available to choose from.
Now, when looking to book at EPCOT, we found that there were NO Tier One FastPasses to choose from. Honestly, this isn’t SOP as we can typically grab Soarin’ and Test Track FastPasses 30 days out. Overall, there were only about 6 options available to choose from.
On the flip side of that, we found that Magic Kingdom had much more than we expected. There were lots of choices for 9 AM, even. On top of Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs, some other noteworthy UNavailables were Buzz Space Ranger Spin and Haunted Mansion. We are often able to snag day-of FastPasses for Buzz and Mansion.
We also wanted to note that face character meet-and-greet FastPasses (aka the Princesses) were still coming up as available for May dates in Magic Kingdom.
What We’re Finding When Making FastPasses 60 Days Out
We also made a resort reservation on June 8th — 60 days from now — to see what FastPasses are looking like. When looking at June 8 (60 days out) for a 10-day vacation, here’s what we’re finding.
(REMEMBER — when booking at 60 days out, you can book for your length of stay up to 14 days. That means that this morning, we were able to book FastPass times for our whole vacation, even though all days except the first were outside of the 60-day booking window.)
What FastPasses Were Available This Morning For 60+10 Days Out
When booking for our 9th day out (June 16th — about 69 days out), we were still able to book everything and plenty of times were still available. We could get FPs for Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Slinky Dog Dash, Millenium Falcon, Frozen Ever After, Test Track, etc. Lots of FPs and lots of times available for each.
When booking FastPasses for June 12th (about 65 days out), we noticed that some big rides were already sold out, but some (Na’vi, Test Track, Frozen) were still available. Note that any e-ticket attractions that were still available had later-in-the-day FastPasses mostly by this point.
June 8th — 60 days out on the dot, at 10AM ET — FastPass options were a little different. MOST e-ticket rides like Slinky Dog, Flight of Passage, and Seven Dwarfs were gone already.
Is this normal? Well — for VERY busy seasons, yes. Seeing how this is a summer month and many people may have rescheduled their vacations for this time as well, it’s explainable by lots of reasons other than Disney limiting FastPasses.
We do want to note that although this was our experience this morning, some of our readers with trips in June are reporting they are having a tough time booking their top picks. Therefore, your experience may vary depending on the day or even week you’re trying to book.
According to Cast Members
Due to hearing rumors about Disney limiting the number of FastPasses released, we reached out to Cast Members to see if they had any insight on if FastPasses were actually being limited. We spoke with multiple CMs who all said they don’t have access to see the number of FastPasses being released per day; although we’ve heard from some readers that they’re being told different information.
So, as you can see, Cast Member responses may vary depending on who you talk to. Please remember to be patient and spread kindness because this is new for all of us.
Tips for Getting Your Top FastPasses Right Now (and Always, tbh)
The concrete information we’ve gathered from our research this morning is that your mileage may vary depending on when your trip is taking place, but FastPasses are going VERY QUICKLY for 60 days out right now. What does that mean for you?
What to Remember When Booking FastPasses
Here’s what you could be facing:
- It’ll be prime summer season — usually busy with kids off school and families traveling
- A bunch of spring breakers could be rescheduling their trips for summer. Remember, Spring Break is always busy. AND Summer is always busy. Therefore, Spring break crowds + summer crowds = LOTS of people booking FastPasses.
- If Disney is planning to limit FastPasses for some rides and attractions due to limiting capacity in the parks for health reasons, FastPasses could be in short supply. Based on our research, we cannot come to that conclusion AT ALL, but it never hurts to plan ahead.
FastPass Tips to Live By
If you want your top tier FastPasses, there are some die-hard tips ya gotta live by right now.
BOOK EARLY. Get on My Disney Experience and book those FastPasses as soon as your 60 day window hits. What our research DOES show without a doubt is that FastPasses are going FAST even at 60 days out.
Book for Length of Stay IMMEDIATELY. Remember, you can book for your length of stay (up to 14 days) as soon as your 60-day window opens. We were able to find all the FastPasses we wanted at the 60 day + 9 mark (9 days into our scheduled vacation), but at the 60 + 5 day mark several top tier FastPasses were already gone, and we could find VERY FEW top tier FastPasses available for exactly 60 days out on the dot.
Schedule Must-Do Attractions Later In Your Vacation. If there are some MUST-DO rides or attractions, schedule them for later in your trip so you have a better chance of grabbing those FastPasses when you’re booking.
Book your MOST IMPORTANT FASTPASSES first! Don’t go in order of your vacation days. Nail down those Slinky Dog, Falcon, Flight of Passage, and Seven Dwarfs FastPasses first, no matter what days you have them scheduled.
Things are indeed going fast based on our research, so regardless of what Disney is planning for the future — you can only control what you can control — and that’s getting your FastPasses ASAP. 🙂
Our fingers are crossed for you!
What are you experiencing when booking FastPasses? Let us know in the comments below.