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  • On Jul 14, 2015
    Edward from FL Asked

    We will be in Epcot on Fri., 9/11/15. I noticed that one of the FastPass+ choices is Illuminations. How does this work? Illuminations is not a ride, so there is no line. What is the advantage of getting a FastPass for a show? Ed 58 days til WDW

    Hey Edward! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    You are headed to the most 'Magical Place on Earth' during a great time of year: the hot summer temperatures are cooling, the crowds are decreasing as the kiddos head back to school and the 'grim grinning ghosts come out to socialize' for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.

    When it comes to using a FastPass+ selection for Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, I, personally, do not like to use one of my selections for this because my family typically like to use them for rides and arriving at a prime viewing location 30 minutes prior to the show is better than waiting 80 minutes for an attractions. However, I will say the location reserved for FastPass+ viewing of Illuminations is magnificent. You are so close to the show that you can actually feel the heat from the flame throwers.

    My advice would be to stake out a great spot near the FastPass+ viewing area approximately 30 minutes prior to the show and save your coveted 3rd FastPass+ selection for one of the many great attractions which historically have long standby queues such as Test Track or Soarin'.

    I hope this helps with your planning. If you have any more questions about your FastPass+ strategy or any other aspect of your Walt Disney World vacation please come back and see me.

    Wishing you a *MAGICAL* vacation and a pixie-dusted day!

    Sue N., IN
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Meet the Panelist: Sue, Indiana

Just call me "Super Team Mom." I am a banker by day and a Disney fanatic and Team Mom extraordinaire by night. I can leap volleyball players in a single bound all while planning dinner for 25 people, coordinating fundraisers and booking travel arrangements. I was born and raised in Maine and am currently living in Indiana. I can't wait to help you plan for magical sports vacations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Learn More About Sue

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