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  • On Feb 15, 2020
    Debbie from NJ Asked

    We have 4 people are arriving on 5/3 & 8 people on 5/4. I can make fastpass choices on 3/5 (60 days). Can i make fastpass choices for everyone (even those arriving on 5/4) since we're all linked in mydisneyexperience or have to wait for 1 more day?

    Hi there Debbie! Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel. We're always happy to help with your planning questions.

    How exciting that you will be traveling to the Most Magical Place on Earth with a big crew! When it comes to visiting the Disney theme parks, as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier! I'm guessing that you, like me, are the planner in your group. It's a big job, but Hakuna Matata, we're here for you.

    As you are already aware, guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels are able to begin selecting FastPass+ experiences up to 60 days prior to their check-in date. The key time frame there is check-in date. Even though your entire party is linked, FastPass+ selection will become available for each member of your group based on the individual's check-in date. This means that you will need to wait a day for those arriving a day later. I wouldn't worry too much about this; there will be plenty of fabulous attractions for you to choose from for the second group.

    Remember that your FastPass+ times do not need to match exactly to be able to experience attractions together. For example, if one group has a reservation to ride Soarin' Around the World at Epcot between 10:00 and 11:00, and another has a return window of 10:30-11:30, there is a thirty minute window between 10:30 and 11 during which everyone can fly together. I often find that splitting a large party into smaller groups with overlapping return times is a good strategy to score some of the most popular FastPass+ reservations. 

    I hope that helps with your planning, Debbie. Best of luck on your FastPass+ day! It's always an exciting morning at my house when it's finally time to choose our must-do attractions. If anything else comes up before your adventure begins, please come back and see us again!

    Wishing you magic and memories,
    Betsy
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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