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  • On May 25, 2017
    Terrie from NY Asked

    I am trying to budget accordingly..Are we able to select our fast passes if we have a remaining balance on our vacation reservation? Fast passes are allowed as of August 1st, but my balance due is not until August 31st. Thanks for your help,

    Hi Terrie,

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It sounds like you are planning a wonderful trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! 

    Yes, you can make your Fast Pass+ selections as long as you have valid theme park admission tickets linked to your account. Given the dates you have shared, it sounds as if you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel.  With a Walt Disney World resort hotel stay and valid theme park tickets, you can start making your Fast Pass+ selections 60 days prior to your trip. Just pay the remaining balance on your vacation package by the due date and you will be all set.

    Fast Pass+ selection day is like NFL draft day in our house! By the time the big day arrives, we have already mapped out our theme park plan, dining reservations and special tours for the week. Then we decide which rides in each park are our top priorities. I also make note of the rides or attractions that will be the most difficult to reserve. For our upcoming trip in July, for example, I made Fast Pass+ selections for Avatar Flight of Passage first even though we are not visiting Animal Kingdom until our fourth vacation day.  So, map out your park plan and decide which Fast Pass+ selections you need to make first before your Fast Pass+ selection window opens - doing so will make your Fast Pass+ selection process go much more smoothly!

    I also hope you have made dining reservations. Be advised, however, that if you cancel your trip, you will need to cancel your dining reservations separately to avoid being charged a no-show fee.  I once failed to cancel dining reservations for a trip I cancelled and had to plead with a cast member to waive the no-show fees. 

    Terrie, I trust you will have a blast making your ride plans! 

    Magic, memories and Minnie Mouse hugs,
    Donyell



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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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