DSC_5964What is a FastPass+?

Disney FastPass+ service is a free attraction pre booking service, available 30 days prior to arrival. Once your ticket is purchased, go online or download the Disney mobile app and reserve up to 3 FastPasses per day for the entire family/group and skip the standby queue at the attractions that you selected in advance. FastPass+ also includes select Character Greetings, shows, parades and fireworks. You can amend the passes on the day at specific park FP+ Kiosk locations. Additonal FP+ reservations can be made once original passes have expired. FastPasses are commonly for a 1 hour period and you can arrive at the attraction any time within that time frame. Naturally if it is for a show you will need to be there at showtime. Another well kept secret is your FP+ can usually be accessed about 5 minutes before the stated time and there is normally a grace period at the end of your pass time too.

You can purchase a Magic Band and link your ticket and associated FastPass+ bookings to it. It is a nice souvenir and perhaps more convenient, but it is not necessary, your entrance ticket works just as well.

What is the Rider Switch Pass?

If Guests in your party don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out. One adult can wait with the non-rider while the rest of the party experiences the attraction. The waiting adult can then board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again when another adult in the party returns to supervise the child or children who do not ride—either because they do not meet the height requirement or simply do not wish to ride.

What is a Single Rider Line?

The following attractions offer a Single Rider Line: Rock N Rollercoaster (Hollywood), Test Track (EPCOT) and Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom) The Cast Members loading these rides will take riders from the Single Rider line to fill in empty seats, so this line will usually move faster than the standby line. It does mean however that you will not be seated next to your friend or family member, though oft times you will ride at the same time.

Ears to the World – Show Translation Device

Did you know if English is not your first language Disney provides complimentary attraction/show translation devices. Collect them from Guest Relations.

We really liked this informative article from the Huffington Post, by Jenna Em: My 10 Tips for Doing Disney With the Family:

Here are some tips I will pass on to you, if you are planning a Disney vacation!

1.STROLLER — Bring a single stroller (or double stroller), even if your kids are too old for it. Your kids will get hot and tired and need to rest. The stroller also doubles as a great place to hold your water, extra clothing and souvenirs.

2.EARLY — Get to Disney early, and plan to have parked BEFORE the gates open. The parking lots fill up quickly, and this will guarantee you a good parking spot. If you are taking the Monorails, still arrive early, and you will have your choice of rides with NO line-ups!

3.MAP — Study the Disney map BEFORE you go to Disney, and decide which rides and shows your family cannot bear to miss. When you are at the gate, get a paper map of Disney and bring it with you throughout your visit.

4.PLAN — Some shows and events are offered at only certain times and only on certain days, so plan your trip strategically and you can see everything. For example, the Star Wars live show in Hollywood Studios requires that you line up at ABC Studios to secure your child a position in the show. By 9 a.m. when my family went, all the spots were filled up until the 3 p.m. show. Get there early to avoid disappointment.

5.PHOTOPASS — Get the Disney PhotoPass. It’s free and will collect all the photos together that were taken of your family at the parks in Disney. Even if you don’t end up buying any of the photos, you can create greeting cards and send them with your Disney photos.

6.CAMERA — If you opt against the Disney PhotoPass, your family can still have photos taken with the Disney characters using your own camera. It’s a great way to get a photo of the entire group, so don’t forget your camera!

7.CHARACTERS — Get your photos taken with the Disney characters, easily found on the Disney map that you can pick up at the front gates. Yes, there are often line ups, but your kids will be thrilled by meeting their favourite characters, and the photos make an incredible souvenir. The characters will also sign your child’s autograph book! My husband wanted to skip the characters throughout the parks, due to the wait time, but now he is so enjoying looking back at the photos that we collected. Such great memories!

8.BRING — Bring lots of water as you’ll get thirsty, bring lightweight raincoats just in case it rains ($1-$2 at the Dollar Store), and don’t forget to bring a few sun-protective hats and sunscreen for the whole family (it can get hot at Disney)! As stated above, bring a camera of cellphone with good camera. And of importance, bring cell phones along for your group, in case you need to communicate. Arrange a good roaming plan with your cell phone provider before your trip to Disney.

9.STICK TOGETHER — Watch your child at Disney, as the parks get busy and a child could wander off and become lost. If you have a toddler, keep your child buckled into a stroller between rides or shows. Dress your child in brightly coloured clothing so they will be easy to spot in a crowd (ie: florescent yellow, green, etc). You can dress your entire group in the same colour, so you’re all easy to spot in a crowd! Have a meet up plan in case members of your party get separated, and ensure your whole group knows the plan. Tell younger children if they go missing to find a staff member at a ride, restaurant, boutique, etc. Keep a paper photograph of your child in your wallet, in case they get lost.

10.MY BEST TIP — FAST PASS+! Organise a FastPass in advance and plan your day’s activities around you FP+ times You can skip the line ups without paying for it! See the information above.


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