Have you ever had to wait in a long line at the club? Wait scratch that… most of you reading this post are Mamas, so let’s talk in terms of our NEW club… Starbucks 🙂
Okay, have you ever showed up to Starbucks and wished you could cut in front of the long ___ line? If you said no, well then good for you, you’re better than me. Living here in SC there isn’t as many Starbucks 🙁 the line can get insane! I wish I could Fast Pass+.
What is FASTPASS+ you ask? Well.. it is SO many things GOOD!!
Disney has mastered the “Be Our Guest” mantra, when you walk into their parks you instantly feel like a welcomed guest, you’re greeted with smiles & hellos–happiness. Disney has upped the ante with their FASTPASS+/MagicBand service; this service makes you feel like a VIP.
When setting up our stay at Disney we knew we wanted to add the newer feature to our trip, I’m SO glad we did. FP+ allows you to schedule your times for rides, omit the crazy insane lines, pay for items at shops, and unlock your Disney Resort room. Don’t get me wrong if you do have to wait, Disney has done a wonderful job at setting up fun throughout your wait.
Here’s how it works:
You’ll need to set up a My Disney Experience account, I recommend installing the app to everyone’s smartphones, once you have your account setup start planning! We started planning our FP’s before we even received our MagicBands.
The MagicBand is a radio-frequency-enabled bracelet that is securely linked to your Walt Disney World Reservations. The bands can be personalized, with names and colors. Your MagicBands make it easy since your reservations, room key and credit card info are right on wrist. The MagicBand it waterproof too!
Mad Tea Party (aka The Teacups) is one of the most popular rides at WDW, when we went the line was INSANE! Thankfully, we had already arranged our time weeks ahead.
I kind of felt bad cutting ahead, the first couple of times.
There’s a separate line for FastPass+ users at FP+ attractions, you use your MagicBands to enter the rides. It’s awesome!
Where will you dine? You can find dinning in your area (in this case both restaurants are in Magic Kingdom), and plan ahead to save a table using your app. Once you get to the restaurant swipe in using your MagicBand. (Check your Disney Dinning plans)
While we were at WDW Epcot, we had scheduled a dinner later in the day, but we were all hungry earlier on in the day; we decided to change our dinner plans. Using the app we were able to change our reservation and eat an earlier German dinner.
It was nice to have the availitbiaty to change things up if we needed to. You can even change your FP+ ride times. Our next visit we plan to use FastPass+ and MagicBands, it’s sooooooooooo worth it!!!
- FastPass+ set up times using your MyDisneyExperience app or account for FP+ rides, meet & greets, and shows.
- MyDisneyExerience set up FastPass+ rides, shows, attractions, reservations for dinning. Check your plans, check wait times, and research things to do. Bonus: there is a map of restrooms on the parks– this comes in handy when you have kids and have had kids 😉
- MagicBand is your ticket to your FP+ rides, hands free credit card & room key. You will need your MagicBand for your FP+ dinning as well. Pretty much guard your MagicBand with your life! Just an FYI Disney has everything mastered… we spent money to bedazzle our MagicBands. We have sparkly Mickey heads, the Muppets, and Star Wars accessories added to our MagicBands.
I hope this was helpful.
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