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Timing Your FASTPASS With Your Dining Reservation

One thing that I have noticed is that I always seem to get that “must have” FASTPASS for a favorite ride right near the time that I have a dining reservation. Timing can be tricky in this type of situation. If the FASTPASS time is too near the time of the reservation, my family and I could be late for dinner and have to wait. If the FASTPASS is too far away I might be losing some precious time in the park.

If the FASTPASS return time is 30 minutes or more before my reservation, I will most likely take it. I do not like to get any closer than that. Even with FASTPASS there will be a wait for most rides. There is often an instructional video that is before the ride, that takes time as well. If my reservation is on the opposite side of the park from the ride I will give it a little more time. I would rather arrive at the restaurant a few minutes early and have my name on the top of the list for my reservation time than to arrive late and have my name on the bottom.

If the FASTPASS return time is too close to my reservation time I will usually wait a few minutes. The return time usually changes quickly so if I browse in a shop for a few minutes I can get a break from the heat and get a later FASTPASS, one for after my reservation. If you use this strategy, keep in mind which ride you are going to be on. You might not want to ride Expedition Everest after a large meal.

What are your favorite Fast Pass Tips?

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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.