Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our Family's Fast Pass Picks for 2015

By: Ashley

When you're in the process of planning a Disney trip and staying on Disney property, there are two BIG DAYS. The first is when you're 180 days out from your trip and you book your dining reservations.The second is when you're 60 days out and you book your FastPass+ reservations! 

Our "FastPass Day" was November 17, and it actually snuck up on me! I thought it was November 18, and my sister-in-law actually reminded me I was a day off. We were visiting my in-laws and I was scrambling to make my "cheat sheet" (I had left my laptop at home with all of my notes and research!). Thankfully, our dining reservations had been made, so I just referred to those to see which park we'd be in on certain days. Then I just wrote down my three "goals" for each day (according to which rides and attractions are the most popular and which ones we are prioritizing). 

At 11:00pm Central Time on November 16 (which was midnight Eastern time, therefore November 17), I logged on to My Disney Experience and got going! I did NOT book in chronological order. I selected our LAST day in the parks to try and get the coveted Elsa and Anna meet-and-greet. Did I get it? Keep reading!

Here are our family's Fastpasses for our January 2015 trip! 

Epcot:
Soarin'
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Spaceship Earth

Animal Kingdom:
Expedition Everest
Festival of the Lion King
Meet Mickey and Minnie

Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Mania
Frozen Sing Along
Disney Jr. Live on Stage

Magic Kingdom (over several days):
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (twice!)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
Tomorrowland Speedway
Under the Sea 
Peter Pan
MEET ANNA AND ELSA!!!! (Yes, I got it!)

Choosing your FastPass choices can be overwhelming at first, but it's WORTH it! It guarantees you at least 3 times during the day when you will have little to not wait in line. With the exception of a few, I always schedule our FastPasses in the afternoon, when the crowds are higher. We tour like crazy at park opening and then enjoy a more leisurely pace with our FastPasses in the afternoon. 

I'm excited to see how our trip goes with these FastPass choices!

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