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Fast Pass at Disneyland | How Does it Work?

In this page we will go over what a FastPass is, how it works, how it may work in the future, and what rides are included.

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What is a FastPass

A FastPass is a limited supply pass that allows guests to skip the long lines for the most popular rides. There is a separate line for those who obtain a FastPass, which conveniently allows visitors to avoid having to wait in the regular line.

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How Does a FastPass Work


Disneyland FastPasses are temporarily unavailable

  1. Look for a FastPass sign near the attraction that you'd like to ride
  2. Check the return time that the sign shows
  3. Insert your admission ticket into the FastPass kiosk/machine
  4. You will receive a FastPass reminder with your time window
  5. Return at your allotted time and scan the same theme park that you used to receive a FastPass

In the Future

Due to the pandemic, many theme parks have made an emphasis on 'eliminating touch points'.

It would not be surprising for future FastPasses to be strictly booked from the mobile app when FastPasses return. In fact, Walt Disney World was already doing this prior to the pandemic.

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Important Information to Know

If you don't return to use your FastPass within your assigned time, you will not be able to use it. 

Everyone that is in your party must have a FastPass in order to all use the FastPass line. This means that just because one person in your group has it, the entire group wont be able to ride.

FastPasses aren't guaranteed, and availability can vary.

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Rides Included

Disneyland California Adventure
Autopia Goofy's Sky School
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Grizzly River Run
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
Fantasmic Guardians of the Galaxy Monsters After Dark
Haunted Mansion Incredicoaster
Haunted Mansion Holiday Monsters Inc
Space Mountain Radiator Springs Racer
Splash Mountain Soarin' Around the World
Indiana Jones Adventure Toy Story Midway Mania
It's a Small World World of Color
It's a Small World Holiday
Matterhorn Bobsleds
Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin
Star Tours The Adventures Continue

Fast Pass vs Fast Pass + Difference

What's the difference between these two?

FastPass is used at the Disneyland Resort located in Anaheim, California.

FastPass + is used in Walt Disney World located in Orlando, Florida.

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FastPass + Notable Perks

  • You can reserve a spot up to 30 days in advance for a ride of your choice
  • Using the Walt Disney World app, you're able to reserve rides throughout the park.
  • You're able to book up to 3 FastPass + selections per day. However, once those have been used, you're limited to 1 ride in advance per day.

Limited Availability

FastPasses are not guaranteed for your visit, as there are a limited amount available. You'll want to get to the park early to maximize your chances of obtaining it, and knowing when the best time to visit Disneyland is will help.

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What is the Difference Between MaxPass and FastPass?

Additional Cost

A MaxPass is an additional cost at $20 and you're actually able to schedule your FastPasses using the Disneyland app.

A FastPass on the other hand is included with admission, but as of the time of this writing you have to physically pick up from the FastPass machine near the location of the ride. 

A MaxPass also includes PhotoPass which gives you access to all of the ride photos, and even pictures from any of the Disneyland (& California Adventure) photographers throughout the park.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Included With Admission

Yes FastPass is included with your purchase of admission.

How Much is a Disneyland FastPass

It's include with the purchase of admission.

How Often Can I Get a FastPass?

You will normally have to wait 2 hours before being able to obtain another FastPass, however with a MaxPass you will actually only have to wait 90 minutes.

Is FastPass back at Disneyland?

FastPass is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 restrictions. 

What is Disney's Club 33.

It's an exclusive club located inside of Disney where you must have a membership in order to enter (unless you are a guest of a member). We've written about Club 33 in detail.

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