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Old 09-04-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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FastPass Strategy?

Ok so you get to MK, whats your FP strategy?
Do you run around to all the major attractions and get your FP's as you come in the park?

So lets say we want to do:
Buzz Lightyear
Splash Mountain
Jungle Cruise
BTMR

Would you run around the whole place to get FPs or do you grab them as you you go? Its our first time as a group and quite honestly - we didnt need to use the FPs. We were lucky I guess

Thanks for sharing your strategies
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #2
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Ok so you get to MK, whats your FP strategy?
Do you run around to all the major attractions and get your FP's as you come in the park?

So lets say we want to do:
Buzz Lightyear
Splash Mountain
Jungle Cruise
BTMR

Would you run around the whole place to get FPs or do you grab them as you you go? Its our first time as a group and quite honestly - we didnt need to use the FPs. We were lucky I guess

Thanks for sharing your strategies
You cannot get them bang bang bang. After you get one, you will be locked out of getting another one anywhere from 40-120 minutes. The time you can get the next one will be printed on the current one.

As for strategy, get FPs for the most popular rides first, such as Pan or the Mountains. After that, the main trick is to make sure your return windows don't conflict with any other plans you have, including reservations, tours, or other FP windows.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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You can only have one fast pass at a time (for the most part- really long waits and characters being the exception). With the enforcement happening since March there is no longer a good strategy for fast pass. You use them when you can. The order you get them in depends on your touring plan for the day. The mountains and fantasyland stuff tends to have the longest lines and waits, so get those fast passes first.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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It would be great if you could run from attraction to attraction and collect them; unfortunately the system will not let you do that. On the fast pass it will tell you when you can get another one - either when the window opens up to ride the first ride or a set amount of time - like 1-2 hours.

We usually try to ride the busier attractions early in the morning when no fast pass is needed and then do the less popular attractions/shows during the busier part of the day. When we do use fast pass, one person goes and collects them while the rest of the party does something else (snack, bathroom, characters, etc).
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:48 PM   #5
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Ok so you get to MK, whats your FP strategy?
Do you run around to all the major attractions and get your FP's as you come in the park?

So lets say we want to do:
Buzz Lightyear
Splash Mountain
Jungle Cruise
BTMR

Would you run around the whole place to get FPs or do you grab them as you you go? Its our first time as a group and quite honestly - we didnt need to use the FPs. We were lucky I guess

Thanks for sharing your strategies

The key is to stay in an area so you did not have to run all over the park. after enforcement most FPs are under hour wait. Exceptions are SplashM 2 hours in afternoon, BTMR hour, Space up to 4 hours (numbers for 4th of July week in afternoon).
I assume you do RD, so while you walk grab JC FP and ride SB Splash and BTMR, line is non existent at that time. You can grab FP for Splash as you done with those 2 rides as it will be time for your next FP. Go ride JC, maybe Pirates and as you walk back ride Splash with your FP.
The thing is in a morning you can easily ride those 3 rides few times with minimal use of FPs. Do not go to Buzz yet, you will get FP for it later in a day with no problem and it will be under hour away, so you will easily fill in some activities while you wait without leaving area.
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~I feel like I approached our trip wrong this time, I was expecting to criss cross the parks and run from here to there just to get fastpasses, but the crowds were light in the morning and the return times for FP's seemed shorter, there really wasn't need to use FP's until evening. I guess the hurricane threat may have contributed to the light crowds but it was very nice. Anyway, we did not criss cross, and our trip did not center around FP's like I though it would.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:47 PM   #7
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Honestly, of those listed, the only ones we ever use FP for is either Splash or Big Thunder (usually not both) and MAYBE Jungle Cruise (depending on wait times.

With Splash and BTMRR, it's often easy enough to get a FP for one and then ride the other standby. Jungle Cruise wait times can vary pretty wildly, so sometimes we'll get a FP for it, sometimes we won't. If we do we'll usually do some other things like POTC, grab a Dole Whip, Tiki Room, or whatever, while we wait for that window to open.

If you aren't there during a rather busy time the wait times on the vast majority of MK attractions are low enough that a Fastpass really isn't necessary. Peter Pan is really the only one that is consistently busy enough for a FP to be seen as necessary.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:51 PM   #8
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After much discussion earlier this year, the general consensus was that your most effective strategy is to hit the parks at rope drop and do as much as you can while you can, picking up FPs later in the morning/early afternoon for re-rides when desired at appropriate/available times as long as they didn't clash with any other scheduled activities you may be on the hook for deposits on.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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Even with the enforcement of the FP times, I think it is always good advice to have a FP. You don't have to use them, but having them can give you a bonus ride. I recommend SM or Splash if it is hot. Also, JC may be a good one to get if the line is over 30 minutes. Usually the return time isn't too far out and it can save a lot of time.
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