Disneyland's FastPass: How It Works

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Hello again lovely friends! Kat here again coming at you with some more golden Disney knowledge! This blog post is about something that is one of those things that makes Disneyland different than its East Coast counterpart and that is FastPass!

Now a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, there was a time when you would come to the Disney Parks and have to wait in the same long lines as everyone else with no other way make the process quicker. Then the wonderful Disney gods sent the wonderful and innovative blessing of FastPass!

Now for those of you that don’t know, Disney’s FastPass service is a way to receive a designated time to come back to enjoy a particular attraction and in a shorter and quicker line than the stand-by line. Pretty cool right? Now FastPass at Disneyland is VASTLY different from Walt Disney World’s FastPass. Disneyland's service consists of old school paper passes that you carry with you, then give to a designated Cast Member when you come back to the attraction to get into the FastPass line. Walt Disney World’s service is all digital now, which is pretty cool but I’m old school... so paper rules!

Let me walk you through how the process all works.

Go to an attraction that offers FastPass (because not all of them do) and check the advance return time listed—this is the timeframe that your FastPass may be used. Make sure that you don’t have any preexisting plans that would conflict with you coming back during that timeframe. So! If you are free as a bird during that time then go up to a kiosk box, insert your park ticket or Annual Passport into the slot, and then out will pop your FastPass. It will show you your hour window return time posted on it!

You can bring your whole parties park tickets with you and get all their FastPasses at the same time. Just make sure the park tickets you take with you are for people that can actually ride the attraction. Some rides have height requirements or discourage against people with certain health conditions from riding the attraction so just keep that in mind!

Then you can enjoy the rest of the park while you wait for your FastPass return time to come around.

When the hour time slot hits for your FastPass, go to that attraction anytime during your time slot. You'll go to the specific FastPass entrance and present your FastPasse to the Cast Member and make your way into the attraction! It’s really that simple!

Here’s a word to wise though. You cannot get another FastPass while you already have FastPass that you haven’t used yet. So if you want to get another FastPass, you have to wait until your return hour comes and goes, then you can get another FastPass. However, there is an exception for Radiator Springs Racers in Disney’s California Adventure because the ride is so popular.

This process is meant to eliminate long hours spent waiting for a single attraction and give you more time to experience all the attractions, shows, and restaurants that Disneyland has to offer! To help with that, here’s the list of the attractions at Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure park that offer the FastPass service:

 

Disneyland Park

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Space Mountain
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours

 

Disney’s California Adventure Park

  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Grizzly River Run

If you have another questions about Disneyland’s FastPass service or Disneyland in general, please don’t hesitate to comment below! Hope this helps to make your Disneyland vacation easy, stress-free, and full of magic!