A Beginner’s Guide to Fastpass at Disneyland

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What’s Disneyland FASTPASS and how do I use it at Disneyland Resort?

"it's a small world" FASTPASS reminder with "it's a small world" in the background.
FASTPASS basics for your Disneyland vacation.

All the information on how to use FASTPASS during your Disneyland vacation. 

True, many of us have moved on from FASTPASS now that Disneyland Resort has added the Disney MaxPass option, but there are many of us who have never used this “skip the line” perk and need a little background information.

This became even more clear to me when I sat on the Disneyland Railroad (the train, not the actual railroad tracks because that would be dumb) and heard a mom say, “We’re not going to use FASTPASS because I don’t even know what that is or how it works.”

Don’t let that happen to YOU! Lucky for her, she was sitting by me, and I was able to fill her in. And now I’m here to fill you in too.

Disneyland FASTPASS is Free!

1. First thing to know: FASTPASS is a free feature offered with valid theme park admission. It allows you to skip the “standby” line and enter the “FASTPASS” line. You’ll likely spend less time waiting in line when using a FASTPASS.

Every attraction with a FASTPASS option has two lines you can enter. When you arrive at the attraction, you’ll see something like this, indicating which line you should join. In this case, at Space Mountain, those with a FASTPASS enter the line on the left and those riding without a FASTPASS enter the line on the right.

Space Mountain FASTPASS return line and standby sign at Disneyland.
Which line? FASTPASS lines and Standby lines at Disneyland Park.

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How to get a Disneyland FASTPASS

2. How do I get a FASTPASS for an attraction? Walk to any FASTPASS distribution kiosk, usually located near the attraction itself. Insert your park ticket and receive a FASTPASS reminder which indicates: a. the time frame to use the FASTPASS line and b. what time you may secure another FASTPASS.

All FASTPASS kiosks look similar to the ones in this picture. Notice the sign on the left “FASTPASS distribution entrance”, sometimes there is a short line to simply secure a FASTPASS. Take everyone’s ticket with you and walk up to the machine, insert each ticket one by one to secure your FASTPASS.

This particular photo is the FASTPASS kiosk for Star Tours AND Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Choose the right kiosk for the attraction you want to ride. You’ll notice the small green and blue signs above the two kiosks on the left indicate they are for Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.

Star Tours FASTPASS distribution kiosk at Disneyland Park.
FASTPASS kiosk Disneyland Park

Disneyland FASTPASS Attractions

3. Which attractions have FASTPASS at Disneyland Park? Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours-The Adventure Continues, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Indiana Jones Adventure, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Haunted Mansion and the night show, Fantasmic! and “it’s a small world”.

Which attractions have FASTPASS at California Adventure Park? Soarin’ Around the World, Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Goofy’s Sky School, Incredicoaster (coming soon), Grizzly River Run, Toy Story Midway Mania and the night show, World of Color.

All other attractions have one line for everyone.

Disneyland FASTPASS reminder including Matterhorn Bobsleds, Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass

How to Redeem Disneyland FASTPASS

4. How do I redeem my FASTPASS at the FASTPASS line? Have your ticket in-hand and scan it at the entrance of the attraction at the appointed return time listed on your reminder. You will then be admitted to the often shorter line.

Most scanners look similar to this one below. Just place your ticket on the lower silver ledge and the circle will turn green if your FASTPASS is valid.

Disneyland FASTPASS and MaxPass return scanner.
Disney FASTPASS return scanner

Disneyland FASTPASS FAQs

Toy Story Midway Mania FASTPASS entrance with clock overhead.
Disney MaxPass and FASTPASS

A few more pieces of advice for your Disneyland Resort vacation.

Does everyone in my party need a FASTPASS? Yes, if you wish to ride together, everyone needs a FASTPASS. The exception is children under 2 who do not need a park ticket. They can ride with their party in either line, but there are only a few FASTPASS attractions that little ones can enjoy without height restrictions (night show, Fantasmic! and “it’s a small world” holiday, Toy Story Midway Mania and the night show, World of Color).

Can I use FASTPASS and Rider Switch? Great question, and the answer is yes! This is more of an “advanced” FASTPASS technique but you can work the system to your advantage. Read about Rider Switch here.

How Many FASTPASS reservations can I have at one time? The night shows don’t count toward your allotment, and usually it’s one FASTPASS at a time. The reminder will indicate when you can get another FASTPASS so be sure to keep that handy!

What about the paid FASTPASS, Disney MaxPass? MaxPass works in a very similar fashion but instead of going to a physical kiosk, you secure FASTPASS reservations on your mobile device. I’ve covered that and much more here.

Can I use both the free FASTPASS and Disney MaxPass? If you’re asking if you can double dip, the answer is no. Your FASTPASS reservations are tied to your park ticket, so you can’t use both systems to get extra FASTPASS reservations. But if you’re asking because sometimes you just want to try the kiosk, then yes, you can technically use both.

What else do you think I should add to this FAQ section? Leave your questions below and I’ll answer! Above all, don’t be afraid to use it! Try it out, see how it works and how easy it is to “skip the line” at Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

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