|Fastpass @ the Disneyland Resort|
What it is:
|How it works:|
walk to the FastPass attraction of your choice. On arrival you will
see a FastPass distribution center. You will also see a board listing
the current stand-by time and the current FastPass return time.
After deciding to get a FastPass you must next walk to the distribution machines (shown in the picture below).
Once you select your machine insert your park ticket to receive the FastPass.
The machines are clearly marked on how to insert your ticket. If you are having problems, there is usually a cast member around to help you out or ask another guest.
|Rules to FastPass:|
Disney California Adventure:
Discontinued Fastpass Offerings:
FastPass is a wonderful thing if used wisely. There is a large debate occurring in the Disney usergroups about the value and effectiveness of FastPass. The Geek's firsthand experience is that the system works ok. For AP people like myself its wonderful on days when the park is moderately crowded. We can get on our favorite attractions without having to wait in line. This does mean longer lines on some other attractions, but overall its not bad that bad most days. For the average "day guest" I am not sure how much it actual helps. If used wisely I think it will allow for you to get on more attractions in the same amount of time, but that means planning ahead and optimizing timing, which very few people want to do on vacation. For most average visitors it means you can get on one or two of the "E-ticket" attractions with a minimal wait and very little planning. This is worth it for most people.
There is one problem with the system though. At times it can create quite a bit of congestion in front of an attraction with people entering the FastPass distribution area, the standby line, the FastPass Line, people just waiting around, and confused people. The picture on the left shows Pirates on a day with average attendance. For this reason (and others I am sure) Fastpass was reworked in 2004 and several Disneyland Attractions were removed from the list.
|There are several strategies that people employ
while using FastPass.
The lazy approach: As you wonder around the park you come upon an attraction you wish to visit. The standby line is 2 hours long and you see people getting FastPasses, and decide to go for it. You get your FastPass and then look at your group and say, "Now what??"
The two-for-one approach: You send a member of your group to get a FastPass for an attraction (ex. Splash Mountain), while the rest of your group heads to Space Mountain to get in line. Your other member joins you in line at Space Mountain with your FastPasses. You wait and go on Space Mountain together, then all walk over an use your FastPasses to go on Splash Mountain. You get to go on two rides with the wait time of one.
The Geek's approach: This is a much different approach than the Geek uses at WDW, mostly because at WDW the Geek gets a week or two every couple years, where as with Disneyland I get to go about every three weeks or so. What I usually end up doing is getting a fastpass for an attraction and then either wander around the park and watch some entertainment, or go see a classic attraction that usually has a small line (like the Tiki Room, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, or even just ride the train around the park.