Disneyland FASTPASSES 101

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we are blogging about Disney Vacation Basics.  I live near Disneyland so I am always eager to do a blog post about Disneyland.  

One thing that people often ask me about are FASTPASSES at Disneyland Parks.  For first time visitors or those that don’t go too often it can be confusing to know which rides you can use a FASTPASS with.

Big Thunder Railroad FASTPASS

Here is a list of all the rides that utilize FASTPASSES:

Disneyland Park

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Disney California Adventure

  • California Screamin
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Soarin‘ Over California
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • World of Color

How Does It Work?

FASTPASSES are Free!! Each person who would like to not wait in line forever can get a FASTPASS.

You will need to have the admission ticket for each person in order to get a FASTPASS.  Insert the admission ticket in the kiosk for the ride you want a FASTPASS for and it will spit out a FASTPASS.

You can’t get another FASTPASS until the time shown on your current FASTPASS.  For example in the Big Thunder Railroad pass shown above the  FASTPASS is for 1:30 and you can’t get another FASTPASS until 12:45.

Where To Get Them

The majority of the FASTPASSES are distributed near the entrance or exit of the attraction.  However, there are a few such as Radiator Springs that are located in wack-a-doodle spots so use this handy map on Disneyland’s website to find the location of all the FASTPASS distributions.

Really Cool Tips

1. The Disneyland and Disney California Adventure FASTPASS system are NOT on the same system so you could get a FASTPASS at one park and then head over to the other and grab another one right away.

2. Roger Rabbits Cartoon Spin AND Radiator Springs Racers are not looped into the FASTPASS system so you can get a FASTPASS for these attractions and not have to wait to get another FASTPASS on another attraction.  See the picture below of the Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASS.  See how there is no time noted on the pass for when you can get another one?  Shhhh, don’t tell anyone I told you.

3. If people in your party don’t want to (or can’t) ride on a certain attraction such as Space Mountain then take their admission ticket and grab additional FASTPASSES.

Radiator Springs FASTPASS Tips

Radiator Springs is by far the longest wait ever!! But you shouldn’t have to wait in line for 3 hours for a six minute ride.  So here are my tips.

Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASS

Get there early – that seriously is the best tip ever and often overlooked.

Early Admission Option

If you are staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel you can enter either Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure 1-hour before the park opens by using the Extra Magic Hour early admission option.

Currently the schedule is as follows: Disneyland Park Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Disney California Adventure on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

You will need your hotel key for each person in your party.

Disneyland Hotel Room Key

Once you enter the park have one person take all of the admission tickets and get Radiator Springs Racers FASTPASSES.  The rest of your party can head into Cars Land and get in line for Radiator Springs Racers.

In the morning the wait can be about 40 minutes but that will go pretty quickly.  Once the person getting your FASTPASSES is done they can join you in line AND you now have a FASTPASS to use later in the afternoon.

For Those Without Early Admission Option

Get to the gates of Disney California Adventure at least 45 minutes before the park opens.  They generally start to let people into the park 30 minutes before the park opens.  They will have a rope blocking off Cars Land near Carthay Circle Restaurant.

Have one member of your party take all of your tickets and head for the Radiator Springs FASTPASS distribution line.  The FASTPASSES for Radiator Springs Racers is near It’s Tough to Be a Bug but by this time the end of the line can easily be near Carthay Circle Restaurant.  There will be a Cast Member holding a sign to indicate where the end of the line is.

Once the park opens you will be in a herd of people heading into Cars Land.  It can be crazy but just keep on walking with the herd of people.  Everyone will pretty much get in line for Radiator Springs.

Cars Land Herd

Cars Land herd after park opening

 

The wait at this point will be over an hour since other guests have already been in the park for a bit by now.  The other member of your party will still be waiting in the FASTPASS line.  You can either get in line for Radiator Springs and have them join you later or decide to not ride at this time and use the FASTPASS later.  The time of your FASTPASS will more than likely be mid to late afternoon.

I hope those tips helped you. For more information about Disneyland Resort FASTPASS service see Disneyland.com

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney with Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers. 

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories – WDW Park Tickets
2nd Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd – Disneyland Fastpasses -> You are here
3rd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers – Resorts
4th Stop ~ Disney MamasUnderstanding FastPass+
Final Stop ~ Heidi’s Head- Dining Plan Basics

 

  • http://heidi-strawser.com Heidi Strawser

    Thanks for sharing the Disneyland FastPass tips, Dawn. It sounds a lot like the way WDW was doing it, before they incorporated FastPass+. One of these days, hopefully, I’ll make it out to Disneyland to use these tips!

  • Rosanne Mottola

    I had absolutely no idea that the Radiator Springs fastpasses weren’t hooked into the system! Wish I would’ve known that when I was there in March! Have you heard any rumors of Fastpass+ moving over to Disneyland from Disney World? I’m sure it’s inevitable.

    • http://www.IAmADisneyNerd.com/ Dawn Cullo

      @Rosanne_Mottola:disqus I have not heard anything about FastPass+ moving over to Disneyland, I really wish it would. I saw that they were updatng 1/2 of the turn styles when I was there in July but apparently it wasn’t for FastPass+. Boo.

  • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

    When I finally do get to Disneyland, I’ll be sure to follow your advice! Bookmarking this article for future reference, Dawn :)

  • http://www.savingupfordisney.com Julie Bigboy

    We attend Disneyland with our special needs daughter and it’s handy to be able to use both the DAS pass for some rides that have tightly woven/claustrophobic lines (like Peter Pan) as well as the Fastpass system. It definitely helps ease the stress of the day not spending it in long lines and I appreciate that we can use these two passes simultaneously.

  • james @ HomeisWheretheMouseis

    Still haven’t gotten out to Disneyland yet! Finally getting used to FastPass+ here on the east coast, so heading out west might be a step back in time in more ways than one!!

    Do they enforce the return times there? It used to be that you could return anytime after the time on the FP here in WDW, until they started to crack down on that. What is Disneyland policy on returning after your window has expired?

  • http://www.adisneymomsthoughts.com Beth Green

    I really want to get back to DL! One day… one day! I also wish WDW still had paper fastpass tickets! I”m not a fan of scheduling FP 60 days out!

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  • http://fortheloveofdisney.com Jennifer Kaufman

    I can’t wait to get back to Disneyland. For obvious reasons, but also because I miss our paper fast passes! :)

  • http://www.disneyonwheels.com/ Melissa – Disney on Wheels

    Great tips! On our first trip to Disneyland we were a little confused and probably will be again when we visit. I’m bookmarking this post as a reference. Thanks!!

  • http://www.capturingmagicalmemories.com Capturing Magical Memories

    Thanks for the overview. I got there with the assumption that it worked like Walt Disney World. Boy was I wrong. Completely different strategy. But if you know how to work it it will save you tons of time!

  • JenniferLissak

    We got there at rope drop with emh for radiator spring one day… and the ride was CLOSED!! We gave up around 9 am and headed to disneyland, but that plan failed us!! Even the FP line wasn’t open! But, I definitely prefer the old fp system – making a plan 60 days out is still silly to me, even though I think it can be fun. Do you wish they would add fp+ to cali? Think it would work?

    • http://www.IAmADisneyNerd.com/ Dawn Cullo

      I have also gotten to Radiator Springs and it was broken down but hubby was in line for FASTPASSES so we were able to ride later in the day. I would like to have the FP+ in Disneyland Resort because I am a Type-A person and I want to have control LOL – But I also like the idea of not having to run to a kiosk to get a FASTPASS or wait in line for a FASTPASS,