2. It's All In The Timing!There’s a lot of personal preference in Disney park touring strategies, and arranging FastPasses is no different. Finding that “sweet spot” for your first FastPass is based on your vacation style. A great strategy for early risers is to "rope drop" the park you’re headed to, experience popular attractions or meets early, and begin using FastPass a bit later- perhaps 10am or so. Like to sleep in? Reserve your passes for your afternoon arrival time. Park hopping? Consider using your FastPass in the second park- your later arrival there will mean that the popular rides have long waits, so you’ll be thrilled to have those FastPasses reserved!
Now that you’re practically an expert, are you ready for an advanced tip? Let’s pretend you have FastPasses for 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00. Immediately after you pass the checkpoint (where you scan your Magic Band to use your FastPass), check your app to see if you can move your 11:00 or 12:00 ride up. Splash Mountain has an opening for 10:30? Perfect! Finish your Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride at around 10:15, hoof it to Frontierland to Splash Mountain at 10:30, and after you pass the checkpoint, see if what you can get for 11:00. Pirates of the Caribbean? Fantastic. Now, you’ve ridden 3 popular rides between 10:00 and 11:15 and you can start reserving that 4th FastPass (and so on).