Last updated on March 23rd, 2020 at 04:21 pm
To ensure you get the most out of the park, using the Disneyland Paris FastPass system cuts down your queue time at some of the most popular attractions.
If you’re not sure what FastPass is or how it works, here is what you need to know.
Disneyland Paris FastPass?
FastPass is a line-jumping system that allows guests to ‘skip the queues’ on a number of popular rides throughout both Disneyland Paris parks. FastPass is built into your park entrance ticket and it allows you to skip the queue for a particular ride during a specifically allocated time slot.
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What Disneyland Paris rides are eligible for FastPass?
You can only FastPass certain rides and they’re generally the ones with the longest wait times. Disneyland Paris FastPass(s) are usable for the following attractions:
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Adventureland
- Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, Discoveryland
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast*, Discoveryland
- Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland
- Peter Pan’s Flight, Fantasyland
- Star Tours, Discoveryland
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- Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Backlot
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror**, Production Courtyard
- Ratatouille: The Adventure, Toon Studio
Be sure to secure your FastPass selections early in the day, as they tend to be ‘sold out’ before noon. This does not mean that your return time will be before noon, however.
How Does FastPass work?
Each of the above attractions has a FastPass station beside its entrance. Simply tap to scan your ticket and you’ll get a separate FastPass ticket with your allocated time slot on it.
There is a catch; you only get one at a time and there are no pre-reservations. It works on a first-come, first-serve basis, on the day of. Once you have scanned your ticket, you find a return window, 11:40-12:40 in the picture below.
Slightly out of focus, you will see a “next available FastPass” time. This time indicates when you are able to request another FastPass ticket from the kiosks; it is either at the start of your FastPass window (grab a ticket before heading to the queue ) or two hours after the moment you requested this ticket, whichever comes first.
For example, if I had requested this ticket at 10 am, which I probably did, the time that I can request another FastPass would either be 11:40 (start of the return window, based on this ticket) or noon (two hours from 10 am), whichever comes first.
How much does a Disney Paris Fastpass cost?
Technically, these Fastpasses are free of charge and are part of your entrance ticket. Everyone that purchases an entrance ticket has access to these Fastpass options.
However, as with most things, FastPass tickets are available for purchase.
How and where to buy Disney Paris Fastpass?
Disneyland Paris released a new program in 2018 where they were selling FastPass(s) during Peak and Shoulder seasons.
Super Fastpass and Ultimate Fastpass can be purchased as part of your initial Disneyland Paris package purchase online or over the phone. Super and Ultimate FastPasses are also available for purchase at Disneyland Paris’ hotels, the park entrances, at City Hall in Disneyland Park and Studio Services in Walt Disney Studios Park.
There is a limited number of Fastpasses available for purchase each day and they do tend to sell out quickly so this is a conversation that needs to happy before arriving in the parks.
TOP TIPS: Plan in advance!
Super and Ultimate FASTPASS products will be available on sale from the website or via the Call Centre up to two days before your visit. Based on availabilities, Super and Ultimate FASTPASS products will also be on sale in the Disney Parks on the day of your visit.
Should I upgrade to a VIP Fastpass?
Super FASTPASS: 3 Family Attractions: Allows you to access, once and without any specific return time slot, the FASTPASS lane for the following attractions: Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Peter Pan’s Flight and Ratatouille: The Adventure.
Super FASTPASS: 3 Big Thrills Attractions: Allows you to access, once and without any specific return time slot, the FASTPASS lane for the following attractions: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Star WarsTM Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith will be closed for refurbishment from 1st September and will be replaced with Phantom Manor in the meantime. These attractions have height restrictions.
Ultimate FASTPASS: All FASTPASS Attractions – Once: Allows you to access, once and without any specific return time slot, each of the FASTPASS lane for the following attractions: Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Indiana JonesTM and the Temple of Peril, Peter Pan’s Flight, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Star WarsTM Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith will be closed for refurbishment from 1st September and will be replaced with Phantom Manor in the meantime. Some of these attractions have height restrictions.
Ultimate FASTPASS: All FASTPASS Attractions – Unlimited: Allows you to access, as many times as you want and without any specific return time slot, each of the FASTPASS lane for the following attractions: Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Indiana JonesTM and the Temple of Peril, Peter Pan’s Flight, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Star WarsTM Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith will be closed for refurbishment from 1st September and will be replaced with Phantom Manor in the meantime.
Some attractions might have height restrictions. Please check our website before purchase to know all the restrictions that apply to each attraction. Click here
Infinity and Magic Plus Annual Pass holders can benefit from a special FASTPASS discount.
What is the price difference between Fastpass and regular tickets?
Adding Super and Ultimate Fastpass to your package before arriving at Disneyland Paris or once you check-in, the price doesn’t change. You are simply being afforded the convenience of making your decision in advance before it potentially sells out.
Is Disneyland Paris Fastpass worth it?
100% the free Disneyland Paris Fastpass that is included with your standard entrance ticket is worth the time it takes to use it. You will find yourself jumping queues that say 90 minutes wait time, all from the comfort of your lunch-table or hotel room.
There will be times when you find yourself using your Disneyland Paris Fastpass less often than other days, and this is due to crowd levels and the weather. People tend to stay home when it’s super hot or super cold/wet. You will want to strategically plan your Fastpass tickets on busier days.
In terms of the Super Fastpass and Ultimate Fastpass purchases, it’s worth completely depends on how you plan on vacationing. Are you stressed for time, only have 1 day to visit both parks or have zero interest in waiting any longer than you need to.. than purchasing Fastpasses is definitely for you.
This is about opportunity cost after all; fewer days in the parks means less money on hotels and food, more money on Fast Passes. It’s worth comes down to time.
Special FASTPASS Tickets
On top of everything we have just learned; Standard free Fastpass, Super, and Fastpass purchased fast passes – Disney has thrown us all another curveball; Special hotel fast passes.
Disney Paris Hotel Fastpass
Special Disney Paris Hotel Fastpasses are available; One ticket is given per day per guest for all those staying at Disneyland Hotel standard rooms, Disney’s Hotel New York Empire State Club rooms, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Compass Club rooms and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Golden Forest Club rooms.
There is one catch, however; they can’t be used anytime between 1 pm and 4:30 pm, but any time before or after those times they can.
To use, simply up to the fast pass queue and hand it over as you would with a fast pass token. They are dated for each day you are there so make sure you take the right one. We found it best to use hotel fast passes before 11 am – once you get beyond 11 am the ‘general public’ who have got a timed fast pass ticket from the machine at the ride will start coming back at their allotted time.
This is, of course, if you want a true “walk-on experience”. Any time after 4 pm will allow you to skip the standby queue and simply join the masses in the Fastpass queue – still avoiding nearly 60 minutes per rides in some cases.
Disney Hotel VIP FASTPASS
Enjoy unlimited access to the FASTPASS line and skip the queue during your stay. As a Suites or Castle Club Guest, you’ll board within a matter of minutes to the attractions that offer the FASTPASS service, just like the regular Disney Hotel Fastpass (only available at Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Hotel New York, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge).
Why should I use FastPass?
The obvious answer, to skip the lines, comes to mind. But if you still aren’t following, here is a better break down.
During Early Magic Time, only onsite guests are allowed into the parks on the rides. Once official “rope drop” happens, onsite guests are that much closer to the popular attractions and are already lined up in the standby line, ready to ride. By using FastPass, you can skip the initial long line, and come back in an hour or so to a much shorter line.
Furthermore, if in the early morning (because they are almost guaranteed to be sold out by afternoon), the line is just too long for yourself or the children to queue, simply grab a FastPass ticket. The return time will be on the board overhead and give you an idea of if this is a good use of your FastPass ticket. Get a ticket, have a meal, watch the parade, and come back to the queue for a shorter line experience.
Disneyland FastPass and Rider Switch hack
These two skip-the-line features cannot be used together, based on our latest experience, but they are complimentary.
- Get in the standby line for Star Tours.
- Request a rider switch from the Cast Member. Dad and oldest ride. Mum and the babysit on the side.
- Mum uses 2 entrance tickets to secure two Fast Passes to Star Tours. Now we have 4 sets of return tickets. Yay for us!
- Fastpass immediately, because Mum was so quick to secure a reservation; Oldest and Mum ride, dad and the babysit on the side. She’s asleep by now.
- Dad uses our 4 tickets (because mum’s FP window has just opened), to secure 4 FastPasses to Buzz lightyear. That queue is 1 hour long and the return time is in one hour – Have a snack, ride something nearby with a short queue, then return to ride Buzz Lightyear.
- Return with Rider Switch ticket later in the evening when Fastpasses are sold out and the queue is long. Mum and Dad argue about who gets to escort the oldest on the ride and who gets to refill the popcorn bucket.
Why get a Fast Pass so early in the morning? Because the window opened within the next 30 minutes and Mum isn’t able to ride anything with the sleepy baby. Why not get a Fast Pass ticket and save the Rider Switch for later. You have all day to redeem it.
Also, as we had Early Magic Time access, we were among the first in the standby line to ride Star Tours. By the time the boys were back, the queue had doubled in size and now filled with offsite guests. Fast Passing this ride, even early in the morning, was an easy choice since we knew the oldest would want to ride again after dinner when the baby was asleep.
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