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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Fastpass

Hot Tip:  MousePlanet's DIG has a great page on Fastpass which includes information on how it works (including illustrations) and a frequently asked questions list.  You can look it over by clicking here.


"Fastpass" is a new way to minimize waits in the queue lines at the Disneyland Resort parks.  If you decide to use Fastpass, you can skip the queue (for the time being) and return at a specific time later in the day when you can enter the shorter Fastpass line.  It's a simple system that you can use to decrease your time waiting in line, but -- as expected -- there are the usual quid pro quos, caveats, qualifications, and stipulations that you should be aware of...

Some, not all, attractions are equipped with Fastpass.  As you approach a Fastpass attraction, there will be signs showing wait times for both the regular queue and the Fastpass scheduled time.  If you decide to use Fastpass, each member of your party will swipe their park pass in a machine and get a time to return to the Fastpass line.  When you return (there is a one-hour window in which you MUST return), the much-shorter Fastpass line should allow you to get to the attraction boarding area very quickly.   For those attractions that have some sort of pre-show, the Fastpass and Standby lines are merged.

Some specifics:

  • You may use Fastpass for just one attraction one at a time.  If you already have a Fastpass "reservation" for one attraction, the system will not allow you to have a second active "reservation".

  • If your entire party wants to enjoy an attraction together, each member of the party must swipe their passes at the same time.

  • If a ride goes down, Fastpass will stop issuing "reservation" times.  If you already had a "reservation", you can use it when the attraction comes back up.

  • Fastpass will probably be available only during the busiest times.

  • Park maps indicate which attractions are have Fastpass.

 

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