Here is a quick video with some tips to start:
I figured out pretty quickly how to use the FP system at Disney. I'll admit it was super overwhelming before getting there and even on the first day, but once you get the hang of using the Disney World app you are good to go and it's actually a fun process, kind of addicting!
Once you have used all of your three FP options that you scheduled ahead of time and now perhaps it's mid-day, you can now search for one more FP option at a time per person. We did this on our second day at Magic Kingdom (MK) and we ended up getting at least 5 more FastPasses in addition to our originally scheduled 3 in the morning. It was amazing! And it was not that hard to do.
Here are some tips for using FP when you are at the park, after you've used your 3 scheduled ones:
- Refresh often. I was able to get fireworks reserved seating for Animal Kingdom and Epcot after refreshing for about 20 minutes when walking to other rides. I was able to get my husband and two big kids a ride on Soarin' at Epcot, after it'd been full all day and we couldn't get a FP for it... end of the day around 5 p.m. we got one after I was refreshing a few times. People are changing their FP options all day, deleting one here and there, changing times, etc. which opens up spots for you.
- Different configurations and pairings. I don't know why, but for some reason there were times I couldn't get a FP for all 4 of my family members to go on a ride at one time. So I would try me and my daughter, my husband and son, or me and my son and husband and daughter, so two and two. Or I'd try one person at a time. For some reason, that helped me get FP options more for the rides we wanted. Keep trying!
- Overlap times. You don't have to snag a FP option for all of your family members at once, you could get separate individual ones for each person and just make sure the times overlap so you can all walk in at once. For example, we wanted to go on the Little Mermaid ride at MK in the afternoon, but I could only get a FP for me and the two kids, we could not get one for my sister at the same time. We kept refreshing and trying, and about 15 minutes later we were able to get her one just after the ending time of ours. For example, me and the two kids could use a FP from 3:05-4:05, and my sister's FP was available at 4:05-5:05. We went to the cast member at about 4 p.m. and she let us all head inside to the ride through FP. Just get creative in the timing, but it should work out well.
- Use the app ASAP. Once you scan your bracelet in the FP line for one ride, get on your app immediately to see what else is free in the next half hour or so to get on another FP ride. We did this several times and were able to bounce from ride to ride without any waiting time!
- Use the app and a map. Make sure you know the way around the park, which rides are in which sections so you can maximize your FP options.
- When you don't need a FP, cancel it. Let's say you scheduled a FP and then you get up to the line and see it's only a 15 minute wait anyway... CANCEL your FP so that you can snag another FP for another ride that maybe has a super long wait. Or let's say you get to the park early and get on a ride you had originally FPd, cancel it then and ride the ride early without crowds.
Disney World is busy, tons of crowds and waiting. Any time you can use a FP is going to be best and easier for your family. It's kind of addicting playing the "game" of refreshing your app and seeing what else is out there for FastPasses... make sure it doesn't take away from your face time with your kids and enjoying the moments. BUT I swear it makes the trip easier and more enjoyable when everyone can avoid waiting in lines and get on more rides as a result.