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Three FastPass+ selection tips: Make the best possible Disney World vacation

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Now that you can use FastPass+ to select rides and attractions in advance of your Walt Disney World vacation, you have to decide which options to choose. Each park has rides, shows, attractions, and character greetings that can be booked ahead of time. Here are three things to consider when you make your selections:

1) Make choices that will save you the most time.

For example, the Anna and Elsa "Frozen" character greeting often has waits of two to three hours, or even more during peak times. If it's a must-do for your family, it will chew up a huge hunk of your day. This is a hard FastPass+ to get, but it's well worth the effort. The same goes for other rides and attractions with long waits, like Toy Story Mania, which always has a long line, and the Festival of Fantasy parade, which forces you to stake out a spot very early if you don't have reserved viewing.

2) Choose your family's must-dos.

FastPass+ guarantees that you'll be able to do the selected rides and attractions (within reason, of course, as rides break down and other unforeseen circumstances come up from time to time). It's nice to know that you've already got a reservation for the things that are most important to your family, like a meet and greet with the princesses or a ride on Big Thunder Mountain. Sure, you could do those things without a FastPass, but when you have one, you don't have to worry about the crowd level or standby wait times.

3) Don't tie up your whole day.

Some of the options you book might be later in the day. For example, Festival of Fantasy is always at 3 p.m., and the only reservation available for Elsa and Anna or something else that's hard to get might be at night. That's okay, but try to get the earliest possible times for most of your days so you can get more FastPasses. You used to be limited to three, but as of April 28 you can get more once you use up your initial three passes. However, on busy days, available passes run out quickly. The earlier you can try for them, the more you'll be able to get.

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