Getting into Fantasy Springs with Only Standby Pass


Before reading, I mention Disney Premier Access and Standby Pass throughout this article. My article assumes you know what they are and how they work. If not, I recommend reading up on their details. This article also assumes you’ve read up on the various ways to get into Fantasy Springs.

Alright, let’s get to it!

Fantasy Springs on a Saturday

Fantasy Springs Hotel

This is my experience visiting Tokyo DisneySea on a weekend (Saturday, June 8) and trying to get into Fantasy Springs. I want to show you that not all is lost if you don’t arrive early. This is my real-world experience, and while things might change, it will give you an idea of what to expect.

I had a regular one-day ticket for Tokyo DisneySea. We got in line at 6:45 a.m., but people were already ahead of us. Tokyo DisneySea Hotel MiraCosta guests were let through security at about 7:45 a.m. and into the park at 8 a.m. for their Happy Entry (remember, only MiraCosta and Fantasy Springs Hotel guests have early entry into Tokyo DisneySea for now).

The Park Opened Early (as it always does)

The security line for regular guests opened at 8:05 a.m., and the park opened at 8:15 a.m. I got into the park around 8:25 a.m. and grabbed a Standby Pass for Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey at 8:27 a.m. starting at 3:30 p.m. All Disney Premier Access passes were gone, though some standby passes were still available but went quickly.

Reminder: The park usually opens earlier than the posted operating times, so I recommend getting there early. The earliest I’ve seen it open for regular-day guests is 8:15 a.m.

Once you have a Standby Pass (or DPA), each entry time into Fantasy Springs will be displayed under your ticket.

The Disney Premier Access runs out faster than the Standby Pass. I guess that there’s less DPA than with Standby Pass. This account on X (formerly Twitter) posts daily when passes run out for each attraction.

More Passes Are Released

It seems the resort releases more Disney Premier Access and Standby Passes throughout the day, roughly every hour and a half. So keep refreshing the app to see if more passes pop up. At about 11:30 a.m., I got a Standby Pass for Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival at the same time, letting us enter the area at 11:35 a.m.

Refresh the app to see if more Standby Pass and/or Disney Premier Access is released.

We got more Standby Passes for Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure throughout the day and rode it three times. We did three of the four attractions with standby passes only on a Saturday, even after the initial stock was depleted in the morning. They kept releasing more throughout the day.

What the wait times were like

As for wait times, I never waited more than 10-15 mins for any of the attractions in the standby queue. I even noticed that guests who were using the 1-Day Passport Fantasy Spring Magic ticket (that gets you unlimited rides on all attractions in Fantasy Springs in the Priority Access Line) asked to use the standby queue to catch all the details because you miss a lot of it in the priority lines, especially for Peter Pan and Frozen.

We didn’t eat at the Restaurants

To get into the restaurants, you must make a mobile order, which was unavailable. We didn’t try that hard, so I’m unsure how early they ran out.

Getting There Early Does Help

Arriving early helps secure Disney Premier Access or Standby Pass for Fantasy Springs, but there’s still hope to grab a pass even if you arrive later. You will have to continue to refresh the app, which I’m not a fan of being on my device the whole time, but that’s how it is currently.

I didn’t buy Disney Premier Access because I didn’t want to pay for it, but I might try it another day. Also, remember that this was my own experience, and yours may vary.

That’s my experience! I recommend watching my video below, which shows different ways to get into Fantasy Springs and our Fantasy Springs guide. We’ll keep updating everything so you know what to expect.

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  1. Nic

    Hello! I love living vicariously through your Youtube videos, but we’ll finally be able to experience Tokyo Disney again after 8 years! We got pretty lucky last time because we managed to ride everything we wanted, but I don’t want to risk anything to chance this time around. I’m not too familiar with how the Premier passes ought to be used. We really want to ride everything in Fantasy Springs. Would you recommend arriving early and making a run for the first ride while booking passes for the next ride, or would it be better to try to book passes for the first ride outright? Thank you!

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