When you go to a FastPass (FP) enabled ride at DLR there will be three lines.
1. Standby line - this is just the regular line
2. FastPass Distribution line - this is where you get your FPs
3. FastPass Return line - this is where you use your FPs
In some cases all three lines are right next to each other (such as Space Mtn) while in other cases they are all in three different areas (such as Splash Mtn). When they are in different locations like Splash it can be a little confusing where to find each line. Ask a Cast Member for help.
Below are pictorial links to California Screamin' at DCA on what this looks like. Some of the pictures are a bit blurry - my apologies. I had to use my DS13's digital camera which is just not very good. Someone misplaced my Kodak and I did not have it with me.
We were at California Screamin' (CS) at 10:57AM. See:
At CS the Standby and FastPass distribution lines are right next to each other - see
In the above link you can see that the regular Standby line was about 20 minutes long. The CS FastPass Return line happens to be about 15 feet to the right - see
So at 10:57AM you can see here http://hydroguy.smugmug.com/gallery/1738293/1/85956184 that the FastPass return window was 11:35AM-12:35PM. The FP windows start off the day 40-45 minutes away from the present time and then, for popular rides, extends further out as the day progresses. For example, on this particular day we got a Space Mtn FP at 3:05PM and the return window was 8:40-9:40PM. However, in the summer of 2005 all of the Space Mtn FPs would have been gone by 3PM because of its popularity.
To get a FP, enter the FastPass Distribution line (the one on the left for CS) and there will be 5-10 FastPass machines. See
Take your entrance ticket that you used to enter DLR and insert it into the slot. See
After a few seconds a FastPass will spit out. See
Take the FP and your entrance ticket (do not forget that or you will be hating life) and then either get another FP for someone else in your group or just leave.
The FP will look like this:
Here you can see that the by the time we actually got to the FP machine and got our FP the window had moved out 5 minutes to 11:40AM-12:40PM.
Also read at the bottom of the FP the next time you can get another FP. It will always be at least 40 minutes away but never more than 2 hours - at least as long as DLR maintains the current FP rules.
In this case the next FP time would be 40 minutes away - or 11:40AM as printed at the bottom of the FP.
Come back after 11:40AM to use this FP and go to the FastPass Return line. See:
To learn more about how to use FastPass see:
"The Joy of FASTPASS - details and secrets" - http://www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5720
Also see my FastPass write up here:
"Getting the Most Out of FastPass During High Season" - http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=885132