The Most Important FastPass+ at Every Disney World Park

Cinderella Castle and the Hub at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Booking the best FastPass+ reservations is an essential step when planning a visit to Walt Disney World. Not all FastPasses were created equal, however, and it’s important to make the right choices when making your selections. I’ve put together a guide to the most important FastPasses at each Disney park. I factored in the popularity of the ride and the usual standby wait time along with my own personal preferences. Your choices will obviously vary based on your tastes and the people in your travel group, but here are my best recommendations for your initial three Disney World FastPasses.

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Best Magic Kingdom FastPasses

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is one of the hardest Disney World Fastpasses to get

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Magic Kingdom’s newest ride routinely draws the longest wait times in the park. It’s a great family-friendly roller coaster – we even got my mom who is terrified of anything wild on it – that also features a unique swaying car system and some top-notch animatronics. On some late nights, the line will dwindle a bit, but if you want to avoid a long wait, you’ll want to Fastpass this one. Mine Train FPs book up quickly, especially during busy seasons, so be sure to grab them as soon as you can.

Your next two FastPass+ selections: Space Mountain and Peter Pan

Space Mountain typically has a long wait, though I’ve caught it as a walk-on at closing time a few times. Peter Pan always has an inexplicably long line. It’s my favorite out of the dark rides, but there’s no chance I’d ever stand in line for over an hour for it.

If thrill rides aren’t your thing, substitute the Jungle Cruise or Buzz Lightyear for Space Mountain. If you’re looking for thrills, swap Splash Mountain for Peter Pan.

Don’t waste a FastPass on: Stitch’s Great Escape

The toned down retrofit of the terrifying Alien Encounter ride disappoints pretty much everybody. There’s no need to burn a FP on this one unless you’re a die hard Stitch fan and you’re there during the peak season.

Read more about the Magic Kingdom in my Grown-up’s Guide.

Best Epcot FastPasses

Frozen Ever After in Epcot's Norway pavilion is an essential Fastpass reservation

Frozen Ever After

Located in the Norway pavilion, Frozen combines immense franchise popularity, novelty, and low capacity. These three factors combine to make the Fastpasses hard to get. If you want to wait less than an hour for the ride, you’ll need a Fastpass, and you’ll need to book it as soon as possible. If you can’t get Frozen, either Soarin’ or Test Track are great choices. Now that the third theater has been added to Soarin’ wait times have lessened a bit, but Test Track has the advantage of a single rider line if you can’t snag a FP, so I’d pick based on your interests. You may be able to snag additional FPs for Soarin’ or Test Track later in the day, but Frozen will be almost impossible if you don’t book it as one of your original three.

Your next two FastPass+ selections: Character Spot and Mission: Space

Epcot runs on a two-tiered Fastpass system, so your next two will have to come from the lower tier. Your two best options here are Character Spot and Mission: Space. The second tier choices are pretty mediocre. You’ll be able to ride all of the options without waiting too long on most days, so your choices are less important. I always pick Character Spot because you get a chance to meet several of the characters (one at a time) from only one line, and that line is usually pretty lengthy.

Don’t waste a FastPass on: Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival.

This thoroughly forgettable collection of short films is the kind of thing you do when you get caught in a storm and you’re looking for a way to kill some time while it’s raining. Use your FastPasses on something else.

Read more about Epcot in my Grown-up’s Guide.

Best Hollywood Studios FastPasses

 

Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at Disney World's Hollywood Studios

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Slinky Dog Dash

The newest roller coaster at Disney World is adorable themed and perfect for all ages (though it does have a 38″ height requirement). You get to take a ride on Slink himself as he loops through a playset that Andy constructed and you might just catch a glimpse of other favorite Toy Story characters along the way. It’s too soon to say for certain how the lines will shake out when Toy Story Land officially opens in late June, but the new Slinky Dog roller coaster is sure to be the premiere attraction. If you’re traveling with babies who don’t meet the height requirement for either of the new Toy Story attractions (the Alien Saucer Swirl ride is 32″), Toy Story Mania, though not new, is a solid option that anyone can ride.

Your next two FastPass+ choices: Tower of Terror and Rock’n’Roller Coaster

Like Epcot, Hollywood Studios has a tiered Fastpass system, so you’ll have to make two selections from the lower group. Tower of Terror is my favorite thrill ride on property, and I have to ride it at least once per visit. With the opening of Toy Story Land, Rock’n’Roller Coaster was bumped down to the lower tier meaning that you can snag FastPasses for both of these intensely fun thrill rides. Pro tip: book them back-to-back as Tower of Terror and Rock’n’Roller Coaster are very close to each other and not well-connected to other areas of the park.

Don’t waste a FastPass on:

MuppetVision 3D. Even on the busiest days, the wait for this show is usually negligible. Indiana Jones would also fall into this category most of the time, but I’ve actually seen showings fill up enough that people in line got cut off on super busy days.

Read more about Hollywood Studios in my Grown-up’s Guide.

Best Animal Kingdom FastPasses

The Pandora section of Animal Kingdom looks beautiful.

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Flight of Passage

Since the Pandora area opened, the two rides located there have drawn the biggest wait times. A tiered FP system was implemented here, with only Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey in the top category. Of those two, Flight of Passage has consistently drawn longer waits. And while I haven’t ridden either one, Flight of Passage sounds cooler too.

Your next two FastPass+ choices:

Expedition Everest and Dinosaur. The opening of Pandora has thrown the Animal Kingdom wait times off a bit, but you can always count on Everest and Dinosaur to draw lines. Everest’s unique backwards track section is one of my favorites, but if you’re not a coaster fan, you can swap this one for Kilimanjaro Safaris. Dinosaur has never lived up to the hype for me, but it’s worth checking out the cool ride system and animatronics.

Don’t waste a FastPass on: It’s Tough to Be a Bug

The last time I was there, on a Saturday in July aka one of the busier times of the year, the Cast Member working the entrance to this show was practically begging people to enter the queue. The theater rarely fills up, and it would be a shame to waste a FP reservation on this.

Read more about Animal Kingdom in my Grown-up’s Guide.

Ready to book? Head here to start claiming your FP+ slots or log in to the WDW App! (You’ll definitely want to download that before visiting to save yourself hours in the parks.)If you don’t have your tickets yet, check out Undercover Tourist where you can save up to $71/ticket for discounts – they’re one of the few authorized Disney World ticket sellers and I got a whole day free on my last trip by purchasing through them.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know which FastPasses are the best in the comments. 

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When planning a trip to Disney World, figuring out which FastPasses to book is an important decision. This guide from a former Cast Member features info on which FastPasses are the hardest to book and will save you the most time. Now updated to include info on Toy Story Land rides and Pandora.

Make sure that you snag the most important Disney World FastPasses with this park-by-park guide to what you should be booking.Make sure that you snag the most important Disney World FastPasses with this park-by-park guide to what you should be booking.

Make sure that you snag the most important Disney World FastPasses with this park-by-park guide to what you should be booking.

When planning a trip to Disney World, figuring out which FastPasses to book is an important decision. This guide from a former Cast Member features info on which FastPasses are the hardest to book and will save you the most time. Now updated to include info on Toy Story Land rides and Pandora.

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27 Comments

  • Angela June 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

    we’ve just booked our Fastpasses today funnily enough. My choices are almost spot on with yours.

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

      Have fun! I’m a little jealous because I’m dying to go back.

  • Maša Butara June 17, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    I love the tips! And I sure have to visit Disney once!

  • Nina | Nina Near and Far June 17, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply

    This is super useful! Great to know what rides are worth waiting for and which ones aren’t. Have yet to visit Disney but definitely want to one day!

  • Andrea June 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

    Growning up in orlando and having the perks of going to the parks often i feel that this is perfect!! I wouldnt change a thing! A

  • Emily Hines June 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    I haven’t been to Disney since high school. Would love to go back and see how it’s changed!

  • Alex June 17, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

    I haven’t been to Disney in AGES. I’m from Tampa so I used to go to Magic Kingdom at least once a year growing up. Fast Passes were life back then. The Buzz Lightyear ride is my favourite haha and I’ve gotten stuck on Space Mountain more times than I can count. This post brought back so many memories!

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:59 am Reply

      Fastpasses are indeed a way of life. Space Mountain is still the only ride I’ve gotten stuck on, but I actually thought it was pretty cool because we got to walk down off of the track. I’d ridden it so many times by then that I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything by not finishing the ride.

  • Sally June 17, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    Loved this! I tried to get a FastPass for Frozen but it was completely booked (at opening time!). We did manage to ride it during the nighttime laser show, though! Love these Fastpasses & am so glad they don’t charge their guests extra for them like in other parks!

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

      The Frozen ones go ridiculously fast. If you’re not staying on site and booking the second the window opens, your chances are pretty slim. I’m glad you got to ride it in the evening. The last time I was there, it was pulling two-hour waits from open to close so I skipped it.

  • Julie June 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm Reply

    Great tips! I remember standing in the line for Toy Story Mania and wishing I’d had a Fast Pass!

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

      That one always has a killer wait, but at least the queue is fun.

  • Melissa June 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm Reply

    I’ve gotta share this with all of my Disney-obsessed friends! Great info.

  • Natasha June 17, 2017 at 11:46 pm Reply

    Would you believe that I have never been to Disney World ever? I mean, ever. My kids have though, and that may still be a point of contention for me. LOL! Thanks for such great information about what to use where, and why. It helps when you have a park this large!

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:54 am Reply

      I’d be jealous too if my kids had gone without me. Hopefully you’ll get a chance to go with them someday!

  • Siarra | Wander.Focus.Love June 18, 2017 at 2:38 am Reply

    This is great!! I’ve never been to Disney (I know, I’m crazy, right??) but when I don I’m using this post as reference.

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

      Thanks! You should definitely make a visit there! It’s loads of fun even as an adult.

  • Kristi West June 18, 2017 at 4:16 am Reply

    While I agree with your other two choice for Magic Kingdom, no way would I have Peter Pan on this list. Better choices are Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain or the classic It’s a Small World. I think I would even choose Space Ranger Spin or Tea Cups before Peter Pan.

    • Kris June 18, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

      I agree that Splash and Thunder are better rides, but they’re also easier to get on with shorter waits later in the day, and you have a better chance of getting one of them as your fourth FP after the initial three are used. Peter Pan always has an obnoxiously long wait, and I’d never be willing to stand in that line for it, so the only way I ever ride it is if I have a FastPass.

  • Heather June 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

    I didn’t realize that visiting Disney was so complicated! Thanks for the tips.

  • Lindz @ I've Been Bit! June 19, 2017 at 1:14 am Reply

    Whoa, I had no idea fast passes were so advanced and required so much strategy now! It’s been 20ish years since I’ve been to Disney, and probably 7-8 years since dealing with any sort of fast pass. I’ll definitely be strategizing whenever I finally make it back to Disney – and your guide will help! 🙂

    • Kris June 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm Reply

      It used to be so much simpler with the paper FastPasses. There’s a lot more planning now, which has pros and cons, but it’s nice to go in knowing that you’re set for a few of your favorites.

  • Harmony, Momma To Go June 21, 2017 at 2:50 pm Reply

    This is awesome! Last WDW visit in 2015 the Frozen ride wasnt open yet, but I didnt book Anna and else character greet in time and we waited an hour… at rope drop! I would say if you have a little princess, character meets might be good to fast pass as well.

  • sassy October 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    We’re going in two weeks, and this is very helpful, since we just got the magic bands and plan on getting fast passes before we go to the park! How early can you pick your fast passes, though? Can it be a few days before?

    • Kris October 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

      If you’ve already bought your park tickets, you can book them right now. I’d do it as soon as possible so you can make sure you get the rides and times you want. Have fun!

  • Madame Señora October 29, 2017 at 2:33 am Reply

    I almost agree with you although I would definitely swap out TEST TRACK with FROZEN EVER AFTER if you have older children, like I do. They prefer Test Track 10 to 1 over Frozen Ever After. Just my two cents! Nice blog you have here!

  • Louise May 3, 2018 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Great info on which fast passes to get and which ones to not bother with! Saving both time and money is important to me so this is super helpful, thank you! I haven’t been to a Disney park in 7 years now… you’ve got me wanting to go back 🙂

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