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The Most Important FastPass+ at Every Disney World Park

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Booking your 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 best 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.

Magic Kingdom

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 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 one 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.

Epcot

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 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.

Don’t waste one 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 FPs on something else.

Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania is one of the most important Disney World FastPasses

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania’s wait times have decreased a bit now that the third track has been added, but wait times are still perpetually lengthy. This 3D, interactive ride is loads of fun, and should get rave reviews from all ages. It just edges out Rock’n’Roller Coaster as the top choice because of longer waits and the fact that the coaster has a single rider line.

Your next two choices: Tower of Terror and Star Tours

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. Star Tours is another favorite, though if you’re sensitive to motion simulators, you might want to swap it out for one of the other options.

Don’t waste one one:

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

Animal Kingdom

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 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 one 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.

Ready to book? Head here to start claiming your FP+ slots or log in to the WDW App!

Agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments. 

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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.


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23 Comments

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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

      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.

  7. 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

      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.

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

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

  10. 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

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

  11. 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

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

  12. 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

      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.

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

  14. 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

      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.

  15. 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.

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