If you’re new to planning for Disney, you’re probably wondering “What should I FastPass at each park?” There are so many choices. You want to make sure you are picking attractions with significant line so that you’re maximizing the use of your FastPasses and saving the most time possible.
While there are a few moving pieces (age of kids, how many days) mostly I can recommend the same things to almost everyone. I thought I’d put that in writing here to help as many people as possible. This will at least give you a jumping point for doing your research.
This is the big one for most families. There are so many FastPass selections that it can be confusing. The good new is that because there are so many rides to FastPass, you’ll likely have luck with getting a fourth, fifth or even sixth FastPass. When I’ve focused on getting FastPasses as fast as I can, I’ve been able to use around 15 in one day at Magic Kingdom, but that’s the extreme.
For your first three FastPass Selections I would choose:
1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Hard to get, so book it as soon as you can. You should be able to get it at 30 days, just maybe not at the time you want.
2. Peter Pan
For some reason I can’t understand, the line for Peter Pan is ALWAYS long. It’s a good ride, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t understand why someone would wait 45 minutes for it. FastPass that sucker!
3. For the third selection, I’d book one of the Mountains. I believe them to be about equal in wait times. I think Space Mountain may be more popular with the older crowd. My kids love Splash Mountain, but do not enjoy getting wet so we pack ponchos. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also a winner.
If you have a second day, I would book the other two Mountains, and Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Easy-peesy to choose at AK, in my opinion.
This is one of the best rides at Disney. Definite must do and must FastPass! You must be 44 inches to ride so you can get Rider Switch if you want (and if you use the strategies in this post, I’d choose Dinosaur or Primeval Whirl for the match to Everest.) We actually do not love Dinosaur or Primeval Whirl (they are like once every 2-3 trip rides at most.) We like to use Rider Switch to ride Everest twice per adult and 3-4 times for Seth. Ezra isn’t tall enough.
2. Kilimanjaro Safaris-
Another must do. This one is for the whole family. No height requirement and no Rider Switch.
3. For the third FP, one of the new Pandora rides. For sure. Wait times are insane. Flight of Passage has a height limit, so you may be able to Rider Switch Ninja it.
If you can’t get one, I go with Kali River Rapids. This one has a 38″ height requirement and offers Rider Switch. If you don’t want to get wet, skip it, because you will get wet! If you skip it, I’d suggest fastpassing Lion King. It’s an awesome show. You can get in without a FP, of course, but I like to have it if I have the extra FP.
The tier system is rough at HS. All the ones you should fastpass are tier 1. It’s infuriating.
- I choose Toy Story Midway Mania from tier 1. I usually try to get my husband to skip Toy Story Midway Mania and book him on Rock’n’Roller Coaster. Then he can get Rider Switch for us to ride that as well. He is a good sport.
You can usually get The Great Movie Ride as a fourth FP if it’s not too busy.
Good options for tier 2 rides are:
2. Tower of Terror- my kids’ favorite. The line is usually pretty substantial so it’s a good pick.
3.Star Tours is another good choice. I don’t love it because it makes me sick but my kids and husband like it a lot.
Other than that, you could choose one of the shows that are in demand. The Frozen Sing-a-Long or Indiana Jones. Again, you don’t “need” a FP for these, but it’s nice to have if you have an opening.
- Frozen Ever After: for sure. Book this at 60 days! Set an alarm and get up. I’ve stood in a 120 minute long line because my daughter was desperate to ride it, so I feel justified in saying, book this ride at 60 days!
Tiers, I curse you. If you book FEA, you can’t book another tier one. You may be able to get Test Track or Soarin’ as a 4th pass if it’s not a super busy day. Try and book your FEA for early so you can do this.
If you either aren’t interested in FEA or you can FP it on another day, or you feel comfortable rushing over there at opening (rope drop) you can use Rider Switch to FP Soarin’ and Test Track since the both have a height requirement. Again, read this post for more details on how to pull that off.
Tier 2 rides that are worth a FastPass:
2. Spaceship Earth- this is a favorite and though you can time it right and ride with very little wait, we like to have a FP.
3. Character Spot- long waits here almost all the time. If you want to meet the characters, definitely FP it.
My kids don’t have to meet Mickey every time so I might choose Figment or Finding Nemo if we aren’t doing Character Spot. The lines aren’t that long there usually, but why not if you have an extra.
Of course, this is just one person’s opinion. I base my choices on the lengths of the lines and on what is popular with my family. I would say my strategies will suit most people though, considering the wide range of interests we have. Mike and I love the headliners and my kids are interested in most everything. Their ages are 7, 5, 2, and a baby.
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