A Little About The Fastpass+ System
A somewhat new aspect of Disney World vacations has developed in the last 4 years. With the implementation of Magicbands and My Disney Experience came the updated FastPass system, Fastpass+. With Fastpass+, a Disney World guest may choose their fastpasses for a particular park BEFORE even leaving for their vacation! As of February 2017, each person is allowed to reserve 3 Fastpass+ times for one park. After those times have passed, you may then choose additional passes until park closing. There are many more rules to go with Fastpass+, but I won’t get into any of those, as those rules are not the focus of this article.
So since you can plan out your fastpasses ahead of time, it’s a good idea to know where you’d like to have them. What rides/events/attractions are worth a Fastpass+ reservation? If you are new to all this and find yourself knee deep in the Disney planning mode you just want to know what are the best Fastpasses for the Magic Kingdom? To help out with this I will list which ones I think are the best Fastpasses to plan for your next trip.
Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategy
There are a bunch of different strategies you can implement when it comes to planning your Fastpasses that we won’t talk about in this article simply because we could write a whole book on them. We will talk about some of the best fastpasses for Magic Kingdom based on wait times and popularity at Magic Kingdom, how and when to plan these depends a lot on your group, dining plans, etc. For more in-depth strategies on Magic Kingdom FastPass strategies, you can check out this episode of our podcast, The Capture The Magic Podcast where we talk some Fastpass strategies you can use.
“The Mountains” of Magic Kingdom
There are 3 mountains in the Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Because they are more thrilling types of rides, they are very popular and they, of course, tend to have long lines throughout the day. And since these aren’t brand new attractions as well, the queues are not very interactive or engaging, making standing in line pretty boring. So if you are into riding roller coasters and/or big drop water rides, these 3 attractions are great choices for a Magic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This attraction opened in May 2014 as the last new attraction of New Fantasyland, and since then, it has been known to have very long lines. It is not unheard of to see 90-120 minutes wait times REGULARLY for this ride. Ouch. I get why, though. It’s new, cute, it’s fun and suitable for a wide range of ages. And those seats that swing/rock side to side through the ride? Love it! This is definitely an attraction to use with a
Princess Fairytale Hall
In the last decade, character
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Here’s another princess-focused attraction. Enchanted Tales is an interactive storytelling experience. In a way, it’s a glorified meet n’ greet. Guests walk through Maurice’s cottage and look at Belle’s mementos before coming to a magic mirror, which transforms into a doorway into Belle’s library. Then, Belle explains that it is her birthday and need volunteers to help act out the Beauty and the Beast story. There’s a photo op afterward. The actual attraction lasts maybe 5 minutes. but like most meet and greet attractions the lines can get very long in no time so I would get a
Peter Pan’s Flight
No matter when I visit the Magic Kingdom, there is ALWAYS a really long line at the Peter Pan ride. Yes, it is loved by the old AND the young, but its popularity is not the reason you’ll find upwards of 60 minute long waits at this ride. Peter Pan’s Flight is known as
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Here’s another meet n’ greet that attracts large crowds. This is such a cool experience and for that
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
While I’m not a huge fan of this ride for
There are many other options for
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By Jamie Lee
Jamie is a lifelong Disney fanatic that has been going to Disney parks since she was a child. She is the head writer here at Capture The Magic & co-host of the Capture The Magic Podcast. When she isn't planning her next Disney vacation, she can be found helping people plan their own Disney vacations and enjoying quality time with her family.
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