For those of you new to the Disney planning game, you’ll know that FastPasses are a nice perk of visiting the Disney World theme parks. Under the current system guests at a Walt Disney World resort have the ability to select three rides each day and hop right on instead of waiting in line. FastPasses should be booked in advance on or around the 60-day mark for onsite guests via the My Disney Experience App. Offsite guests have to wait until the 30-day mark before making their bookings.
FastPass is an incredible service that can drastically cut down on your wait time with a little bit of planning. However, not all FastPasses are created equal. To truly take advantage of the system it pays to know what rides have the longest lines as these are the ones you’ll definitely want to consider when making your selections. Though you should always make choices that fit your family’s tastes. Here are our Top 5 suggestions for the best uses of FastPasses at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom has one category of FastPasses containing 25+ rides and attractions. Guests may pick any 3 from this list. Here are our top picks:
1. Jungle Cruise– This one tends to surprise a lot of first-time guests. Jungle Cruise is a classic Disney attraction and though it is a bit kitschy it remains a firm fan favorite for its cringe-worthy jokes and hilarious banter. For that reason, it’s not uncommon to see mid-day lines that will often sit around 6o minutes making it a great use of a FastPass.
2. Peter Pan’s Flight – I love this ride, it is quintessential Disney as you board a mini ship and sail through the air overlooking key scenes from Peter Pan. However, I’ve never understood the massive wait times. I wouldn’t even attempt to ride this without a FastPass as it is common to see lines in excess of 90 minutes. If Peter Pan is a must don’t do it without the FastPass.
3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Probably the most popular ride at the Magic Kingdom just now. Lines can easily hit the 120 mark. As one of Magic Kingdom’s newest attractions, it is a must-do. However, the ride is short (coming in at just under 3 minutes) which always makes me feel a bit bad for families that have devoted 2 hours to get there. Even for those arriving first thing in the morning, the line tends to be the first to fill up each day Definitely FastPass.
4. Splash Mountain – A good strategy when it comes to Splash Mountain and its neighbor Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is to either ride first thing in the morning when there are no lines or use a FastPass. With Splash Mountain, in particular, the stand-by wait times can be really deceiving. On my most recent trip the Stand- By Line said 20 minutes when in reality we waited for 90. It can be a bit unpredictable so if it’s a must-do think about using a FastPass.
5. Space Mountain – If you are a thrill ride enthusiast or a fan of this classic indoor coaster, devote one of your FastPass slots to this Tomorrowland attraction. Space Mountain remains the big draw in this end of the park and midday lines usually sit at around 60 minutes.
Please bear in mind that this list is not exhaustive. We here at Disney Addicts handpicked the attractions that tend to have the longest wait times throughout the day. However, depending on your family, you may easily want to swap out one or two of these for FastPasses that will work well for the ages and interests of those in your group. For instance, if travelling with small children, you may prefer The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (which is another great option) or Enchanted Tales with Belle. Character lovers may prefer to save a FastPass to meet TinkerBell, MickeyMouse or one of the Princesses at Fairytale Hall as the lines do get long for these as well.
Quick Tip: If you plan on arriving at Magic Kingdom early, avoid using your Fastpasses in the first couple of hours after the park opens. During this time you’ll usually find the shortest lines of the day. Standy-by lines for rides normally sit at 30-minutes or less, meaning that it’s worth waiting in line to enjoy some of the attractions not on our list and save those FastPasses for when lines peak in the afternoon.
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