Today I’ve invited my friend Teresa from Crafty Wife to share her advice on the Most Popular Rides for Fastpass+ Reservations at the Magic Kingdom. I am definitely taking notes for our Top Secret trip to Disney World after Christmas!
Hey y’all! I’m Teresa and I blog over at Crafty Wife, a creative lifestyle blog that focuses on crafting, photography, and Disney tips.
My husband Chris and I love to travel and found out early in our relationship that we both had a thing for the house of mouse. Our love of Disney runs deep, so deep in fact that we got married at Disney World in 2012 and have been annual passholders ever since!
I am so excited to be here sharing some Disney tips with you all today!
Disney has started a new system called Fastpass+ where you can plan ahead and get passes for the more popular rides before you even leave for your trip. These passes are available up to 60 days before your Disney vacation and some of these passes go fast, so it’s always good to have a clear idea of what you want to do and see at each park before you go.
When you’re booking your Fastpasses you should know that you can only book three at a time. Once you have used your three Fastpasses you can book more at designated kiosks around each park. The general consensus is that you should try to book your Fastpass reservations early in the day so you can get the most out of the Fastpass+ system.
Keep in mind that if you’re booking additional Fastpasses, you can only book one pass at a time. This means that every time you use your kiosk-booked Fastpass you have to head over to another kiosk to book your next pass.
The best tip I can give is to book the more popular Fastpasses before you leave for your trip and then use the additional Fastpasses for the not-so-popular rides.
The Magic Kingdom park has so many amazing rides that it’s hard to pick which ones you should get Fastpasses for. I hope that this list will point you in the right direction so you can start planning your magical vacation!
Anna and Elsa Meet-and-Greet
Location: Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland
Why you need a Fastpass: Frozen-mania is still alive and well in the world, but no place more than Disney!
Little girls and boys will line up for hours just to have a quick five-minute conversation with the Princesses and have their pictures taken by Disney Photographers and their parents. When this attraction first opened, the line was anywhere from 2 to 6 hours long, it was crazy!
The wait times are nowhere near that long now, but they do still tend to stay upwards to two hours. If you can’t secure a Fastpass, try going over to the line during the nighttime parade and fireworks shows! Other options would be to try visiting the Frozen gals during Extra Magic Hours for less of a wait time as well.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Why you need a Fastpass: This is my absolute favorite ride in the park, but we hardly ever go on it because the line is always
wrapped around the building. It is not worth it unless you have a Fastpass, and even with a pass you can still wait 10 to 15 minutes just to get on the ride.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Location: New Fantasyland
Why you need a Fastpass: This ride is still fairly new so the wait times are going to be long for a while. Since the roller coaster ride is incredibly short, I don’t recommend waiting more than thirty minutes in line for the ride. Definitely grab a Fastpass for this one or try getting in line right before the park closes.
Why you need a Fastpass: This ride is one of the more popular attractions at the Magic Kingdom, and the line is always long no
matter the time of day. Grabbing a Fastpass is definitely ideal, but if you can’t get a hold of one trying getting on the attraction during Extra Magic Hours or at the very end of the night.
Why you need a Fastpass: Depending on the time of year you go, this attractions wait time can be incredibly long. During the Summer you should never get in line without a Fastpass, or else you’ll be waiting up to two hours in the Florida heat. During the winter you may be able to get away with no Fastpass and have a short wait time, but if this ride is important to you it’s better to be safe than sorry!
Pirates of the Caribbean
Why you need a Fastpass: Before the new Fastpass+ system was put into place, there were two lines for the Pirates ride. Now, one of those lines is the dedicated Fastpass line which means that the one line for the ride can get severely backed up. What was once a 10-20 minute wait can double during the day. If you can’t wait until later in the evening to go on the ride, definitely try getting a Fastpass. We love Pirates but don’t think it’s worth it to wait more than 20 minutes in line.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Why you need a Fastpass: During the day, I have never seen the wait time for this ride less than 45 minutes long. We have gone on this ride without Fastpasses before and the wait time usually isn’t horrible, but if you want to get on it quickly and have time to do other things then you should definitely get a Fastpass!
If you want more information on the system you can check out two more of my posts to get you started in planning a magical vacation:
How to Reserve Fastpasses here
My Thoughts on the New Fastpass+ System
Alright, all you Disney experts! Which attractions are your must do’s for the Magic Kingdom? I need to know!
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