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Which rides to use your Disney Fastpass on (and which ones not to)

Using the Disney World Fastpass system

Did you know that Disney World Florida has its own amazing queue-jump system called the Disney FastPass+? You can use it for rides, character meet-and-greets, attractions and lots more. And even better, you can actually pre-book your FastPasses up to 60 days before you even arrive!*

How does the Disney FastPass Plus work?

To book your Fastpasses, you’ll need have a My Disney Experience profile. To log in and create a profile, you’ll need the unique code from the back of your Disney ticket. You can log in on your computer, or download the My Disney Experience app – which you’ll be able to use while you’re in Florida since all the parks and hotels have free wifi!

You can even link up the profiles of everyone who’s going to Disney World with you. Once you’ve created your profile it’s easy to book your FastPasses!

My Disney Experience App
The “My Disney Experience” App

How to book your Fastpasses:

1. Sign into My Disney Experience: Ensure all your party members are linked together and find the link to the FastPass+ page.

2. Click the link for “Choose New FastPass+ Experiences” then select the party members you want to include in your reservations. The next page asks for the park and the date (you need to book the FastPasses for each day individually).

3. You can FastPass 3 rides and/or attractions per day for each person. Select your FastPass+ choices and it’ll suggest times. Each time is an hour slot, unless it’s for a show when you’ll be given the 15-minute time frame you need to arrive at the venue for.

Tip: You CAN change these times later by going back into your FastPass+ reservations.

4. If your party needs to split up: Say if some children are too young to go on certain rides but other children can, you’ll need to book FastPasses separately, but make sure that any attractions you do want to experience together are booked for the same time.

5. Your FastPasses are reserved!

Using a FastPass+ machine at the Disney parks
Using a FastPass+ machine

6. At the parks: When your FastPass times roll around, simply make your way to the clearly marked FastPass entrance for the attraction, scan your ticket or Magic Band and enjoy the ride!

Which Rides to use your Disney FastPass+ on:

Firstly – I’ll quickly explain the Tier System:

  • At Magic Kingdom, you can book FastPass+ for any applicable ride or attraction.
  • At the other 3 Disney World parks, many of the rides operate on a “Tier System”. This basically allows you to choose a maximum of one ride or attraction from Tier 1, and two from Tier 2, for your 3 FastPass selections.

Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Make this your number one FastPass priority! As well as being one of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom, its low height restriction means pretty much everyone can ride it, so even on quiet days the queues are usually over an hour long.

Animal Kingdom

Rides at Pandora – The World of Avatar (Tier 1)

It won’t come as any surprise that both Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey are two of the most popular rides at Disney World. As they’re both in Tier 1, it’s recommended to get a FastPass for one and turn up early-doors for the other to avoid giant queues.

Expedition Everest (Tier 2)

This ride is one of the most popular in Animal Kingdom and arguably one of the most exciting at Disney World. As Animal Kingdom closes earlier than the other parks, there’s no “quieter” time of day like the parks that stay open at night.

The Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom
The Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari (Tier 2)

In my opinion this is one of the best attractions in the whole of Disney World – and I know I’m not alone! Set up like a real-life African safari, it’s seriously breathtaking. Although queues are usually only around the 40-minute mark, I recommend to FastPass this ride for the morning when the animals are most active for some amazing photo opportunities.

Epcot

Frozen Ever After (Tier 1)

Nowhere is Frozen-mania more alive and well than at Disney World! This boat ride through Arendelle is one of the milder rides, making it super-popular with younger families.

Test Track & Soarin’ (Tier 1)

These are the two rides with the longest queues at Epcot. If you’re only spending one day at Epcot, use your FastPass for one of them and head straight for the other at rope-drop. If you’ll be there for 2 or more days, you can use your Fastpass for one per day.

Mission Space (Tier 2)

Another ride with colossal queues, though thankfully this is a Tier 2 ride so you can select it along with one of the two mentioned above.

The Tower of Terror at Disney World
The Tower of Terror

Hollywood Studios

All the rides at Toy Story Land (Tier 1)

Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania… These rides are all hugely in demand and you will NEED a FastPass if you don’t want a really long wait!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Tier 2)

One of the two big-thrill rides at Hollywood Studios, the queues can get super-long, so if you’re into adrenaline make this one of your Fastpass selections.

Which Rides not to bother using your FastPass+ on:

Personally, I wouldn’t bother using a FastPass reservation for a show or parade unless you have a spare one to use up. All the shows have excellent views available without a FastPass!

All Disney tickets that are booked in advance include My Disney Experience and FastPass+. Book Disney World tickets more than 30 days before you go to really get the benefits!

Find out more about Disney’s FastPass+

*Booking Fastpasses up to 60 days in advance only applies if you’re staying in a Disney World Resort hotel, otherwise it’s 30 days before you arrive.

About the author:

Amy was bitten by the Disney bug at birth and her life ambition is to visit all the parks! She lives with the small human Liv and a fur baby named Elsa, and enjoys cooking (and eating), travelling and writing.
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