FastPasses for Magic Kingdom
What rides should adults in Magic Kingdom use their FastPasses on is in many ways a personal question. Do you enjoy thrill rides? Are you okay with a some-what big drop? How much time will you have at the park? Regardless of your answers to these questions, you should make FastPass reservations prior to your trip. All you need to do is create a My Disney Experience account and you’re ready to start! This posts covers our tips and recommendations for FastPasses in Magic Kingdom.
How FastPass works
FastPass+ allows Disney guests to book Fastpasses for specific rides before their vacation. The FastPass will be for a set hour window on a specific day. The FastPass allows you to skip the general ride line and enter a much shorter and faster moving line. Sometimes this benefit can save you up to a couple of hours of waiting! Keep in mind that each day, all three FastPasses must be for the same park. After you have used your three pre-picked Fastpasses, you can get additional Fastpasses based on availability. Additional Fastpasses can be made through the Disney App or at a kiosk.
When To Make Your FastPasses
If you are staying at a Disney World resort (or some affiliated resorts), you can make your FastPass selections for your entire trip at 7am EST 60 days prior to your arrival date. This is important because if you are going to be in Disney World for a week, you can make the entire week’s worth of FastPasses on that one morning. If you are not staying on Disney property, you can make your FastPasses exactly 30 days prior. Fastpasses can be changed or canceled. Any changes and new Fastpasses will be based on what available at the time of the change.
What You Need
All FastPass reservations should be made through the My Disney Experience website or the Disney World App. You will need theme park tickets (and a hotel reservation if applicable) linked to your My Disney Experience account. If you are not familiar with the FastPass+ system, the Disney World website provides a lot of information. If you are having problems linking your tickets or hotel, we recimmend calling Disney World and have a cast member help you directly. One person can make FastPasses for all guests in their travel party. But, that person needs the tickets for all guests linked in their account. Be sure all park tickets and hotel reservations are linked prior to your FastPass booking day.
Our general recommendations for FastPass reservations
First off, be sure to make Fastpass reservations. While it does take planning ahead of time, it saves you a ton of time in the parks. Also, FastPasses are free. So if you miss your FastPass, it is not the end of the world. But they are awesome, so try to use them!
We do not recommend having your FastPasses start exactly at park open. If the park opens at 9am with no extra magic hours that day, we start our FastPasses at 9:30am at the earliest. Why? Because park open is when ride wait times are generally the shortest. If the park opens at 9am and you run in and use your FastPass right at 9am, you will essentially be wasting it. At this time of day lines are short and you can get on rides relatively quickly. If there are extra magic hours in the park that day, we still normally start our FastPasses after 9:30am and just do other rides during that time.
More Than 3 FastPasses
If you do start your FastPasses early in the day, you increase the likelihood of being able to get an additional FastPass after you use your original three. Disney allows three FastPasses per day, but once you have used them you can make additional FastPasses. You can make one additional FastPass. Once you use that FastPass, you can then make another, and so on. As it gets later in the day, FastPass availability decreases, especially for the more popular rides. The result is your additional FastPasses will often end up being for less popular attractions. But, it is still nice to be able to skip the lines. One other thing is that as you make the additional FastPasses, you can make them for theme parks other than your original three. So if you have a park hopper and want to change theme parks, you can still get a FastPass.
FastPasses for Magic Kingdom If You Like Thrill Rides
We would recommend FastPassing Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. While Thunder Mountain is more of a thrill ride than 7 Dwarfs, 7 Dwarfs is newer and tends to have a much longer line. Also, 7 Dwarfs is worth doing (especially with a FastPass). This means that the only thrill ride you will not have a FastPass for is Thunder Mountain. Thunder Mountain tends to have the shortest line of these 4 rides, so you should still be able to ride it. Also, if you can, ride Thunder Mountain earlier in the day and that will help keep your wait time down.
FastPasses for Magic Kingdom If You Do NOT Like Thrill Rides
A few other possible FastPass rides include The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Jungle Cruise, and any Character Meet and Greets you are interested in. The Haunted Mansion is a fun ride filled tons of Disney details. This line can get long and if you don’t enjoy thrill rides this one is a good option. Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular rides in Magic Kingdom and often has wait times well in excess of an hour. This is another great option if thrill rides aren’t your idea of a good time. The Jungle Cruise line is outside and can get hot in the summer. It’s also a slow loading ride so you can avoid a hot wait with a FastPass.
If a Character Meet and Greet is something you enjoy, we definitely recommend getting a FastPass. Though the number of guests in line here is generally small, lines move very slowly due to one person interacting with a character at a time. You can easily spend a large part of your day waiting in lines to meet a few characters and a FastPass is a good way to avoid this problem.
Our Overall Recommendation
One of the best things you can do when planning your Disney World trip is to make the right FastPasses for your family. While it takes a bit of planning, FastPasses are a free way to make your trip a lot more fun. If you are interested in more ride recommendations, please check out our post on our 5 favorite rides at Walt Disney World. Also, if you have a favorite ride at Magic Kingdom or any FastPass tips or questions, please leave them in a comment below!
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