MyMagic+ and FastPass+ Tips
With so many attractions to choose from, it’s important to pick the right FastPass reservations for Magic Kingdom. Which Magic Kingdom attractions are worth your FP+ reservation? Which are worth skipping? Find out in our complete Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Guide.
Having to choose between Frozen Ever After, Soarin, and Test Track can be tough. Use our Epcot FastPass+ Guide and Tips feature to pick the best strategy for riding all of Epcot’s best attractions and saving hours of time in line. Click here for more information.
Want to skip the waits at Animal Kingdom? Use our Animal Kingdom FastPass+ Tips and Guide to pick out the best FP+ reservations.
If you like rides and are planning a trip to Magic Kingdom, one of the biggest things is knowing what to FastPass. I decided to FastPass Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and a character meet and greet. Two other rides that you could FastPass would be Peter Pan's Flight or Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin. I know you are probably wondering why we didn't fast pass Big Thunder and Splash Mountain, but there is a trick. Get to the park about an hour before it opens, and get your Magic Kingdom essential-rides when it first opens. A couple reasons why you should get there early is so that you can see the welcome show, and sometimes the park opens early. So as soon as the park opens head down to Frontierland and hop on Big Thunder Mountain: we rode this three times with no wait. When you are done with Big Thunder, head on over to Splash Mountain and you can ride that with no wait as well. After Splash Mountain I would go to the Pirates of the Caribbean, and then you have ridden three of the major rides in the park within the first two hours and then you are done with that area of the park. Then you can use your FastPasses later in the day for rides elsewhere. I hope this helps! Thanks to Hadlea for this tip!
Everyone can make Fastpass+ reservations ahead of time. If you are staying at a Walt Disney World resort, you can make reservations 60 days in advance. Annual Passholders and guests with single or multi-day tickets can book Fastpass+ reservations 30 days in advance. All you need to do is create a My Disney Experience account by going to www.mydisneyexperience.com and link your ticket with your account.
All guests can make Fastpass+ reservations ahead of time.
Want to go on the most popular rides like Toy Story Midway Mania or Test Track more than once in the day without waiting hours in line? Try to get a Fastpass+ reservation around an hour after park opening, and make all your Fastpass+ reservations for early in the day. Enter the park when it opens and go immediately to the popular attraction and wait in the standby line. The line will be the shortest right at opening, and depending on the season, you might even be able to ride it twice before your Fastpass+ reservation is ready. Then, once your third Fastpass+ reservation is done, head to a Fastpass+ kiosk and see if you can get an additional Fastpass+ for the attraction you desire.
Make your Fastpass+ reservations for early in the day, but not too early. Lines are the shortest right when the park opens, so try to time your Fastpass+ selections for an hour and a half to two hours after opening, as this will be when the crowds start hitting the parks. Also, by making your Fastpass+ reservations early in the day, you’ll have a better chance of getting more Fastpass+ selections once your third reservation is done.
Fastpass rules! We jammed an extra day's worth of rides into our trip thanks to Fastpass. We flew by lines at Disney World's most popular rides. Mind you, the first week of February, the longest waits were 30-45 mins (that's nothing compared to summer wait times, I know), but we got to ride our favorites over and over. Since the parks close early in this low season, we more than made up for the reduced hours. Thanks to Sam for this tip!
We went to the four parks and Blizzard Beach during our week there, so we were pretty busy. It definitely helped to have things mapped out ahead of time. We used Fastpass 2-3 times per day for the key rides, and it worked out great. If you Fastpass the busiest ride of an area, you can usually work it out so you enjoy the surrounding attractions and then just walk onto the busiest ride during your one hour window. Taking advantage of Fastpass and planning out which attractions we would go on, we never waited more than 15 minutes for a ride. Thanks to Stan for this tip!
Get to the “Mountains” at Magic Kingdom early: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The lines on these get long later on. These are also good attractions to get Fastpass+ reservations for, as they are three of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom.
I was at WDW with my family a few days ago. We really enjoyed Epcot, especially Soarin'. It's amazing! If you go, you will repeat as many times as you can, even though the lines can be extremely long. My advice is get to Soarin' early when the park opens, as the line will be shortest then. Then try to get a Fastpass+ for later in the day. Thanks to Walter for this tip!
Soarin' can have some of the longest lines.
If you want to ride a popular ride, but couldn't get a Fastpass+ reservation and the standby lines are too long during the day, get in line within a half hour before park closing. Two reasons for this. 1: Disney policy is that anyone in line at park closing gets to ride, even if they don't get on until after the official closing time, and 2: there will be very few Fastpass riders entering (none after closing), so the actual wait time will be MUCH shorter than the posted standby time. Thanks to Joel for this tip!
Before you go to Orlando, make a rough itinerary with what you want to do each day. You can be as specific as you want to be, but at least having an idea of which parks you want to go to each day will help out a lot. By listing out which parks you want to visit each day, it will make selecting your Fastpass+ and dining reservations even easier. Once you have all your plans finalized, write it out, or use Disney’s MyDisneyExperience app to keep track of your reservations.