How to Choose FastPass+ Selections for Each Park at Walt Disney World

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How to Choose FastPass+ Selections for Each Park at Walt Disney World
Guest post by Ryan Ogilvie of themeparktrader.com.
Even seasoned visitors to Walt Disney World can sometimes struggle with selecting three attractions for FastPass+ and this can be even harder if you have a lot of people with different tastes travelling with you.

In this post I will take you through my personal recommendations for each park and the reasons behind my selections. Obviously these will change depending on your situation but it gives you a starting point!

Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Peter Pan’s Flight

There are more FastPass+ attractions at the Magic Kingdom than any other park at Walt Disney World, but it is a lot easier to choose FastPasses than you might think. The three selected above are based simply on the fact that the lines for these attractions can get pretty long, especially during peak season!

 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

 

While Big Thunder Mountain Railroad might not be as busy as the likes of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, the Winnie the Pooh queue is easier to stand in line for as it’s sheltered.

Peter Pan’s Flight is always one of the busiest attractions at the park and even with the recently added interactive queue experience, a Fastpass is recommended.

Epcot

  • Frozen Ever After
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth

Epcot is harder to select for thanks to the tiered selection process. You can only pick one attraction from the most popular rides at the park (Frozen, Soarin’, Test Track) and two attractions from the attractions with lesser lines (Living with the Land, Spaceship Earth, Mission Space).

 

SpaceShip

 

The main reason why Frozen Ever After should be your go to attraction for FastPass in tier one is because it has only just opened (on top of the fact I have heard very good things about this attraction). Currently, on average the wait time for Frozen is at least double the next most popular attraction, Soarin’.

Living with the Land has only recently moved to tier 2 so automatically makes the list and I would say on average you are going to be waiting longer in standby for Spaceship Earth than other tier 2 attractions such as The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Mission Space.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Hollywood Studios works in the same way as Epcot in that there is a tiered FastPass system. Toy Story Midway Mania tends to be the busiest attraction at the park, though with the introduction of the third track you may want to swap this out for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster depending on who you are travelling with.

 

Rock n Rollercoaster

 

I wouldn’t recommend getting a FastPass for any of the shows at Hollywood Studios as, providing you turn up in plenty of time, there shouldn’t be any issues in getting a good seat and the Great Movie Ride is usually quite quick to wait for.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • DINOSAUR
  • Expedition Everest
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris

Like the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a tiered FastPass structure but choosing which three attractions to select is also a straightforward decision in my mind.

Depending on personal preference or time of year you are travelling (cooling off on Kali is great during the summer), you might want to swap Expedition Everest out for Kali River Rapids.

 

Expedition Everest

 

These are just my recommendations for FastPass+ selections across Walt Disney World based on the experiences I have had over the last 20 or so years, of course your lists will alter slightly depending on who you are with but this is a good starting point.

Always book your FastPasses as soon as you can, remember the best attractions can go quickly (especially during peak times) and you can always change your mind at a later date.

One final thing to keep in mind, you can actually select more than three FastPasses in a day but will need to have used the first three up first and then select one additional FastPass at a time afterwards in order to take advantage of this.

Before you can start booking your FastPasses, you'll need to pre-book your Walt Disney World theme park tickets! Guests with pre-booked tickets can start planning their Disney holiday up to 60 days in advance. 

Ryan has been travelling to Walt Disney World for over 20 years and his trips inspired him to start Themeparktrader.com. Theme Park Trader is a site dedicated to bringing theme park news from all over the world in one location. He also produces a weekly theme park podcast and spends a lot of his spare time on Twitter (@ryanogs).

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