Deciding on Fastpass + reservations can be a stressful part of planning a Walt Disney World Vacation. It can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what you want to do and when you want to do it 60 days in advance, especially on your first trip to Walt Disney World! This is where the expertise of a travel agent can provide a piece of mind and take some of that stress off for you. I am always happy to help my clients plan for their Fastpass + reservations and troubleshoot itinerary concerns. As this process is typically tailor to the family's interests and preferences it is difficult to capture in a single blog post. Instead, I provide a list of attractions available for Fastpass + and a general sense of when I would consider a Fastpass + reservation and why.
Booking Magic Kingdom Fastpass + Reservations
Contrary to Hollywood Studios and EPCOT, Magic Kingdom does not have a tiering system for Fastpass +. That means you can choose three of any of these options without having to choose one from a certain grouping and two of another. You can book three Fastpass + reservations per day of your stay that you have tickets for.
Top 10 Choices for Fastpass + at Magic Kingdom
In order based on popularity, line length, and other convenience factors.
- Princess Fairytale Hall: Meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen: This is the most popular meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World. Even years after the movie came out it continues to be incredibly popular. So popular that in busy times, this meet and greet line can be longer than most of the other attractions in the parks. It is also the only place where you can meet Anna and Elsa right now as they do not participate in any character meals or have any other meet and greet locations.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: This attraction has a lot of factors that increase it's wait time: It's the newest attraction at the Magic Kingdom. It's technologically advanced. It's well themed. And it's a coaster (albeit a very tame one). It is still one of the longest lines in Walt Disney World and one that you do want to try to see in daylight at least once to appreciate it.
- Peter Pan's Flight: Peter Pan's Flight is a classic attraction that appeals to families with children and Disney loving adults alike. There is a nostalgia factor about this ride that brings people back visit after visit. In busy seasons I have seen lines for this ride approach 90-120 mins. Although there is an interactive queue and is covered from the elements (but not heat), this curved line can seem really long. For those with young children, this is a must do for Fastpass +
- Splash Mountain: Splash Mountain is a popular attraction both for thrill seekers and those that love the theming of dark rides (who can tolerate the drops). On a hot day during busy seasons, the line for this attraction can go upwards of an hour. A good portion of the line is also outdoors in the heat making this a good choice to Fastpass.
- Big Thunder Mountain: Another headliner, and one of my personal favorite attractions is Big Thunder Mountain. A family friendly coaster themed around a runaway train. During the busy seasons lines can get pretty long for this one and waiting in them can get pretty hot when they do. While some portions of the lines are covered, a major are still exposed to heat. This is one I typically do at night (where there are shorter lines and Fastpass + may not be as needed) but if you're planning to ride during the day, it's a good Fastpass + choice.
- Space Mountain: Space Mountain is another headliner where lines can definitely get higher than an hour. This is farther down on the list, however, because most of the line is indoors and air conditioned. If you only have one day in Magic Kingdom (and therefore 3 Fastpasses) it would not be my top choice for a Fastpass. However, with multiple days in Magic Kingdom it is a great choice for a Fastpass.
- Jungle Cruise: Jungle Cruise can be a very popular attraction, but, since the boats can hold a decent amount of people it tends to have shorter lines (though sometimes not much) than the above mountain rides. This is another line, however, where you are exposed to heat and without much to look at. Alternately, this is an attraction that I feel is more interesting at night so waiting until late night hours can help bypass Fastpass + on this one.
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: Buzz Lightyear is fun for everyone from smaller children to teens and adults. The competition aspect of this ride makes it appealing to even those on “adults only” trips making it pretty popular. I have seen lines reach an hour here. Most of the line is indoors and air-conditioned and continuously moving but the soundtrack of the queue can easily get on people's nerves on a hot day with long waits making it a decent choice for a Fastpass + reservation.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Before Fastpass + I would have never used a paper Fastpass on Pirates of the Caribbean. The lines were shorter than they are now (whether that's because of Fastpass + or because of increasing popularity of Walt Disney World as a vacation destination). About half of the queue is indoors and enjoyable, but when the queue reaches the pavilion (exposed to heat) the line can certainly seem longer leading to Pirates of the Caribbean taking it's place on this list.
- Haunted Mansion: Another attraction that lines have greatly increased for over the last couple of years. As a popular and one that appeals to all ages and type of guests this makes the top 10. The queue for this is half inside and half out but the queue is actually enjoyable and interactive (albeit hot while you're still outside) making this the bottom of the 10.
Additional Decent Options for Fastpass + at Magic Kingdom
- Tomorrowland Speedway: The lines can be long for this one and the line can be noisy and long making it just barely behind the top 10. The ruling factor was that it is not as popular as the above headliners and really it is not completely unique to Walt Disney World.
- Enchanted Tales with Belle : The popularity and length of this show makes it a decent choice for Fastpass +. Although I usually do not recommend large load attractions / shows this one tends to have longer wait times prior to the staging area than others. Perfect use of a Fastpass + for a Beauty and the Beast Fan.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant: A classic attraction popular for the nostalgia factor, it can be a decent choice for a Fastpass + if it is a preferred attraction for the members of your party.
- Ariel's Grotto: Ariel can gather some high crowds in busy seasons that want to explore her grotto. She is, however, also available at Akershus for those who really wants to meet her.
- The Barnstormer: This kid friendly coaster makes a decent option for that first coaster experience for those not yet ready for any of the mountains.
- It's a Small World: Now most people probably will not fastpass + this and many will not go on it at all. But the child who rode this 9 times in a row on her first trip to Magic Kingdom (before her parents told her the girls and boys needed a nap time) would say go for it!
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: A great choice for those with little ones who have trouble waiting for things, but not the best use of a fastpass + for those families with older kids or adults traveling without children.
- Princess Fairytale Hall: Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel: Another meet and greet that attracts a large amount of guests. For guests looking for these princesses this is a good use of a Fastpass +. It is important to note, however, that Cinderella can be met at a few different character dining experiences as well.
- Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid: Bottom of this list because the lines are typically not as bad as other attractions. This is a continuous load attraction and appeals mostly to younger kids.
- Town Square Theater Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet: Low on the totem pole because you can meet Mickey at so many different character dining experiences and in multiple parks. The difference here is this is the only talking Mickey so if the novelty is important to you, it might be an OK use for a Fastpass +.
Attractions at Magic Kingdom that Almost Never Warrant Fastness Use
- Mickey's PhilarMagic : A high volume show with an entirely indoor air conditioned queue. Plus, you may have the same exact wait time waiting for the next show to load as you would waiting in standby.
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor: See Mickey's PhilharMagic (same story).
- Festival of Fantasy: There are so many places to view the parades that it is really hard for me to recommend this as a Fastpass + option for many people. Those trying to avoid crowds are better off watching from Frontierland or from a distance as during busy times the Fastpass + area can get just as crowded.
- Main Street Electrical Parade: See Festival of Fantasy.
- Mad Tea Party: The lines are usually not long enough to warrant a fastpass + compared to the other attractions.
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin: Another attraction where the lines are not long enough compared to attractions that would appeal to similar populations.
- Wishes Nighttime Spectacular: This may spark some controversies for people as the Fastpass + location for Wishes can be less crowded and has a great view. However, there are just so many great viewing locations for Wishes (even more so than the parades) both in and outside of the parks and so many other attractions that I feel need a Fastpass + reservation more that I just can not vouch for this one . Instead, if you'd like to see Wishes from Main Street grab a snack or a treat and use the well deserved downtime while you wait to recap your favorite parts of the day.