Essentials Planning The 101 Series

MyMagic+ 102: Spotting Valuable FastPasses

In this Companion Article to MyMagic+ 101, learn which FastPasses to book, and which to skip

*Photo Credit: Small World Vacations

This is a companion article to MyMagic+ 101: A Useful Tool For Your Next Trip. When writing this article, I am assuming that you, the reader, have already read the first article. So if you haven’t, please read that first.

Hopefully, after reading the previous article you have downloaded the My Disney Experience App. Now that you are acquainted with it, it’s time to use it to book one of the most important pieces of your vacation: your FastPasses! First thing’s first, make sure you’re within the booking window. If you are a regular guest, you can begin to book your FastPasses up to 30 days before your trip. However, if you’re a guest at a Disney Hotel, you can book your FastPasses up to 60 days before your trip. Now, the only thing that’s left to do is choose which three FastPasses you’d like to take.

There are three different types of attractions that you can get FastPasses for. Rides, Shows and Character Meet-and-Greets. It’s difficult to rank these in priority, as they all have their perks. If you get a FastPass for a ride, you get to wait in an expedited line, therefore getting on the ride faster. If you get a FastPass for a show, you get to sit in the preferred seating area for that show and you get to enter the theatre earlier. If you get a FastPass for a Character Meet-and-Greet, you (again) get to go in an expedited line, allowing you to see the character quicker (which is especially useful if the character is popular, like Anna and Elsa from Frozen). Now that you have an idea of what you can book, now you can make your choices.

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(Pictured: The FastPass booking screen on the My Disney Experience App)

Hold on a minute! Here’s where I’m here to help. You have to be careful when choosing your FastPasses, you can only book 3 per-day after all. You need to make sure you’re not wasting any of your FastPasses on rides that don’t need it. Ideally, you want to book a FastPass for a ride that has a long wait time. Some rides that have a FastPass option have on-average a 5-10 minute wait time, which essentially means the Stand-By line would go by as quickly as the FastPass line would.

At the end of the day, the FastPasses you choose are up to you, as everyone has their own idea of what rides or experiences they’d prefer to do. However, I’ve created a list of suggestions that highlight the FastPasses that you should probably consider, and the ones that you should definitely pass on. This list only includes attractions and shows that have the FastPass option.

(Please note that the average wait-times shown here often express the lowest and highest wait times I have personally experienced, while some are subject to change I tried to keep the possibilities as wide as possible so that you know what to expect)

Also, I almost forgot to mention. In Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, the FastPasses have what we like to call a “Pick 1, Pick 2” system. With this system, you still book 3 FastPasses, but this time there are categories. The bigger rides will be in the “Pick 1” category, meaning you can only select one FastPass from that category. The rest of the rides will reside in the “Pick 2” category, meaning that you can pick your other two FastPasses from that category. I’ll indicate below if a ride resides in a “Pick 1” category, so you can decided for yourself which ride to take.

 

*Key: Underline – Consider Booking,  Bold – Definitely Book,  Normal text – don’t book,          *  –  resides in the “Pick 1” Category

IMG_0900Magic Kingdom

  • Roller Coasters

    • The Barnstormer – Has a wait of 15 minutes or less, don’t book.
    • Big Thunder Mountain – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Has a wait of 80 minutes or more, definitely consider
    • Space Mountain – Has a wait of 50 minutes or more, consider booking
  • General Rides

    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Haunted Mansion – Has a wait of 20-40 minutes, consider booking
    • “it’s a small world” – Has a wait of 20-30 minutes, don’t book
    • Jungle Cruise – Has a wait of 40-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Mad Tea Party – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Has a wait of 15-30 minutes, don’t book
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Has a wait of 20-30 minutes, don’t book
    • Peter Pan’s Flight – Has a wait of 80 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Pirates of the Caribbean – Has a wait of 30-40 minutes, consider booking
    • Splash Mountain – Has a wait of 60 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Tomorrowland Speedway – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid – Has a wait of 30-40 minutes, consider booking
  • Stage Shows (none of these offer priority seating, they just put you in an expedited line)

    • Enchanted Tales with Belle – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Mickey’s PhilarMagic – Has a wait of 10 minutes or less, don’t book
    • Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor – Has a wait of 10 minutes of less, don’t book
  • Character Meet-and-Greets

    • Ariel (The Little Mermaid) – Has a wait time of 20-30 minutes, don’t book
    • Cinderella (Cinderella) and Elena (Elena of Avalor) – Has a wait time of 30-40 minutes, consider booking
    • Mickey Mouse (Talking) – Has a wait time of 20-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Rapunzel (Tangled) and Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) – Has a wait time of 20-30 minutes, don’t book
    • Tinker Bell (Peter Pan) – Has a wait time of 10-20 minutes, don’t book

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  • General Rides

    • *Frozen Ever After – Has a wait of 70 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Journey Into Imagination With Figment – Has a wait of 15-20 minutes, don’t book
    • Living with the Land – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes (even though I don’t understand why…) consider booking, I guess
    • Mission: SPACE – Has a wait of 20-30 minutes, consider booking
    • The Seas with Nemo and Friends – Has a wait of 15-20 minutes, don’t book
    • *Soarin’ – Has a wait of 50-70 minutes, definitely book
    • Spaceship Earth – Has a wait of 30-40 minutes, consider booking
    • *Test Track – Has a wait of 50-70 minutes, definitely book 
  • Stage Shows (none of these offer priority seating, they just put you in an expedited line)

    • Turtle Talk with Crush – Has a wait of 15-20 minutes, don’t book
    • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival – Has a wait of 10 minutes or less, don’t book
  • Nighttime Shows

    • *IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth – Offers priority seating, consider booking
  • Character Meet-and-Greets

    • Mickey, Minnie and Goofy – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking

 

IMG_5852 (1)Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Roller Coasters/Thrill Rides

    • *Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – Has a wait of 60 minutes of more, definitely book
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Has a wait of 50 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Slinky Dog Dash – Has a wait of 70 minutes or more, definitely book 
  • General Rides

    • *The Great Movie Ride – Has a wait of 20-35 minutes, don’t book
    • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Has a wait of 20-40 minutes, consider booking
    • *Toy Story Mania! – Has a wait of 80 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Alien Swirling Saucers – Has a wait of 30-40 minutes, consider booking
  • Stage Shows (none of these offer priority seating, they just put you in an expedited line)

    • Muppet*Vision 3D – Has a wait of 10-15 minutes, don’t book
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid – Has a wait of 15-20 minutes, don’t book (This show does not offer priority seating for FastPass, but guests with FastPasses for this show are entered into the theatre first to choose their seats) 
  • Stage Shows (These do offer FastPass priority seating)

    • *Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Nighttime Shows

    • *Fantasmic! – Offers priority seating, consider booking

 

IMG_0614 (1)Animal Kingdom

  • Roller Coasters

    • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – Has a wait of 50 minutes or more, definitely book
    • Primeval Whirl – Has a wait of 15-30 minutes, don’t book
  • General Rides

    • DINOSAUR – Has a wait of 15-30 minutes, don’t book
    • Kali River Rapids – Has a wait of 30-50 minutes, consider booking
    • Kilimanjaro Safaris – Has a wait of 10-30 minutes, consider booking
    • *Avatar Flight of Passage – Has a wait of 100 minutes or more, definitely book
    • *Na’vi River Journey – Has a wait of 60 minutes of more, definitely book
  • Stage Shows (none of these offer priority seating, they just put you in an expedited line)

    • It’s Tough to be a Bug! – Has a wait of 15 minutes or less, don’t book
  • Stage Shows (These do offer FastPass priority seating)

    • Festival of the Lion King
    • Finding Nemo – The Musical
    • Up! A Great Bird Adventure
  • Nighttime Shows

    • Rivers of Light – Offers priority seating, consider booking
  • Character Meet-and-Greets

    • Mickey and Minnie – Has a wait of 20-50 minutes, consider booking

 

 

Before closing off this article, one final note: I mentioned earlier that you can only book 3 FastPasses per-day using the app. However, there’s more to this statement. Once you have used all three of your FastPasses for that day, you can book more one at a time using the app or at a FastPass kiosk. For an example, say you booked three FastPasses for Magic Kingdom and you’ve just finished using all three. You can now go in and book one other FastPass. Once you’ve used that one, you can book one more, and so on.

 

Everyone's Guide To Disney is an advice and planning blog for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Jada, who has been visiting Disney for now 12 years (and counting) writes from her personal experience, and hopes to help others have the best Disney trip they possibly could.

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