FastPasses are a perk that guests visiting Disney can utilize. You are able to book FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days in advance if you are staying on property and 30 days in advance if you are not. For some rides, FastPass+ reservations aren’t necessary since they don’t often fill up or the lines go quickly. BUT there are other rides that are known for having crazing wait times. Usually those are coveted FastPass+ reservations that require you to make them as far in advance as possible. Here are some rides at Disney that FastPass+ reservations are recommended.
As I mentioned, FastPasses are essentially making reservations for rides during certain hour time periods. As a guest, you receive three FastPasses per person per day. So keep in mind, if you have a Park Hopper, you will only be able to use the FastPasses for one park at first. Then, once you use these three, you can then make more as the day goes on in other parks. You are able to book your FastPasses on the My Disney Experience App or on the Disney website. I recommend using the app as it makes the process very easy.
Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have a tier program for FastPasses, which means when booking your 3 for the day, you can only choose one tier 1 ride. Tier 1 rides tend to be the most popular ones, i.e. a lot of the rides below. I will make note if it’s a tier 1 ride when listing. Keep in mind that the Magic Kingdom is the only park on property that does not have a tier system for FastPasses.
Coveted FastPasses in Each Park
Peter Pan’s Flight
This ride has been popular for years and literally always has a huge wait time. I am writing this on a random day and the ride has an 80 minute wait ride right now. On this ride you can fly with Peter Pan over London and straight to Never Land. Located in Fantasyland, this rides queue will take up quite a bit of time if you don’t try to grab a FastPass+ reservation for it.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A new roller coaster addition to Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes you through those famous diamond mines from Snow White. Since it’s opening a few years ago in the new Fantasyland area, wait times for this ride are always extremely long ranging from 1-2.5 hours depending on the time of year.
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
A classic ride in Tomorrowland, Buzz’s Space Ranger Spin is a must when visiting the Magic Kingdom. Here, you’ll help Buzz fight the Evil Emperor Zurg by shooting different targets while on the ride. Since this is always a popular, must-do ride for guests, I recommend grabbing a FastPass+ for this.
Frozen Ever After- Tier 1
Formerly the Maelstrom ride at the Norway Pavilion in Epcot, this ride is EXTREMELY popular. Here, Anna and Elsa invite you to their castle to celebrate summer. Wait times range from 1 to 2.5 hours and have even been higher depending on the time of year. While you might have to wait 15 minutes on the FastPass+ line, you will definitely be saving time by snatching a FastPass for this ride.
Test Track- Tier 1
At Test Track, you can design your own car and take it for a spin on the thrilling test course. Wait times are usually high at this ride. As I write this blog post, Test Track shows a wait time of over 2.5 hours. While this ride does have a single rider line, if your with a group you may not want to be separated so that won’t help with moving on the line.
Mission: SPACE- Tier 2
If you are on the hunt for a tier 2 ride that won’t be a waste while booking FastPasses, then Mission: SPACE is a good choice. Mission: SPACE takes riders on a voyage to Space. This ride has two different versions, one on a more realistic journey or one that’s a bit gentler. Wait times can be around an hour to an hour and half, so having a FastPass will definitely help.
Slinky Dog Dash- Tier 1
Just opened in 2018, Slinky Dog Dash is a new roller coaster located at Toy Story Land. You are toy sized as you take a seat for a ride on Slinky Dog. Wait times on opening day were said to be over 7 hours long just to take a ride. Even now after 6 months, the ride still has average wait times of around 2 hours.
Toy Story Mania- Tier 1
This is a favorite of mine. Toy Story Mania puts you inside of Andy’s room to play some classic games. While this ride has been around for quite a while, the Toy Story Mania main entrance has relocated to Toy Story Land, giving guests an updated experience. This is always a popular ride so wait times are usually super long. I would definitely recommend snatching a FastPass for this if you are interested.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster- Tier 2
I have to tell you, I was super surprised to find out Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster was a tier 2 ride, but it’s a great use of a FastPass. Tell Aerosmith to save you a seat! In this intense roller coaster at Hollywood Studios, you race through LA to get to an Aerosmith concert to the soundtrack of Aerosmith. While this ride has been around for a while now, guests love it and wait times are usually on the higher end.
Avatar Flight of Passage- Tier 1
Another ride with crazy wait times, Avatar’s Flight of Passage is located in the Pandora area of the Animal Kingdom. Flight of Passage is a 3-D ride that takes you on the back of a Banshee and has you soaring high over Avatar. Since this is a newer ride, the wait times are longer than average so be sure to scope out some FastPasses.
Na’vi River Journey- Tier 1
Another ride at Pandora is the Na’vi River Journey ride. Here you ride a small boat through on the Na’vi River through the rain forest. It’s a beautiful ride and super relaxing. With that being said, while the wait times aren’t usually as bad as Flight of Passage, they are longer than I would want to wait, which is why I recommend seeing if a FastPass is available.
Kilimanjaro Safaris- Tier 2
Enter the wild in style on a Kilimanjaro Safari, which takes you on voyage around the home of some pretty amazing animals. While the Kilimanjaro Safari is not a new ride or experience, it often garners long wait times. As I write this on a Monday morning, the wait time is 105 minutes. Luckily, this is a tier 2 experience, which means you don’t have to sacrifice your ride on a banshee for a ride through the savanna.
Depending on the park and time, some of the character meetings can have ridiculously long lines. For example, Princess Fairy Tale Hall at the Magic Kingdom usually has pretty long wait times. The Meet & Greet at Epcot’s Character Spot actually varies a lot, from 5 minutes to 100 minutes so I wouldn’t use up your FastPass for this experience. When you get to Epcot and notice the lines are longer, you can always make this additional reservation once you’ve used up your first three. Most character experiences are considered tier 2 rides in Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot (except Character Spot), which makes booking these a bit easier if that’s what you are interested in.
Do you have a ride that’s a FastPass+ must? Let me know in the comments below.
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