Don’t Let FastPass+ Stress You Out!

 

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When I help clients with their Walt Disney World Vacation planning, I’m frequency asked how to choose FastPass+ attractions.  Choosing FastPass+ attractions can be stressful if it is your first visit or you are unsure about line times. I would like to share a few best practices when it comes to selecting FastPass+ for you and your family.

I narrow FastPass+ attractions down to three categories:

  • Big Thrills- These attractions are typically the most popular in the Parks. They usually consistent of sudden drops, fast pace movement and lots of screams.
  • Family Thrills – Family friendly rides that may have small thrills.
  • Tiny Thrills – These attractions are for the little ones in your family.

 

Magic Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Big Thrill)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Jungle Cruise (Family Thrill)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Space Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Family Thrill) * Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Splash Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • There are several character meet and greets such as Ariel, Cinderella, Mickey, Rapunzel, Tiana and Tinkerbell (Family or Tiny thrills)

 

Epcot

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Epcot you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1                 

  • Frozen Ever After (Family or Tiny Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*
  • Soarin’ (Family Thrill)
  • Test Track (Big Thrill)

Section 2

  • Mission: SPACE (Big Thrill)
  • Spaceship Earth (Family Thrill)
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot (Family or Tiny Thrills)

 

 Hollywood Studios

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. At Hollywood Studios you can only choose from one selection first, and then you are allowed to select two more in the next section.

Section 1

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (Big Thrill)
  • Toy Story Mania! (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and FP+ will sell out*

Section 2

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Big Thrill)
  • Star Tours (Big or Family Thrill)

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

These are the top attractions I would recommend selecting a FastPass+ for. Remember you can only select three, and once they are used you can select another three.

  • Expedition Everest-Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (Big Thrill)
  • Kali River Rapids (Big Thrill)
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris (Family or Tiny Thrill)
  • Avatar Flight on Passage (Big Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*
  • Na’vi River Journey (Family Thrill) *Extremely popular and new. FP+ will sell out*

 

These best practices will make your stay more magical. Typically from my experience the attractions that I did not list usually have a wait time of 30 minutes or less, but please remember Walt Disney World attracts more than 53,000 visitors daily!  There will be lines, but the themed queues will make your wait go by quickly.

If you are interested in having help planning your Walt Disney World Vacation, please visit my Services page for more details.

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