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Top 10 Most Critical FastPass+ Selections at Walt Disney World

FastPass+ allows guests to wait in shorter lines. If you’re staying on property you can make your reservations up to 60 days in advance, everyone else can make them 30 days ahead of time. You can reserve three per day, and they all need to be in the same park. While FastPass+ is supposed to make things easier, the 60 day mark strikes fear in the hearts of many vacationers. Here are the most critical FastPass+ selections, these are the ones that you should try for.

 

One word of warning. Three of the four parks have a tier system, the only one that doesn’t is the Magic Kingdom. With tiers you can make one selection from Tier One and two from Tier Two. The current tier for each FastPass+ selection is also listed below. Remember when planning that you won’t be able to grab two Tier One selections in one day.

10. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad –  Magic Kingdom

You won’t have to grab a FastPass+ for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad the moment that your window opens, but you won’t want to wait long. Out of the three mountains (Space and Splash are the other two) this usually seems to be the fastest FastPass+ to fill up. If you can’t get it, take one for one of the other mountains instead.

9. Peter Pan’s Flight  Magic Kingdom

Looking at the ride description you wouldn’t think that Peter Pan’s Flight would be that hard to get FastPass+ for. It’s fun, but nothing earth shattering. Still, the line grows long quickly. Not only is the ride popular, it also has a fairly low ride capacity, which is why the line gets so long. If you don’t have FastPass+, don’t skip it. The queue will take you through the Darling house. The details are almost as much fun as the ride.

8. Alien Swirling Saucers – Tier One, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The three rides in Toy Story Land are Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania!. All three are Tier One. If you can’t get Slinky Dog Dash, try for Alien Swirling Saucers. If you have to wait in any of the lines in the middle of the day, pick Toy Story Mania!. That line is indoors and air conditioned.

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7. Enchanted Tales with Belle – Magic Kingdom

Who doesn’t love the animated version of Beauty and the Beast? Obviously Walt Disney World guests adore it, because Enchanted Tales with Belle is extremely popular. Kids love it because they get to be part of the story. Adults love it because it’s an adorable show. Since you never know what the kids will do, each experience will be different. FastPass+ for this one is a good idea.

6. Frozen Ever After  Tier One, Epcot

For a while Frozen Ever After was next to impossible to get FastPass+ for, but the situation has improved somewhat. Two other popular Epcot rides are also Tier One. Test Track has a single riders’ line and Soarin’ has become more manageable since they expanded it. If all three are on your must do list, Frozen Ever After is the best bet for your Tier One choice, because it will have the longest line throughout the day.

5. Na’vi River Journey – Tier One, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Even though Pandora – The World of Avatar has been open since the middle of 2017, the lines for the two rides are still really long each day. Tier One at Disney’s Animal Kingdom consists of the two rides in Pandora. If you can’t get FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage, snatch one up for Na’vi River Journey instead. It’s a beautiful ride, but you don’t want to wait 90 minutes for it if you don’t have to.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – Tier Two, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster used to be a Tier One attraction, but that changed with the opening of Toy Story Land. It’s still one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World. If you plan to take a limo to that Aerosmith concert, you’ll be glad if you have FastPass+. If you don’t have it, ride first thing in the morning while everyone else runs to Toy Story Land.

3. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been operating for several years now, and it is as popular as ever. This family friendly roller coaster is the hardest to obtain FastPass+ at the Magic Kingdom. If you see FastPass+ for it, grab it immediately, because it won’t be there for very long.

2. Slinky Dog Dash – Tier One, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World’s most adorable roller coaster is not easy to get FastPass+ for. Part of the reason is because it’s a new ride and everyone wants to try it, but the main reason is because it’s a lot of fun. If all three Tier One choices are available, this should be your pick. If you can’t get it, be warned that the line is outdoors, and there is very little shade. If you go standby try to ride first thing in the morning or after the sun goes down.

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1. Avatar Flight of Passage – Tier One, Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s most technologically advanced ride is also the hardest to get FastPass+ for. They are often gone just minutes after the 60 day window opens. If you’re not staying on property, don’t count on getting one. There’s a sign that is often posted by the Standby Line that warns guests that there is no restroom inside the building that houses the attraction; that’s how long the line can get. If you can’t get FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage all is not lost. The queue has one of the most creative themes of any Walt Disney World ride, and the FastPass+ line misses most of the good stuff.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.