The Magic Kingdom is absolutely my favorite park for FastPass+. There are a ton of possibilities and there are no tiers like at Hollywood Studios and Epcot limiting what you can select. My personal favorite strategy is to make my first FastPass+ time for within the second hour the park is open, preferably toward the end. So if the park opens at 9am I am there well before rope drop to secure my place up front. I use the first hour to 90 minutes the park is open touring without FastPasses to take advantage of the shorter lines before the crowds arrive. My first FastPass+ would be scheduled around 10:00-10:30 with the next one immediately after it, and then my third. I will squeeze in lunch between the first and second or second and third FastPass+. Remember, you can use your FastPass+ anywhere within that hour it is valid—so if you are still seeing short lines and your FastPass+ starts at 10:30, keep getting in standby lines and save your FastPass+ until later, closer to the end time of 11:30. As soon as you touch your band to activate your last FastPass+ you can go on the app to make your fourth “rolling” FastPass+, even while you are waiting in the FastPass line. Here are my top 6 attractions from which I recommend to choose your first 3 FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom:
6. Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain
My usual strategy includes going to Frontierland immediately after rope drop, so normally I’m able to get in 2 rides or so on Big Thunder Mountain and 1 on Splash Mountain before waits get any longer than 15-20 minutes. A lot of times they are complete walk-ons. But, if you are not going to be at the front of the rope drop crowd, or if your strategy calls for visiting another area of the park first, you will want to get a FastPass+ for one or both of these mountains because they are a bit slower loading and they are fan favorites so the lines start to build around an hour after park opening.
5. The Tomorrowland Speedway
If you are going to ride this attraction (and kids do love it), then you want to FastPass it. Likely you will be headed to other attractions first thing, so you can save this one for your second or third FastPass. You may even be able to get this one as your fourth depending on how busy that day is at Magic Kingdom. While the ride is moderately popular, the long loading times makes the line grow to be fairly long.
4. Jungle Cruise
This is a classic attraction and a popular one! The way the ride loads and unloads can cause backups in the standby line with waits often topping 45 minutes or more. You don’t want to miss this one, and unless you are going to do Frontierland thrill rides followed immediately by a stop in Adventureland for Jungle Cruise and then Pirates of the Caribbean, a FastPass+ is a great option for this attraction. Like the Tomorrowland Speedway you might be able to get Jungle Cruise as your 4th FastPass+, but if it is a busy time of year or if it is a “can’t miss” for you I wouldn’t chance it.
3. Peter Pan
Everyone loves Peter Pan, but no one wants to wait an hour in line for a 2 ½ minute attraction. For me it is a must-do, so unless I’m doing Fantasyland at Rope Drop I always get a FastPass+ for it. The one down side to the FastPass line is that they now have the amazing interactive queue like you are going inside the Darlings’ home and into the children’s bedroom. There are some really neat effects, but I don’t think it is worth a one hour+ wait for the attraction.
2. Space Mountain
Because I like to rope drop Frontierland, Space Mountain is a thrill ride must have on my FastPass+ list. My philosophy is that Frontierland has two headliners side by side, while Tomorrowland has just Space Mountain (unless you have Astro Orbiter on your must ride list). So, we do the 2 in Frontierland Standby before long lines form, then do Space Mountain with a FastPass+. Because they do run out of Space Mountain FastPasses it is one of my first three.
1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Without a doubt, this is the very first FastPass+ you should try to reserve for your trip. They normally run out well in advance, sometimes before the 30 day mark for offsite guests to make their FastPass+ reservations. My strategy as on onsite guest is to go to my Magic Kingdom day that is last in my trip (I usually have at least 2) and make the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass+ for that day the very first thing. Then I do my first Magic Kingdom day for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Even if you go straight to the attraction at rope drop you are likely to have a wait which will throw you behind on all of the other attractions that you could be visiting in that first 60-90 minutes the park is open. If at all possible, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train FastPass should be number 1 on your list.
What is your FastPass Strategy for Magic Kingdom? And what are your top picks for when you make your reservations?