FastPass+ is a wonderful feature that is included with all park admissions. You manage your FastPass+ selections from your My Disney Experience account for the park you will be attending on a particular day. It can be overwhelming trying to determine how to use FastPass+ to your advantage and make sure you use them on the most popular attractions. Here at the top 12 attractions that we recommend that you always try to get a FastPass+ reservation for:
12 – Kali River Rapids
There are only a few rides at Animal Kingdom, and this one is definitely one of the ones I would make a priority to use FastPass+ for. The attraction is a really fun water ride where you will get extremely wet. The lines get extremely long, especially during the summer when it is really hot, so you will want to bypass the line and get right to cooling off in the cold water.
11 – Splash Mountain @ Magic Kingdom
While it’s easier to walk onto Splash Mountain during the cooler winter months, once the Florida heat begins to rise, Splash Mountain becomes the place to be for guests looking to cool off. Stand-by wait times can vary depending on the time of day as well since not as many guests would like the possibility of getting soaked first thing in the morning or late at night as the temperature goes down. But during the midday when a refreshing plunge into the Briar Patch would be the perfect thing to counter the heat, many guests would covet a FastPass in the afternoon.
10 – Soarin’ Around the World @ Epcot
This amazing attraction at Epcot utilizes all of your senses, even your sense of smell. You get to travel over beautiful areas, well you at least get the sensation of flying without actually leaving the theater. The ride seats are elevated to hover in front of the huge, amazing theater screen so that you are completely immersed in the experience from start to finish. Don’t forget to look for hidden Mickey’s, too! The ride is extremely popular. With the addition of a third concourse, the standby wait is not as bad as it has been in the past. If you cannot get the coveted FastPass for our #3 pick, you still will definitely want to try to snag this one as early as possible.
9 – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster @ Hollywood Studios
Amazing Aerosmith music, loops, corkscrews and 0 to 60 speeds… well this coaster has them all. Plus the coaster is completely indoors in the dark with the lighting perfectly placed at the moment that the imagineers wanted you to see certain signs and features. With so few rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one of the few coasters across all of Walt Disney World, this one is quite popular. The FastPass will definitely help you save a lot of time that you can spend enjoying the rest of the park. Note that Hollywood Studios utilizes a Tiered system with their FastPass choices. With the addition of the Toy Story Land attractions, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has now been moved to Tier 2, which makes it a no-brainer choice for one of your Hollywood Studios FastPasses.
8 – Test Track
This is a fast-paced and fun thrill ride in Future World at Epcot. You get to create your own virtual vehicle and then get out on the “road” to see how it will perform. Your car reaches high speeds over 60 miles per hour and is a fun adventure for the whole family. The lines are almost always around 60+ minutes, so it is a great option to save the wait and FastPass instead.
7 – Kilimanjaro Safaris @ Animal Kingdom
This is an attraction that you CANNOT miss when you visit Walt Disney World. The views of the savanna are breathtaking, and there is nothing like experiencing rhinos, giraffes, zebras and many other animals roaming the savanna with nothing between you and them. There are also many other animals to be seen, even lions, crocodiles, and elephants, oh my! The FastPasses go quick and the lines get very long, so definitely add this to the “must FastPass” list.
6 – Space Mountain @ Magic Kingdom
This is a classic attraction that guests have been visiting and enjoying year after year. Even though this attraction has been around for over 40 years, the popularity hasn’t wavered. This trip through space is definitely an attraction that you want a FastPass for so you can use that time enjoy all the many, many amazing attractions at the Magic Kingdom.
5 – Expedition Everest @ Animal Kingdom
Hands down this is the best thrill ride that Disney World has to offer. The overall theming and ride experience is amazing. The lines can get quite long. This is one of Disney’s most expensive attractions that they have ever created, and is the most expensive roller coaster ever built in the world! It is easy to see why once you experience Expedition Everest for yourself. This attraction does have a single rider option, but those not wanting to ride solo (groups will be split up) should secure a FastPass for this attraction.
4 – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This coaster-like attraction at the Magic Kingdom is arguably very popular ride in all of Walt Disney World with waits that almost never go below an hour. It is also one of the newer attractions that continue to maintain its popularity. The FastPasses are gone almost as instantly as they are available, so you definitely need to snatch this one up quickly if you want to bypass the wait! The ride is so innovative and amazing. You won’t even believe how each mine cart moves from side to side and the amazing dwarfs that are really brought to life in the mine, unlike any other experience. Don’t miss this one!
3 – Frozen Ever After
Love it or hate it, Frozen is here to stay. Many Disney fans were upset to hear that Disney was closing their beloved Maelstrom in the Norway Pavilion for a Frozen themed ride that would take guests through scenes of the movie. After a long transformation, Frozen Ever After has opened and is just as popular as everyone expected. This attraction is now over 2 years old, but it is still really difficult to snag a FastPass for this attraction. Normal wait times range anywhere from 60-90 minutes on most days, with a possible bump to 120 minutes on a weekend day. With Disney’s tiered choices for Epcot, this means you’ll have to forgo a FastPass for Test Track and Soarin’ Around the World, but this attraction will have the longest wait, therefore it is the best use of your Tier 1 attraction option.
2 – Pandora – The World of Avatar Attractions
Pandora – The World of Avatar has are two attractions in the new land that offer FastPass options. The two attractions within Pandora are Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Disney has instituted a tiered selection process for Animal Kingdom with the addition of these two attractions. You will only be able to select one of these options on any particular day. So, if you want FastPasses for both, you will need to visit Animal Kingdom on two separate days during your visit. Both attractions are hugely popular with very long wait times. The Na’vi River Journey has been seeing wait times of 1-2 hours. Flight of Passage usually has wait times anywhere between 2-3 hours. Those waits alone are worth trying to secure a FastPass! The technology and imagineering that went into these attractions have proven to be amazing experiences that will keep people coming back again and again. For more on what to expect be sure to read our article about Pandora – The World of Avatar.
1 – Toy Story Land Attractions
The recently opened Toy Story Land has three attractions: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucer, and Toy Story Mania. All three of these attractions are in Tier 1 for Hollywood Studios, which means you can only choose one of these attractions to FastPass on a single day. Out of all of these, Slinky Dog Dash is the hardest FastPass to get. It’s a fantastic family coaster that is a lot of fun. Opening day wait times for the attraction were up to 7 hours at one point! Mostly the wait times were around 4.5-5 hours long. These crazy long times will not last too long, but you can expect plus 2 hour waits for this attraction for many months. Alien Swirling Saucers is also a very fun spin ride that guests will love. Opening wait times were around 2.5 hours long. Finally, Toy Story Mania is still one of the most popular rides on property and sees constant lines for over an hour. Wait times have lessened somewhat after the addition of a third track, but it still makes sense to snag this FastPass. This is also one of the few rides at the Studios that is appropriate for kids of all ages and heights, so that adds to the popularity and fun for the whole family. You’ll want to get a FastPass for one of these three attractions on your visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Cindy E. Nykamp also contributed to this article.
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