Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Walt Disney World Fastpass Worthy Rides



The idea behind the Fastpass is to pre-book a time range to arrive and ride a particular attraction. You have a 1-hour time frame to show up in, and the cast member at the gate will scan your band to see that you have arrived at the correct time.  The Fastpass system is completely free to use, and is pretty simple once you get used to it.

There are 2 gates when you approach the ride or attraction. Standby and Fastpass. If you have a reserved Fastpass, you go to that line. *MOST times, you can walk on to the ride, or have a very minimal wait.  Standby is a regular line.  There will be a time above the sign letting you know the approximate wait time.

Below you will find my picks for the best rides to use your Fastpasses on
Magic Kingdom:
  • Peter Pan
  • 7 Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Pirates of The Carribean
  • Dumbo (there is a play area while you wait, so you don't NEED a fastpass, but if you don't want to spend time playing (it was quite busy while we were there, and hard to keep track of your kids) then it can be worth the FP
EPCOT:
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Soarin
  • Mission:Space
Animal Kingdom:
  • Kilmanjaro Safari
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • the shows (tough to be a bug, festival of the lion king)
Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror
  • Stage shows (Indiana Jones, Frozen Sing-a-long)
  • Great Movie Ride
  • Fantasmic
Obviously not all these rides are appropriate for all age groups, but they are the ones that seem to have the biggest lines, and therefore Fastpasses would come in very handy.

My recommendation is normally to use your Fastpasses in the afternoon.  Arrive at the park at opening, and head to your MUST DO ride.  The wait times are much shorter in the morning and you may be able to ride them more than once if you start early - without a huge wait time.

Another tip is to skip the parade (especially if you have seen it) and you may have shorter wait times since most of the crowds end up watching the parades.

*I say most of the time you have a minimal wait, however we did notice while walking through Animal Kingdom that the standby line for Expedition Everest had a 10 minute wait, and the Fastpass line was 60 minutes

What is your must do Fastpass ride? My absolute favourite is Peter Pan - and it always has major wait times.
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17 comments:

  1. I haven't been there yet. but this is great info to know about. One day we'll get here.

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    1. I hope you do! It's so much fun for everyone

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  2. Done some of these rides but I know they have several new ones since out last visit. And they didn't have the Fast Pass at that point. Hoping to get back one of these years. (Judy Cowan)

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    1. My first visit (our honeymoon) the FP system was quite new, and we didn't use it. It took some getting used to for this trip

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  3. Things sure have changed at Disney since I was there back in 1992! I have heard of FastPass & it's really one of the best ideas for families vacationing there. Back years ago we missed a lot of rides because of waiting in line for 2-3 hours for each of them.

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    1. it really has changed waiting times for a lot of them. There is still some that are busy no matter what though, even with the FP

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  4. I haven't been there,but it certainly looks and sounds inviting

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    1. It's so much fun! I hope you have the chance

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  5. it's my dream to take my kids there one day

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    1. I hope you can realize that dream one day!

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  6. i have never been to disney , but i do enjoy reading the posts as one day I will get there.

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  7. We were in Disney many years ago when the Fastpass wasn't available. The next time we go, I'll be keeping this in mind.

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  8. good idea to get as many rides in that you can

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  9. Great tips! Will have to keep this in mind when we finally get to go!

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  10. I think this is a great idea, knew nothing about this when we went to Disney World but that is about 20 yrs ago so maybe they weren't available back in those days.

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  11. I've never been to Disney but i will be sure to keep this post in mind if i do !

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