Magic Kingdom FastPass! Tips and Tricks to Choose the Best Rides

Oh, how I love the Magic Kingdom! Even though I regularly get to visit Disneyland and Magic Kingdom is similar, there is just something special about this park. We find ourselves at this park often because of a couple of factors. We love the rides, the shows, and the fireworks. With that, you kind of need to have a good handle on a Magic Kingdom Fastpass plan because there are a lot of rides to choose from! So, to help you out I break down our Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy (also check out my discounted tickets strategy)! Here you will find a list of all the FastPass options plus tips on which rides to choose.

Magic Kingdom Fastpass! Tips and tricks to help you choose the Best Rides

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Rides That Take a Fast Pass

First off, let’s start with the rides that take Magic Kingdom Fastpass . There are a lot and they are not tiered like other parks you will get to choose 3 of these rides. 

  • The Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • it’s a small world
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  • Meet Cinderella & Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Character Meet & Greet with Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid

Magic Kingdom Fastpass

Does Magic Kingdom Have Fastpass Tiers?

The one difference between the Magic Kingdom and the other three parks at Disney World is there are no Fastpass Tiers. So, you simply choose the three rides/shows you want to get a Fastpass for. 

Magic Kingdom Fastpass

How to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom like a Pro

This section is for if you aren’t familiar with the Fastpass+ system (way different then Disneyland’s Fastpass). If you want to jump to the Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy, click here. Planning ahead at Magic Kingdom is essential due to its popularity and size. 

The Magic Kingdom uses the Fastpass+ system just like the rest of the parks, which is super convenient and allows you to plan pretty far in advance. There is no additional cost!

Beginning at 7 am Eastern Time, 30 days before your visit or 60 days before your visit if you’re staying in a Disney Resort Hotel, you can make Fastpass reservations on select attractions. Keep in mind if you’re staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you will be able to make a reservation at this time for the entire length of your visit!

There are tons of rides to choose from, so you should definitely sit down with your party and discuss what attractions are top priorities. You can also make Fastpass reservations for some of the park’s shows, which is great if someone is set on seeing one. Keep in mind, this may be a park you want to spend more than just one day in if you’ve got the time.

Step 1: Register Online to get your Fastpasses:

You will want to register online to make a reservation in advance. To do this create an account on My Disney Experience and follow the steps to link all of your party’s tickets together. If you would like to make your reservations the same day as your visit, use the My Disney Experience Mobile App or visit the Fastpass+ kiosk in the park. (Note: There will be significantly less rides available the day of your trip)

There are 5 of these kiosk locations in the Magic Kingdom; one near the entrance of Jungle Cruise, two in Tomorrowland by Stitch’s Great Escape and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, another near the Swiss Family Treehouse, and the last in Fantasyland by Mickey’s Philharmagic. It is best to make the reservations as early as you possibly can, though.

Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Kiosk

Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Kiosk

Step 2 – Select your Favorite Rides Online:

As I said, you will have to select which rides you want to reserve for your group in advance. In this park, your options are not tiered like some of the others. This means you’re free to book any three attractions you would like. However, there are some rides you should prioritize to save you the maximum amount of time. 

Obviously, not everyone in your party has to attend the same attractions but do book the attractions you want to do as an entire group first. While it is best to choose off these lists wisely if you do end up changing your mind about things you can cancel or change your reservations at any time.

Magic Kingdom Experiences

When waiting for your Magic Kingdom Fastpass there are plenty of experiences to keep your kids entertained!

Step 3 – Fastpasses are Digitally Stored on your Ticket or Magicband

There is no physical FastPass ticket anymore. Once you choose are rides and book them, the information will be stored on the My Disney Experience profile on your entry tickets or on your Magicbands. If you’re wondering about Magicbands, they are pretty awesome and my kids get excited to wear them every visit!

They’ll also function as your resort key as well if you’re staying on property. They’re free if you’re staying in the resorts, but can be purchased for at a low cost in the parks. We recommend them to anyone with kiddos to keep up after.

Our family's magic bands for Disneyworld Disney Social Media Moms Celebration #DisneySMMC

Step 4 Redeem Your Fastpass at the Appropriate Time:

Finally, you’re actually in the park and ready to get on some rides! When it is your allotted time, head to the attraction and look for the line labeled FastPass+. There will be a Mickey RFID reader. You either touch your ticket or your MagicBand to this reader for entry. Once you have used up the 3 original reservations for your day or the return time has passed, you can book one additional Fastpass for that day in any park. Once you have used this additional pass or the time allotted has gone by, you can book another additional Fastpass and so on.

Best Rides to FastPass at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Fast Pass - Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride

Top Magic Kingdom Fastpass Choice – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride 

The longest lines in the Magic Kingdom tend to be Peter Pan’s Flight and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so both of these are great choices for a Fastpass. However, we would put Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the very top of our list as it’s a newer ride still in really high demand. The height requirement is only 38 inches, but it’s packed full of thrills for all ages. All my kids (ages 4-15) love this ride. 

If you have smaller kids with you, booking a Fastpass for Peter Pan’s Flight should be high on your priority list as well.

Other Top Choices for Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides – The Big 3 Mountains – Space, Splash & Thunder Mountain.

The Magic Kingdom really has it all when it comes to rides but their iconic “big kid” rides like Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are must-dos. Of the three mountains, I say book as many as you can, but if you have to choose just one, go with space mountain as it tends to have the longest lines. Big thunder line moves fairly quickly and if you go on Splash Mountain early or late in the day the line tends to be slower.

Depending on what everyone in your group is a fan of, here are some other great choices. 

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway 
  • Remember, it’s your trip so tailor it however you’d like!

Best Fastpass Rides for toddlers!

If you have little ones who aren’t ready or are not tall enough for the big adventurous mountains. Here are some great choices!

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride – 36″ and above
  • Peter Pan – (this ride is the longest line for rides with no height limit)
  • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Tomorrowland Speedway 

Characters – Lastly, if your kiddos love the characters, the characters with the longest lines are typically Anna and Elsa, Mickey Mouse, and Ariel. Reserve these first!

What to Avoid Booking

Don’t get me wrong, the rides I am about to mention are absolutely worth riding! Having a FastPass for them just won’t likely save you very much time because their lines tend to move pretty quickly. Only book a FastPass for these attractions if they are an absolute priority for someone in your group.

Here they are; Mad Tea Party, Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor, It’s a Small World, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Barnstormer, and Mickey’s Philharmagic. These are all great attractions to visit and most of the lines do not get very long (max 30 minutes) so save your Fastpass for one of the other rides. 

I also recommend avoiding using Fastpass for Dumbo, mainly because they have a great play area while you wait and it is a nice place to relax while the kids run around. If you use Fastpass the kids don’t get to use the play area and my kids say that’s the best part of the ride.

Can I get more than 3 Fastpasses!

Yes, once you redeem your 3rd Fastpass, you can immediately book another Fastpass for an additional ride or character interaction. 


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  • Eileen R says:

    I am traveling to Disney next July (2020), party of 7 including my 25 year old artistic daughter. What tips do you have so that we don’t have to wait long in lines and so that we can get on as many rides in WWD parks?

    Thank you,

    • Mama Munchkin says:

      Hi Eileen,
      I would book your Fastpasses as soon as you can 60 days in advance from your check in date if you are staying at a Disney Hotel, otherwise 30 days. You can book up to 3 Faspasses a day. For your autistic daughter, Disney Does have a Guest Assitance Pass where you can reduce wait times for several other rides for the whole party. You simply have to get the pass from guest services and then they can assist you with how to use the pass.

  • Keiko says:

    Hi, Eileen

    We are planning to go there Feb 2020. Can we still meet and greet with Anna & Elsa at Magic Kingdom ? (We did at Magic Kingdom 5 yrs ago) Though, I checked on disney world web, it showed up at Epcot centre. Do you have any ideas ? Thank you

  • Sherry Nakano says:

    Hi Amber, thanks for your tips. I need some help figuring out the easiest way to enter Magic Kingdom park. We have our tickets, fast passes and magic bands(magic bands for 4 of the 7 in our party–the old folks are coming after lunch, hoping we can make it to the fireworks!)
    I understand the magic bands will allow you to enter the park through the turnstile without picking up tickets at will call. For the 3 of us without magic bands, do we stop at the will call office for our pre-purchased tickets, then stand in line to go through the turnstile? thanks for your help!

    • Michael Mamian says:

      Hi Sherry,

      The tickets themselves can be scanned at the turnstiles. You can have the tickets shipped so that your family can scan them. Otherwise, I would visit will call and grab them before you enter the park.

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