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 always find ourselves at this park the most because of a couple of factors, 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 at this park. So, to help you out I break down the Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy, (also check out my discounted tickets strategy) with 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
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. (If you ride all 3 in a day you do get to choose one more)
- 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
How to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom like a Pro
This section is for if you aren’t familiar with the Fastpass + system (which is way different then the old Fastpass of a few years ago and Disneyland’s Fastpass). If you want to jump to the Fastpass strategy, click here. If there is any park in Walt Disney World where it is more important to plan in advance than the rest, it would be Magic Kingdom 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. This program has taken place of the original Fastpass system, so it is included in your admission.
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 here, 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 a great feature of this system 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.
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.
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.
Like 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. There are definitely still some rides you should prioritize to save you the maximum amount of time. Continue reading below to see how best to make your choices.
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.
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 function as your resort key as well if you’re staying on property and keep you from ever having to fumble around for any sort of tickets. 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.
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 Book a FastPass for in the Magic Kingdom
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 Priority Fastpass Choices – The Big 3 Mountains – Space, Splash & Thunder Mountain.
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. They are tons of fun, but also tend to come with a bit of a wait so they’re worth booking a FastPass for. 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 Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Winnie the Pooh and the Tomorrowland Speedway are also all good timesaving options to book a FastPass for. Remember, it’s your trip so tailor it however you’d like!
Characters – Lastly, if your kiddos love the characters, the characters with the longest lines are typically, Anna and Elsa, Mickey Mouse and Ariel. Those are the best options for fastpass
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 almost always 10 -20 minutes), It’s a Small World, Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Barnstormer, and Mickey’s Philharmagic, (a great 3-d show and perfect for hot days). These are all great attractions to visit and most of them 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.
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