Fastpass Techniques for Magic Kingdom

Hello to all my magical readers! To all of you who don’t know, I have an enormous love for all things Disney. Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movies; you get the picture.

This is the first post of many I will be writing about Disney. I have an annual pass to Walt Disney world and I go about twice a month. I have been to Disneyland in California and have visited the Disney Aulani resort in Hawaii. I have gone to Walt Disney World at least once a year since I was born. My head is filled with plenty of Disney knowledge, tips, and tricks. So without further a do, I will begin my post about Fastpass tips for the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.

I can’t even count the times I have been to the Magic Kingdom. If I had to, probably over 100 times. It is the gem of Walt Disney World and is definitely the park with the most rides. For some people it may not be difficult to select the Fastpasses they want for this park, but for others it may be a tough decision. This post will be directed towards teenagers and/or adults. I will write a separate post that will be directed towards families.

Tip #1

SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN

Probably the most wanted Fastpass in all of Magic Kingdom. Without a Fastpass, you’ll be waiting 80-170 minutes, depending on the day. If you’re planning your trip and staying at a Disney resort hotel you are able to book fast passes 60 days in advance. If you’re not staying at a Disney resort you’re still able to book them 30 days in advance. So if you know you’re traveling in advance, book those fast passes for Seven Dwarfs as quick as you can. I can assure you 2 or even 3 weeks before your trip this Fastpass will be unavailable.

Tip #2

Space Mountain 

If you are able to obtain Seven Dwarfs, congratulations! That is your first Fastpass out of three. If you were not able to, better luck next time or keep checking throughout the day. Now, wether you got it or not, get ready to select Space Mountain as your second Fastpass. This is another incredibly popular ride with waits from 50-120 minutes. The only difference is that you may be able to book it much later. I have booked a Fastpass for this ride a couple of days before I arrived at the park, multiple times. So you’ll be okay if you don’t book it right away. Just be sure to book before you go, because the day that you are in the park it will most likely not be available.

Tip #3

Splash Mountain 

By now you either have two Fastpasses or just one. Your next one should be Splash Mountain. This ride is another one that has long wait times, but not as bad as the first two rides. The wait times range from 50-100 minutes. On a hot day you are definitely not going to want to wait this line. Most of it is outside and it doesn’t move very rapidly. Like the other two rides, this ride may not be available for Fastpasses the day of your trip. So be sure to pick it before!

Tip #4

Big Thunder Mountain or Jungle Cruise

These are for those of you who were unable to secure a Fastpass for Seven Dwarfs. Big Thunder Mountain or Jungle Cruise are two great options to get a Fastpass for. From my experience Jungle Cruise has a longer wait, ranging from 50-70 minutes. Big Thunder is usually a 35-70 minute wait. If you are unfamiliar with these rides they’re both very different. Big Thunder is a runaway train roller coaster. It is a very exciting ride and the line moves quickly. Jungle Cruise is one of the classic Disney rides. It is a cruise that takes you through different countries and parts of the jungle. The best part of the ride is your cruise driver or skipper. These skippers are incredibly sarcastic and comedic. So, if you’re feeling like riding a runaway train, get a Fastpass for Big Thunder. If you’re interested in a silly, comedic cruise get one for Jungle Cruise. You’ll most likely be able to obtain a Fastpass for either of these a day before your trip or maybe the day of. It really depends, but don’t always count on it because these two are very popular rides.

Tip #5

Back-Ups

These are back-up ideas for Fastpasses if none of the above are available. This usually happens to people that plan last minute trips. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t get any of the ones mentioned! Magic Kingdom is filled with amazing rides that are as wonderful as those. Who knows, you may like these more than the ones above. Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean are great alternatives. These three are very popular rides and can have long wait times depending on the day. You will also have more of a chance finding these available either the day before your trip or even the day of.

Tip #6

Adding More 

Lastly, adding more Fastpasses throughout the day. Yes, this is possible. It is always a good idea to pick the earliest three Fastpasses because once you use them all, you can go to a kiosk and pick another. You are able to pick one Fastpass everytime you use that last one you had. In the past I have been able to obtain seven Fastpasses in one day. The trick is to be smart with your timing. Continue checking the app because a ride may pop up that you didn’t see on the kiosk screen. When this happens you can change out one Fastpass for the other. This can be done on the app, you do not have to go to a kiosk. Just note that when you want to select your fourth Fastpass you will need to go to a kiosk. If you aren’t sure where there is one, go ahead and ask a cast member! Some have iPads with them that can help, if not they’ll direct you to the nearest kiosk.

Picture by: Bismarie Plasencia

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions on what you want to hear about next. 🙂

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