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Disney World FastPass + Tiers And How To Use Them!

As you start planning your Disney World vacation you may start to see the word FastPass + come up quite a bit. Why? Because no one likes to wait in lines all day at Disney World and this is the fastest way to get through those terribly long lines!

What are FastPasses and when can I reserve them?

A FastPass is like a reservation for your favorite rides. Essentially you will pick a date and time to use your FastPass for the ride of your choice. Be aware that they do run out.

If you are staying at a Disney World resort, you can start making your FastPass reservations at 7 am EST 60 days before the day you check-in for your reservation. If you are staying off property, you will have to make them day-by-day for each day of your trip, starting 30 days before your first park day. For example, if you want FastPass for May 1st, you can make your reservations for that day on April 2nd.

Disney has separated the FastPasses into 2 tiers. Tier one, are the most desirable rides with usually the longest lines. Tier two are rides with moderate wait times.

I have split these into groups for you and listed them from the longest wait times to the shortest wait time.

Epcot

Pick one Tier One FastPass:

  • Soarin’- This is by far the longest most boring line to wait in, which is why it is at the top of my list to FastPass!
  • Frozen Ever After- There can be long wait times for this newer ride, but the queue is mostly indoors with an interactive queue. Who does want to stand in air conditioning for 40 minutes on a hot day!
  • Test Track Presented by Chevrolet-The queue is usually quite long but indoors and you get to design your car while you’re are waiting in line. So the wait does not seem that bad!
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Then two more from the Tier Two FastPasses:

  • RELAUNCHED! Mission: SPACE
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Animal Kingdom

Pick one Tier One FastPass:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage- The wait for this ride is still about 2 hours long. Most of the queue is outdoors in a shady area.
  • Nav’i River Journey

Then two more from the Tier Two FastPasses:

  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurer’s Outpost (Mickey & Minnie)
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Expedition Everest
  • Dinosaur
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s tough to be a Bug!
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Rivers of Light
  • UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Hollywood Studios

Pick one Tier One FastPass:

  • Slinky Dog Dash- This new rollercoaster is usually around a 1-2 hour wait
  • Toy Story Mania!- The queue line seems very long but does weave inside an air-conditioned area for the most part. On busy days you will be waiting outside in a mostly shady area for half of your wait time.
  • Alien Swirling Saucers

Then two more from the Tier Two FastPasses:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Fantasmic!
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

August 29th, 2019, the FastPass+ Tier one will change to the following:

  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Alien Swirling Saucers

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the only park that does not have Tiers. With over 25 rides to choose from I would advise to Fastpass the following rides:

  • Space Mountain- It is always a long wait, the upside is that the queue in inside and interactive. You can play video games while waiting in line.
  • Splash Mountain- In the hot months can be a 2-hour wait.
  • Seven Dwarves Mine Train – This line builds up pretty fast, I would actually ride this first thing in the morning instead of using a FastPass if you can.
  • At least one character Meet & Greet – the lines can be long and slow to meet your favorite characters.
  • Peter Pan’s Flight – A classic that everyone wants to ride!

Helpful Fastpass tips and tricks

If you are park hopping you might want to consider getting FastPasses for the second park. This way, you can head to the first park for rope drop and hit as many rides as you can in the morning. Then head to the second park, and use your Fastpasses for the busy/hot part of the day!

The hardest attractions to get FastPasses for are:

  • Flight of Passage
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Seven Dwarves Mine Train

If you aren’t able to get FastPasses for these attractions on the specific days you want, you may be able to get them for day 5 or 6. So being flexible may be the way to go. Also, check daily for both FastPasses and reservations, people are constantly canceling their plans, you may be able to snag one if you keep your eye out!

Or hit these up at rope drop for minimal wait times!

Can I Get More Than Three FastPasses?

YES!

After you use your first three FastPasses you can get additional FastPasses one at a time, upon availability.

After you’ve used your third FastPass, you can make one additional FastPass at any park!

The best way to utilize this is to make another FastPass reservation as soon as you’ve scanned your Magic Band for your third FastPass. You can decide your next FastPass while you’re waiting in line! We used this tactic last year and were able to get on 4 other rides after our first 3 FastPasses were used!

What are your favorite rides to FastPass? Leave a comment below!

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