Must-have Fastpasses
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Must-Have Fastpasses

Hey there! I put together a quick list of must-have Fastpasses, and rides that you really won’t need Fastpasses for due to the short wait times. We will also go over some quick tips on how to maximize your Fastpasses at the end of this article.

Must-Have FastPasses:

Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train– The wait time for this ride mid-day is around 3 hours for the standard stand by line. Ride this one first thing in the morning and then schedule your Fastpass for mid-afternoon so you can ride it twice.

Pro Tip: What we like to do, is we will go to breakfast at Be Our Guest before rope drops. This allows us to get the perfect photos in front of the castle with little to no crowd, eat, and be the first in line for this ride! See more on how this is done in our How To Get The Perfect Photos guide.

Space Mountain– There is usually a 2 hour wait for this ride on busy days. I would grab a fastpass for after 11:00am.

Pro Tip: If you don’t get a Fastpass for this ride, it does have an interactive queue line with video games. Also, if the park closes at 11:00 pm as long as you are in line for any ride by 10:59 pm, they will still let you on the ride!

Big Thunder Railroad– On busy days, this one can also get up to a two-hour wait. And this ride is hard to try to lump together with others because it is so far out of the way.

Pro Tip: If you aren’t able to get a fastpass for this ride, this one also has an interactive queue line. Try riding It at night for a more thrilling experience.

This part of the park is pretty dead at the end of the night, its nice to walk around and enjoy the lights and music.

Yes, theres music that changes as you walk through to different lands. With the massive amount of crowds during the day, you may have missed it.

Splash Mountain– During the colder months, this ride is normally shut down for refurbishment or the line wait is about 35 minutes. During the hotter season, it can get up to a 3 hour wait on a busy weekend.

Pro Tip: Bring your ponchos! And if you are anything like me and hate to wear soggy shoes all day, change into flip flops before you get on this ride! For more tips on what to bring with you to Disney World, check out our complete list on what to buy before you go to save money.

Peter Pan’s FlightРYou will normally see a hour and a half minute wait for this fan favorite. I would get it as a back up fastpass or if you have little ones, this is a must.

Back ups to consider are The Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion and Buzz Lightyear, these will hover between a hour and a hour and a half on busy days.

Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster– This ride will almost always have about an hour to a hour and a half wait. Why? Because its super fun!

Pro Tip: We have sat in both the front and the back to compare which one is better, its the back ūüėČ If you prefer the front or the back, let a cast member know and you can wait for it.

Also, your magic band could be one of the lucky ones to get scanned and your name showcased on your own Rockstar flyer.

The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror– I am really not sure why the wait on this ride is so long now. Before California switched their Tower Of Terror ride over to The Guardians, there was a 25-minute wait for this ride, tops.

Now you will see it get up to 2 hours!

Pro Tip: This ride is much better when you put your hands up!

If you have a mini backpack or purse put that in your hand while your hands are up. When the ride drops, you will feel it float like a balloon for a couple of seconds!

Slinky Dog Dash– Because this ride is still new, It is very popular and is one of the harder Fastpasses to get. I haven’t personally ridden it yet, not until the end of April. So I cant tell you if its worth the 2 hour stand by wait time.

I have reached out to a fellow blogger and she did state that the queue line is really well decorated and it is quite enjoyable.

We will see soon, ill be sure to let you guys know!

Toy Story Mania– This is a fan favorite, and is now about an hour wait. It used to hover around 2 hours for stand by, but it looks like the new expansions have alleviated some of the overcrowding.

Pro Tip: Don’t lose!!!

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler‚Äôs Run– You really won’t see the queue spike to over an hour on most days. On busy days or times when the new ride, Rise Of The Resistence breaks donw it will spike to at least a 2 hour wait. The line moves fast and really doesn’t seem to take as long as posted.

Pro Tip: There are 3 jobs you can do on this ride, the pilots, the gunners, and the engineers. If you have small children with you, put them in the gunner seats or the ride also has an autopilot mode.

The better you do as a team on this ride, the longer it lasts!

I recommend trying out all 3 stations, I love being the right-hand pilot! If you don’t get the spot you were hoping for, a cast member will tell you to trade amongst yourselves.

Backups for this park are, Alien Swirling Saucers and Star Tours.

The Animal Kingdom

Avatar Flight of Passage– This has to be the most popular ride out all of the parks. It usually hovers around a 3 hour wait. If you get in at rope drop, you are looking at about 2 hours.

It’s really important to get this Fastpass, the queue line is unbearably long, outside and no bathrooms. Make sure you take a drink and snacks with you while you are waiting in standby. For the easiest drinks and snacks to pack into the park, check out our snacks list!

Pro Tip: If you can’t get a Fastpass for this ride and don’t want to waste your day in line, hop in line for it 2 minutes before close. You will wait in line at night and not in the blistering sun. Also, the cast members push people through the lines much faster at the end of the night.

Na’Vi River JourneyРThis new ride has died down a little. We usually see wait times at an hour and a half. It is a really neat ride, but there is zero thrill to it.

Pro Tip: Only pick this Fastpass if the Flight Of Passage is already taken. It is also a tier 1 ride.

Kilimanjaro Safaris– Mid-day you will see up to a 3-hour wait for stand by. The queue is all outside and very warm!

Why is it so popular? Because the giraffes are close enough to lick your vehicle. Its pretty awesome to see that Disney has been able to keep these animals as close as they can to their natural habitat.

Pro Tip: Try to sit on the edge of the vehicle so you don’t have to look around others to see all of the animals.

Make sure you fill your water bottle before you get in line if you are waiting in stand by.

Kali River Rapids- This ride can have a long line during the warm months with up to a 2 hour wait. It’s not one that I have personally gone on, but I can tell you to be sure to pack your ponchos!

Dinosaur- The wait time fore this one has gone up to at least an hour wait. The good news is, if you don’t want to fastpass this ride, the queue is all indoors and air conditioned.

Expedition Everest– This is one of my favorite rides but it can get up to an hour and a half wait.

Pro Tip: This ride does shut down during Rivers Of Light. Also, the queue line is decorated very well so there’s always something to look at if you choose not to use a Fastpass or cant.

Back ups, well there really aren’t any. This park is not that big and if the wait times weren’t so long, you could be done with this whole park in just a couple of hours.


Frozen Ever After– This is still a fairly new ride for Epcot so the stand by line can get up to a 3 hour wait.

Pro Tip: The queue is all indoors and you get to walk through Arendale. The down side, it really is freezing cold in the building! Wear a jacket!

Soarin’РFor some reason this ride remains very popular, It usually stays around an hour wait.

Pro Tip: The queue is inside an airconditioned building, the down side is that its super boring and long. Grab a snack from Sunshine Seasons to keep up your energy!

Test Track– When we went in May, the wait was around 45 minutes but during the heavy crowd times it will get up to 2 hours long.

Pro Tip: This is an inside queue line and you will be able to design your very own car.

Mission Space: Depending on the time of year, the wait is between 30 minutes and an hour.

Back up fastpasses are Spaceship Earth and Living Off The Land.

Rides You Don’t need FastPasses For:

Magic Kingdom

Mickeys PhilharMagic -10 minutes

Monsters Inc Laugh Floor-15 minutes

Mad Tea Party- 25 minutes

Splash Mountain-30 minutes on colder months

The Magic Carpets Of Aladdin-30 minutes

Pirates Of The Caribbean-30 minutes

Winnie The Pooh-40 minutes

Under The Sea-15 minutes to 45 minutes

Hollywood Studios

Any shows, such as The Beauty and The Beast (which was terrible) or Indiana Jones.

Muppet Vision 3D-10 minutes

Alien Swirling Saucers-30 minutes- 45 minutes

Star Tours-30 minutes- 1 hour

Animal Kingdom

Its Tough To Be A Bug– 10 minutes

Dinosuar-35 minutes

Expedition Everest-30-55 minutes


Turtle Talk With Crush– 10 minutes

The Seas with Nemo and Friends-10 minutes

Living With The Land-10-20 minutes

Journey Into Imagination With Figment– 10 minutes

Grand Fiesta Tour, The Three Caballeros– 10 minutes

Spaceship Earth- 15 minutes

Mission Space- 30 minutes

IllumiNations- I never recommend using fastpasses for shows with a lot of viewing areas.

Tips To Maximize Your Fastpasses:

You get three Fastpasses to start your day. If you are staying at a Disney World resort, you can start reserving your Fastpasses 60 days out. This is one of the many perks to staying on-site!

See our article on all 14 perks to staying at a Disney World resort here.

If you are staying off site, you will be able to reserve your Fastpasses 30 days out.

At Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios you will get to choose one tier 1 ride and 2 tier 2 rides. I recommend starting your Fastpasses after11:00 am.

Mainly because in the morning around rope drop, you should be able to get in at least 3 rides by 11:00 am. After that, the parks do get a whole lot busier.

Use your Fastpasses during peak time but be sure to use all 3 before 3:00 pm. Once your first 3 passes have been used, you then can get 1 Fastpass at a time for the rest of the day.

You can move Fastpass time slots around on your mobile app and the moment you use your 3rd FastPass. You can then pick out a new Fastpass one at a time.

For more details on how Fastpasses work and an in-depth guide on the Fastpass tier system, check out our complete guide here!

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