Fast Passes can be confusing for those who have never previously booked a Walt Disney World vacation. However, after multiple visits over the course of the past decade, it’s become somewhat of a sport for myself and Helen.
Booking the correct fast passes for a major park at Walt Disney World such as the Magic Kingdom can save you around four hours each day. This is time you’d usually be spending waiting in the standby lines for rides.
The best fast passes for the Magic Kingdom are; Peter Pan’s Flight, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger’s Spin. We recommend these as the standby lines are regularly in excess of 180 minutes but can be reduced to less than 30 with a Fastpass.
However, you can only book three fast passes for each person, each day in advance. Therefore knowing the best rides for your party requires some preparation and planning. However, this time spent up front can pay dividends during your vacation.
Table of Contents
- What Is A Fast Pass?
- How To Use The Fast Pass System?
- The Best Fast Passes For Magic Kingdom
- 11. Haunted Mansion
- 12. Meet Ariel At Her Grotto
- 13. Under The Sea – Journey Of The Little Mermaid
- Tips And Tricks
What Is A Fast Pass?
A fast pass is part of the Disney Parks ticket system, it coincides with your ticket to allow you to book a slot to get you onto a ride.
A fast pass is a time slot that you choose or that is allotted to you for a ride to come back and get to the front of the queue. The time slot is an hour long slot for you to return to the ride to be able to get to nearer the front and onto the ride.
How To Use The Fast Pass System?
The system is very easy to use and doesn’t have to be as complicated as it sounds. It also depends on how many of the rides you want to go on and which ones.
You can do this online via desktop or through the My Disney Experience App. You can also go up to booths within the parks to book fast passes for that same day.
Once you return to the ride you tap your band or ticket onto the entrance of the ride and you will be able to walk down to the front of the ride. Fast pass lanes are very rarely a long wait as they only allow a number of people to be within that time slot.
You get 3 fast passes per day to use, once they have been used you can access more.
The Best Fast Passes For Magic Kingdom
This ride has a minimum height requirement of 97cm and usually has a standby wait time of more than 100 minutes.
It is one of the faster rides at Magic Kingdom with a ‘rollercoaster’ feel along the theme of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Space Mountain is one of the most symbolic rides at Magic Kingdom. It has a minimum height requirement of 112cm. The usual standby time of Space Mountain can be anything from 80 minutes through to 180 minutes.
The Space Mountain buggy you sit in is set into three seats which are aligned one in front of the other which requires riders to sit alone with nobody by their side.
In our case, there were five of us so three of us went in one buggy together and another two in a buggy with one spare seat (or single rider in some cases) however, nobody could quite hold the hand of 7-year-old Frankie who was just tall enough to ride.
He didn’t like it, especially being in the dark – although if you ask him afterwards it was brilliant (he totally wanted to look cool and like a ‘big boy’ in front of his sister and cousin being the only one tall enough to ride it)
On this ride you will likely get wet!
Splash Mountain is one of the three mountain rides at Magic Kingdom it has a minimum height of 102cm. The standby wait time for this ride is usually upwards of 100 minutes.
Barnstormer is a traditional rollercoaster ride in Storybook Circus – at the back near the Fantasyland Station. It has a minimum height of 89cm and is a great introductory rollercoaster for kids.
Frankie, who didn’t like Space Mountain so much loved the Barnstormer – perhaps in hindsight we should have started his rollercoaster journey here first.
Last of the mountains on our list is Thunder Mountain which has a minimum height requirement of 102cm. The wait time for this ride is usually in excess of 100 minutes.
It is another great rollercoaster and enjoyable.
There are other changes to meet Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse at the other Walt Disney World parks.
However, they come dressed in different themed outfits at each park so, if you wanted to be specific you could base where you meet them based on the outfit you want to see them in (for example, in Animal Kingdom they are in safari outfits)
There is no minimum height for the meet and greet of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
The standby wait time is usually between 60 and 120 minutes. However, we have been known to get last minute fast passes for this meet and greet on the day once we’d completed our other three fast passes (even during their celebration outfit period)
Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin has no height requirements and is a fantastic family-friendly ride at Magic Kingdom.
Each buggy holds two people and you go around shooting aliens to try and defeat Emperor Zurg. This ride often has a standby wait time in excess of one hour.
The Princess Fairytale Hall is a meet and greet area. The standby wait time of these princesses is usually around 60 minutes each set.
There are four princesses to meet here however you queue only for two (and therefore fast pass only two) you can select the two you would like to meet during the fast pass booking period.
The standby wait times of this meet and greet are much lower in the evening when many families are watching the fireworks or have gone home to bed. Being a meet and greet there is no height requirement for this attraction.
The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh is suitable for all ages with zero height requirements. It’s a story tale ride where you sit in a carriage and slowly go around reading the story together.
It’s a popular ride with an estimated standby wait time in excess of 45 minutes.
This is a performance and has zero height requirements.
This performance only runs at selected times during the day. With a fast pass, you’ll not only be able to get to the front of the queue and be the first into the performance theatre, but you’ll also, as a result, be able to get a fantastic choice of seats.
Please remember you are only able to book three fast passes in advance. We’ve provided a selection based on demand to allow for minimum heights and personal preference.
However, this list is also great to have on-hand so you know what rides you should get if you’re able to complete your three fast pass reservations on the day and are looking to fast pass some of the other rides inside Magic Kingdom.
11. Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion is one of Cora’s favourite rides and is a classic favourite with many of the older audience. The Haunted Mansion is very different to anything else in the parks at Disney World so is a great ride for that benefit alone.
The Haunted Mansion is a rise and fall dropping motion ride that is great for those thrill-seekers. We love the haunted mansion ride and often book it as one of our main fast passes for the day at Magic Kingdom.
12. Meet Ariel At Her Grotto
For obvious reasons it is unlikely you will see Ariel swanning around Magic Kingdom to get a picture of or with. In fact to meet Ariel in mermaid form you can see her at her Grotto. While it is slightly hidden away in a cave it can get very busy at certain points of the day.
If you are looking to meet all the Princesses you might find this is one you definitely want to book a fast pass for it. With many who are travelling with young children, princess lovers or just looking to do something other than go on a ride this is perfect.
It might not be one you use your designated 3 fast passes for that day but definitely one you can look into getting once you have used your main three. We often find a great time to get a fast pass to meet Ariel is in the later afternoon as more are available and
13. Under The Sea – Journey Of The Little Mermaid
Tips And Tricks
- Go on rides while the parades are on as many people are watching the parade and queues are quieter.
- Try to get on rides while the fireworks are going on – But make sure you see the fireworks before you go home.
- Make the most of the lunchtime lull, if there is a particular ride you wish to get on this is a good chance to do so.
- Try to book your 3 fast passes within the morning so you can get the chance of booking more for the rest of the day.