Magic Kindom is the headline park of Disney World and by far the most popular. However, this means the wait times can be of gargantuan proportions even for the more modest rides and attractions. This can rub a little of the magic of the most magical place in the World! Fortunately, the FastPass+ System that is included free for all Walt Disney World Tickets allows you to skip at least some of those queues. It’s not perfect but used correctly can save hours of queueing and mean you cram in far more ride than you possibly could without.
Our Guide To Magic Kingdoms FastPass+sytem shows you exactly how to get the best out of the FastPass. We run you through the best attractions to pick, Which will save you the most time and how to plan your day to pack in as much as possible.
How Does the Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Work?
First off, the basics, you get 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in the park, Once you have used these 3 you can then select another single Fast Pass from any that are available on the day.
The Magic Kingdom is the only FastPass that does not use a Tier System which means all FastPass selections are equal. While we love this simplicity and lack of restriction is does actually cause a big issue! You can find yourself Spiled for choice! Let us explain,
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FastPass+ Attractions – Magic Kingdom
This is best demonstrated by listing the attractions included in the FastPass, Bare with us there are quite a few!
- The Barnstormer
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Haunted Mansion
- “it’s a small world”
- Jungle Cruise
- Mad Tea Party
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s Philhar
- 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
- Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
- Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
- Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
…now pick 3, see it’s hard to know where to even start!
Which to Choose?
Because of this, at the Magic Kingdom, Which to choose is less important than bagging early time slots. Peter Pan’s Flight and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are the two biggies that draw gigantic queues early on and remain massive throughout the day, so bagging these certainly helps, but there is sometimes availability on the day popping up now and then.
Space Mountain is also a Big Queue with limited on the day availability, and worth considering but it is the “scariest” ride at the park and as Magic Kingdom is the most family orientated park it may not be for everyone. Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain also attract large queues and can definitely be worth getting.
If you have young kids some of the very young child-targeted rides are really worthwhile, there can be huge waits for things like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid These are short and not overly amazing experiences but your little ones will love them, it can be quite galling to queue for over an hour for some of these only for a minute or so of a basic spinning ride! The FastPass really helps with that shortchanged feeling!
Which Time Slots?
As we said the actual choices are less important than when you book them. Due to the huge number of FastPass choices at Magic Kingdom on the day availability is really good. Unless it is really busy there will be loads of choices on the day. However, you can’t access any on the day Fast Passes until you have used up your original selections. That means you really need everything booked for before 12pm, assuming you are getting there for rope drop, that way you can mix up your early FastPass Selection with a few rides with shortish queues and end up riding 6-7 Rides in one morning, then after lunch keep checking the app to bag any extra on the Day Passes.
The Big attractions such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain rarely come up on the Day (but you never know!) the rest are usually available at one time or another. By using your choices early in the day it is perfectly possible to secure 6-7 FastPass Reservations in a single day, even more on a quieter day.
Summary and Strategy
Magic Kingdom is a huge park and trying to fit everything into one day is not possible. Even with a quiet park and maximum FastPass Use you are not going to rattle off over 20 rides, along with all the other attractions, shows, Parades and just generally taking in the park. So you really only have two choices, go multiple days, or prioritize.
If you are going multiple days you can probably get a FastPass for most things, as we said you can easily bag up to 6/7 with clever use, so over two days that is a lot of FastPasses! And after 3 you will be doubling up, however, 3 Days is a lot of time to spend in Magic Kingdom.
If you are planning on hitting as much as possible in a single day the best plan is rope drop and get your FastPass Selections for the morning. Try and get Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as it is the ride with the single biggest queue. If you can’t then you need to make that your first ride of the day, the queue will build FAST so unless you are there nice and early it will be upwards of 90 Mins and stay there all day, it’s a good ride, but not 90mins good!
Plough through your Fast Passes as quickly as possible while jumping on any rides with low queues, it pays to be fluent in Magic Kingdom and not stuck on an obsessive rigorous schedule, things change, keep an eye on the app and adapt! People get hung up on the planning of Disney trips and it means they get to a planned ride, with an unexpectedly long queue say Splash Mountain ( it is100 DegC that day!) and still line up. You need to be ready to skip it, jump on Big Thunder that is only 25mins and bag a Splash Mountain Fast Pass in the Queue. For Example.
The key is fluidity, there are SO many rides, So many things to do in the Park you cannot possibly do it all, target the rides that don’t take 2 hours out of the day for a single ride!
Have Your Say
Which are Your Go-To FastPass Reservations in Magic Kingdom? Do you bag the big hitters like Big Thunder Mountain Railway, Space Mountain and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Or do you look to the Essence of Disney with Peter Pan, Dumbo, and “It’s A Small World“?
Let us know in the comments below how you go about bagging the best Fast Pass Selections for Magic Kingdom. And if you have any questions or would like some specific Suggestions just fire away.