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Disney World is huge, let’s be honest. Doing in without some kind of plan can be like going to a new restaurant without previewing their menu! You need a strategy for your Disney trip! That’s where I come in! Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the best FastPass choices you can make in 2019 and formulate a plan for touring the parks.

So let’s start with the basics…

What is FastPass+?

These are little bits of magic that get you to the front of long lines at specified times in each of the parks! Well, they allow you to skip the majority of the long lines for those rides. The best part is that you are able to get up to 3 for each day you are going to be there!

I know what you are thinking. But Mikayla, those must add a fortune onto my already large Disney trip bill!

How much are FastPasses?

I can see why you’d think they are a premium, exclusive feature. FastPasses come with some super benefits! But you’d be wrong! They are completely free! Actually, you get up to 3 per day, per park ticket in the beginning! Then after they are used, you can book up to 1 more for each ticket linked to your MyDisneyExperience account until you hit 6 for the day! What a great deal right?!

That sounds great! How can I get them? Great question! Keep reading!

When can you book FastPass?

That depends on where you are staying! If you are staying on property, you can book your FastPass up to 60 days in advance, for your ENTIRE STAY! But that doesn’t mean that you are out of luck if you aren’t staying on property! If you are staying off property, you are able to still book FastPass up to 30 days from your park days, one day at a time!

The booking window for each day opens at 7am. Be sure to get on your MDE or your computer around 6:50am to get the best possible openings when it begins!

That’s really early for me, Mikayla. I don’t know about that…

Do I have to choose them in advance?

Well, I will always say, you do you boo. However, snagging them in advance is strongly recommended for Disney World’s most popular rides!

Rides like Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom, Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom and Frozen Ever After in Epcot are the most popular rides in the parks and regularly see incredibly long lines. (We ended up waiting in FOP for 3+ hours because we didn’t get a FastPass! But it was worth it!) These are hard to get, even at 60 days out!

Is booking FastPasses the same for all the parks?

Yes and no. The way to score the bookings is the same process, but there are different rules for different parks that must be followed when using FP.

3 out of the 4 parks utilize a tiered ride system. That means that you can have only 1 FastPass from the top tier and 2 from the 2nd tier.

My suggestion would be to choose the most desired ride from Tier 1 and work your touring day around trying to see the other priority rides during lower crowd times.

And now…without further ado. The best choices in the parks for your FastPass options…what you really came here for…

Magic Kingdom (No Tiers)

mickey mouse and walt disney in front of castle magic kingdom

Top 3

  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (personally, I thought this one is overrated. However, it is on the newer side of rides in MK and still draws incredibly large lines)
  2. Space Mountain (Super worth the FP)
  3. Splash Mountain

Other Great Options

  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Peter Pan’s Flight (another one that is overrated in my book, but is nostalgic for a lot of people and causes long lines)
  3. Winnie The Pooh
  4. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  5. Meet Mickey & Minnie at Town Square Theatre (With our FP for this one, we literally waited 5-7 mins before we saw him!)
  6. Pirates of the Carribean
  7. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin


family sitting in front of spaceship earth at night in epcot

Tier 1

  1. Frozen Ever After
  2. Soarin’ Around The World
  3. Test Track

If you have a Frozen fan in your midst, go with Frozen. Lines are still incredibly long despite being open for a few years now. We chose our FastPas for this one and was so thankful we did! It was a 120 min wait when we rode it and we were able to bypass all of it!

Soarin and Test Track both have really cool and interactive queues, so the wait wasn’t so bad. Soarin actually was my favorite line because of the interactive travel game you could play with other riders while in line!

Character Spot is a Tier 1, but it’s a waste. We actually took lunch early and went during a normal “lunch” time and were able to meet Baymax, Joy & Sadness, Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy in under an hour. It was great!

Illuminations is also a Tier 1 FastPass, but it’s a waste too. The viewing area for Illuminations is so large, there is so many spots to get a great view! We ended up eating dinner at the Mexico pavilion and stayed for the show. It was wonderful!

Additionally, there will be a new show replacing Illuminations in 2019. No details about it and the FastPass effects, but I’ll keep this updated if it does!

Tier 2 Solid Choices

  1. Spaceship Earth (the queue went super fast once we were in it because it’is a constantly moving loading dock, but the queue is almost all outside under no shade and it was quite warm.)
  2. Mission Space (be aware of potential motion sickness here. I almost lost my lunch on the more intense version!)

Other than these rides, there aren’t very many others that see long lines!

Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life against a blue sky

Tier 1 (Only One)

  1. Avatar Flight of Passage (Most sought after FP in WDW. Get one if you can!)
  2. Na’vi River Journey (Only pick this one if you can’t get FOP!)

Tier 2 Choices

  1. Expedition Everest (One of my favorite rides we went on)
  2. Kilimanjaro Safari
  3. Kali River Rapids (As much as I was looking forward to this one, I felt like it was over just as it began to get good!)

Hollywood Studios

A look down the main street to the Chinese Theater at the end

Toy Story Land has completely shook up the tiers and FastPass strategy for this park! (Read this for my complete look at Hollywood Studios!) After the land has been established for a while, I would imagine we’ll see a restructuring of tiers.

Tier 1

  1. Slinky Dog Dash
  2. Alien Swirling Saucers
  3. Toy Story Mania

The best choice is for to snag SDD if you can! We actually didn’t get to ride this one yet because the waits were so long and we weren’t able to get the FP! Lines for Alien Swirling Saucers has died down a bit and is a bit more manageable to wait in. The queue for Toy Story Mania is super fun, so it makes that wait a bit more bearable as well!

Tier 2 Choices

  1. Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster
  2. Tower of Terror
  3. Star Tours

Still have FastPass questions? Let me know in the comments what they are!

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