How to Use Disney World’s FastPass+
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Now that you know all of the basics about booking your FastPass+, you are probably wondering how to use your FastPass+ . (If you don’t, read the article here: )
What Attractions and Rides have FastPass+?
Not all FastPass+ are created equal. Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot have two Tiers – or levels – of FastPass+ each. When making your FastPass+ reservations, you get to choose one FastPass+ from Tier One and two FastPass+ from Tier Two.
Note: R = Rides / S = Show / A = Attraction / C = Character Meet and Greet
FastPass+ rides in Hollywood Studios (as of February 18, 2020) are:
- Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run – R
- Slinky Dog Dash – R
- Toy Story Mania – R
- Alien Swirling Saucers – R
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – R
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – R
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – R
- Muppet Vision 3D – A
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – A
- Fantasmic – S
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage – S
- Disney Junior – Live on Stage – S
- “For the First Time in Forever” – A Frozen Sing-a-Long – S
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid – S
Note: Star Wars Rise of the Resistance is not in the FastPass+ system at this time. This attraction has a complicated “Virtual Queue” system in place.
FastPass+ Rides in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are:
- Avatar Flight of Passage – R
- Na’vi River Journey – R
- Kilimanjaro Safaris – R
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain – R
- Kali River Rapids – R
- DINOSAUR – R
- Primeval Whirl (this is a seasonal ride with limited operating dates) – R
- Festival of the Lion King – S
- Finding Nemo – The Musical – S
- Up! A Great Adventure Bird Show – S
- It’s Tough to Be a Bug – S
- Rivers of Light – S
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost – C
FastPass+ Rides in Epcot are:
- Soarin’ Around the World – R
- Test Track – R
- Frozen Ever After – R
- Epcot Forever – S
- Spaceship Earth – R
- Mission: Space – R
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends – R
- Living with the Land – R
- Journey into the Imagination with Figment – R
- Turtle Talk with Crush – A
- Disney Pixar Short Film Festival – A
Magic Kingdom does not have Tiers. All rides are created equal. Magic Kingdom has so many rides and attractions on the FastPass+ system, we have separated them by Lands.
Main Street USA
- Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater – C
- Meet Tinkerbell at Town Square Theater – C
- Space Mountain – R
- Tomorrowland Speedway – R
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – R
- Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor – A
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – R
- Mad Tea Party – R
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – R
- The Barnstormer – R
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – R
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – R
- Mickey’s Philharmagic – A
- it’s a small world – R
- Peter Pan’s Flight – R
- Arielle’s Grotto – C
- Enchanted Tales with Belle – A
- Princess Fairytale Hall – Cinderella and a visiting Princess – C
- Princess Fairytale Hall – Rapunzel and a visiting Princess – C
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Splash Mountain
What are the most popular rides with FastPass+?
In Magic Kingdom, Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Peter Pan’s Flight are the most in demand FastPass+. (It doesn’t seem like Peter Pan’s Flight would be on this list as it is not a new ride. It remains very popular and it has a slow loading capacity. It often has Regular line wait times of well over an hour.) Secondary rides are Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and Jungle Cruise.
In Epcot, the most in demand FastPass+ rides are Frozen Ever After, Test Track, and Soarin’ Around the World .
In Animal Kingdom, Avatar Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Expedition Everest are the most in demand FastPass+ .
In Hollywood Studios, the most in demand rides are Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, Slinky Dog Dash, and Toy Story Mania. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are also popular.
How do I decide what to use FastPass+ on?
This answer depends a lot on what is important to you and your traveling party. Are you traveling with younger kids? Older kids? Do you want adventures? Classic Disney? Disney Princesses? Will your traveling party be staying together? Breaking up into age groups?
This is the stage where you need to prioritize the rides and attractions you must see and do. Ask your kids and traveling companions. Make a list. Pick out the top three and then the next three attractions for each park. Be realistic about your time and ability. No matter what you do, you cannot do everything in the Disney World parks on a 3, 4, and even 5 day vacation. (Our longest Disney World trip was fifteen days, and even then we had a hard time seeing and doing everything.) Remember there is so much more to Disney than the rides. There are parades, shows, dining, adventures, shopping, and more. Some people do not mind rushing from ride to ride, but we highly recommend scheduling down time so you can discover the magic of Disney World!
Next you have to decide what park (or parks) you will be in on each day of your vacation. Most people start with Magic Kingdom, but we recommend checking out our crowd calendar to see what park will be less crowded every day during your vacation. (For our Deaf clients or clients with a Hearing Impairment, check out the schedule for ASL interpreters for shows. ASL interpreters are available on specific days of the week in each park.)
Other things to check out are where you may want to eat, and other things you may want to do. If you absolutely must see the afternoon Parade in Magic Kingdom, you will have to schedule around it (and know you will have to save a good viewing spot a lot earlier than the time of the Parade.) If you have a picky eater that will only eat chicken strips, you have to make sure you are near a restaurant that serves chicken strips near your anticipated lunch time. (For two straight years, my autistic daughter was only eating roasted chicken. I still know where to find every roasted chicken dish in Disney World.) The good news is just about every type of food can be found in Disney World, you just need to know where to find them
Once you have written down all of this information on lists, you are ready to make your FastPass+ selections.
Tip: Make sure you do not make the FastPass+ reservations too close to each other in time. The parks at Disney World are BIG. It can take a lot of time to get from one place to another, especially with kids and special needs. Think about the flow of your day. It isn’t much fun to spend all of your time running from one side of the park to another.
If all of this seems to be too much for you, don’t worry about it. At the Special Needs Travel Agency and Family+Fun Vacations, we can do all of the planning for you. We can work with to create a perfect plan for your Disney trip whether you want it to be highly scheduled or lightly scheduled, we can make it work for you.