These are the Disney Rides to Use Your FastPass+ on
Spend more time with your family and friends and less time waiting in line with these suggestions.
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What's a FastPass+?
There’s so much to do at Walt Disney World that you can’t do it all in one day. But you can make the most of your time by scheduling FastPass+ tickets for popular attractions to skip the long lines. Any guest with a park ticket can reserve free passes online or inside the park at FastPass+ kiosks. And if you book early enough, you can even select specific times you’d like to go to each ride. Your passes are loaded on a MagicBand so if you don't have one, the free ticket bracelet can be mailed to you before your trip. Insider Tip: You only get three passes a day but you can book a bonus pass with the free My Disney Experience app. Use our recommendations for each park and save precious park time with your family.
Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain
Grab a FastPass+ for this ride first. The Tomorrowland attraction is the most high-intensity coaster ride in the park, making it popular for adults and kids alike. If passes aren’t available, try using the single rider line to cut down on wait times.
Magic Kingdom: Splash Mountain
If you’re going to the park in the summer, definitely grab FastPasses for the whole family. It’s a great way to cool off in the Florida sun but everyone else has the same idea, making the line very long.
Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
As thrilling as Space Mountain but without the scary riding in the dark part, Big Thunder Mountain is a great choice for your kid’s first coaster ride. But, again, the popularity makes for really long wait times, especially during peak vacation times.
Bonus: Princess Fairytale Hall
If you’ve got your My Disney Experience app handy, you can book a bonus FastPass+ ticket. We recommend Princess Fairytale Hall where popular characters like Frozen’s Anna and Elsa can push wait times to an hour or longer.
Worth the Line: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
You can’t skip every line in the Magic Kingdom so if you have to wait for something, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the most fun. Kids (and adults, too) can play interactive video games with gems as you wander through the mine.
Worth the Line: Peter Pan's Flight
This queue features a tour through the Darlings' home and interactive moments with Tinkerbell in Wendy, John and Michael’s play room.
Epcot: Test Track
There’s a reason this one always has a line: It’s fast. At nearly 65 miles per hour, it’s one of the fastest Disney park rides ever built. And you can zip right to the action with a fast pass. If you’ve never been on this one, you may want to wait it out in the slow lane. There’s an interactive experience you’ll miss, like designing a car and seeing how your car would perform after the ride.
With the ride's new revamp scheduled for summer 2016, guests will soar over the world, not just California as in the previous ride. That mega overhaul means mega lines of fans ready to see the new experience. Definitely schedule this pass before you even get to the park.
Epcot: New Frozen Ever After Ride
RIP, Maelstrom ride. But hello to a new Norway pavilion and an expansion into the world of Frozen for summer 2016. Do we even need to say why you’ll want a pass? It’s Frozen. Be prepared for crowds.
Bonus: The Seas With Nemo
On the height chart, this ride is OK even for the little ones, making it extremely popular for large family groups.
Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror
Rides like this are polarizing for a family. Somes kids love thrill rides. And others might not be 40 in. tall yet. Book fast passes so the kids who aren’t riding don’t spend an hour of their precious park time waiting on siblings.
Hollywood Studios: Rock 'N' Roller Coaster
This is another one like Tower of Terror. You have to be 48 in. tall, OK with fast drops and turns in the dark, plus the ride is presented by Aerosmith so it’s fun but loud. Really loud. If that doesn’t sound like everyone in your bunch, get passes for the rockers so they don’t keep the group waiting.
Hollywood Studios: Toy Story Mania
This interactive ride has, without a doubt, the longest wait time in the park, at two hours plus in peak times. But it’s so much fun. Grab passes for the family as soon as you can.
Bonus: Star Tours
With the recent blockbuster film and revived Star Wars frenzy, this 3-D adventure is hot at Hollywood Studios. The ride has been revamped with more scenes and more characters. Storylines are randomized so you never know what combination you'll get. The mystery draws second and third-time riders every day. Cut down on your wait time at least once with a pass.
Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest
Starting Memorial Day weekend, Animal Kingdom will stay open at night. And you can ride rides like this coaster in the dark. The extra time won’t dilute the lines too much, though; it’s still a super popular ride. Grab a pass as soon as you can.
Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safari
Yes, even the safari will be open at night. In the dark. With lions. The nighttime safari allows guests to see new animals and animals featured in the daytime safari not active during the day. Both perspectives offer totally different experiences and chances to see animals so it’s worth doing the ride twice. Use a pass for day or night so you don’t wait in line twice.
Animal Kingdom: Kali River Rapids
You’ll get soaked on this one. But during the hot Florida summer, it’s welcomed and a popular choice for guests beating the heat. Try to schedule a time early in the afternoon that will give your family time to dry out before the nighttime fireworks and shows.
Bonus: Adventurer’s Outpost
Sure, you could wait to see Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom. Or you could book a pass to get autographs and have photos taken with them in safari gear. If you can, schedule this one during the hottest hour of the afternoon for a break from the sun.