The INSIDER Summary:
- Disney World has a FastPass system that allows park-goers to skip long lines.
- You should reserves FastPasses at least 30 days in advance.
- Choose wisely, because some rides will book up quickly for FastPasses.
- The top rides you should FastPass are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Frozen Ever After, Toy Story Midway Mania, and Avatar: Flight of Passage.
Long lines are a given during any Walt Disney World vacation, but there are smart ways parkgoers can avoid standing in queues for hours. For some rides, like the new Avatar: Flight of Passage ride, reserving a FastPass can save you up to three hours of waiting time.
Everyone who goes to Disney World should take advantage of the FastPass system, which allows you to skip the standby lines of at least three rides or attractions each day. Depending on whether or not you’re staying at a Disney World hotel, a FastPass reservation can be made either 60 or 30 days in advance. That means you need to do some serious planning ahead.
Keep reading to see the rides in each of the four parks that you should prioritize when booking FastPasses.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
This is a newer attraction, which means people are lining up for hours to get the “Snow White” roller coaster experience. The ride’s thrill level is somewhere between Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain – it’s super smooth and fun. Plus it has one of the best on-ride pictures of any attraction.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a family-friendly classic, but the slow pace of the ride plus the small number of people it accommodates at any time means lines for this ride get very lengthy. If you plan on riding it, you should definitely get a FastPass and skip the hours-long wait.
The hot Florida climate makes this water ride a very popular stop, plus the catchy tunes and thrilling drop are all part of the classic Disney World experience. Either book a FastPass for this ride around midday or in the afternoon, or make it your first stop of the morning to avoid a wait.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
We nearly put Space Mountain on this list instead, but since that line is mostly indoors and has interactive features throughout, it’s a much more bearable line to wait in. Big Thunder is a fantastic Disney roller coaster that’s gentle enough for younger kids to ride. But since the line is mostly outdoors, we recommend FastPass-ing it.
Toy Story Mania
This is an absolute must when it comes to FastPass. Toy Story Mania is a 3D experience ride that pits groups of riders against each other in arcade-style games (but with the added fun of being in 3D).
Tower of Terror
Now that California Adventure has rebranded its Tower of Terror ride to be “Guardians of the Galaxy”-themed, the Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror is once again a rare attraction. This thrill ride simulates an elevator free fall and the kitschy “old Hollywood” glam design is a must-see.
Another 3D classic, Star Tours is a great family ride made all the more enjoyable by skipping a line and walking right on. While we wait for more “Star Wars” rides to come with the new section of the Hollywood Studios being built, Star Tours will remain a fan favorite.
Avatar: Flight of Passage
This is a no-brainer. Assuming you don’t have an issue with virtual reality experiences, you absolutely need to get a FastPass for Avatar: Flight of Passage. This is arguably the best Disney ride ever created (so far), and line wait times are reaching upwards of three hours. That wait is still worth it, but save yourself the time and FastPass it.
Animal Kingdom’s namesake comes from the vast expanse of animal habitats built into the back end of the park and the Kilimanjaro Safari is the only way to see the many creatures living on the park’s property. Reserve a FastPass for this attraction and then build the rest of your day around it.
This is the only roller coaster in Animal Kingdom and it’s a fantastic ride with a twist halfway through — the cars go backwards for the last chunk of the ride! If you’re a roller coaster fan, Expedition Everest is the Disney World ride for you.