Are you planning a visit to Disney’s Magic Kingdom? Today we are sharing our FastPass Magic Kingdom tips, tiers, and what you need to know to plan your day. This Magic Kingdom FastPass strategy will help optimize your day at the Magic Kingdom and allow you less wait time for your favorite attractions.
UPDATE: Disney has retired FastPass at Magic Kingdom. Read our full guide and Magic Kingdom Itinerary for all the details on the new system and tips to plan your day at Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is a classic park, and a must visit for any Disney vacation. It has all the classic attractions and whether you are visiting for one day, or a few days, you want to make the most of your time at the park.
Making Magic Kingdom FastPass reservations saves you time and helps maximize your day to see all the best of the Magic Kingdom. With a bit of planning before your visit, you will spend less time waiting on attractions and more fun at the parks.
Due to COVID-19 FastPass is not being offered at the Disney World theme parks. This will be updated as things change.
FastPass Magic Kingdom Overview
FastPass+(also FastPass/FP/FP+) is a free reservations system for the attractions or entertainment options your family wants to experience when visiting a Walt Disney World theme park. FastPass+ can help secure your must-do attractions and save your family time waiting in lines at the park.
If you are new to making FastPass reservations I highly recommend reading my Complete Guide to Disney World FastPass Reservations. This article will give you a better understanding of how the FastPass+ system works and steps to get you started.
For this article we are going to focus on FastPass at Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom FastPass Tiers
Magic Kingdom FastPass tiers do not exist. Guests can make a FastPass for any 3 attractions that offer FastPass at the park. Most attractions do offer a FastPass and you have a lot of choices for your visit.
Magic Kingdom FastPass Rides
Below is a list of the Magic Kingdom FastPass rides. There are over 20+ FastPass rides at Magic Kingdom and some are better choices than others.
- Space Mountain (44 inches)
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Monster Inc. Laugh Floor
- Tomorrowland Speedway (32 inches)
- Ariel’s Grotto- Meet Ariel as a Mermaid
- The Barnstormer (36 inches)- Small Roller Coaster
- Enchanted Tales with Belle- Interactive story and meet & greet.
- It’s A Small World
- Mad Tea Party-Tea cups
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (36 inches)
- Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Big Thunder Mountain Railrod (40 inches)
- Splash Mountain (40 inches)
- Liberty Square
- The Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise- Boat ride with Animatronic Animals
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- Similar to Dumbo but Aladdin themed
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Main Street U.S.A
- Meet Mickey Mouse
- Meet Tinker Bell
Best Rides to FastPass at Magic Kingdom
You might ask yourself what should you use a Fastpass on at Magic Kingdom? Everyone has their own personal favorites but these are the FastPass rides at Magic Kingdom we recommend making reservations for.
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Seven Dwarf Mine Train
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Splash Mountain
- Space Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear
- Character Meet & Greets at Magic Kingdom-If there is a character you want to meet try to reserve a FastPass for it.
Peter Pan’s Flight & Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train almost always have long lines at all hours of the day. If you want to ride them reserve a FastPass. We always go with Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train first. If that is not available try for Peter Pan. Both typically run out of FastPass availability each day.
Magic Kingdom Fastpass Tips
Below are a few fastpass tips at Magic Kingdom that I think are worth considering when creating your Magic Kingdom Itinerary.
Only Make a FastPass for Reservations You Want to Ride
The suggested list is for kids of all ages but it is always wise to choose based on the needs of your family. Do not reserve a FastPass for an attraction you know your family doesn’t care to ride, even if it is suggested.
Do your research and be prepared for what attractions you would like to reserve on the day you make reservations. Also consider height requirements for attractions and the scare factor.
Attractions at Magic Kingdom that Do NOT Need a FastPass
Do not reserve a FastPass for an attraction that doesn’t need one! There are certain attractions that typically don’t need a Fastpass because they move quickly and have shorter wait times.
They typically are: Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Michey’s PhilharMagic, and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.
There are also attractions that do not offer FastPass. They are Walt Disney World Railroad, Astro Orbiter, The Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, the People Mover, Carousel of Progress, and the Tiki Room. Click here for a list of Magic Kingdom attractions.
Where to Make Magic Kingdom Fast Pass Reservations
You want to start with creating a My Disney Experience account. You can do this on desktop or mobile. Download the app and set it up before you arrive at the parks.
After you purchase tickets you can link them to your My Disney Experience account. Everything on this account will be linked to your ticket or MagicBand.
From here you will be able to log in, choose a date, and pick your FastPass reservations. You can do this 60 days from the day you check-in to your Disney resort or 30 days from the day you visit if staying off-site. This begins at 7:00am.
I suggest making your reservations from a desktop if possible for the first time. It is easier to navigate than on mobile. Don’t worry if you don’t have a desktop, mobile is fine too!
It is important to make your reservations as soon as possible if there are attractions you are hoping to experience. Your FastPass reservations can be modified later if things change. At times FastPass reservations will be gone for an attraction. You can continue to check as you get closer to your arrival.
You may reserve 3 FastPass attractions per day in one park, to start. After you have used all 3, you can continue to get one and use one. This allows you to make numerous FastPass reservations throughout the day.
If you plan on using this strategy be sure to reserve early FastPass times so you can continue to add more through the day. If your 3rd FastPass is late in the evening you will not be able to make new ones until it is used.
You can also make your 4th Fastpass for a different park if you are park hopping. This can be done from your phone!! Often we would do it while waiting for our attraction. As soon as you use your 3rd FastPass pull up your My Disney Experience app and make your 4th one.
FastPass are hourly. You can’t reserve two in the same time period. So for example you can reserve a 9:00am-10:00am window and a 10:00am-11:00am window, but not a 9:00am-10:00am and a 9:30am-10:30am.
You may arrive at a ride that you have a FastPass for and find a short wait. If the wait is 20 minutes or under, ride in the regular line and change your Fastpass while you wait.
Do I REALLY need a FastPass at Magic Kingdom
The short answer is…YES! Reserving a Fastpass at Magic Kingdom will save you time and get you on your top attractions. The top three reasons a fastpass is important are:
You will know where to go and what to do.
You will not miss out on your favorite attraction because of long wait times.
You will spend less time waiting in lines and more time enjoying Walt Disney World.
Can you have a great day at Walt Disney World without making reservations? Yes!! Should You…Probably Not!
Walt Disney World is magical. Walking around and enjoying the parks can be done without a plan but I always find the day to be more enjoyable and less stressful when I have a flexible plan in place.
The parks are getting more crowded and these FastPass Magic Kingdom strategies should give you an idea of how to plan your day at the park.
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