One of the most important steps in planning a Walt Disney World vacation is choosing the rides that you want to Fastpass. This can also be one of the most stressful parks of planning since you only get to pick three Fastpasses per day, and there are just so many attractions to choose from! Well, never fear! I've put together a list of my choices for the number one ride to Fastpass in each Disney World Park.
I should start by mentioning that these are only my decisions as a lover of Disney World and they're not backed up by anything other than my own experiences in planning Disney trips and hanging out in the parks.
I've based my decisions mainly on the average wait times for all the rides, which you can monitor on the MyDisneyExperience app. I also chose them based on the appeal of the ride to all ages. For example, I didn't pick Rock n' Rollercoaster for Hollywood Studios, since it has a 48" height requirement.
Also, before we get into the list, I kept the choices only to top-tier rides, because they're usually the hardest to choose from, since you only get to choose one. For more info about this tier system, and other aspects to consider when choosing your fastpasses, be sure to check out my post on what to consider when making fastpass+ selections.
Animal Kingdom - Avatar Flight of Passage
I started with Animal Kingdom because, honestly, this one is a no brainer! There are only two ride options in the top tier- Flight of Passage and Na'vi River Journey. While both of these rides are great and you should definitely see both, The Fight of Passage is so much more deserving of your Fastpass.
For starters, its wait time is usually over two hours, while the Na'vi River Journey's is usually around 40 minutes. Plus, the Flight of Passage is much more exciting ride with much more advanced simulation technology, while the Na'vi River Journey is a typical, relaxing boat ride, similar to It's A Small World.
The only reason I can think of to fastpass the River Journey is if all of your kids are under the 44" height requirement for Flight of Passage. But even if one of your kids is tall enough, you can use a parent swap to ride it.
Hollywood Studios - Toy Story Mania!
This ride has been extremely popular since its opening in 2008, and to this day it still has an average wait time of over an hour. I've found that the wait times for this one tend to fluctuate a lot, most likely due to technical issues. I have gotten lucky before and walked onto this one in ten minutes, simply because we walked by right as it was re-opening, but you'll probably still want to play it safe and get the fastpass.
What I love so much about this one is that it appeals to the whole family. Not only that, it's basically a video game come-to-life that pits your family members against each other. And what's better than a little rivalry to bring a family together?
Epcot - Frozen Ever After
Epcot is typically the toughest when it comes to choosing fastpasses. You have four options in the top-tier - Soarin', Test Track, Illuminations, and Epcot's newest ride, Frozen Ever After. First, we can eliminate Illuminations right off the bat, because you can get really good viewing spots even without the fastpass, so I wouldn't waste your top-tier pass on this.
For this list I chose Frozen Ever After because, of the remaining three rides, it's the most family friendly, and with the huge Frozen fan base, this one continues to have have long lines. Plus, Soarin's wait time is usually around an hour and Test Track has a single rider line, which I definitely recommend using.
Magic Kingdom - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Magic Kingdom is the only park that doesn't have a top tier, which makes choosing your three rides a bit easier, but it makes my job of picking one for this list much harder!
In the end, I decided to go with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, because it usually has the longest wait times. Typically from the moment the park opens, the line wraps through the whole queue and back towards the Fairytale Garden.
(As a side note though, I also really debated choosing Peter Pan's Flight for Magic Kingdom, since it also has extremely long lines, so if you can, choose both of these!)
So what do you think of my choices? What are your favorite picks for Fastpass rides? Let me know in the comments below!
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