Tomorrow’s the big day: you’ve set your alarm clock, and you’re going to bed early to wake up at the crack of dawn to make your Fastpass reservations!
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But how do you know which FastPass reservations to get?
Here are our top AllEars picks for which FastPasses you should get for your next Walt Disney World vacation — and which ones to pass on!
Best Use: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is our Magic Kingdom FastPass of choice because standby lines for this ride are long morning, noon, and night!
Arguments can also be made for Splash Mountain and Space Mountain FastPasses, but we’ve noticed the wait times for these attractions vary somewhat and aren’t typically as long as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (especially first thing in the morning or later in the evening). Peter Pan’s Flight is also a valid FastPass option since its wait times easily exceeds the 50-minute mark on the regular, but it does have a fun themed queue if you and your kiddos don’t mind standing in line! (If your kids are too short for Mine Train, definitely go for Peter Pan’s Flight!)
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Worst Use: Mickey’s PhilHarmagic
You can pop into Mickey’s PhilHarmagic just about any time a new show’s about to start — no need to use a FastPass on this movie-style attraction which has plenty of seating!
Best Use: Soarin’ Around the World or Test Track
Epcot’s best FastPass option is really a toss-up between Soarin’ and Test Track — it’s just a matter of which one you prefer and if you can take advantage of the single rider queue at Test Track. Both of these major attractions post brutally-long wait times, so we recommend FastPassing one and trying to rope drop whichever one you didn’t get a reservation for!
And if you’re a single rider or willing to split up your of-age group into a single riders, you can ride Test Track with a reduced wait (but you’ll miss the car designing pre-show, so keep that in mind).
Worst Use: Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
Just like with Mickey’s PhilharMagic in Magic Kingdom, this theater in Epcot holds a lot of people! Plus, you can watch many of the same Disney & Pixar shorts on Disney+ at home, so you might wanna save your FastPasses and valuable vacation time to do other stuff!
Best Use: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run or Slinky Dog Dash
Here’s another toss-up! Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Slinky Dog Dash are both top tier FastPasses meaning you can only get one of them. We tend to favor FastPassing Slinky Dog Dash since the queue is entirely outdoors and can be quite hot. Another reason you might go Slink over the Falcon: Smugglers Run has interactive elements in the queue that help to pass the time.
Worst Use: Voyage of The Little Mermaid Stage Show
Another typically unnecessary FastPass is Voyage of the Little Mermaid. The shows lasts 17 minutes, and usually there’s abundant seating. The only tricky thing is since the show features live-actors, you’ll want to check the Hollywood Studios Times Guide so that you don’t miss the last show (typically well before the park closes for the day).
Best Use: Avatar — Flight of Passage
You’ve got to get up pretty early in the morning to get your Flight of Passage FastPass — one of Disney World’s most popular attractions! A strategy for nabbing the Flight of Passage FastPass is to push your Animal Kingdom visit to later in your trip; for those staying at a Disney Resort, when your 60-day window FastPass window opens up, you can book for up to ten days of your vacation. You have a little better odds if you go deeper into your trip.
Worst Use: UP! Bird Show
And while Flight of Passage might be the best ultimate use of your Disney World FastPass, Animal Kingdom also has the worst use of a FastPass! Don’t get us wrong — the UP! Bird Show is fun, and the real, live birds it features are totally amazing, but it’s not necessary to throw a FastPass away on this attraction. There’s always plenty of room in the outdoor amphitheater where it takes place. Check your Times Guide for showtimes, and just plan on walking into the theater when it’s time!
What do you think of our top and bottom FastPass picks? Did we get it right? Let us know in the comments below!