Are you wondering which FastPass+ reservations are best? We give an Unofficial Guide or a subscription to TouringPlans to each of our clients. These fantastic resources are full of powerful and up-to-date information that will help you keep lines and waits to a minimum.
If you have the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (printed guidebook), look at the touring plans found near the back of the book and select a plan that is right for your group. You'll find FastPass+ recommendations and best times so that your theme park touring plan and your FastPass+ reservations work together to give you the best way to keep lines to an absolute minimum.
If you have a TouringPlans subscription, look under the "Touring Plans" tab, select a park and you'll find the FastPass+ recommendations in the gray box near the top of the plan.
If you aren't using a Disney World theme park touring plan or itinerary, here are the attractions I recommend you try to get FastPass+ reservations for:
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train - this is the Magic Kingdom's newest attraction and is very centrally located so long lines are always an issue here.
Peter Pan’s Flight - Surprised? Again, the central location is an issue but this ride also has a very low rider capacity and relatively slow loading and unloading so a FastPass here can free up a lot of time you would've spent in line.
Note: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a new roller coaster (you don’t go upside down) that is Magic Kingdom’s newest attraction and that, along with the central location, means that lines are horrific. Peter Pan's Flight suffers from low loading speed, low rider capacity and a central location so its lines also are terrible.
How to Beat the Crowds at Magic Kingdom
The 14-minute below shows you where the “hot spots” are in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and more importantly, how to move to avoid the crowds.
Frozen Ever After – popularity of Frozen plus the fact that this is Epcot’s newest attraction means long lines.
Test Track and Soarin' are always popular but Disney will only let you choose one of the rides mentioned in this section so go with Test Track or Frozen Ever After and ride Soarin' using the standby line as soon as the park opens.
How to Beat the Crowds at Epcot
The 11-minute video below helps you plan a day at Epcot that will keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the long lines.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
Disney is currently only allowing guests to choose one FastPass from the new Toy Story Land.
Slinky Dog Dash is new and will also be very popular - this FastPass option can be hard to get, even 60-days early. Also, a lot of its line is outside which means your wait can be really hot without FastPass.
Toy Story Midway Mania – the fact that this is the only ride in this park that is truly appropriate for all ages causes long lines and has no height restriction.
Rock 'n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are always popular choices for thrill seekers.
Alien Swirling Saucers is easier to get and lines aren't usually as long; I wouldn't choose this one.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom:
Avatar - Flight of Passage
Couldn't get an Avatar - Flight of Passage FastPass? Click here for tips on riding without waiting hours in line.
You don’t typically need FastPass+ for shows or 3D movies.
The 9 1/2 minute video below will explain the crowd patterns at Disney’s Animal Kingdom so you can avoid - or at least manage - them and have a great day.