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Disney Tips: Top 5 Best Rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom

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November 7, 2019

This article is meant to be a no-nonsense guide to help you determine the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom!

With over 50 rides and attractions at Magic Kingdom, Fastpasses help you maximize your time in the park by cutting down on the time spent standing in lines.

Since you are only allotted 3 Fastpasses per park ticket, this list will guide you to selecting the best Fast Passes for Magic Kingdom!

Start at the top of this list and simply read your way down as you go online to book your Magic Kingdom Fastpasses.

Your final selections will be based on availability, however, for along with being the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom, they are also the most popular.

With only a limited number of Fastpasses available per ride, consider yourself lucky to snag a Fastpass for any of our Top 5!

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Best Fast Passes for Magic Kingdom

When it comes to reserving Magic Kingdom Fastpasses, you must first consult the best overall tips and strategies for booking Fastpasses.

This involves going online to create a My Disney Experience account on the Walt Disney World website.

Likewise, you must determine if your Fastpass booking window is open to you 60 vs. 30 days in advance based on if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort or not.

Once you feel comfortable with the Fastpass booking process, put together a Magic Kingdom itinerary that will map out your touring plan.

Afterward, await your Fastpass booking date while consulting this list of the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom.

Additional planning tip: Keep reading until the end of this article to get our take on the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom for toddlers.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Top 5 Best Rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom

Hands-down, the absolute best Fastpass for Magic Kingdom is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a Magic Kingdom headliner attraction and is one of the best Disney World rides overall.

1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″ to ride)

In my opinion, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the best Fastpass at Magic Kingdom because it is hugely popular and develops, literally, the longest lines at Magic Kingdom!

The unique swinging ability and variable speeds of this family-friendly roller coaster have made it a crowd favorite since its opening in 2014.

Not only does Seven Dwarfs Mine Train appeal to guests of all ages, but its media enhanced animatronic technology and surprise ending add to its overwhelming popularity.

It is not uncommon for wait times of up to 3 hours long to accumulate on peak touring days.

Additional planning tips: The entrance to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is located across from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. These attractions are both located in Fantasyland. 

Long wait times develop for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train only 30-40 minutes upon park opening, so be prepared.

It is best to book your Fastpass for Severn Dwarfs Mine Train anywhere between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM when able.

2. Peter Pan’s Flight (Any height)

The next ride vying for the title of being the best Fastpass for Magic Kingdom is Peter Pan’s Flight.

This Magic Kingdom classic is hugely popular as it appeals to every age group and demographic and has no height requirement.

These characteristics also make Peter Pan’s flight one of the best rides for toddlers, which is definitely why you should use a FastPass on this ride if you are visiting Magic Kingdom with young children.

Though the ride’s technology is undemanding and primarily consists of static figures, the nostalgia behind boarding the replica pirate ships and riding above the story of Peter Pan has captivated guests for ages.

In fact, Peter Pan’s Flight is known to accumulate a 60-minute wait upon park opening even on the slowest of days.

On peak touring days, wait times can get as long as 180 minutes.

For these reasons and more, Peter Pan’s flight remains one of the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom.

Additional planning tips: Also located in Fantasyland, Peter Pan’s Flight is known to have one of the best themed queues (waiting areas) in all of Magic Kingdom.

Completely remodeled in 2014, the queue includes a model of the children’s bedroom, as well as interactive toys, and guests’ shadows who get sprinkled with pixie dust.

Not only that, but the queue is air-conditioned and provides a much-needed break from Florida heat.

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3. Space Mountain (44″ to ride)

When it comes to Magic Kingdom Fastpasses, our next recommendation applies to those of you who are 44″ or taller and who enjoy darkness, hairpin turns, and speed!

As the most thrilling themed-ride at Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain is hugely popular and worthy of a Fastpass!

It is perhaps the most sought-after ‘big kid ride’ at Magic Kingdom. For this reason, I absolutely recommend Space Mountain as being in the Top 3 best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom for those tall enough to ride.

A park staple since 1975, Space Mountain has an extremely large fan base both for is nostalgia, epic theming, and its fun-factor.

The ride involves rocket-shaped vehicles consisting of 3 seats per vehicle that blast off at high-speed in pure darkness.

Additional planning tips: Space Mountain is located in Tomorrowland.

If you do not ride Space Mountain immediately upon park opening, use a FastPass if available. Long lines develop within 30-50 minutes of opening and waits can vary from 60-120 minutes long.

The best time to book Fastpasses for Space Mountain are in the morning to early afternoon from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

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4. Splash Mountain (40″ to ride)

Splash Mountain vies with Space Mountain in Tomorrowland and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland as one of the park’s most popular attractions.

Crowds here build fastest the first hour the parks open.

Likewise, waits of more than 2 hours can be expected once the park fills on busy days.

A beloved family-friendly coaster ride, Splash Mountain includes more than 100 audio-animatronic characters. Character sightings include Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Bear, and Br’er Fox.

The ride spans over a half-mile climaxes with a five-story plunge into the bayou where riders get playfully splashed.

A not-to-be-missed attraction, you will fall in love with Splash Mountain.

Additional planning tips: Though extremely popular all year round, the subtle splashes from the ride make it every more appealing during warmer months.

Get in line no later than 10:30 AM, as long lines will persist all day.

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5. Big Thunder Mountain (40′ to ride)

The third of Magic Kingdom’s 3 ‘mountain rides’, Big Thunder Mountain ranks right at the top as another fan favorite!

My top suggestion is to rope drop Adventureland and Big Thunder Mountain and bypass needing to use a Fastpass for it.

If you are unable to get to the park early, I then recommend Big Thunder Mountain as one of the best Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom.

Big Thunder Mountain is a fun, easygoing coaster ride that is meant to mimic being on a runaway mine train during the Gold Rush.

The coaster has several tight turns rather than big hills or drops. It does not have any loops or upside-down parts.

Because of its close proximity to Splash Mountain, these two rides are usually done one right after the other.

This means large crowds in Frontierland all day and similarily long waits for both Big Thunder and Splash Mountain. 

Additional planning tip: Suggested Fastpass times For Big Thunder Mountain are between 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

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Big Thunder Mountain

Best FastPasses for Magic Kingdom: Top 5 Backups

One of the best strategies when booking Magic Kingdom Fastpasses is to have a back-up plan in place for when your top ride choices are not available.

Your Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy should assume that Fastpasses for the Top 5 Magic Kingdom rides listed above will not be available if booking 30-days (vs. 60-days) in advance on high crowd days.

Likewise, there is a high possibility that preferred and/or convenient times will also not be available if you were unable to book 60 days in advance.

The following 5 rides should be considered as backups or supplements to secure Fastpasses for when the Top 5 best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom are unavailable:

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle

Though well-liked, these Magic Kingdom rides aren’t in the top tier of popular attractions in the park.

Further, they’ve got enough capacity to move a lot of people per hour.

These two things help moderate waits, so other attractions are generally more important for your first set of FastPass+ reservations.

Best Rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom with Toddlers

If you’re touring Magic Kingdom with small children, there is an entirely different set of Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers.

Consequently, your Magic Kingdom Fastpasses and ride choices will be different due to age height restrictions.

Here is a list of the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom with toddlers:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight (Any height)
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (Any height)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Any height)
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid (Any height)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Any height)

On the other hand, these child and toddler attractions never seem to require FastPasses because they rarely see long waits:

  • Ariel’s Grotto
  • The Barnstormer
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin

Other Magic Kingdom Fastpass Tips and Facts

  • Magic Kingdom does not currently have FastPass tiers like Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios does. In other words, guests may reserve Fastpass selections for ANY THREE different Fastpass attractions at Magic Kingdom.
  • There are currently 25 rides that can be reserved via Fastpass at Magic Kingdom. This is more than in any other Walt Disney World theme park. They are:
  1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  2. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  3. Barnstormer
  4. Dumbo
  5. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  6. Haunted Mansion
  7. “it’s a small world”
  8. Jungle Cruise
  9. Mad Tea Party
  10. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  11. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  12. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  13. Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  14. Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  15. Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  16. Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  17. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  18. Peter Pan’s Flight
  19. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  20. Pirates of the Caribbean
  21. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  22. Space Mountain
  23. Splash Mountain
  24. Tomorrowland Speedway
  25. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Use stand-by lines during the park’s first hour or so, until the lines build up. Aim to book your initial FastPasses in the late morning at around 10:00 AM when the parks start to get busy.
  • If you don’t get your first choices upon booking your Fastpasses, continue to check FastPass availability until the morning of your park arrival. Because the system is fluid and always changing, you may eventually get lucky and snag a popular experience or a better time

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Kiosks

Once your initial 3 FastPasses are used in the park, all guests may make an additional FastPass reservation via an inter-park kiosk or the MyDisneyExperience App.

This can be done over and over again until all reservation slots have been allocated for the day.

If you don’t want to make additional Fastpass reservations from your phone once inside the park, then use one of the in-park Fastpass kiosks.

Magic Kingdom’s Fastpass kiosks are found in the following locations:

  • Adventureland / Frontierland: In the covered pathway that connects the two. (By the Swiss Family Treehouse and next to the Diamond Horseshoe.)
  • Adventureland: Next to the entrance to Jungle Cruise
  • Fantasyland: Outside Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Storybook Circus: In the tent to the right of Pete’s Silly Sideshow
  • Tomorrowland: Next to the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
  • Tomorrowland: Near Stitch’s Great Escape

What do you think is the best FastPass at Magic Kingdom? Which rides do you hope to FastPass during your upcoming visit? Comment below!

Jen

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    Kathryn Dickson

    December 9, 2019

    Yes to Fastpasses at Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion! I’ve been stuck in hour long lines ups there on a slow day… So many choices!

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      Jen

      December 10, 2019

      No kidding! Fastpasses for every ride please?!?! Ha!

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