Walt Disney World parks have notoriously long wait times for their most popular attractions. Here are some rides that we recommend obtaining a Fastpass+ for, as well as rides we opt for standby instead. Of course, you can only have 3 Fastpass+ to start. Once you’ve used your 3 Fastpass+, you may add one at a time at any Fastpass+ kiosk. Choosing wisely for your party will help you manage your time more efficiently.
Magic Kingdom- Best Uses of Fastpass+
- Pirates of the Caribbean – Lines for this swashbuckling ride can get pretty long, and for good reason. The scenes inside are well done and the ride lasts a decent amount of time. Plus, it has just enough thrill for wimps like me who hate big drops.
- Haunted Mansion– While this spooky ride is very well themed while you wait, the standby line is not one that you want to join, even though others are dying to join you. If you can’t get a Fastpass+ for this, try first thing in the morning.
Any of the thrill rides– Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain. These rides have consistently long wait times.
Peter Pan’s Flight– Although the standby line has some fantastic features that are worth seeing once or twice, the ride is too short to justify the hour-plus wait that often occurs.
Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid– The movement quality of the Ursula animatronic alone is unrivaled by any other character on this ride. If you don’t Fastpass+ this, try again at night during one of the fireworks shows for a 10 minute or under wait.
Magic Kingdom- Attractions We Standby:
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor– The laugh floor room is huge and can seat many. Most of the wait is just letting previous wrap up and clear out. And, who doesn’t like being “that guy?”
- It’s a Small World– we will ride if the wait says 10 minutes or less. It’s a good opportunity to sit down, and the line is deceptively always seems shorter than the sign outside says. Maybe it’s the way it winds down, or the number of boats, but ten minutes flies.
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Toward the end of the night, or first thing in the morning, lines are incredibly short. You can walk right on and, if you’re lucky, play a few times in a row.
- Jungle Cruise – The lines are shorter at night. The pull of the fireworks causes this ride to become all but abandoned. There was even a time we were the only two on the boat. Also, night rides might just be funnier.
I consider these rides to be essential to a proper Magic Kingdom experience. Which rides do you Fastpass+, and which do you standby? Let us know what you think below!