Magic Kingdom is the only park at Walt Disney World that does not utilize a Tiered FastPass+ system. This means that you can use your Magic Kingdom FastPass+ selections for any participating attraction. The lack of Tiers is likely due to the fact that there are many more attractions available at Magic Kingdom, compared to the other parks.
If you are brand new to FastPass+ Reservations, please check out our FastPass+ 101 Guide – Everything you need to know about FastPass+.
In our Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Strategy Guide, we’ll be taking a look at all of the FastPass+ options, weighing the benefits for selecting each attraction, and then giving you our own strategy for which FastPass+ selections to make. Guests can make up to 3 FastPass+ selections from the following attractions:
Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Attractions
35” Height Requirement
A junior roller coaster that is a perfect foray into thrill rides for kids. The drops are not intense and the speed isn’t overly fast so it’s a gentle coaster that still carries the whimsy of Goofy (as the Great Goofini).
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
40” Height Requirement
This here’s the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness…and it means it. While the drops are not intense, the ride is quite bumpy and there are lots of loud creaks and clanks along the journey. This faster-moving coaster races through caverns in the mountain as well as the ghost town of Tumbleweed.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Join Buzz Lightyear to take on the evil Emperor Zurg in the Gamma quadrant. You become a junior space ranger as you control your star cruiser and take aim at Zurg’s “Z” targets using your laser canons. The more targets you hit, the higher your points in your quest to become a galactic hero!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Take flight aboard a flying Dumbo and control how high you soar or how low you glide. This is one of the classic Disney attractions where you slowly spin around Storybook Circus.
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Be transported from Maurice’s little cottage house and workshop right into the Beast’s Castle. Guests will meet the Wardrobe, who helps select participants to play roles in the retelling of how Belle and the Beast first met. With Lumière leading the action, you’ll join Belle in the middle of her fairytale. This is a highly immersive, interactive and brilliantly fun experience for all ages.
A slow moving dark ride aboard a “Doom Buggy” through this Haunted Mansion. Guests see different spooky scenes, including a swinging wake, Madame Leota’s séance and a ghostly graveyard. While the lighting is dark, the 999 Happy Haunts are creepy, but there’s no gore or terror. It’s still meant to be a family-friendly attraction
“it’s a small world”
The Sherman Brother’s iconic song is the soundtrack to this 10-minute boat journey around the 7 continents. Dancing audio-animatronics representing nations from all over the world are on display in a vibrant and colourful style (thanks to Mary Blair’s influence).
Aboard this boat tour of exotic Asian, African and South American rivers, the main focus here is on your Jungle Cruise Skipper. Be prepared for tons of puns as they point out the various sights to see along the riverbanks.
Mad Tea Party
This is a spinning ride, as you twirl while sitting inside oversized teacups. The good news here is you get to control the spinning. Make it fast, or don’t spin at all as you slowly turn around the central giant teapot.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Climb aboard a 4-person “rug” as you gently fly around an enormous genie bottle and the magic lamp. Guests control how high the magic carpet flies, as well as whether they tip forward or backward. This ride does spin, albeit gently.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Bounce around with Tigger and get swept up in the blustery winds around the Hundred-Acre Wood inside a giant “Hunny” pot. This family-friendly attraction features all of the favourite Winnie the Pooh characters in a delightfully engaging story.
Meet Ariel at her Grotto
A chance to visit the Little Mermaid herself. Ariel has her mermaid tail and greets guests inside her grotto, just beside the Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid attraction. Take photos (there are PhotoPass Photographers there), get autographs, ask questions and enjoy getting to know Ariel up close and personal.
Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
Inside Fantasyland’s Princess Fairytale Hall, meet both Princess Cinderella and Princess Elena individually. Take photos (there are PhotoPass Photographers there), get autographs and enjoy a chat with each princess.
Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
Meet Mickey Mouse inside the Town Square Theatre where you can take pictures with him (there are PhotoPass Photographers there), get an autograph and spend some time with the Mouse that started it all.
*Currently, until Sept 30, 2019, you can meet both Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their party attire as they celebrate their milestone birthdays throughout 2019.
Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
Inside Fantasyland’s Princess Fairytale Hall, meet both Rapunzel and Tiana individually. Take photos (there are PhotoPass Photographers there), get autographs and enjoy a chat with each princess.
Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
Inside Pixie Hollow, shrink down to a fairy-size to meet the mischevious Tinker Bell as she shows off some of her treasures. Take photos (there are PhotoPass Photographers there), get an autograph and enjoy a chat with Peter Pan’s right-hand fairy.
A 3D animated movie musical that starts with Donald Duck preparing the orchestra for maestro Mickey. When Donald dons Mickey’s sorcerer hat, things get out of control as he’s transported through some of the most iconic Disney musical numbers. See Donald in scenes from Beauty and the Beast, the Little Mermaid, the Lion King and more!
Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
An interactive comedy show starring some of Mike Wazowski’s Monster pals from Monsters Inc. Every show is unique and guests have an opportunity to participate in the show. Text in your favourite jokes, answer questions from the Monsters or sit back and enjoy the fun!
Peter Pan’s Flight
One of Disney’s most iconic attractions, Peter Pan’s Flight puts you aboard a flying pirate ship. From the streets of London, to the shores of Never Land, see glimpses of scenes from Peter Pan and all of your favourite characters along the way.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Board a ship headed for the 17th century as you sail into the life of a pirate. Journey right through canon fire between Captain Barbossa and a Caribbean fort, see the ransacked seaside port and keep an eye out for Captain Jack Sparrow lurking amidst the action as he hunts down his riches. There is a short drop on this ride with a minimal chance you’ll get a little wet.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
38” Height Requirement
Heading straight for a diamond mine, this coaster sways from side to side as you take tight turns around the mountain. Guests see all seven dwarfs, Snow White herself and a few fantastical surprises along the way. This is a family-friendly coaster with small drops and a relatively gentle ride.
44” Height Requirement
Take off aboard your own rocket as you twist and turn through the dark of outer space. This coaster has two tracks, Alpha and Omega, that take you into the dark of Space Mountain. With plenty of twists, turns and drops, this thrill ride can really whip you around if you’re not expecting it.
40” Height Requirement
This nearly 12-minute log-flume journey takes you through the story of Br’er Rabbit’s journey to the “laughing place”. With 3 short drops and one 5-story plunge, you will absolutely get wet aboard this attraction. Riders in the back of the log will experience a sudden splash or spray while riders in the front can expect to be soaked after the final plunge.
32” or 54″ Height Requirement
Guests take the wheel of these mini gas-powered cars as they traverse the inclines and turns of the speedway. The scenic drive gives you a glimpse at some of the Tomorrowland attractions en-route to the finish line. Guests who wish to drive solo must be 54” tall, while guests between 32” and 54” can drive as long as they are accompanied by someone who is at least 54” tall.
Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
This slow-moving ride puts you aboard a clamshell as you journey through Scuttle the Seagull’s retelling of the Little Mermaid story. Plunge under the sea through Ariel’s grotto, Sebastian’s energetic singing of “Under the Sea”, Ursula’s Lair and more throughout this 6-minute attraction.
Our Magic Kingdom FastPass+ Strategies
The list is huge and apart from a few exceptions, there is generally plenty of availability for your FastPass+ selections. A lot of what you choose will come down to what types of attractions appeal to you the most.
First things first, however…there are definitely a few attractions on this list that you should avoid using a FastPass+ reservation. Dumbo the Flying Elephant can have a bit of a wait time, but Disney has been innovative with this stand-by queue. Guests with children can receive a pager that will go off when it’s their turn to ride. In the meantime, their kids can enjoy the air-conditioned indoor playground under the big-top tent. It almost feels like two attractions in one.
Other attractions that you shouldn’t use a FastPass+ reservation for, include “it’s a small world”, Mad Tea Party, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid. Each of these attractions will have a shorter stand-by wait time depending on the time of day. Early in the morning, late afternoon and into the evening, these attractions will have minimal wait times and you can definitely enjoy them without needing FastPass+.
In terms of entertainment, avoid using your FastPass+ reservations on either Mickey’s PhilharMagic or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor. Both of these shows run continuously throughout the day and have plenty of seating. If you aren’t able to make it into one showing, waiting 15-20 minutes will get you into the next show without any trouble.
So, with the list of attractions to avoid using your FastPass+ selections, onto the best options, depending on your interests:
Magic Kingdom FastPass+ For Thrill Seekers
While many of the attractions at the Magic Kingdom are meant to be family friendly, there are still some thrills to be had. The biggest thrills in the park also have a tendency to have the longest stand-by wait times as well. If you’re looking for action, we recommend using your FastPass+ reservations for any of the following:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in particular tends to have the longest stand-by wait time, and while the queue is interactive, waiting 60 minutes or more for one of the shorter-length attractions isn’t really worth it. Other guests know about its popularity, which makes this FastPass+ selection one of the hardest to get in Walt Disney World. Be open to taking a FastPass+ return time later in the day if that’s all that is available.
Magic Kingdom FastPass+ For Families with Small Children
This is a tricky choice as well, because it will depend on if there are characters your kids would love to meet. If anyone wants to meet a princess at Fairytale Hall, Ariel in her grotto, Tinker Bell or even Mickey, you should plan on getting a FastPass+ reservation for their meet and greet as the lines can grow significantly.
For any Beauty and the Beast fans, Enchanted Tales with Belle is also a good option so you don’t have to wait for one or two shows before you get to enter. The audience size is kept to a minimum so there are more opportunities for interaction and participation, so getting a FastPass+ for this attraction can be a great idea.
For attractions that are great for small children, choose one from any of the following:
- The Barnstormer
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Tomorrowland Speedway
You could use a FastPass+ reservation for the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, but it has a great playground-type area in the queue that will keep kids occupied during the (on average) 40-minute wait. Similarly, Peter Pan’s Flight has a really wonderful queue to walk through and interact with. However, it’s typically not worth waiting the 90+ minutes that the stand-by wait time is typically showing. Because of the long wait time and the short ride time, Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the harder FastPass+ reservations to get due to its popularity.
Magic Kingdom FastPass+ For Everyone
Anyone who wants a combination of thrills and other attractions is in luck. There are so many good FastPass+ options to choose from. If you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom 2 or 3 times during your vacation, then your opportunities grow even more. Depending on where your interests lie, we recommend any of the following for your first 3 FastPass+ selections:
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
If you have any interest in Jungle Cruise or Peter Pan’s Flight, those stand-by wait times can grow fairly significantly. Those two, plus Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain are typically the four attractions with the longest wait times. There are ways to experience them all, but it generally means going to the park for rope drop to get on the attractions you don’t have FastPass+ reservations for.
The Bottom Line!
Here’s what we would choose for these three categories:
For Thrill Seekers: Pick Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain (Big Thunder if it’s in the winter months)
For Families with young children: Pick Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean and Enchanted Tales with Belle (or another character meet-and-greet)
For a combined experience: Pick Seven Dwarfs, Jungle Cruise and Space Mountain
If you’d like to check out any of our other FastPass+ Strategy Guides, you can find them here:
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What are your FastPass+ Strategies at the Magic Kingdom? What attractions are on your must-do list? Let us know in the comments below!