If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, it’s essential to plan ahead and book FastPass+ reservations accordingly. Each guest has the opportunity to reserve three FastPasses each day for one park. Once those three are used, guests can continue to book one additional FastPass+ at a time. To make the most of your Disney day, here is my list of must book FastPass+ when going to Disney with young kids.
Magic Kingdom is the only park that does not have a tiered FastPass+ system, meaning all rides are fair game. Other parks let you pick one of the most popular rides and then the other two must be attractions that are in less demand. This list is for preschool age children. Since they are typically not tall enough, this rules out the major coasters (Mine Train, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain). If you want to ride those, I recommend getting a Parent Swap pass so the adults and older children can ride.
Peter Pan: The Flight of Peter Pan ride is usually a 60-90 minute wait. While the regular line queue is quite neat, the wait for such a short ride is not worth it.
Meet Talking Mickey or Meet Cinderella & Elena: Both of these wait times can surge to an hour plus during the peak of the day. Meeting a character is a must at Magic Kingdom. Neither line queue is entertaining to stand in, especially for young kids.
The Barnstormer: This kiddie coaster is lots of fun and perfect for preschool age children.
BACK-UP: Buzz Lightyear: This ride is a shooting game. Though the wait time is usually moderate, it can spike to 45 mins plus on busy days.
What you WON’T need a FastPass+ for: Winnie the Pooh (tons of fun activities in the normal line), It’s a Small World (usually only 20 mins), The Little Mermaid ride (normally 5-10 min wait), Dumbo (fun playground inside while you wait), Tea Cups (generally 10-20 min wait)
There is a lot to do for young kids in Epcot. We love meeting characters (Anna and Elsa, Joy and Sadness and Baymax are a few favorites) and exploring the aquariums at the Finding Nemo ride, to name a few. Here’s what you’ll want to grab a FastPass+ for.
Frozen Ever After: This ride is magnificent and one of our very favorites! A journey through Arendelle to Elsa’s Ice Palace on the North Mountain with all your favorite Frozen characters. It is usually a very long wait time 60 min +
Spaceship Earth: Sometimes this ride is a short wait. Other times it’s 30 min +. This is the ride inside of the giant Epcot ball. It’s fun for little kids and goes on a journey through time and into the future.
Meet Disney Pals: This is the only opportunity to meet Mickey, Minnie and Goofy all in one place. Wait time is typically 30-60 min.
Finding Nemo and Turtle Talk are musts, but generally have little to no wait time. Meeting Anna and Elsa does not have a FastPass+ option but is normally not longer than 20 mins.
Na’vi River Journey: This ride is breathtaking! Normally a 60-90 min wait, it’s a slow moving boat ride through the jungles of Pandora.
Killimanjaro Safari: This adventurous trek through Africa will bring you up close and personal with animals. Our favorites are the giraffes, elephants and rhinos.
Festival of the Lion King: Though Finding Nemo is equally entertaining, I have found that Lion King normally has a larger crowd.
Don’t forget to check out DinoLand and ride the TriceraTop Spin and play in The Boneyard where your kids can dig up dinosaur bones.
Toy Story Mania: This shooting style game is lots of fun and normally upwards of 90 mins in the regular line.
Disney Junior Show: My daughter loves seeing her favorite characters including the cast of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sophia the First, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Doc McStuffins.
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage: This spectacular broadway type show brings the movie to life with songs, dancing and beautiful costumes. It’s also a great opportunity to sit down in a shaded area and rest midway through the day.
I hope this must book FastPass Disney list helps you make the most of your days at Disney.