Dad's ULTIMATE Fastpass+ Cheatsheet
Do you like standing in line? Do you like waiting for hours to ride rides?
I know, that's crazy talk. If you don't want to stand in line at Walt Disney World, that's why you need to check out Dad's ULTIMATE FastPass+ Cheatsheet.
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Before we dive into the cheatsheet, we probably ought to talk a little about FastPass+.
FastPass+ is Disney's version of a front of the line pass. With FastPass+ you skip the regular line and go right to the loading station of the ride.
And yes, you can "lock in" your pass to the front of the line.
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Currently, the FastPass+ system is set up so you can schedule 3 FastPasses before you arrive at WDW. If you stay at a Disney Hotel you can make FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance. If you aren't staying at a Disney Hotel it's 30 days in advance.
Three of the four parks have tier systems - attractions in Tier 1 are typically more popular, and guests can pick 1 of these attractions as 1 of their 3 FastPass+ selections. Then, you select your remaining 2 attractions from Tier 2.
Once you use your 3 scheduled passes you can make more using the MyDisneyExperience app or by going to a FastPass+ kiosk (located around the parks). You can even go to other parks and get a FastPass+. Your 4th selection can be from Tier 1 or Tier 2.
Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet
So let's break down Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet.
We have listed all the attractions that offer FastPass+ broken down by park, then by Tier 1 or Tier 2. Then we marked which attractions you need most and least -
- Always A Good Idea (marked by a flag icon)
- On Busy Days (marked by a filled circle)
- "Never" Needed (marked by an open circle)
All of these terms are relative. Let's take them one at a time.
Always A Good Idea
No, you do always need a FastPass for say Peter Pan's Flight. If you were to arrive first thing in the morning on a slow day you could probably ride with minimal waits.
These attractions are the busiest rides in each park. Its pretty much "always a good idea" to have a Fastpass for them if you can get one.
On Busy Days
The next marker is for busy days. Yes "busy" is subjective. What I mean by that is when crowd levels reach moderate or higher levels. Yes, I include moderate because these days moderate is pretty busy.
There are some rides that have FastPass+ available on where you pretty much "never" need a FastPass. Yes, there are times when lines can get long, but for the most part you don't need FastPass+ for these rides.
The Magic Kingdom has by far the most rides available for FastPass+, and it is the only park that does not use the tier system. That's natural, it has by far the most rides. It also has a bunch or rides that you will always want a FastPass for.
Let's go back to our Peter Pan's Fight example. On a typical day the standby lines reach 90 minutes pretty quickly. So if you have a FastPass for Peter Pan's Flight you can save a whole lot of time standing in line.
Yes, Dumbo the Flying Elephant is on the "Never" needed list. Since the upgrade, even if you do have to wait, there is a play area for the kiddos where they can wait in style.
Epcot is probably the hardest park for FastPass+ because of the "group" system Disney uses.
Epcot divides the attractions into 2 groups smartly named Tier 1 and Tier 2.
When you make your initial reservations you can choose one attraction from Tier 1 and two attractions from Tier 2.
- Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- Everything else (yes, I'm lazy)
Obviously, hard choices need to be made in Epcot. I don't ever recommend scheduling a FastPass for Illuminations:Reflections of Earth. Never. If for no other reason than it keeps you from making more Fastpass+ reservations during the day.
My suggestion from Tier 1 is to get Frozen Ever After. That's the longest line these days. Soarin' is second but you can only choose one.
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney's Hollywood Studios also uses tiers. At the end of August 2019, Disney moved Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from Tier 2 into Tier 1.
Like Epcot you make one selection from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2.
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- Slinky Dog Dash
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Disney Jr-Live on Stage!
- Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Star Tours
- Muppet Vision 3D
Again, I'm not a fan of using a FastPass on Fantasmic! since you'd have to give up some really great rides like Tower of Terror or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Plus you can always get one of the Fantasmic! dinner packages that comes with special seating.
Animal Kingdom has some great headliner rides. Lines can get pretty long and FastPass+ can save a lot of standing in line.
The opening of Pandora - The World of AVATAR has totally changed FastPass+ at Animal Kingdom, giving Animal Kingdom a Tier 1 and Tier 2. The Pandora rides are now in a separate tier. You can only choose one of the Pandora rides.
Up to 3 selections can be made but only 1 from Tier 1.
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- Na'vi River Journey
- Expedition Everest
- Kilimjaro Safari
- Rivers of Light
- It's Tough to Be a Bug
- Kali River Rapids
- Meet Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost
- Primeval Whirl
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo - The Musical
Avatar Flight of Passage is a must if you can get a reservation. Wait times are in the 3+ hour range. Rivers of Light is another of those that you can get a "dinner package" for and save a Fastpass.
Dad's Ultimate Guide to FastPass+
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And yes, it includes a printable copy of Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet.
Dad's Bottom Line
FastPass+ is a Walt Disney World trip planners best friend. Dad's Ultimate FastPass+ Cheatsheet will help you figure out which attractions you will need a FastPass for.