The Disney parks are becoming increasingly crowded. This means that having FastPass reservations for the most in-demand Disney attractions is very important. As spring break season continues, and because summer crowds are about to begin, it is important to have a general sense of what FastPass reservation you and your family will want to make. I recognize that a family with two teenagers is going to want completely different FastPasses than a family with two 4-year-olds (at least I would hope so). Therefore I broken down which FastPasses I think are most essential for different types of families in the Magic Kingdom.
Families With Young Kids (0-5 Years Old)
Fantasyland will be home base for families with babies, toddlers, and young children. These three attraction from Fantasyland are fairly popular, and all family friendly. Peter Pan’s Flight can surprisingly garner some of the longest lines in all of the Magic Kingdom, so that makes it a must get for FastPasses with young ones. Expect to wait over an hour without a FastPass for that attraction. Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh can also attract longer lines that are 30-45 minutes long on an average day.
Families With Kids (6-12 Years Old)
Now at this age you’ll start getting into the territory of worrying about height requirements for your children. If they are all tall enough, and brave enough, to ride family-style roller coasters then three suggestions should be perfect for your family. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest and most popular attraction in the Magic Kingdom, and is arguably the longest line you’ll see at any Walt Disney World attraction. So you’ll certainly want to grab a FastPass for that attraction, but they go fast so make sure to book it on your My Disney Experience app as soon as you can. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also a fairly tame family-style roller coaster (maybe slightly more intense then Seven Dwarfs Mine Train) and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin is a fun interactive attraction that kids at that age will love.
Families With Teens or Young Adults
Mom and Dad will need to buckle up for a vacation filled with thrill rides if they are vacationing with teens. Teens will love Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain, which are all attractions you’ll want to make sure you get FastPasses for. These three attractions can all reach an hour on busy days at the Magic Kingdom, which make them good candidates for FastPass reservations. The only caveat to this list is if you’re visiting in the colder months of the year. During December, January, and February when the temperatures can dip down into the 50s you typically can get on Splash Mountain with a fairly short line. The recommendation for booking these three attraction is essentially the exact same for young adults without children.
Older Adults Without Kids
1) Peter Pan’s Flight
If you don’t have children, and have grown beyond your years of intense thrill rides, then these three attractions will be perfect for you. Pirate’s of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Peter Pan’s Flight are all slow moving attractions with a ton of fun Disney parks history behind them. Like I said earlier, Peter Pan’s Flight is extremely popular and is something you’ll certainly want to get a FastPass for, and while Pirate’s of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion don’t attract extremely long lines it might save you 30 minutes to have a FastPass for them.
These are all my personal suggestions, and let this guide be fluid to what works best for you. If there is something you really want to do feel free to disregard my suggestions.
Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!