The Top 10 FastPasses for Magic Kingdom You Can’t Miss

The top 10 fastpasses for Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom definitely has some of the best, most famous rides in all of Walt Disney World. There are amazing rides here including thrill rides, rids for toddlers, carnival style rides, and more! You will definitely want to book FastPasses for many of the rides in Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom, especially if there are new rides at Disney World!

FastPasses are Disney World’s free service for booking “line-cutting” reservations. After you book a trip to Walt Disney World, you will have three FastPasses reserved for every member of your party for each day of your vacation. 

If you are staying in a Walt Disney World resort hotel, you will be able to book your FastPass selections at 7:00 am EST 60 days before your vacation begins. If you have chosen to stay at another hotel in the Orlando area, your FastPasses can be booked at 7:00 am EST 30 days in advance of your vacation. 

You are going to want to book all of your FastPasses in advance and be careful about when and where you book them. You can only book FastPasses in advance for one park each day.

So, if you’ve booked a FastPass reservation for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom on the Monday of your visit, you can only book other rides at Magic Kingdom on that same Monday. After you’ve used up your three advanced FastPasses for the day, you can then book one at a time as many times as you can before the park closes. 

You can book FastPasses from both the Disney website as well as your My Disney Experience app on your phone. If you need to book more FastPasses while in the park, you can book them from your My Disney Experience app or at one of the many FastPass kiosks throughout the parks! 

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the My Disney Experience app before heading to the parks to make your vacation much more efficient and take the searching for FastPass kiosks out of your schedule! Make the most of your trip using these incredible free FastPass reservations from Disney!

By booking your FastPasses in the morning, you are more likely to be able to book more FastPass reservations later in the day while enjoying your time at Disney World. To help you choose your FastPass reservations, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 rides you will want to book FastPasses for at Magic Kingdom. 

There are a lot of great rides here, and a lot of them have long waits. When deciding where to use your FastPass reservations and where to plan to wait in line, use this guide to help you out so you never book a FastPass for a ride that may only have a 20-minute wait.

  • Editor’s Note: Disney has begun the removal of their popular FastPass system. You can learn more about how to use the replacement for FastPass, which is Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes

So, here are the top 10 FastPasses for Magic Kingdom you can’t miss: 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is arguably the most popular ride in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. This ride almost always has a wait of at least an hour. Join Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy, Dopey, and Doc as they ride along their mine train searching for precious gems.

At the end, you’ll peer into their cabin as they dance with Snow White and the woodland animals while the evil witch prepares to put Snow White to sleep. 

This ride is located in Fantasyland across from The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and Storybook Treats. Children must be 38 inches (that’s 97 centimeters) or higher in order to ride this roller coaster. This is considered a thrill wide with small drops and sharp turns.

However, it is not an intense coaster and is suitable for most smaller passengers. This ride also features a PhotoPass option where you can snag a picture and video of your adventures on the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train! 

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also a very special ride and probably the best thrill ride in Magic Kingdom. This attraction is in Frontierland. You’ll find it all the way at the back of the park past Splash Mountain, facing Tom Sawyer Island.

Hop into an old mine train (sound familiar) to race the tracks in a haunted gold mine. Face twists, turns, and small drops in this mild thrill ride. It’s rickety and fast, perfect for this old-timey ride. Passengers must be 40” (that’s 102 centimeters) in order to ride. 

Space Mountain 

Space Mountain is hands down one of the most famous and best Disney World rides of all time. It is unique and thrilling in its own right while futuristic and fast! Over in Tomorrowland, you’ll find this ride all the way in the back past The Astro Orbiter.

You must be 44 inches, or 112cm) in order to ride this spaceship. This is one of Magic Kingdom’s most thrilling rides. It is incredibly fast and has many sharp turns and quick drops, so it is not suitable for the faint of heart. 

This ride is also completely dark. You cannot see anything around you for the entire duration of this ride, so that is something to keep in mind if you or any little ones do not like the dark.

You’ll take off into space on this ride, exploring all of the universe’s darkest corners on your way. Be sure to smile when you see the flash because there is a Disney PhotoPass service on this ride. Scan your MagicBand at the end of the ride in order to save your picture for downloading later!

Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is a must for a FastPass but only in the Spring and Summer months. As it gets colder, this ride sees less and less visitors as guests don’t want to get wet.

However, if you don’t mind you can typically right on or wait for just a few minutes from November to February. From March to October, you will want to go ahead and grab a FastPass for this attraction! This is a water ride also featuring a big drop. 

You’ll hop into a rocking log flume as you coast through scenes of Disney’s film, Song of the South. This ride is located at the back of the park in Frontierland, right in front of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Guests must be 40 inches or 102 centimeters in order to hop on this ride.

There is a PhotoPass opportunity on this ride, right as the big drop begins so be sure to smile! Then, scan your MagicBand at the end to keep the picture forever! 

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin 

This is a slower ride at Magic Kingdom, but it’s still tons of fun! Hop into your spaceship and help Buzz Lightyear defeat is nemesis, Zurg, by firing lazers into his targets. Rack up points against your partner to see who is the ultimate space ranger in your family! 

There is a Disney PhotoPass opportunity within this ride so get your game face on! Guests can be any height to ride this ride, so it is perfect for little ones!

You will find this ride by entering Tomorrowland, walking down the main walkway and then turning right in front of The Astro Orbiter. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin will be on your right. 

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of Disney World’s best animatronic rides on property. Hop onto a pirate ship and take a cruise through the scenes and stories of Captain Jack Sparrow. Look for him hiding in each scene, the first to spot him is a mighty pirate! ARRRRRRGHH! 

This is a slow ride which features a small drop in the end. It is pretty dark, so be wary of that if taking a little one aboard. Guests of any height can be on this ride which makes it perfect if you have quite a few little bits in your crew! This ride is located at the back of Adventureland across from Tortuga Tavern, past Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. 

Haunted Mansion 

Haunted Mansion is an absolutely incredible ride with a cult-following for its ingenuity and uniqueness. Guests can be any height to ride, which is perfect for smaller ones. While this ride is a “haunted” mansion, it is not very scary. There are no “pop-outs” at all.

However, there are dark scenes, creepy voices, ghosts, and graveyards. You may want to check with your little one before booking a FastPass for this one. 

You’ll ride through the haunted estate as a friendly ghost talks to you about the sights around you. The special effects on this ride are insane and can be appreciated by every age group. You can find the Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square past Memento Mori and Rapunzel’s Tower. 

Peter Pan’s Flight 

Now, this is a peculiar one. Peter Pan’s Flight is a mystery to Disney. It’s a very simple, old-fashioned ride. However, it always has a ridiculously long wait time!

No one is really sure why, but if you’re dying to ride it or if you have a little one who loves Pan and his friends, then you will definitely want to book a FastPass. You will find Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasyland across from It’s a Small World and next to Fantasy Fare. 

You’ll board a pirate ship and fly over London into Neverland with Peter, Wendy, Tink, John, and Michael. You’ll see the lost boys, Captain Hook, Smee, and many other characters from the famous film. This slow-moving ride is lit with blacklights and glows with scenes from the movie. Be careful of that ticking crocodile on your way! 

Mad Tea Party 

This is another incredibly famous ride from Walt Disney World. From the hit movie, Alice in Wonderland, you’ll meet Alice, the Mad Hatter, and other fun characters as you join them for a tea party! If it’s your un-birthday, get ready to spin super-fast in this swirling array of saucers! 

Located at the entrance to Fantasyland, past Tomorrowland, this ride is a must! It’s right across from the Cheshire Café where you’ll want to stop for a quick bite of the Cheshire Cat’s Tail. A warm puff pastry delivered in delicious icing is the perfect sweet snack!

Guests can be any height or age to ride the Mad Tea Party, but if you or a party member are sensitive to spinning, this may not be the ride for you! 

The Barnstormer 

Join Goofy on a flight above Storybook Circus as he tests out his very own, homemade airplanes. This is the perfect coaster for little ones as its mild and only features small drops.

Passengers must be 35 inches or 89 centimeters in order to fly! You will find this ride after walking into Fantasyland, veering to the right after Mad Tea Party. 

Head into Storybook Circus and you will find The Barnstormer all the way in the back! If you have a little one who isn’t sure about roller coasters yet, this is the perfect junior coaster to take them in order to help them get comfortable and start enjoying bigger roller coasters!

The Conclusion

Walt Disney World is famous for their incredible variety of rides built for all ages to enjoy. There is truly something for everyone, especially at Magic Kingdom. I hope this list helps you narrow down your FastPass selections for Magic Kingdom! 

Remember to hop online right at 7:00 am EST either 30 or 60 days before your vacation in order to snag the best FastPasses! They go quick, so you will want to be fast! There are so many great rides to choose from, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t get your top three rides on the first try!

When you get to the parks, you can enjoy your reservations and then open your My Disney Experience app to book even more FastPass reservations. 

Enjoy the rides and adventures that Walt Disney World has to offer while you’re vacationing in the happiest place on Earth! 

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