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Some Disney rides can have long lines an hour into the day. If you aren’t careful you could spend hours in line everyday. If you have checked out our strategy to optimize your Disney FastPasses, you will know there are things that you can do to get the most out of your DisneyWorld experience. The Best Fast Pass rides at Walt Disney World for each park are as follows (note that this refers to your first 3 passes and not the ones you get after like we talked about in the system).

Animal Kingdom

Avatar Flight of Passage

This should be your priority. The ride blows everything else in Disney World away. This ride had lineups of over 3 hours at some points in the day. Getting a FastPass for this one is key to making the most of a day at Animal Kingdom

Na’vi River Journey

This is a magical boat ride in the world of Avatar. It’s new and has a lot of long lines typically. Not a thrill ride, but for the Avatar lovers out there it’s a must.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

This is a good one to hit early in the day or later on in the evening so the animals are more active. It gets pretty busy so booking a Fast pass is a good idea.

Expedition Everest

This is the feature roller coaster in the park. It’s got a steep climb and is pretty intense for the young ones. Yet my youngest couldn’t get enough of it. You can FastPass this, but it does have low lines first thing in the morning on occasion or if you are staying at a Walt Disney Resort you can benefit from the early magic hours

Kali River Rapids

This is another big time suck without a FastPass.  The best thing you can do is book this at a time that makes sense. You will get wet. I had a hose blast me for 10 straight seconds while the rest of my boat laughed at my wetness. Bring a poncho and a water proof bag for your electronics 


This is a thrill ride back in time. It’s a cool trip, but you can get FastPasses for this later on in the day. We did this a couple of times for this ride. This wasn’t part of our initial Fast Pass strategy but we did love this ride.

Primeval Whirl

This is more of a midway ride. Something you would see at a local roller coaster but it still can get line up to 40 minutes so if you have really young ones it could be on your initial Fast Pass list. Though it was pretty easy when we went to get them later on in the day.

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Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror

This one you should get a fast pass for. Not because the line ups are so long, though they can get to be over an hour in the afternoons. But because the longer that you stay in line the more likely you are to question your sanity. This ride has a steep drop and is the one that terrified me the most. Still it’s a main stay at Hollywood Studios and the featured landmark. You may regret not going on it. That said, I’m happy to have done it, but didn’t want to ever do it again.

Rockin’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith

This is a great roller coaster. The type of FastPass is a tier that includes Tower of Terror, so you will need to pick between the two. Our plan was to book the Tower of Terror and get to Rockin’ Roller Coaster first thing in the morning before the heat got unbearable and you lose your nerve.

Toy Story Mania

This is another ride that gets long fast. Book your fast pass as quickly as you can for this one. Getting a pass that day may be a challenge.

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Technically not a FastPass but it does require some planning. If you have a little kid that wants to be a Jedi you need to be there before the park opens. People will fill up on the Hollywood Boulevard waiting for the park to open, but parents can go with their kids to sign up for this once in a lifetime experience where your young Padawans get to train as a Jedi and face the trials.

Warning! Your child needs to be there to sign them up, we had a family in front of us without their child and they were told to get their kid.

This fills up quickly so get there early.



Frozen Ever After

Honestly I thought I was done with Frozen (our iTunes play count for Let it go sits near 1000 plays) but the one thing Disney does with it’s new rides is hit them out of the park. I got off Frozen and could have gone right back onto it, had it not been for the 70 minute wait. This one is worth the FastPass. One other note is that Frozen did shut down a few times when we were there. So it’s probably worth booking this as early as possible. But that’s all a part of our FastPass strategy (LINK TO STRATEGY)

Test Track

This ride is sponsored by Chevrolet and you are very much made aware of it. I’m not a car guy but it’s pretty cool ride and getting to test out your car at the end to see how it compares is pretty cool.


This ride is amazing! You must book this ride. It’s a flight around the world over some of the coolest places. Honestly I could have done this ride a dozen times in a row and not gotten bored

While Epcot doesn’t have the same ton of rides (they are chaining that as mentioned at this years D23) There are two tiers of rides. One tier has the 3 main rides, Frozen Ever After, Test Track and Soarin’

The best strategy for a two day is book Frozen one day an Soarin’ the other. Then get to the park first thing and line up for Test Track.

Since these are all the same tier of Fast Pass this is what we would do and  what our plan would look like:

  • 8:50 get to the park before open
  • 9:00 Rush to Test Track (no FastPass)
  • 9:50-10:50: First FastPass for Soarin, or another ride. In case it’s a big crowd day I would put something that could be rebooked first, then follow it with Soarin. Something like Mission Space, or the Land.

This is a good way to get around the need for the extra Fast Pass. Plus there isn’t a lot of people first thing. Many will rush to Test Track that’s why it’s key to be there at open. Shortly after it opened the line up was 40 minutes.

For more on our Disney Fast Pass Strategy click here

Magic Kingdom

I’ll break this out into roller coaster and non rollercoaster.


Space Mountain

This is a must ride. It’s probably the wildest rollercoaster in the Magic Kingdom. The rollercoaster is in the dark so that might have your little ones spooked a little, but that’s ok. One other note, it’s single seating on this roller coaster. Just a heads up if you have little ones that need mom or dad next to them on the rides.

Splash Mountain

You are going to get wet on this so you will want to book your FastPass around that fact. Or else you can pack a poncho.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

This roller coaster has always been a favorite. We hit this one first thing in the morning and didn’t have to wait more than 5 minutes. If you plan on doing it later on in the day it’s worth getting the Fast Pass.

Seven Dwarves Mine Train

This is one you should book for first thing in the morning and get it done. The ride was breaking down quite a bit so getting your FastPass and getting it out of the way early is a great plan.

Non Rollercoaster rides

Peter Pan’s Flight

This is one of the longer waits so it’s a good idea to Fast Pass this one. It’s a very cool ride and perfect for all ages. I’m not sure how old of a ride it is but it felt a lot new than some of the other rides.

Pirates of the Caribbean

This is one I would book a FastPass for later on in the morning when it’s a little hotter, or save it for later on in the day as you book your extra FastPasses. It’s a little dated but getting to see Captain Jack Sparrow is pretty cool

Jungle Cruise

I was suprised that this ride had such long line ups from first thing. If I had to pick between this one and Pirates I would pick this one

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

This had a pretty long line up throughout the day. If you are wanting to skip the lines make this one of your initial FastPass bookings.

Fast Passes for later in the day (after you’ve used your first 3)

Dumbo Flying Elephant

The kids will love getting to fly and control Dumbo but you can get a FastPass for this later on in the day fairly easily.

Haunted Mansion

Another one that you can get passes for throughout the day. We booked it early and didn’t need it. Another one that might be nice to have later in the day so you can get out of the heat. I wouldn’t make this one of your first 3 unless you really want to see it.

Tomorrowland Speedway

The kids loved getting to drive a car on this racetrack, but it’s something you could easily get a FastPass for later on in the day.

There you have it depending on your age and the kids you are with some of these will be too boring or too scary. If I have left any of your favourites out let me know so others can benefit. 

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