Some of the best rides at Disney World can have long lines as soon as the park opens. If you aren’t careful you could spend hours in line everyday. Let’s avoid that. These are the Best Rides at Disney World for each of the parks. If you have checked out our strategy to optimize Fastpasses using our Disney FastPass secrets, you will know there are things that you can do to get the most out of your Disney World experience. Prioritizing these rides is a step in the right direction.
(Please note that this refers to your first 3 FastPasses and not the ones you get after like we talked about in our Fast Pass Secrets)
Avatar Flight of Passage
Avatar: Flight of Passage should be your Fastpass priority in Animal Kingdom. You want to talk about Best Rides At Disney World? This is the one. The ride blows everything else in Disney World away. Period.
The ride has lineups 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. Since it’s newer it will have longer lines.
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.
This is the feature roller coaster in the Animal Kingdom park. It’s got a steep climb and is pretty intense for 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. If you are staying at a Walt Disney Resort you can benefit from the early magic hours and use this one to go on first thing and save your FastPasses for other rides like we did.
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. Morale of the story? It’s a must ride but 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.
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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Tower of Terror
Tower of Terror is one you should definitely get a fast pass. Not because the line ups are so long, though they can get to be over an hour. 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 Disney’s 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 rollercoaster. 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. If you aren’t going to do Tower of Terror, then you can use this for one of your FastPasses
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 (before the park opens) and grab your spot.
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 Ever After and could have gone right back on. If there hadn’t been for the 70 minute wait.
This one is worth the FastPass.
One other note is that Frozen Ever After 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.
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 it opens
- 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.
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I’m leaving the best for last, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has the most FastPass rides, and you need to make sure you have your top ones ready. The Best Disney Fast Pass rides are below. I’ll break this out into rollercoaster and non-rollercoaster in case you have little ones that aren’t crazy about rollercoasters.
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FastPass Rollercoasters at Magic Kingdom
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.
You are going to get wet on this so you will want to book your FastPass around that fact. This is a can’t miss ride and one that does have breakdowns (I’m guessing because of the water) so book it early or before you head back to the hotel for a midday break. If you want to avoid getting wet you most definitely need to 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, but if you do it first thing you can skip the Fastpass for it. Up to you.
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.
The line ups for this ride are some of the longest ones in the park, so make it a priority to book it early.
FastPass Non Rollercoaster Rides at Magic Kingdom
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.
I was suprised that this ride had such long line-ups from first thing in the morning. 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.
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Fast Passes for later in the day at Magic Kingdom (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.
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.
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.
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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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