A Walt Disney World vacation can be made close to perfect with the right planning. And a good fast pass strategy can go far to make sure you're not spending your vacation waiting in lines. But which FastPasses are really worth it? Here are our best suggestions across all four parks at Walt Disney world.
If you're staying on property as a Disney Resort, guests you can book fast passes 60 days ahead of your first day of vacation. If staying off-property you can book 30 days ahead. That said, if you're visiting Walt Disney World for the rides, we highly recommend staying at a Disney Resort.
You can book 3 fast passes for each day of your vacation ahead of time. This includes one Tier 1 Ride and two Tier 2 Rides. Magic Kingdom does not have a Tier system in place, so your three fast passes can be used however you choose.
Tier 1 Rides fill up 30-60 days in advance, though openings do pop up sporadically on the My Disney Experience App and sometimes even the same day.
Since you're not up against a Tier system at Magic Kingdom, you can choose FastPass+ for any 3 rides you choose. Snow White's Mine Ride or Peter Pan's Flight are the smartest FastPasses to get, with Space Mountain as your next best bet. But, really, there are so many rides in Magic Kingdom that you may just want to stick with your favorites. Other FastPass+ worthy attractions are Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise.
Since neither of the two Star Wars Galaxy's Edge attractions are part of the FastPass+ system (yet), your pick for Tier 1 in Hollywood Studios is Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land. While both Tower of Terror and Rock 'N Roller Coaster are also good Tier 1 choices, Slinky Dog Dash continues to have longer waits and will be harder to fit into your day if you choose to wait in line. We can guess Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway, opening in 2020, will have long waits as well. So, if you're planning for Spring 2020, be on the lookout for those FastPasses in the My Disney Experience App. Top Tier 2 choices in Hollywood Studios are Star Tours and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
Frozen Ever After in Norway, World Showcase regularly sees long waits, so if you're bringing kids or just mourning Maelstrom, grab this Tier 1 FastPass+. Your other alternatives are Test Track and Soarin', with Test Track having the longer waits. While still definitely a must-do ride, Soarin' has been renovated with two flight bays, the waits are generally lower than in previous years. Top Tier 2 choices here are Mission: Space and Spaceship Earth. The latter is set to close for extensive renovations late this year.
Still banking 3 hour wait times, Avatar Flight of Passage in Pandora is the Tier 1 Ride to get at Animal Kingdom. And frankly, the FastPass+ to get at Walt Disney World. Na'vi River Journey is your other Tier 1 option and one you may have to take since even at 60 days out, we still see Flight of Passage unavailable. So, it's also recommended to just be at the park before they open and race to Pandora at rope drop. Top Tier 2 choices in Animal Kingdom are Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
FastPass+ Strategy at Walt Disney World
No matter which FastPasses you score before your vacation, always remember to check the My Disney Experience App the day you're in the parks for your favorite rides. If you find you do have to wait in a line, try for meal times. While everyone else is eating lunch or dinner you can often get through the lines faster. While Disney isn't supposed to feel chaotic, without the right planning, it can often feel overwhelming. Your best bet is to plan ahead, book your rides and just show up to enjoy your vacation!