Hi guys so this is a first. We are back for the second WDW Wednesday where I ramble about something Disney. This week is the top attractions to make fastpasses for.
With any ticket you can make selections 30 days in advance. And for hotel guests 60 days in advance.
So yes the days of running to PeterPan for a paper fastpass are over.
However after you use your initial 3 fastpasses you are able to make additional fastpasses based on availability.
- Space Mountain
- Big Thunder
In general Splash can be skipped as there are usually fastpasses available late at night. Also the wait during Festival of Fantasy drops in half. If travelling with little ones I would suggest One of the character meet and greets, Buzz, and Peter Pan instead.
When making my 4th fast pass I generally go for Barnstormer, Little Mermaid, Small World, or Pirates depending on crowds. I will also make which ever is the soonest start time.
From Tier One select one of the following
- Test Track
From Tier Two select
- Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
- Living with the Land
In general try to select the Frozen ride or Soarin’ first with early times for the Tier Two attractions. After all three fastpasses are used try to get the other Tier One rides. I’ve been able to get fastpasses for Test Track and either Frozen or Soarin’ in the same day but never all three. Soarn’ generally has a short wait the hour before Illuminations and Test Track will generally have the shortest wait at park open. I’ve never seen a short wait for Frozen so bring snacks there are multiple trash cans in the line.
Hollywood Studios (Pre Star Wars Land 2019)
From Tier One select
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster or Toy Story Mania
From Tier Two select two of the following
- Star Tours
- Indiana Jones
Hollywood gets tougher when deciding on Fastpass number 4. On one had being guaranteed a bench at Fantasmic is nice and the Fastpass saves about 20 minutes on required arrival time. On the flip side the view is the same as Stand-by. If you want to be in the center of the auditorium dinner packages are the way to go.
A fastpass for Indy is debatable so if another Tier One fastpass is available with plenty of time to reach Fantasmic I would choose that. However most times the fastpass will be for 30 minutes before the start of Fantasmic in which case Fantasmic is the way to go.
Animal Kingdom (With Consideration to Pandora)
So with the opening of Pandora Animal Kingdom has begun a Tiered Fastpass system. Tier 1 is Pandora and Tier 2 is the original Animal Kingdom attractions.
Since Avatar land AKA Pandora is new choose either of the attractions. One is a fast paced coaster while the other is a boat ride.
So for Tier 2 I have Two suggestions for thrill seekers
- Expedition Everest
For families with little kids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
Then for the fourth fastpass the next showing of Festival of the Lion King is a must! This show is a hidden gem. Sure the theater fills but did you know that fastpass gets closer seats and the Lion section? Yes we all love being in the top of giraffe with the parent who puts their kid on their shoulder and the cast member who yells at them the entire time, but sitting first or second elevated bench next to the kid who passes out 10 minutes in is so much better.
This should leave you time to make one or two more fastpasses and everything besides It is Tough to be a Bug is a great choice. Expect to see a shift in wait times with Pandora having Minetrain/ Frozen level waits and the rest of the park to average between 20 and 40 minutes depending on crowds.
- Choose the earliest time available. Wait times tend to be shortest earlier in the day therefore maximize your time. Instead of spending the entire slow portion of the day waiting on Minetrain get the fastpass and knock out 4 rides before the park even becomes busy.
- When selecting a fourth fastpass go for a ride that is within the next two hours.
- Select the night show fastpass when the park is too crowded or no more fastpasses appeal to your party
- Check wait times. If a ride is only a 5 minute wait go ahead and ride it and switch that fastpass to a different attraction. That being said. Check wait times while making that fourth fastpass and if the waits are low opt for the late fastpass on a busier ride.
That’s all for today. Which fastpasses does your family generally go for?
See you real soon