FastPass is a wonderful feature offered to everyone and anyone with a Walt Disney World park ticket. All you have to do is book them. For more information on what FastPass is following this link. For each park day, each guest can book 3 FastPasses. But which to pick can be very overwhelming. So to keep things simple for you, here are the best FastPass choices for your 2020 Disney World vacation.
Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
Pirates of the Caribean and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Honourable Mention: Peter Pan’s Flight
Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train is the newest, although it’s now going on 5 years running, and therefore the most popular ride. Without a FastPass, you’re looking at a 120 minute wait. On our last trip we didn’t have a FastPass for seven dwarf’s mine train, and wanted to jump on when the park opened. From park open it was already a 90 minute. Much too long for a family with kiddos 7 and under.
Space Mountain is a roller coaster ride in the dark. When researching for this post, the wait times were as high as 120 minutes. The ride requires guests to be a minimum of 44 inches. It has the tallest height requirement at Magic Kingdom, making it the most thrilling ride at the park and therefore one of the most popular.
Pirates of the Caribbean is a boat ride the whole family can enjoy. This ride, which the film was based on, has been a part of the Magic Kingdom for decades and still has not lost is lustre. Guests can wait up to 90 minutes for this ride.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin ties up with Pirates of the Caribbean as they typically have the same wait times. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, puts guests inside a video game. The goal is to shoot at as many Zs as possible. Each time you hit a Z you score points. The vehicle you ride in can spin around so you can rack up as many points as possible.
Peter Pan’s Flight deserves and honourable mention because it always has a very long wait time, the longest for the no height requirement rides in Fantasyland. The ride takes you high into the sky over London and then Neverland. You travel in a pirate ship through the air, with the magic of pixie dust.
Test Track has guests testing out a Chevrolet of their own design to find out how it withstands environmental elements, quick stops, swerves and highway driving. The ride was rebooted a few years back and ever since has been the most popular ride at Epcot, even surpassing Frozen Ever After. It appeals to a larger group and therefore is the toughest FastPass to get.
Soarin’ takes guest high in the sky over many of the world’s most wonderful sights. You’ll feel as though you’re flying high in the sky and the smells, sights and sounds will have your swearing you were there. This ride requires guests to be 40 inches or taller to ride.
Mission: SPACE has two different options: Green or Orange. Green is less intense and Orange is more intense. You don’t have to specify when you are picking your FastPass. This is not to be chosen for a FastPass if you get slightly nauseous or motion sick. It’s a very intense ride that simulates going out to space. To give you a clear picture, they provide you with sickness bags just in case. But if you love thrilling experiences than this is not to be missed.
Slinky Dog Dash
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Slinky Dog Dash is still the most popular FastPass available at Hollywood Studios. This is a rollercoaster that has guests riding slinky dog from the Toy Story franchise. The ride is quick, with high climbs, quick drops and smooth turns. The ride is for guests 38 inches and taller, making it a ride that most kids can actually go on. Being one of the few areas of the park open during very early opening hours, guests are bee lining to Slinky Dog Dash making the wait time consistently 120 minutes.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the newest attraction at Walt Disney World. Opening in March 2020, this is the only NEW ride that has FastPass available, so take advantage. Otherwise you’re going to find yourself in line for 110 minutes to try out this new ride.
Rock’n’Roller Coaster has a typically wait time of 100 minutes. Now this may be because of the rumours floating around that the ride is not going to be around much longer, regardless, grab a FastPass for this indoor rollercoaster to skip the tedious wait. The rollercoaster does take you upside down, if you want to forgo the long wait time, and can’t snag a FastPass, try the single rider line.
Flight of Passage
Na’Vi River Journey
Kilimanjaro Safari, to my surprise, has a longer wait time than Flights of Passage. When I was doing my research for this post, the safari has a longer wait time. Crazy, I Know! It may be because this attraction can be ridden by the whole family? Regardless, the wait time can be over 2 hours! So make sure to grab a FastPass for this one.
Flight of Passage is found in Animal Kingdom’s newest area Pandora. This ride puts guests on their very own banshee. It’s such a realistic experience that you can feel the banshee breathing as you soar through the skies. We tried to get on board Flights of Passage on our vacay in January. We were there 30 minutes before the park officially opened and the line was already all the way to Africa, that means a very long wait. No thanks. So be sure to grab this FastPass, but be sure your guests are 44 inches and taller.
Na’Vi River Journey is a ride for the whole family. It’s a boat ride that takes you through a night time scene from Pandora. With lots of glow in the dark affects, there is constantly something to look at. The wait time for this ride is always 90 minutes or more, which is a very long wait for a short little boat ride.
There you have it. The top 3 FastPasses to get at each of the four Disney World theme parks for 2020. There are a few other things to be aware of before you book your FastPasses:
- Height. Be sure to measure everyone in your party to ensure they are able to ride the attractions you are picking out.
- Tier. There are two tiers for FastPasses. Tier 1 and Tier 2. For each park day you are allowed one tier 1 FastPass. For more details on that click here.
- Date. Be ready the day you can book your FastPasses. For those staying at a Disney resort that is 60 days before and all other guests that’s 30 days before.
Just because these are the top picks doesn’t mean they are the best picks for you and your party. So take time to figure out your must-do’s and then make an informed decision. Happy Planning, Friends.