Magic Kingdom Fast Passes: What to Get and What to Skip

It’s difficult to put a generic list of best fast passes for Magic Kingdom together as every Disney fan is different. I’ve been going to the Magic Kingdom since before I could walk. My Grandfather would take me there all the time, so it’s safe to say when it comes to rides at the Magic Kingdom I’m an expert. This Magic Kingdom fastpass list was compiled based on usual wait times, the most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom, and my personal favorites.

Magic Kingdom Fast Passes

A Strategy for your Magic Kingdom Fast Passes

Unlike the other parks at Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom does not have a tier system for their fastpasses. Which means all the rides are treated as equals and you don’t need to pick and choose your fast passes based on a tiered system.

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When it comes to a Fastpass Strategy the key is to book them as early as possible. If you’re stay on property – which I highly recommend doing if you can – you can use the Walt Disney World App to book your fastpasses 60 days in advance. For those saying off property you can book them 30 days in advance. For the new and most popular rides it will be more difficult to those fastpasses.

My second bit of advice is to book all your fastpasses as early in the day as possible. Then, when you use them all you can go back into the app and book more.

To learn more about the Walt Disney World App visit my FastPass+ Guide.

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Recommendations

When looking in to booking your Magic Kingdom fastpass these are the 5 rides I look for first. The lines are always long, no matter the time of year and they’re some of the most fun rides in the park.

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (40″)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (any height)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight (any height)
  • Space Mountain (44″)
  • Splash Mountain (40″)

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Book Magic Kingdom Fastpasses for these rides after you’ve used the ones you booked

After you use up your first 3 fast passes head back into the app and see if their are fast passes available for the following rides. From here on out you can only schedule 1 additional fast pass per ticket at a time, so choose wisely.

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  • Any Character Meet and Greet
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle (any height)
  • Haunted Mansion (any height)
  • Jungle Cruise (any height)
  • The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh (any height)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (any height)
  • Seven Dwarf Mine Train (38″)
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (32″)

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides to Skip

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You shouldn’t skip these rides all together, but I’d definitely skip the Fast Pass. Most of the time there will be a short wait or in the case of Mickey’s PhilharMagic (most of the time) no wait. For rides like Dumbo and Small World head their first thing in the morning to avoid getting a Fastpass.

  • The Barnstormer (35″)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant (any height)
  • Mad Tea Party (any height)
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin (any height)
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic (any height)
  • Monster’s, Inc. Laugh Floor (any height)
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid (any height)
  • Small World (any height)

Keep in mind these are all my personal opinions from over 30 years of visiting Walt Disney World, but everyone is different. If you have a child dying to meet a Disney Princess get a fastpass for that. Got a Pirate lover in the family? Get that Pirates of the Caribbean fastpass.

What are your favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!

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