FastPass+ at Magic Kingdom (A Beginners Guide)

Making reservations for FastPass at Magic Kingdom can feel overwhelming because there are so many options. How do you know which attractions to choose? What rides have the longest wait times? What rides run out of FastPass quickly? With a little planning and research you can be prepared for your FastPass at Magic Kingdom reservations and start having a magical Disney day.

What’s Inside: A step by step guide to FastPass at the Magic Kingdom. Includes family Magic Kingdom Itinerary. This post contains affiliate links.

FastPass is a reservations system for the attractions or entertainment options your family wants to do when visiting a Walt Disney World theme park. FastPass can help secure your must-do attractions and save your family time waiting in lines at the park. This post is going to show you exactly how to plan your FastPass at Magic Kingdom park.

If you are brand new to making FastPass reservations please read my Complete Guide on Disney World FastPass.

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How Visiting Walt Disney World Has Changed

Walt Disney World has changed in the last 15 years and gone are the days of “just showing up”. I remember visiting as a child and we never had a plan. We arrived and did whatever we saw next. You can still tour the park this way but I always recommend being prepared.

Going in with a plan on how you will tour the park will save you so much time and aggravation because…

  1. You will know where to go and what to do.
  2. You will not miss out on your favorite attraction because of long wait times.
  3. You will spend less time waiting in lines(queues) and more time enjoying Walt Disney World.

Can you have a great day at Walt Disney World without making reservations? Of Course!!! Walt Disney World is magical. Walking around and enjoying the parks can be done without a plan. Having a solid FastPass plan helps you to see as much as possible. If you are okay with missing some attractions and would rather be spontaneous, you can still have a great day at Walt Disney World.

If you are like me and want to have a plan keep reading.

FastPass at Magic Kingdom and throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks is a necessity these days. You may want to be spontaneous and disagree with me that planning is not necessary, but in my opinion if you take the time to do the research before you arrive and plan out your day, you will be much happier.

No one wants to be standing in the middle of a crowded theme park on a hot day and not know where to go. It may take a little extra work before you arrive, but you will be happy you did it.

What You Need to Book Fastpass at Magic Kingdom

Before I go into the steps of making FastPass at Magic Kingdom you need two things:

First- You need tickets!  Undercover Tourist has great deals on tickets. I have purchased tickets through them and it was easy and I saved money!! You can read more about my experience with Undercover Tourist here.

Two-you should know FastPass is not a reservation that is written in stone. We have changed our FastPass reservations the day of or day before. FastPass do “run out” and you might not be able to get another one,  but if your plans change you can change them. You can also skip them. If you are having a great time exploring Tom Sawyer’s island and don’t want to leave, you don’t have to. The point is to make your family vacation easier and more relaxed.

How to Set-Up FastPass at Magic Kingdom: Before You Make Reservations

  1. Set-Up a My Disney Experience account.
  2. Link all family members to this account.
  3. Link all reservations to the account. (Tickets, Hotel, Dining)
  4. Determine what parks you will be visiting on what days. You can find a calendar here.
  5. Check hours and extra magic hours of each park. Write this down!! It will help you organize it. Use printable below.
  6. Decide what FastPass reservations you will make. Be sure to work around dining reservations and parades/shows.

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You can download either of these worksheets here.

What You Need to Know about FastPass at Magic Kingdom: All the Details

  • On-site guests can make FastPass reservations 60 days in advance. This starts on the day you check in to your resort. If you arrive on a Saturday but do not go to a park until Sunday you can start making reservations Saturday. Read about the perks of staying on-site at Walt Disney World.
  • Off-site guests can make FastPass reservations 30 days in advance. This is from the day you will arrive at the park.
  • Fastpass reservations begin at 7:00 AM EST.
  • You can make FastPass reservations from the My Disney Experience App or sign-in from your computer. I suggest using a desktop for making your reservations.
  • You may reserve 3 FastPass attractions per day. After you have used all 3,  you can continue to get one, use one. You can do this for a different park if you are hopping. This can be done from your phone!! Often we would do it while waiting for our attraction.
  • Your first 3 FastPass must be at the same park.
  • There is limited availability as the day goes on. Some FastPass will be gone or sold out.
  • FastPass are connected to your MagicBands.
  • FastPass are hourly. You can’t get two in the same time period. So for example you could get a 9:00am-10:00am window and a 10:00am-11:00am window, but you couldn’t get a 9:00am-10:00am and a 9:30am-10:30am.
  • FastPass are tiered at Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. You have to pick from groups. Magic Kingdom is not tiered. Read more about the Fastpass Tiers here.
  • You may arrive at a ride that you have a FastPass for and find a short wait. If the wait is 20 minutes or under, ride in the regular line and change your Fastpass while you wait.

Now that you have all the details and have set-up your accounts you are ready to plan out your Walt Disney World family vacation!
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How to Set-Up Your FastPass at Magic Kingdom

Choose Any 3 Attractions:

  • Tomorrowland
    • Space Mountain (44 inches)
    • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
    • Monster Inc. Laugh Floor
    • Tomorrowland Speedway (32 inches)
  • Fantasyland
    • Ariel’s Grotto- Meet Ariel as a Mermaid
    • The Barnstormer (36 inches)- Small Roller Coaster
    • Dumbo
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle- Interactive story and meet & greet.
    • It’s A Small World
    • Mad Tea Party-Tea cups
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    • Peter Pan’s Flight
    • Princess Fairytale Hall- Princess Meet & Greet (Changes characters)
    • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (36 inches)
    • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Frontierland
    • Big Thunder Mountain Railrod (40 inches)
    • Splash Mountain (40 inches)
  • Liberty Square
    • The Haunted Mansion
  •  Adventureland
    • Jungle Cruise- Boat ride with Animatronic Animals
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin- Similar to Dumbo but Aladdin themed
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Main Street U.S.A
    • Meet Mickey
    • Meet Tinker Bell

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My Fastpass at Magic Kingdom Suggestions & Tips:

  • Don’t get a FastPass for an attraction you know your family doesn’t care to ride, even if it is suggested.
  • Don’t get a FastPass for an attraction that doesn’t need one! There are certain attractions that typically don’t need a Fastpass.
  • Suggested FastPass:
    • Peter Pan’s Flight*
    • Seven Dwarf Mine Train*
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Splash Mountain
    • Space Mountain
    • Big Thunder Mountain
    • Meet & Greets-Whoever your Kids want to Meet.
  • Peter Pan & Seven Dwarfs get very long lines at all hours of the day. If you want to ride them get a FastPass
  • The suggested list is for kids of all ages. Pick and choose what works for you and your family.
  • Attractions You Rarely Need a FastPass:
    • Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
    • Michey’s PhilharMagic
    • Monsters Inc Laugh Floor

I am a paper and pencil kind of girl and whenever I plan our trips I start by writing it out. Here is an example of our most recent visit to Magic Kingdom. The kids were 8, 6, and 4 years old. My youngest was 40 inches and could ride everything except Space Mountain.

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Magic Kingdom Itinerary:

7:00am-7:15am: Catch bus from resort to Magic Kingdom. Always have a time for when you are leaving for the park! Arriving early is a huge advantage.

7:30-7:45: Arrive at Magic Kingdom.  Go through bag check/security. We typically eat breakfast while waiting for rope drop. Rope drop is the official time the park opens. Magic Kingdom has recently changed their opening procedure. You are now able to enter the park and walk main street. This is a great time to enjoy the quiet of the park and take a family photo in front of the castle.

8:20-8:30: Line up at the entrance to the area you will start your day at. We started at Fantasyland. Look at the map and go to the entrance.

9:00: Park Opens!! This is the order we did all the rides including our Fastpass and meals. By arriving early we were able to get 7 attraction done before lunch. This was on a moderate crowd level day.

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  3. Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid
  4. Dumbo
  5. The Barnstormer
  6. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (FastPass 9:15am-10:15am)
  7. Space Mountain (older kids), Buzz Lightyear (Younger Kid)
  8. Lunch: Be Our Guest at 11:05am. Order your meal before you arrive at the park. This will save you so much time!!
  9. It’s A Small World
  10. Splash Mountain
  11. Big Thunder Mountain (FastPass 12:30pm-1:30pm)
  12. Enchanted Tiki Room
  13. Pirates of the Caribean
  14. Festival of Fantasy Parade at 3:00pm We watched in Frontierland. Find a spot 45-30 minutes before. This is a good time to grab a Dole Whip in Adventureland to enjoy while you wait.
  15. The Haunted Mansion
  16. Meet Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall (FastPass 5:50pm-650pm) They are no longer at Magic Kingdom. They are at Epcot. You can meet other Disney Princesses.
  17. Dinner at Cosmic Rays Café
  18. Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor
  19. Any Attractions we missed or wanted to ride again

This Magic Kingdom itinerary is mostly attraction based and not character based. If you are interested in meeting characters schedule your day around them as well.

To have a great day at Magic Kingdom it is all about prioritizing what is best for your family. You know what your family likes and dislikes and you should use that knowledge when planning your FastPass at Magic Kingdom reservations.

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  1. worldoftravelswithkids | 1st Aug 17

    i think we have a lot to learn when it comes to our first Disney visit… in the future!

    • Leah | 15th Aug 17

      There is a lot to learn but once you figure it out it makes it much easier. It saves you from stress when you are in the park!

  2. 2mysillymonkey | 28th Jun 17

    This is so helpful! Thanks for including info like the rope drop. Would have never known. We are doing a Magic Kingdom trip in September for my 3 year old. It will be her first time! My husband and I haven’t been to Disney in several years and so much has changed. Already booked the Bippity Boppy Boo Boutique 🙂

    • Leah | 28th Jun 17

      Awesome! I am so glad it helped!

  3. Momma To Go | 27th Jun 17

    We went in 2015 at the height of the frozen frenzy and I did not get an Anna and else FP in time 🙁 waited an hour… right after rope drop!!!

    • Leah | 28th Jun 17

      I remember when those lines were crazy!!

  4. Yamkins @ Gofamgo | 26th Jun 17

    This is very helpful! By next week, I’d be booking fast passes for our September trip!

    • Leah | 26th Jun 17

      I’m so happy it is helpful to you!! Good luck!! Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, I’d be happy to help!

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