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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
You can download either of these worksheets here.
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.
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.
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.