Walt Disney World is a magical place but without a plan your day can quickly take a turn for the worst. Read about our best Magic Kingdom FastPass recommendations and our exact itinerary we use to maximize our time inside the park.
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 visit and start having a magical Disney day.
Walking down Main Street U.S.A. and seeing Cinderella’s Castle is the first magical moment you have as you step inside the park. Magic Kingdom is the first of the Walt Disney World parks, and it is the most visited. It is what most people think of when they think of Disney World. Magic Kingdom has the classic Disney rides like Haunter Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and Peter Pan.
FastPass+(also FastPass/FP/FP+) is a free reservations system for the attractions or entertainment options your family wants to experience 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.
If you are new to making FastPass reservations I highly recommend reading my Complete Guide to Disney World FastPass Reservations. This article will give you a better understanding of how the FastPass+ system works and steps to get you started.
Before we get into all the details, I feel it is important to explain the changes over the years when visiting Walt Disney World.
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.
You will know where to go and what to do.
You will not miss out on your favorite attraction because of long wait times.
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? Yes!! Should You…Probably Not!
Walt Disney World is magical. Walking around and enjoying the parks can be done without a plan.
A FastPass reservation and park 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 to know a few things:
You must purchase tickets and link them to your My Disney Experience account.
Do your research and be prepared for what attractions you would like to reserve on the day you make reservations.
FastPass reservations can be modified. We have changed our FastPass reservations the day of or day before. Be aware that FastPass reservations do “sell out” and you might not be able to reserve the attraction you were hoping for.
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.
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 this post about why staying on-site at Walt Disney World is a good choice.
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 in one park. After you have used all 3, you can continue to get one, use one. You can make your 4th Fastpass for a different park. This can be done from your phone!! Often we would do it while waiting for our attraction.
FastPass are connected to your MagicBands.
FastPass are hourly. You can’t reserve two in the same time period. So for example you can reserve a 9:00am-10:00am window and a 10:00am-11:00am window, but not a 9:00am-10:00am and a 9:30am-10:30am.
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.
Read this article for more Disney World FastPass Tips.
Magic Kingdom does not have FastPass Tiers like the other three Walt Disney World parks. You may choose 3 attractions from the FastPass list for each day. After the first 3 are used you may book a 4th FastPass.
Do not reserve a FastPass for an attraction you know your family doesn’t care to ride, even if it is suggested.
Do not reserve a FastPass for an attraction that doesn’t need one! There are certain attractions that typically don’t need a Fastpass. They typically are: Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, Michey’s PhilharMagic, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.
I highly suggest FastPass reservations for the following:
Peter Pan’s Flight & Seven Dwarfs Mine Train almost always have long lines at all hours of the day. If you want to ride them reserve a FastPass.
The suggested list is for kids of all ages but it is always wise to choose based on the needs of your family.
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 a Magic Kingdom Itinerary. Our kids were 8, 6, and 4 years old. My youngest was 40 inches and could ride everything except Space Mountain.
If you would like an easy way to plan your vacation you can download a worksheet here.
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 of the land you would like to start at.
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 Magic Kingdom Fastpass reservations.