For this "Weekly Top 10" list, we are not including more than three attractions per park, since that is the most number of Fastpass+ reservations you can book per day in advance. Nor are we including more "Tier 1" attractions that Disney allows you to book for one day. (In Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney sorts the attractions into tiers and limits the number of reservations you can make in each.) Consider this your Fastpass+ Top 10 for a base, four-day, one-park-per-day Disney World visit.
Obviously, we're looking for rides and shows with the longest stand-by wait times, to maximize the value of your Fastpass+ reservations. When standby wait times are comparable, we're going with the attractions that have the highest reader ratings from Theme Park Insider readers.
Finally, we are sticking with attractions where Fastpass+ is your only free option for skipping the main line, so we are not including those WDW attractions with single-rider lines. (Those are Epcot's Test Track, Expedition Everest in Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Rock n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney's Hollywood Studios.)
Fire up your browsers at midnight Eastern time 30 or 60 days before your visit, log into the My Disney Experience website, and try for these popular reservations.
10. Kali River Rapids
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Three of the first four attractions on our list are from Animal Kingdom, where your Fastpass+ selection can be driven as much by your personal preferences than actual need to avoid the killer queues found in other parks.
Disney's Animal Kingdom
If you're not in the mood for a body-shaking jeep ride in the dark, skip this one in favor of a reserved space in the queue for one of the park's highly-rated live musical shows.
8. Mission Space
The "orange" side is a high-speed centrifuge ride that simulates weightlessness. The "green" side doesn't spin, which strips this simulated mission to Mars of its thrills. You'll need to pick which side you want when you make your reservations.
7. Kilimanjaro Safaris
Disney's Animal Kingdom
This is Animal Kingdom's top, must-see attraction, so why not save yourself wait and worry by securing a ride time in advance?
6. Festival of Fantasy / Splash Mountain
Why the choice here? If you're visiting during the summer high season, having a reserved place to watch the popular afternoon parade can give you some extra flexibility to hit additional, high-capacity, shorter-than-average or average-wait attractions in the hour or two before the parade, rather than staking out a place on the route. But if you're visiting during a time of year where you can see the parade without having to wait on the route more than 20 minutes in advance, go for the Splash Mountain FP+ instead. (Tip: The parade route gets crowded on Main Street long before it fills up in Liberty Square and Frontierland, so try watching the parade there if you don't get the Pastpass+ reservation for the parade.) The Magic Kingdom offers the most high-value Fastpass+ reservations, with so many highly demanded attractions, so many visitors choose to spend more than one day in this park to see them all.
5. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney's Hollywood Studios
You can find times where Tower of Terror's standby line isn't too bad, but a Fastpass+ reservation allows you an extra ride with little wait, and with a different drop pattern nearly every time you ride, most fans want to ride this favorite more than once.
4. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Disney's newest coaster routinely draws standby waits in excess of an hour, making this a great line to skip.
3. Toy Story Midway Mania
Disney's Hollywood Studios
How valuable is a FP+ here? Well, let's just say that more than one person has joked that somedays it feels like it'd be quicker to fly to Southern California and ride the version at Disney California Adventure (which doesn't have Fastpass are rarely draws a huge wait) than it would be to wait in this standby line, which can stretch for hours on busy days.
Disney's spending millions to build a new Soarin' theater to try to help reduce the wait times for Epcot's longest queue.
1. Princess Fairytale Hall: Meet Anna & Elsa
The Holy Grail of Fastpass+. If you have little girls who want to meet the Frozen duo (yeah, I'm assuming on gender there, but, hey... data), best of luck to you on your quest. Minimizing the number of people visiting for this one might help your chances (one grown-up and the girls), or you also might just try to get a single FP+ reservation for seeing Anna & Elsa, then copying in the girls after that, if you're successful.
Let's fill out the "second 10" Fastpass+ reservations to get, in the comments, for people visiting each of the parks more than once during their Walt Disney World visits.
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At Epcot, it's either Test Track or Soarin'. Either would be a good choice.
At Magic Kingdom, a photo with Elsa or Anna is the golden ticket!!! Besides Seven Dwarfs coaster, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain are high demand attractions.
Seven Dwarves and Anna and Elsa are very hard to get.
You can't build a second Splash Mountain.
You can certainly hire two (or four, or six...) more actresses to be Anna and Elsa. Just have the queue go into a building where it splits off into a few different rooms, so the no one can see a paradox of four Annas being in the same place at the same time.
It's a trivially easy (and cheap) solution that I just can't understand why Disney hadn't implemented.
Remember, this is Florida we're talking about, the state where it gets so hot during the day that bringing a bottle of sun block when you step out of your house is never a bad idea. When the wheather's like that I'd rather be on a refreshing water ride than be sitting down on the hot pavement.
Grant it, you could probably be lucky enough to get a spot under a tree, but there's also a chance that you won't. Besides, Splash Mountain is always closed during the winter months, so you'll have more opportunity to see the parade. Lastly, the beauty of parade floats is that they're tall enough to see over people's heads.
I guess I should've expected 2 MK attractions to be tied. They're's so many lengthy queue lines in that park that you can literally give them their own list and still have a couple left over.
On the 24 hour at MK my son & I visited Ana & Elsa first thing as the plan was to do every single activity at MK in one day. We shortly got gifted two tickets and my wife and daughter joined us. While on the My Magic app we got Ana & Elsa fast passes for 8:40pm for my daughter. Still in shock that we got them on the actual same day.
DHS doesn't have nearly enough popular rides as DCA. DCA has Tower of Terror, Soaring, Grizzly Rapids, and the newest Radiator Springs Racers. These rides make Toy Story and Screaming into a minor attractions. Notice that Soaring is highly popular at EPCOT. According to the latest TEA report, DHS has 2 million more people attending per year. That makes for a crowded park.
Funny that before Carsland, DCA was a mediocre park that Soaring and Toy Story could not satisfy the public.
Do that at the very first - getting to the Entrance 15 min before opening and line up where they let in the Breakfast People. Kindly tell the CM that you like to wait on the Side and you'll be the first in Line when they prepare to let people in. In Summer you must arrive 30 min before opening
In January that worked very well for me - been on the first Show
then go to Nr 15 Lifing with The Land
maybe grab a Sunshine Seasons Breakfast Panini with Eggs, Bacon, Roast Pork, Cheese, and Breakfast Potatoes served with Breakfast Potatoes for $7.99 if you hungry
9:58: Nr 16 next door: Circle of Life
10:20 get out, turn right:
Nr 17 Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Choose 10:05 AM to 11:05 AM FASTPASS-Window for that
10:45 JAMMitors » Trash Can Percussion
11:00 Nr 18 Captain EO (nebenan)
Refresh Yourself at Nr 25 Club Cool - Cola Samples
11:45 Nr 5 Test Track Fast Pass / Single Rider 22 Min
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM FASTPASS WINDOW
12:15 Nr 3 Mission: SPACE - Orange - Future World - 21 / Candy helps against getting ill..
use your 3.rd FASTPASS for this
13:15 Advanced Training Lab
Outside the Mission: SPACE entrance: NEW FASTPASS RESERVATION
Reserve for Nemo!
13:30 Nr 2 Ellen's Energy Adventure
14:30 Spaceship Earth 16
15:05 Project Tomorrow: Inventing the Wonders of the Future exhibit at Spaceship Earth.
15:20: Nr 12/13 "The Seas With Nemo and Friends Pavilion"
16:00 Mexico Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros Mexico
sest on left
16:30 British Revolution » U.K. Classics Cover Band
17:10 Italy: Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro » Flag Waving Performers
17:30 Sergio » Juggling Act
18:00 Nr 35 The American Adventure USA
18:40 Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest und Reflections of China
19:15 The Jeweled Dragon Acrobats
20:40 IllumiNations: from bridge between England and France
PS Splash Mountain was open in early February
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Also, what about TestTrack? How did Mission Space, that rarely has standby lines over 30 minutes, jump ahead of TestTrack? Same with Rock 'N Rollercoaster....It's well known that you cannot reserve for both Soarin' and TestTrack or TSM and Rock N' Rollercoaster, but the alternate Tier 1 attraction should rank ahead of second tier attractions in the same park.
I tend to avoid visiting during the summer season, but I would still avoid making early FP+ reservations for parades and shows. Experience and reports for guests suggest that reserved parade and show seating FP+s are relatively easy to come by once you use you first three FP+ reservations earlier in the day. Now if you get stuck with a 8 PM Soarin' reservation, you might want to go ahead and grab an Illuminations FP+ reservation if getting primo viewing is important, if not, that Spaceship Earth FP+ reservation is getting more valuable by the day as standby lines are regularly over 30 minutes for an attraction that not worth more than a 5 minute wait.