Magic Kingdom Fastpass: The Best Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom

Getting a Magic Kingdom Fastpass can be a bit tricky. With over 50 attractions at the park, Magic Kingdom is clearly the park that has the most to do and see for guests. In order to be able to ride and experience all of the attractions you’d like on your visit, a Disney Magic Kingdom Fastpass is a must. Luckily, there are no Magic Kingdom Fastpass tiers, so you can choose up to three “headliners” with little to no wait, with the Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy that I will share. Keep in mind that the best Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom are the rides with the longest wait and booking your Fastpass ahead of time will help you maximize your day at the park much more efficiently.

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Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Here are some basics about booking a Fastpass. You can select up to 3 Fastpasses per day at one park per day in advance. You can make your Fastpass reservations 60 days in advance if you are staying at a Disney World resort and 30 days in advance if you are staying off property. If you happen to be new to Disney World vacation planning, you may want to check out this guide of Disney World Tips for First Timers. If you would like some general Disney Fastpass tips instead, then read these Disney Fastpass Secrets.

Best Fast Passes for Magic Kingdom

There are 25 Magic Kingdom Fastpass rides, yet not all of them deserve the honor of being selected as your three advance Fastpass reservations. I listed the attractions in order (more or less) in terms of which usually have the longest wait times. The best Fast passes for Magic Kingdom are one of the top 3 mentioned in the list below. The rest of the attractions listed are the ones that are available to select for your Magic Kingdom Fastpass since there are no Magic Kingdom Fastpass Tiers like the other three parks (as of 2020).

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides

  1. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  2. Thunder Mountain
  3. Space Mountain
  4. Splash Mountain
  5. Peter Pan’s Flight
  6. Jungle Cruise
  7. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean
  9. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  10. Haunted Mansion
  11. Tomorrowland Speedway
  12. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  13. Dumbo
  14. It’s a Small World
  15. Barnstormer
  16. Mad Tea Party
  17. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  18. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  19. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  20. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  21. Meet Ariel at Her Grotto
  22. Meet Cinderella and Elena at Princess Fairytale Hall
  23. Meet Rapunzel and Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall
  24. Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
  25. Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater

PRO TIP – ARRIVE AT LEAST 15 MIN. BEFORE THE PARK OPENS. If you are staying on property and Magic Kingdom has Early Magic Hours, use them and wake up earlier to make it on time. If you are not staying on property, find out which park does have Early Magic Hours and do not go to that one! If you do, you will be competing with hundreds of people who arrived an hour before you.

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Family picture in front of Cinderella’s Castle

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Best Rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom

Let’s go over which rides you should aim to get a Disney Magic Kingdom Fastpass for. I listed them in order based on the wait times. If your goal is to ride all of these attractions, here is my suggestion. Book your Fastpass for Mine Train, Space Mountain, and Thunder or Splash Mountain (depends on if you want to get wet or not). Whichever of these four attractions is not available, then that’s the one you rope drop (this means you arrive at the park when it opens and ride that one first). Check to make sure your child is tall enough to ride these rides here.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38″)- This is the best ride to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom. It is by far the most popular attraction and the one that you NEED to try your best to get a Fastpass for 60 days in advance. It is not uncommon for these to be gone if you do not book it early. The standby line is great though, so if you do not get this Magic Kingdom Fastpass, then don’t stress (keep trying though by checking back into the My Disney Experience), and arrive early right before the park opens and head straight back towards Fantasyland to ride this attraction first.
  • Space Mountain (44″)- You should be able to get a Fastpass for this ride, but it is quite popular too. The standby line is boring (to me), so a Magic Kingdom Fastpass is the way to go here. Boarding at this attraction is slow and the wait can feel eternal.
  • Thunder Mountain (40″)- The standby line here moves very slow, so a Disney Magic Kingdom Fastpass is needed here. Plus, if you are visiting in the summer, this ride is open-air (with shade mostly) and it’s hot. The less time you wait in this line, the better.
  • Splash Mountain (40″)- This is another long line too and if you are ok with getting wet, then it is a lot of fun to ride. Splash Mountain closes often due to technical issues or impending thunderstorms.
Best rides to fastpass at Magic Kingdom Splash mountain
Splash Mountain is one of the best Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategy for Younger Ones

While “the headliner attractions” are the best Fastpasses for Magic Kingdom, if you are traveling with only toddlers or younger kids who are a little afraid of the “big rides”, then this list below shows the best rides to Fastpass at Magic Kingdom for little ones.

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Goofy’s Barnstormer
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Meet Mickey or any of the princesses

Alternatively, if you have someone who REALLY wants to meet Mickey or any of the princesses you can use a Magic Kingdom Fastpass for Character Meet and Greets; however I do not recommend booking one of your three advance times. I would either try to get a Fastpass later in the day or try to schedule your dining with the characters. This way you get to meet and interact with the characters and not miss attraction time by waiting in line or using a Fastpass. Here are my recommendations for the best restaurants in Magic Kingdom.

Another option if you are traveling with toddlers is to use the Disney child swap feature. Here’s how it works. The whole family goes together to the entrance of the line and lets a Cast Member know that they wish to use the Disney child swap service. Then an adult (and up to 2 other guests) ride while the other adult and the non-riders wait or go do something else. If you are traveling with little ones, but still want to experience one or two of the headliners, then the Disney child swap may work for you.

I did not include Dumbo as one of the best Fast passes for Magic Kingdom because although it is a classic Disney ride, there is not usually too much of a wait. Dumbo also has a wonderfully themed indoor playground that you can “wait at”. Once you walk into the standby line, you are given a buzzer, then you go to play in the playground and it will beep when it’s your time to get back in line and ride.

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Timing for Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides

I always recommend getting your Fastpasses close together and do not get one until at least 10:30-11AM. Then, try to book another around 1PM and the last around 2-3PM. If you have kids that you are sure will nap during those times, you may want to space your Magic Kingdom Fastpass choices out a little more to accommodate that or even if you plan to take a break and return to your resort pool midday. Once you are done with your last Fastpass, take a look at your My Disney Experience app and find a Fastpass for as soon as possible. If you book one for later in the day, you cannot get one in the meantime. You are only allowed to get a new Fastpass once you’re are done with your original 3. Technically, you can get an unlimited amount of Fastpasses in a day after your original 3, but it depends on the timing of course. The most I have gotten in one day is 7. If you’re looking for more tips on how to schedule your Fastpasses and tricks I use to make sure I get the rides I want, check out my Disney Fastpass Secrets.

Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategy for Kids and Teens (taller than 44″)

Here are two options for possible Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategy ideas:

Option 1 

  • Head straight to Mine Train and ride it first. Many sites will recommend getting a Fastpass for this one, but the line is so well themed, that it is nice to walk through it. If you use a Fastpass, you will miss out on the cute decor. If your family likes Peter Pan’s Flight, ride that early as the lines get very long and it is not too far away from The Seven Dwarfs Main Train. The interactive line is also very cute here. On your way to the fast passes below, ride Haunted Mansion. Then go to your Fastpass recommendations:
  • Schedule Splash Mountain around 11AM, and Thunder Mountain around 12PM
  • Try to have Lunch in the area and do Pirates of the Caribbean or Jungle Cruise if the line isn’t that long on your way to Space Mountain
  • Space Mountain 1PM, See if you can try to get a Fastpass to Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (lines can get long) or ride the Tomorrowland People Mover. After that, play around with the Fastpass app and see what other rides you can get a Fastpass to as soon as you tap your magic band into Space Mountain (or your 3rd scheduled Fastpass).
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Option 2 

  • Head straight to Tomorrowland and ride Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. Then head towards Adventureland to ride Pirates, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion before the lines get too long.
  • Splash Mountain 11AM
  • Thunder Mountain 12PM
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 1PM

Once you have tapped your band at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, check to see what Fastpass availability there is on the My Disney Experience App and book the soonest one so that you can choose others later on.

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What attractions Do NOt Offer a Magic Kingdom Fastpass?

Here is a list of attractions that are not Magic Kingdom Fastpass rides:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
  • Prince Charming Regal Carousel
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney World Railroad (currently closed until 2021)
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You cannot get a Magic Kingdom Fastpass for the People Mover in Tomorrowland

Magic Kingdom is a classic Disney park, that has so much to do. I hope these tips have helped you plan your Magic Kingdom Fastpass rides. If you would like advice on other WDW parks, click below:

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Are you looking to combine a Disney Cruise vacation with a Disney World stay? Nothing extends the magic more than combining a Disney cruise with your WDW vacation. I can help book your stay at one of the ValueModerate, or Deluxe resorts, book your dining, and Fastpasses. It may make sense to stay off-site, if you are considering staying nearby, check out these options on the best family resorts in Orlando. To try and cut down on some costs, you may want to take a look at how to do Disney on a budget, planning things to do in Disney World besides the parks, and what to bring on the trip using this Disney packing list.

If you are planning on doing both a visit to Disney World and a Disney Cruise, I recommend doing your trip to the parks first and then finish it off with a Disney Cruise out of Port Canaveral. Here’s why – while a Disney World vacation is fantastic, it is not always relaxing. You are waking up early, running around the parks, and trying to make it to the next attraction for days. On a Disney Cruise, you will vacation at a much slower pace and be pampered by the signature Disney service. In addition, Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, is probably one of the best beach vacations you’ll ever have!

If you have not booked your Disney Cruise yet and are just looking at options, I would recommend using a travel agent to help you with the planning and give you some onboard credit as a thank you for using them. I have been on 5 Disney Cruises in the past 8 years and am a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. I can share my tips and tricks about cruising with Disney, provide free onboard credit, review check-in procedures, and go over what types of things to do on/off the ship. By the way, my services are completely free! If you’re interested in a free quote or even if you have already booked and would like to transfer it over so that I can help you, email me and we can get started.

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