Show me the Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies! Ask and you shall receive, Jerry. No two vacations are alike and this is especially true when talking about trips to Walt Disney World. With tons to see, do, and experience, Disney World has something for everyone, even the person wearing the Grumpy t-shirt. Secretly they love Disney, they just don’t know it yet. In this DVC Duo ride guide we’re breaking down Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies based on different ride experiences. We know, we had you at Fastpass, so let’s head to the park!
Every great strategy is built on a solid base. In our Fastpass essentials article we walk through the basics from how to book, when to book, and everything in between. For our Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies guide one thing to be aware of is the Magic Kingdom is the only park that does not have a tiered system. You can use your 3 Fastpasses in any combination you see fit. We’ll cover the tiers in a future guide, but for now, one with the show!
Passholder Insights: Tiers could be added to the Magic Kingdom after the Tron coaster opens in Tomorrowland.
You know those climbers, they love a thrill! In this Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies category we’re talking about the famed mountains that surround the park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain. The key to planning out the mountain climbers Fastpasses is understanding the park layout, as two of the rides are in Frontierland and one is in Tomorrowland. We’d recommend trying to book your Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain Fastpasses back to back, to save some walking. Your legs will thank us later.
If you have some extra time between your Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain Fastpasses, Pirates of the Caribbean is really close by or you could check out A Pirate’s Adventure. Depending on the time of day, another option is to grab a bite to eat the Tortuga Tavern.
One important thing to be aware of for the mountain climber category is the minimum height requirements. Space Mountain has the tallest requirement at 44 inches.
Passholder Insights: One strategy we enjoy is booking back to back Fastpasses with attractions near each other. We’ll go the first one at the tailend then following one at the beginning. Can you say back to back rides!
It’s the backbone to the Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland is filled with attractions for kids of all ages. For us the perfect trifecta of Fastpasses for Fantasyland would be Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan, and Winnie and the Pooh. Depending on the day you may or may not be able to get all three. We’d recommend trying for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train first, followed by Peter Pan then Winnie the Pooh. A good swap out would be Under the Sea – Journey of the Mermaid.
Rope Dropping is a great way to enjoy any of the attractions in Fantasyland that you don’t have a Fastpass for. With the majority of the attractions close together, you can usually knock out a couple before the crowds roll in. Our strategy is to schedule our Fantasyland Fastpasses starting around 10 am, then enjoy a few of rides before we use our first Fastpass at 11 am.
Passholder Insights: If you’re rope dropping Seven Dwarfs Mine Train you’ll want to head towards right side of the hub (area in front of the castle). There will be a cast member with a sign, keep your eyes peeled!
You know them, and we know them. No Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies guide would be complete without talking about the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of Caribbean, and the Jungle Cruise. Similar to the Mountain Climbers section, two of the attractions are in the same land. We’d recommend trying to schedule your Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean Fastpass back to back. Between the rides you would find us at one of our favorite shows, the Tiki Room, or enjoying the infamous spring rolls!
Passholder Insights: During the holiday season the Jungle Cruise becomes the Jingle Cruise. Definitely, a must see in the DVC Duo house.
The best advice we could give you around Magic Kingdom Fastpass strategies would be to stay flexible around times and the attractions. We like to have a couple of back options, as we know we’ll usually won’t get everything. For the one attraction that’s your must do we’d recommend prioritizing when booking a Fastpass and be extremely flexible on the time for it. In our experience, if we end up not being able to get a Fastpass for our “must do” we try to experience it first thing in the morning or as the last thing we do.
No matter which of the Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategies, you’ll be in for a great time. If you’re feeling a little adventurous we’d recommend going off script and mixing and matching for the categories. There’s tons of great combinations to be had. You’ll find us climbing the mountains!