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Are There FastPasses We Should Avoid At Walt Disney World?

Guests who visit Walt Disney World spend a majority of their time in the four theme parks enjoying attractions. Disney attractions can be classic, thrilling, intense, or family friendly and appeal to guests of all ages. One of the best ways to enjoy the most attractions possible on a Walt Disney World vacation is by using the FastPass system. FastPasses are available to any guests in the Disney Parks, but can be booked by those staying on property sixty days in advance and those staying off property thirty days in advance. FastPasses are reservations for attractions and shows which assign guests a specific time to return to the experience to enjoy it with little to no wait time. The best way to utilize FastPasses are to book them for the most popular attractions in the Disney Parks as those tend to have the longest wait times, thus saving guests the most time that would have otherwise been spent waiting in line. While there are attractions which are fantastic choices for FastPasses, there are also attractions which guests should probably avoid using a FastPass for. These attractions usually have little to no wait times to begin with making them not worth using a FastPass for. Here are some attractions which guests should avoid booking FastPasses for in Walt Disney World.


7. It’s A Small World –

One of the most classic and beloved attractions in all of Walt Disney World can be found in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. It’s A Small World invites guests on the happiest cruise that ever sailed to enjoy hundreds of dolls dressed in traditional outfits from their native countries. Guests who enjoy the attraction can sing along to the classic song “It’s A Small World (After All)” and enjoy the many different rooms and scenes along the way. While It’s A Small World offers the option of FastPass for its queue, it never accumulates a long line thanks to two separate loading areas which tend to move quickly. Guests should skip booking a FastPass for It’s A Small World and instead choose to simply spend a few minutes waiting on the standby line.

6. Mickey’s PhilharMagic –

Also found in the Magic Kindgom’s Fantasyland is a 3D show which brings guests on a musical adventure through classic Disney films with Donald. Mickey’s PhilharMagic is supposed to be a concert performed by composer Mickey and his orchestra, but things go awry when Donald steals the magical Sorcerer’s Apprentice hat. The show then brings guests on a musical tour through classic Disney animated films like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Peter Pan, and Beauty and the Beast. Guests should opt to skip booking a FastPass for Mickey’s PhilharMagic since the show takes place every few minutes inside a massive theater. While guests might have to spend a little time waiting on line, it always moves quickly thanks to the large capacity of guests who can fit inside the theater for each showing.

5. Journey into Imagination with Figment –

Epcot’s Future World is home to an attraction which shows guests how imagination works best when set free. Journey into Imagination with Figment brings guests into the Imagination Institute where Dr. Nigel Channing is leading a tour of their sensory laboratories. Soon Figment enters the scene and shows guests how imagination should be allowed to run free to create some amazing things! Journey into Imagination with Figment rarely has a long wait time as it tends to often be overlooked for the nearby very poplar Soarin’. In addition, the loading area tends to move very quickly while accommodating several dozen guests at a time resulting in the line moving quickly. Guests should definitely opt to skip booking FastPasses for Journey into Imagination with Figment and instead save them for other attractions in Epcot like Frozen Ever After, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, or Soarin’.

4. The Seas with Nemo and Friends –

Another attraction in Epcot’s Future World which should be skipped over in terms of FastPasses is The Seas with Nemo and Friends. This attraction is housed in a pavilion of the same name and brings guests on a retelling of the classic Pixar film Finding Nemo. Guests can enjoy characters like Nemo and Dory as they move through beautiful sets and projected animation with live sea life behind it. While the attraction is enjoyable, it also tends to be passed over for nearby Soarin’. The loading area for The Seas with Nemo and Friends also features a constantly moving sidewalk from which guests can quickly board pink clam shells. With low crowds and fast boarding, The Seas with Nemo and Friends should definitely be a standby option for guests who should avoid booking a FastPass for the experience.

3. Living with the Land –

Located inside The Land Pavilion in Epcot is an attraction which brings guests on a scenic tour that demonstrates the beauty and power of the land. Living with the Land is a serene boat ride which shows guests how the land can thrive in all sorts of environments before bringing them through beautiful greenhouses which are brimming with plant life and vegetation. Since Living with the Land is located directly across from Soarin’, many guests beeline to the more popular attraction making the boat ride generally never have a long line. Guests are smart to skip booking a FastPass for Living with the Land and instead save it for Soarin’ instead.


2. Muppet Vision 3D –

One of the most hilarious attractions in all of Walt Disney World can be found on the Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Muppet Vision 3D invites guests inside the Muppets’ laboratories where they have discovered the spirit of 3D. Along the way guests can enjoy hysterical jokes, corny 3D tricks, and general chaos like only the Muppets can do. While FastPasses are offered for Muppet Vision 3D, guests should opt to not book one since the attraction generally does not have a long wait time. In addition, most of the time spent waiting to enter the main show for Muppet Vision 3D is spent watching a hilarious preshow video which makes the wait go by extremely fast. Guests should opt to skip a FastPass for Muppet Vision 3D and use it for another attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios like Slinky Dog Dash or Rock N Roller Coaster.

1. It’s Tough To Be A Bug –

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to several very popular attractions which tend to have long wait times and are great options to book FastPasses for. It’s Tough To Be A Bug on Discovery Island is not one of those. The 3D show is housed in the roots of The Tree of Life and is hosted by Flik from A Bug’s Life. The show makes guests honorary bugs and aims to teach them the importance of insects in the world. Guests should opt for the standby line for It’s Tough To Be A Bug and avoid using a FastPass for the experience since the show is housed in a massive theater which can seat hundreds of guests at a time. This high capacity show keeps the line moving fairly quickly, making it a poor choice for a FastPass. Guests should instead save their FastPasses for popular attractions with typically long wait times like Avatar Flight of Passage, Navi River Journey, Expedition Everest, or Dinosaur.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.