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5 Critical Fastpass+ Selections At Walt Disney World

5. Avatar Flight of Passage OR Na’vi River Journey

These two new attractions at Animal Kingdom’s Pandora – The World of Avatar share a FastPass Tier, meaning you’ll have the ability to FastPass one but not the other. Our suggestion is to FastPass one for the late morning, and arrive at park opening to head directly to the attraction you don’t have a FastPass for. Or do Animal Kingdom in two days and get a FastPass for one attraction each day! With Avatar Flight of Passage you can prepare to straddle what feels somewhat like one of those motorcycles at an arcade, be secured in, and then using 3D screen technology, awesome 4D effects, and motion simulation – feel like you are literally flying on the back of a mountain banshee in the most exhilarating way. Your banshee (somewhat like a flying dragon) will soar through the sky as it takes you on the ride of a lifetime through Pandora – The World of Avatar. The Na’vi River Journey allows guests to climb aboard a small boat and feel the slow river push you along. The space around you glows as if bioluminescent lighting has struck the rainforest with beauty! The sights and sounds appeal to the senses as you drift down river. Pass caves, exotic plants, and interesting animals to reach a very important member of the Na’vi tribe. This is one family friendly journey down river not to miss!

4. Kilimanjaro Safari

Kilimanjaro Safari is definitely another popular attraction in Animal Kingdom and is on Tier 2 which is different than the two above. Not only does Kilimanjaro typically have a longer wait than the rest of the attractions in the park, but the queue is also entirely outside, and though it is themed and has some television screens with information about the wildlife reserve, it is not the most enjoyable line to wait in. If you end up not being able to secure a Fastpass, this attraction is still most definitely worth doing. There are some attractions that I simply will not do if the line is long and I don’t have a Fastpass, but Kilimanjaro Safari is definitely worth the wait if you need to use the stand by line.

3. Soarin’ OR Frozen Ever After

We highly recommend arriving at Epcot for park opening. The three most popular attractions with the longest wait time are Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, and Test Track. Epcot is on a Tier System, meaning you can only select one of these to FastPass when picking your initial three FastPass options. If you arrive at the park right when it opens, you should have no problem hitting both Soarin’ and Test Track without extremely long lines. Our recommendation is to FastPass Frozen Ever After early afternoon, head straight to Soarin’ at park open, then head to Test Track. If the standby line for Test Track is too long, you can always check out the Single Rider line.

2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

As the newest attraction in the Magic Kingdom, and one of the only real family friendly rollercoasters, it’s no surprise that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train consistently comes with very long wait times. While the queue is interactive and the line does move fairly quickly, this is an attraction I prefer to only do if I have a Fastpass or if the wait is “short.” By “short,” I basically mean getting in line right before the park closes. The line is usually shorter then, and once the park closes I’d have nothing better to do but be waiting in line anyway.

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1. Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania, the most popular ride at Hollywood Studios, is the most critical Fastpass+ selection. As one of the only attractions in Hollywood Studios that the whole family can do together, this ride typically draws extremely long wait times. While I do love this attraction, it’s not something I’d do on a regular basis without a Fastpass. The queue is completely indoors and air conditioned, however this is a line that to me, drags on for far too long, and I’d much rather make a Fastpass in advance and get right on the ride. Plus, you can always catch Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster first thing in the morning or take advantage of the Single Rider Line.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.