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Top 10 Most Critical FastPasses at Walt Disney World

Hundreds of thousands of guests visit Walt Disney World each year, making certain days and periods of time very crowded. While every attraction in the four theme parks are wonderful, there are some that are so amazing that guests consider them to be must dos and flock to them on every visit. This results in some very lengthy wait times, especially during busy times in the parks. The best way to be able to enjoy these attractions without losing lots of time spent waiting on the standby line is booking a FastPass for the experience. FastPasses are available to every guest and act as a reservation of sorts that provides them with a time to experience the attraction with little to no wait. While vacation planning, guests should have a list of the FastPasses that are the most critical to ensure that they are able to enjoy those experiences without waiting on long lines. Here are the top ten most critical FastPasses to book for a trip to Walt Disney World.


1. Space Mountain

The Magic Kingdom is home to its own mountain range composed of several thrilling attractions. Space Mountain in Tomorrowland is one of the most popular attractions in the park and brings guests into Starport 75. The intergalactic space port allows guests to board rockets and blast off into the darkness of space for a thrilling adventure with surprise twist, turns, and drops. Space Mountain often has some of the longest wait times in the Magic Kingdom making it a great FastPass choice.

2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Another thrilling attraction in the Magic Kingdom offers up an adventure that is fun for the whole family. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is located in Fantasyland and brings part of the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life. Guests board mine trains the sway from side to side with every turn and set off for the mines where the Dwarfs work. With amazing audio animatronics and twisting fun, guests definitely should book a FastPass for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Fantasyland.

3. Peter Pan’s Flight

Another attraction located in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland is considered to be a classic that guests have to enjoy on any trip to Walt Disney World. Peter Pan’s Flight sprinkles guests with pixie dust and has them board pirate ships that take them soaring over the beautiful sights of Neverland with Peter and the Darling children. Guests can relive classic moments from the film while enjoying the thrill of flying high above in this classic experience. Peter Pan’s Flight typically has very long wait times making it one of the most popular options to book a FastPass for.


4. Soarin’ Around the World

Epcot is home to several popular and thrilling attractions that tend to have long wait times on any busy day in the park. Soarin’ Around the World is located on the lower level of The Land Pavilion in Future World and invites guests to embark on a hang gliding adventure over some of Earth’s most beautiful destinations. Guests can dangle their feet and soar above locations like Mount Kilimanjaro and Iguazu Falls on this thrilling experience. Since Soarin’ Around the World is so popular, guests are smart to book a FastPass for the attraction to not lose lots of time spent waiting in line.

5. Frozen Ever After

The Norway Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase is home to a very popular attraction that brings the guest favorite Disney animated film Frozen to life. Frozen Ever After brings guests into the kingdom of Arendelle where Anna and Elsa are throwing a snow themed celebration in summer. Guests can spot favorite characters and even enjoy a thrilling moment moving backwards in this great experience. Since Frozen Ever After is such a popular experience, guests definitely should book a FastPass for it.

6. Slinky Dog Dash

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a brand new area that brings the story of Woody, Buzz, and friends to life. Toy Story Land invites guests into Andy’s backyard where a thrilling new attraction awaits. Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly roller coaster that has guests blast through a curvy track that Andy himself built. With several surprises along the way, many guests want to experience this attraction making it have very long wait times. Slinky Dog Dash is best enjoyed with a FastPass to save time!

7. Alien Swirling Saucers

The other new attraction in Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios brings the loveable green aliens to life. Alien Swirling Saucers has guests board cars in a game that Andy won at Pizza Planet and blast off in swirling motions. The highlight of the experience is when each saucers whips around a turn making guests feel like they are soaring through space. Since Alien Swirling Saucers is a new and popular attraction, wait times are usually high making it a great choice for a FastPass.

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8. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also home to another attraction that perfectly combines thrills and chills. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is located at the end of Sunset Boulevard inside of the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel. The eerie attraction quickly shares that five guests mysteriously went missing years ago when their elevator was stuck by lightning. Guests soon board a service elevator heading for the same fate in The Twilight Zone before experiencing a random drop sequence that is totally thrilling.

9. Avatar Flight of Passage

One of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World can be found in Pandora – The World of Avatar inside of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Avatar Flight of Passage uses state of the art technology to link guests to an Avatar and experience the Na’vi rite of passage of flying on the back of a banshee. Guests experience amazing and immersive technology that truly makes them believe that they are flying in this amazing experience. For guests who don’t want to wait on line for hours, a FastPass is definitely needed for Avatar Flight of Passage.

10. Na’vi River Journey

Also found in Pandora – The World of Avatar is a second attraction that is more family friendly. The Na’vi River Journey brings guests on a gentle boat ride into a bioluminescent forest filled with amazing creatures. As guests travel deeper into the forest, music builds and eventually they find themselves face to face with the Shaman of Songs who is one of the most advanced audio-animatronics ever created. This attraction typically doesn’t experience wait times as lengthy as Avatar Flight of Passage, but still is a good candidate for a FastPass to save time.

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.