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Must-See Attractions & FastPass Tips

There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World, it can be hard to know where to begin. Here is a list of Must-See Attractions and FastPass tips to help you get started.

Must-See attractions and FastPass tips 2017

General FastPass+ Tips for every park

  1. You will be relying heavily on the My Disney Experience app within the parks, and it is a huge drain on your battery!
    • Think about changing the settings on your phone so that other features are not taking a toll on your battery.  You will need wifi, and location services is super helpful. You can turn off Bluetooth.
    • Charging stations are located in the Magic Kingdom. However, we HIGHLY recommend that you take a cord/USB plug in for charging. Even better, get a Mophie or another kind of portable battery to use. To find out where the charging stations are located, check the maps feature on your My Disney Experience app, or ask a Cast Member.
  2. Disney Resort Guests can make FastPass+ selections at 7:00 am EST 60 days in advance. We HIGHLY recommend that you take advantage of this and make your selections as soon as possible. This means that if you are in the Central Time Zone, you can make your FastPass reservations at 6:00 am.
  3. Remember, FastPass+ reservations can be modified from your My Disney Experience app. You can change both the attraction AND the time.  If you have difficulty with this, you can visit one of the FastPass+ kiosks located throughout each park. The kiosks are staffed by Disney Cast Members who can answer questions or give assistance.

 

Magic Kingdom – Must See Attractions

 

Attractions that most often need a FastPass:

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Peter Pan
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

Attractions that NEVER need a FastPass:

  • Barnstormer
  • Mad Tea Party
  • It’s a Small World
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic
  • Monster’s Inc

Attractions that need a FastPass only during peak seasons:

  • Under the Sea: Journey of the little Mermaid
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Mickey Mouse Meet & Greet
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

 

Fun for the Whole Family:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Buzz Lightyear’s SpaceRanger Spin Tomorrowland Yes Morning Aim for the targets furthest away!
Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor Tomorrowland Yes Text in your favorite joke. Sit in the front rows if you want to participate
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Fantasyland YES!! 38” First thing in the morning or last thing at night
Mad Tea Party Fantasyland Yes
Mickey’s Philharmagic Fantasyland Yes FastPass rarely needed
Peter Pan Fantasyland Yes Before 10:00 AM
It’s a Small World Fantasyland Yes
Haunted Mansion Liberty Square Yes More funny than scary!
Pirates of the Caribbean Adventureland Yes There is one drop in the dark at the very beginning.
Jungle Cruise Adventureland Yes Morning
Main Street Electrical Parade Yes
Celebrate the Magic NA Castle projection show 15 min before fireworks. DO NOT MISS!!!
Wishes Fireworks NA

 

Fun for Little Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Dumbo Storybook Circus Yes Air conditioned play area! They will page you when it is your turn to ride!
Barnstormer Storybook Circus Yes 35” More intense than it looks! If your child can handle this, Big Thunder and Splash will be a snap.
Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid New Fantasyland Yes
Enchanted Tales with Belle New Fantasyland Yes
Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Fantasyland Yes
Tom Sawyer’s Island Frontierland NA Great place for a mid-day break
Magic Carpets of Aladdin Adventureland Yes
Character Greeting opportunities Various locations Yes HIGHLY recommend if this is a must see for our child

 

Fun for Big Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Space Mountain Tomorrowland Yes 44” Morning Lines are almost non-existent for the first 20-30 minutes after park opening
Splash Mountain Frontierland Yes 40” Morning Lines are almost non-existent for the first 20-30 minutes after park opening
Big Thunder Mountain Frontierland Yes 40” Morning Lines are almost non-existent for the first 20-30 minutes after park opening

Epcot — Must See Attractions

Attractions at Epcot are divided into two groups.  You can choose one option from Group A and two options from Group B.

Group A (Choose 1)

  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
  • Frozen Ever After

Group B (Choose 2)

  • Disney*Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Journey Into Your Imagination
  • Living with the Land
  • Mission: Space (Green – no spinning)
  • Mission: Space (Orange – spinning, simulates zero gravity)
  • Spaceship Earth
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

 

Attractions that never need FastPass

  • Journey Into Your Imagination
  • Illuminations: Reflections of Earth – there are lots of great viewing spots all the way around World Showcase
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Mission: Space (Green)

Fun for the Whole Family:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Soarin’ Land Pavilion YES 40” FIRST THING Lines get long, very quickly.
Living with the Land Land Pavilion Yes
Spaceship Earth Park Entrance Yes After noon
Frozen Ever After Norway Yes First thing in the morning
World Showcase Live Entertainment World Showcase Countries NA Worth the effort!
Ellen’s Energy Adventure Future World East NA Entire experience can take 30 minutes+ – might need to think about a restroom break first. Great place to escape the heat!
Innoventions Future World NA Great place to escape the heat. Lots of neat activities.

Fun for Little Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Living Seas with Nemo and Friends Living Seas pavilion Yes
Turtle Talk with Crush Living Seas pavilion Yes
Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure World Showcase NA
Journey Into Your Imagination Yes Any time. There is never a line here. Ever. Corny, but the kids will love it.
Epcot Character Spot Future World West Yes Great option for families who will not be riding Soarin’ or Test Track
Character Greeting World Showcase NA Great opportunities to see the princesses

 

Fun for Big Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS + Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Test Track Future World West Yes 40” Single Rider Line option – but you will be separated from your party.
Mission: Space (Orange) Future World East Yes 44” One of the most intense attractions in the Disney parks. Simulates zero gravity. May be too much for those with claustrophobia.

Hollywood Studios — Must See Attractions

Attractions at Hollywood Studios are divided into two groups.  You can choose one option from Group A and two options from Group B.

Group A (Choose 1)

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Rock n Roller Coaster
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!

Group B (Choose 2)

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration

 

Our recommended FastPass+ selections for Hollywood Studios are

  • Toy Story Mania (Group A)
  • Star Tours (Group B)
  • Tower of Terror (Group B) If you KNOW you are not going to ride this, choose something else from Group B.
  • Frozen Sing-A-Long

Rock n Roller Coaster can easily be seen first thing in the morning with a short wait. You will NEVER wait in a short line for Toy Story Mania without a FastPass.  EVER.

Attractions (shows) that rarely need a FastPass+, except during peak season:

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

NOTE: The Jedi Training Academy does not offer FastPass. IF this is a MUST DO for your family, it is CRITICAL that you arrive before park opening and then go straight to sign up. Remember, the child who is participating MUST be present when you sign up.

Fun for the Whole Family:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Toy Story Mania Pixar Place YES!! NEVER. A FastPass for this attraction is CRITICAL. If you want to ride TSM and RNR, try to get your FastPass for around 10:00 am.
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular Echo Lake Yes Easily seen without a FastPass, but if this is a must see for you all, it’s an acceptable choice
Muppet 3D Streets of America NA
Star Tours Streets of America Yes 40” You will never see the same story twice!
Beauty and the Beast Sunset Boulevard Yes Easily seen without a FastPass, but rarely a better option than toy Story Mania.
Fantasmic! Sunset Boulevard Yes If this is a MUST see, consider the Fantasmic Dining Plan instead of using a FastPass
Citizens of Hollywood Hollywood Boulevard NA Performances daily throughout the park. Do not miss them!
The Great Movie Ride Hollywood Boulevard Yes Easily seen without a FastPass, but if this is a must see for you all, it’s an acceptable choice. Some parts may be a little frightening for small children.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration Streets of America Yes Mixed reviews on needing a FastPass for this show.  Depends on the daily crowd

Fun for Little Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Voyage of the Little Mermaid Animation Courtyard Yed Easily seen without a FastPass, but if this is a must see for you all, its an acceptable choice.
Disney Junior – Live on Stage Animation Courtyard Yes Easily seen without a FastPass, but if this is a must see for you all, it’s an acceptable choice.
Jedi Training Academy Echo Lake NA For children ages 4-12. SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY AFTER PARK OPENING. Child must be present to sign up.
Pixar Character Greeting Experiences Location varies NA Check park schedule for times and locations.

Fun for Big Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Rock n Roller Coaster Sunset Boulevard Yes 48” Easily seen without a FastPass first thing in the morning, or take advantage of the single rider line. If you want to do both RNR and TSM, you will be much better off getting the FastPass for TSM.
Tower of Terror Sunset Boulevard Yes 40” Lines are almost non-existent during Fantasmic. If you want to choose a FastPass for something else, ride early in the morning, right after you ride Rock n Roller Coaster.

 

Animal Kingdom – Must See Attractions

 

Group A (You may choose only one of these attractions – but it is not required)

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey

Attractions that most often need a FastPass

  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Dinosaur
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Expedition Everest
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Navi River Journey

Fun for the Whole Family:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Kilimanjaro Safaris Africa Yes First thing in the morning or after 3:00-4:00 pm Don’t feel like you have to ride this first thing in the morning in order to see animals. Closes at dusk.
Pangani Forest Trail Africa NA Gorillas!
Festival of the Lion King Africa Yes One of the best shows at Disney World – an absolute do not miss in my book! Now in its new location in the Harambe Theater next door to the Tusker House restaurant.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug Discovery Island Yes Cute show, but NOT fun if you are afraid of bugs.
Flights of Wonder Asia NA Not your typical bird show.
Maharajah Jungle Trek Asia NA Tigers and bats!
Finding Nemo–The Musical Between Asia and Dinoland USA Yes Broadway quality musical
Avatar Flight of Passage-COMING MAY 27, 2017 Pandora
– The World
of Avatar
Yes 44″ First Thing Disney Resort Guests should take advantage of Extra Magic Hours
Navi River Journey-COMING MAY 27, 2017 Pandora
– The World
of Avatar
First Thing Disney Resort Guests should take advantage of Extra Magic Hours

Fun for Little Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Adventurers Outpost Character Greeting Experience Discovery Island Yes Use FastPass only if this is a must see for younger kids
Wilderness Explorers Discovery Island NA Earn merit badges by visiting different posts throughout the park
The Boneyard Dinoland USA NA Great place to let little ones blow off some steam
Triceratops Spin Dinoland USA NA Dumbo with dinosaurs

Fun for Big Kids:

ATTRACTION LOCATION FASTPASS+ Enabled? Height Requirement Best time to ride without a FastPass TIPS
Expedition Everest Asia Yes 44” First thing in the morning, or right before park closing Easy to ride first thing in the morning without a FastPass. Single rider line is helpful as well.
Kali River Rapids Asia Yes 38” You WILL get WET. Be prepared.
Primeval Whirl Dinoland USA Yes 48”
Dinosaur Dinoland USA Yes 40” First thing in the morning Easy to ride first thing in the morning without a FastPass.

 

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