If you’re planning your first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, no doubt you’ve heard about the fast pass.

Generally, each person can have up to 3 fast passes each day associated with their park ticket or magic band.

These can easily be booked through the Disney World app up to 60 days before your visit.

Disney World can be a crowded place, especially on weekends, holidays or peak times of the year. The wait time for some rides can be as high as 2 or even 3 hours. Choosing the right Fast Passes can really minimize your wait times and maximize fun! Here are my top tips for which rides you should aim to get Fast Passes for…

Animal Kingdom

  • Avatar – Flight Of Passage
  • Festival Of The Lion King
  • Kilimanjaro Safari

Kali River Rapids is one ride you typically won’t need a fast pass for as the lines are usually pretty short. Generally, most people don’t want to get soaked unless it’s a hot day.

Learn more about what to see at Animal Kingdom.

Hollywood Studios

  • Slinky Dog Rollercoaster
  • Tower of Terror 
  • Rock n Rollercoaster

As a back up, if you can’t get the above passes, then use one for Indiana Jones’ Stunt Spectacular. We used a fast pass for this on our most recent visit, got great seats and really loved the show.

Learn more about what to see at Hollywood Studios.

Magic Kingdom

  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean

Learn more about what to see at Magic Kingdom.


  • Soarin’
  • Test Track
  • Frozen

While you’re waiting for your fast pass time to come up, head on over to the international pavillions and enjoy some of the amazing foods from around the world.

Learn more about what to see at Epcot.

Update – Fast Pass Tiers

In 2019, Disney World has introduced two tiers to their fast pass offering. The most popular rides fall into Tier 1, while everything else falls into Tier 2. In your first three fast pass reservations, you may only book a single Tier 1 pass, the rest have to be Tier 2.

On the upside, I learnt recently that whilst at the parks, if you use all your fast passes, you can then book more on the app (one at a time). If you’ve been able to do this, we would love to hear about your experience!

What if I miss the Fast Passes I want?

For some rides like Flight Of Passage, you have to be super fast to reserve a fast pass. If you miss out, you can keep checking the app, as people may cancel their fast passes as it gets closer to the day, but you have to act fast when you see them become available.

Alternatively, make sure you get to the park before it opens. In the first hour or two after the park opens is the best time to catch as many rides as possible before the crowds start to build. If you’re staying at accommodation provided by Disney, you’ll also get early access into the park. Lastly, you can minimise wait times by visiting Disney in off-peak periods such as weekends and holidays.

What are your top fast pass picks?