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When planning out your Disney vacation, it’s best to plan your meals and your rides as soon as possible. Disney recently unveiled its new FastPass+ system which allows you to make ride reservations before you ever set foot in the park. To help you out with your planning, Disney sends you a booklet with helpful information, important dates, and their FastPass+ suggestions when you book a stay at Walt Disney World. The biggest advantage when you go to Walt Disney World … make sure you download the My Disney Experience app. That way, your whole itinerary is on your phone.
So far, FastPass+ has offered guests shorter wait times on bigger attractions and a little longer wait times on other rides. This makes sense because Disney has opened up its FastPass+ options to include more rides, shows, and even meals.
Last month, I wrote an article all about FastPass+ and the Magic Kingdom. Now, here are your FastPass+ options for EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom (notice that EPCOT and Hollywood Studios has tiered options):
Choose 1 Option: Living with the Land, Illuminations, Soarin’, Test Track
Choose 2 Options: Captain EO, Journey into Imagination, Epcot Character Spot, Mission: Space, Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends and Turtle Talk, Maelstrom
Picks from a 9 year old: Soarin’ is my favorite ride. Spaceship Earth and Mission Space aren’t my favorite rides, but those are the two best on the second list. I wish I could pick Test Track and Soarin’.
Disney suggested: Soarin’ and Turtle Talk with Crush
My suggestion: We love Soarin’ and Test Track … both of which have long lines. However, we do use the single rider line on Test Track, so I would use my FastPass on Soarin’. Mission: Space is the only other ride on the list that we have waited over 40 minutes to ride at any time, so I would pick that ride.
Choose 1 Option: Beauty and Beast – Live on Stage, Fantasmic, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, Great Movie Ride
Choose 2 Options: Disney Junior – Live on Stage, Indiana Jones, Lights Motors Action, Muppet Vision 3D, Star Tours, The American Idol Experience, The Tower of Terror, Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
Picks from a 9 year old: Toy Story Mania because that line can get really, really long (and it’s fun). Tower of Terror and Star Tours from the second list. I would have picked Fantasmic, but we got dinner and a show tickets to see Fantasmic so that we wouldn’t have to use a FastPass.
Disney suggested: Star Tours, Toy Story Mania and Fantasmic.
My suggestion: I love the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Fantasmic, but no line in Hollywood Studios is longer than Toy Story Mania. It is a fun, interactive ride and I would recommend a FastPass on that ride before any other. Tower of Terror and Star Tours would be my second choices … because of wait times, I would pick Tower of Terror twice if I could.
Animal Kingdom (choose 3): Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, Finding Nemo – The Musical, It’s Tough to be a Bug, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris Expedition, Primeval Whirl
Picks from a 9 year old: Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari and Primeval Whirl. Everest and the safari are my two favorite rides in Animal Kingdom. I’ve never been on Primeval Whirl. I wish I could pick two Expedition Everest rides instead of Primeval Whirl.
Disney suggests: Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safari and Finding Nemo – The Musical.
My suggestion: The longest wait times have been Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Kali River Rapids. I would pick all three of them.
What are your three favorite rides/attractions in EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments below.
Bryan lives in Pittsburgh, but thinks of Disney as his second home. His daughter loves going to Walt Disney World and his son will be making his first trip soon. Bryan's wife prefers the Disney Cruise (more specifically the spa) to the fast rides at the parks, but they love each other anyway.