With over 30 attractions, you need to be visiting Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with a plan. A Magic Kingdom FastPass+ itinerary is crucial for avoiding long lines. Fortunately, a Magic Kingdom strategy isn’t as stressful and complicated as you might fear and I’m here to pass along my family’s favorite 1- and 2-day Magic Kingdom FastPass+ advice.
Before we go any further, let’s answer the obvious question: What is FastPass+?
FastPass+ is a FREE service that allows you to make reservations for certain Disney World attractions in advance, saving you lots of time waiting in lines. Yep, many newbies assume there is a fee for FastPass+, but Disney World FastPass+ cost is … FREE! Read all about FastPass+ in a separate blog post.
Once you know what FastPass+ is all about, how should you decide which FastPass+ reservations to make?
Magic Kingdom has over 20 FastPass-enabled attractions. You can find them all in my Magic Kingdom attraction guide. Note these itineraries aren’t princess-heavy. We don’t visit the princesses and Enchanted Tales with Belle was a one-and-done for my boys, so those attractions are never on our FastPass+ itinerary.
1-Day Magic Kingdom FastPass Advice
While other Disney World parks can each be accomplished in one long day, it’s nearly impossible to see everything at Magic Kingdom in a single day. It’s especially difficult in the winter when the park doesn’t stay open as late at night. Note that Magic Kingdom will close early to day guests at 6:00 PM in the fall and winter on days when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party take place.
Don’t expect to see everything in one day at Magic Kingdom and that’s perfectly fine.
If you only have one day to visit Magic Kingdom and are staying at a Disney hotel, visit on a day when Magic Kingdom offers Extra Magic Hours. These are days when the park opens early or closes late for Disney hotel guests. Evening Extra Magic Hours are longer than morning. FastPasses are NOT available during the Extra Magic Hours so you will use the stand-by line for all attractions during this extra park time.
You may reserve three FastPasses in advance and these are the three I recommend for Magic Kingdom if you have just one day:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Peter Pan’s Flight
You will be able to enjoy several other popular attractions first thing in the morning before the crowds arrive so schedule these reserved FastPasses beginning around 10:30.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the toughest FastPass to get at Magic Kingdom. If you’re unsuccessful, don’t despair. You might still be able to get an additional FastPass using the refresh technique later in the day. If not, plan on getting in line just a few minutes before the park closes. Posted wait times are typically inflated at the end of the day to discourage guests from getting in line, so you can expect to wait for less than the posted time. Cast Members will only prevent guests from ENTERING the line when the park closes. If you’re already in line, you’ll get to ride.
I do not recommend rope-dropping Seven Dwarfs Mine Train if you value starting your day with a little peace and sanity. It’s the most popular ride to rope drop so the crowd starts building early. You’ll need to arrive an hour before the posted park opening time to be near the front of the crowd and make your rope dropping efforts worthwhile. If you arrive WHEN the park opens, you’ll find yourself at the end of a crowd that got there well before you and you’ll still have quite a wait.
So what attractions should you visit first at rope drop? Head to Frontierland.
There, you can knock out Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain right away. This is why I recommend getting a FastPass for Space Mountain instead: the proximity of the Frontierland mountains makes them easier to enjoy in the morning back-to-back. These are popular rides, but they don’t have a stressful rope drop rush so you can enjoy your pre-park opening time in Magic Kingdom’s hub and head over to the Liberty Square rope about 10 minutes before the park opens to get a decent position within the growing crowd.
After riding the Frontierland mountains, mosey on over (you have to mosey in Frontierland, after all) to Adventureland and ride Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean before lines grow too long. Jungle Cruise is an entirely outdoor attraction with a slow-moving line that regularly has a 60+ minute wait time so aim for this to be your third attraction before the heat of the day sets in. After that, Pirates should still have a short wait.
By now, your first FastPass window should be open so you can start knocking out your reserved FastPass attractions. Then, you’re able to continue making additional FastPass reservations one at a time.
If you have smaller kids or don’t have thrill-seekers in the family, you might want to prioritize Fantasyland in the morning instead of Frontierland. The Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, Little Mermaid, and Barnstormer rides are all close and are easy to finish first in the morning before lines build.
2-DAY Magic Kingdom FastPass Tips
I always recommend having two days in your Disney World trip itinerary for Magic Kingdom. Even on our first family Disney World trip when our boys were toddlers and we only spent three days at Disney World, two of them were at Magic Kingdom, skipping Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom entirely.
With two full days, you can easily split the park in half and complete the entire park without too much stress. Visit Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square one day. The second day can be spent in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland.
Here are the two FastPass strategies for two days at Magic Kingdom:
Day 1: Frontierland/Adventureland/Liberty Square FastPass Strategy
On a two-day Magic Kingdom plan, tackle the left (west) side of the park on the first day. Here you’ll find Adventureland, Frontierland, and Liberty Square. Considering that Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (in Fantasyland) is the most difficult FastPass to secure at Magic Kingdom, save that for the second day later in the trip when there is greater FastPass availability at your 60-day reservation mark (I explain all of this in my FastPass guide).
Here are the top attractions on this side of Magic Kingdom, all FastPass-enabled:
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Haunted Mansion
- Jungle Cruise
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Splash Mountain
These will be the highest priority to either hit first at rope drop or have a reserved FastPass.
There are two options here depending on the thrill preference of your traveling party and FastPass availability when you make your reservations.
- Rope drop Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. Again, go to Thunder Mountain first since the ride length is shorter so you’ll be out sooner for the second ride.
- FastPass Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00.
- Rope drop Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean. Go to Jungle Cruise first as the line tends to build quicker and Pirates has a more enjoyable indoor queue.
- FastPass Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Haunted Mansion at 10:00, 11:00, and 12:00
With those five attractions accomplished, the only remaining attraction in these three lands that offers FastPass is The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. The line for this spinner will remain short for most of the morning so you should be able to ride stand-by after the first two rope dropped attractions and before the reserved FastPass rides. Otherwise, try for a fourth FastPass later or just skip this one as it’s basically Dumbo with flying carpets.
For lunch on this side of the park, head to Columbia Harbor House in Liberty Square. Always use mobile ordering and find a table upstairs where it’s less crowded. Eat during the 11:00 hour to beat the lunchtime rush.
Good table service options are Skipper Canteen in Adventureland and Liberty Tree Tavern in Liberty Square. Character dining is available at The Crystal Palace is nearby at the edge of Main Street USA just outside the entrance to Adventureland.
You should have all six FastPass attractions completed by mid-day. At that point, with park crowds building, you can relax and enjoy the other attractions that don’t draw big crowds:
- Hall of Presidents
- Muppets Present … Great Moments in American History
- Country Bear Jamboree
- Tom Sawyer Island
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Enchanted Tiki Room
- Swiss Family Treehouse
Additionally, use this leisurely afternoon to catch the Festival of Fantasy parade at 2:00 PM. The parade begins in Frontierland and continues into Liberty Square before entering the hub and Main Street USA. It’ll be easiest to find a parade-watching spot in Frontierland.
Grab an afternoon snack at Aloha Isle (use mobile ordering here, too!) for a Dole Whip or, my personal preference, a Citrus Swirl from Sunshine Tree Terrace. Both are in Adventureland.
With a busy afternoon of attractions that don’t offer FastPass, use the opportunity to try for an additional FastPass nearby in Fantasyland to get a head start on day two at Magic Kingdom. You’ll have several hours to try for an evening FastPass. I’d start with It’s A Small World (which is usually easy to get) and Peter Pan’s Flight (which is more popular and, therefore, difficult to get) as both closest to Liberty Square.
Day 2: Tomorrowland and Fantasyland FastPass Strategy
On your second Magic Kingdom day, wait on the Tomorrowland bridge for the rope to drop and then head straight to the Astro Orbiter. Yes, I said Astro Orbiter! This is our favorite ride to rope drop at Magic Kingdom. It does not offer FastPass, yet will have a consistent 30-40 minute wait for the entire day … except for first thing in the morning.
Here are the FastPass-enabled attractions on this side of Magic Kingdom that you should ride next while lines are still short to non-existent:
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Mad Tea Party
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- The Barnstormer
Avoiding the noon lunch rush, we typically enjoy some favorite pastries for a morning snack here and eat a later lunch. We love Cheshire cat tails from the Cheshire Cafe and cinnamon rolls at Gaston’s Tavern … and it’s not uncommon for us to get both of these treats in the same morning!
At this point, lines will be building and you’ll want to use your reserved FastPasses. Here’s what I recommend in Tomorrowland and Fantasyland:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Space Mountain
For lunch, try to get a late lunch reservation at Be Our Guest or settle for Pinocchio Village Haus if not. The Plaza Restaurant is your best table service option nearby at the end of Main Street USA near the entrance to Tomorrowland.
Decent dining is hard to find on this side of the park so consider leaving for lunch nearby along the monorail loop at the Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort, or Polynesian. All three have excellent counter service options and you can return to Magic Kingdom after this yummy break from the crowds even if you don’t have park hopper tickets.
By late afternoon and evening, you’re ready to make all those additional FastPass reservations to cut down the wait times on rides like Under the Sea: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and It’s A Small World. While you wait for those windows to open, enjoy these attractions that have little to no wait even on busy afternoons:
- Carousel of Progress
- TTA PeopleMover
- Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel
Woo hoo! You’ve enjoyed two full days at Magic Kingdom with short lines and no stress!
Did these itineraries work for you? Let me know in the comments below!