Top 5 Fastpass+ Rides Summer 2016

Top 5 Fastpass+ Rides Summer 2016

This week we are helping your prepare for peak season at Walt Disney World by looking at the best rides for Fastpass+.  There are over 40 rides at the parks that allow you to make a Fastpass+ reservation.  Today we will narrow that list down to the Top 5!

I know what you are thinking, “Ben there is no way you can narrow that list down to just 5.”  Well, when I started working on this list I probably would have agreed with you.  In fact, I considered doing a Top 5 for each park, or a Top 5 for rides over 38”, or even a top 10.  The fact is, there are so many variables that influence which rides will be the best fit for your family.  Add to that the fact that Disney is constantly evolving and it can be like shooting at a moving target.  With that said, I still feel there are a few select rides that almost every visitor to Walt Disney World can and will want to ride.  These are rides that are accessible to almost everyone, have universal appeal, and build up long lines almost as soon as the parks open.

It won’t be an easy task, but I believe we have a great list of 5 rides you don’t want to miss.  With each ride we will cover the essential facts and I will lay out my case for why that ride deserves your Fastpass+ vote.

Before we get into each ride though, it is important to note, you need to be familiar with the Fastpass+ system for today’s podcast to make any sense.  If you are new to this whole ride reservation process, go back and check out our podcast covering the details and history of the Fastpass system.  In that episode I also break down my general strategy for how to get the most out of your Fastpass+ selections.  We won’t rehash all of that today, but let’s get started with a quick review by looking at our Know Before You Go Essential Facts!

  • Fastpass+ was launched in January 2014 replacing the original Fastpass system
  • For guests staying on Disney property, Fastpass+ reservations can be made 60 days in advance of your travel dates.  Guests staying off property can make selections 30 days in advance.
  • You can start each day with 3 Fastpass+ reservations within the same park
  • 1 Additional Fastpass+ can be obtained inside the park after the original 3 have been used.  Another can obtained after this is used and so on as long as they are available.
  • Not every ride is available for Fastpass+
  • There are a limited number of Fastpass+ reservations for each ride on a given day
  • Fastpass+ Reservations can be made on the My Disney Experience App or online at disneyworld.com
  • Magic Bands act as your Fastpass+ ticket, a simple touch of your band to the corresponding touch point and you are ready to ride.

Those are the facts, now time for the Top 5!

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5.  Kilimanjaro Safaris

– Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the Africa section

– There is no height requirement

– Guest must transfer to a wheelchair

– Assistive listening, handheld captioning, language translation devices, and video    captioning are available

– WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood

pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that

could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

– Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older

 

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4.  Peter Pan’s Flight

– Located in the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland

– There is no height requirement

– Guests must be ambulatory

– Audio description and hand held captioning are available

– Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older

 

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3.  Test Track

– Located in Epcot in Future World

– You must be 40” tall to ride

– Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV

– Language translation devices and video captioning are available

– WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood

pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that

could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

– Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older

– Rider switch is offered

 

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2.   Seven Dwarfs Mine Train 

– Located in the Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland

– You must be 38” tall to ride

– Guests must transfer from a wheelchair/ECV

– Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older

– Rider Switch is offered

– Expectant mothers should not ride

 

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  1. Toy Story Midway Mania

– Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

– There is no height requirement

– Guest must transfer to a wheelchair

– Audio Description and Video Captioning are available

– Children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older

 

Honorable Mention

Tomorrowland Speedway

Coming Later this Year…

Soarin’ Around the World

Frozen Ever After

Anna & Elsa Character Meet ’n’ Greet at Norway in Epcot 

Before we go I want to leave you with a few quick tips.

#1: Check the My Disney Experience App for wait times when you get ready to make your Fastpass+ selections.  When you open the app go to the “attractions” tab at the top, and then filter the results to one of the four theme parks.  The app organizes the list of rides by “short wait time, moderate wait time, long wait time.”  Of course, you will probably be going 60 days from the time you are looking at these wait times, but seeing the rides listed under “long wait time” will help give you an idea of where to best use your 3 Fastpass+ picks.

#2: You may be able to secure the elusive 4th Fastpass+ reservation in the park after exhausting your first 3.  Just don’t expect to see any of the Top 5 rides we have discussed today on that list.  Toy Story Midway Mania! fastpasses will be long gone before your trip even begins.  Plan on trying to secure a nighttime entertainment Fastpass+.  For example, a late showing of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios might be available if you are lucky.  Do consider a 4th selection a pure bonus though, it should not be counted on, especially during peak season.

#3: Check your Fastpass+ selections about a week out from your trip.  A lot can change with your plans from the time you booked your Fastpass+ 60 days out.  On my own trips I make a fair number of changes in the weeks leading up to the trip.  It may be something small like deciding on a different restaurant for an Advanced Dining Reservation, or something big like visiting a completely different park than you originally planned.  At the very least, I may now be on the opposite side of the park from my original Fastpass+ ride, or worst case scenario, in the wrong park entirely!  You should be able to modify your Fastpass+ time, or make new selections altogether if needed.

All right riders, I think you are ready to make good use of your Fastpass+ reservations!  As I said at the top of the podcast, this list is a guide to 5 of the most universally popular rides.  This list isn’t foolproof, but if you have never been before, it should serve you well.

I hope you have enjoyed our Top 5 Fastpass+ Rides Summer 2016!  I have had fun sharing my thoughts on how to best plan your next Disney vacation.  Next week we return to our regular format.  I don’t know about you but it feels like it’s been awhile since we dug into the details of a classic ride here on the WDW Ride Guide.  I’ve missed doing that.  The good news is that we will be looking at 3 of the 5 rides discussed today over the next 3 episodes.   I hope you will come back and join me for each one!   Until then, make each day a ride worth taking!

 

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