In less than 30 days, the window for booking FastPass+for my upcoming Disney World vacation will open up. For anyone that does not know, Fast Pass+ is Disney’s reservation system which allows you to book rides, attractions, shows and parades well in advance of your vacation. Disney introduced this system in an effort to help guests experience even more of the park. After reading various forums throughout the year, the system has gotten many fans standing on different sides of the fence. Love it or hate it, Disney has been moving forward with expanding the process to include even more attractions.
Those who are on the “hate it” side of the fence have deemed the system StressPass+ and claim this new process takes out the magic in a Disney World vacation. Gone are the days of just showing up to the parks on the day of your arrival with hopes of obtaining a Fast Pass paper ticket to only stand in line for mere minutes. Planning your vacation down to the times you will ride Dumbo and Splash Mountain is now necessary. And to those on Team Hate It, this is unacceptable. It’s a vacation after all. Everyone knows that a Disney trip is far from relaxing, but it shouldn’t be stressful in the months leading up to it. This same group is annoyed by the fact that dining reservations at popular restaurants like Be Our Guest and Chef Mickey’s are virtually impossible if you call at a normal time of day. The laid back, happy go lucky group find themselves not so happy when traveling to The Happiest Place On Earth.
Cue in the rest of the vacationers who stand with Team Love It. This group are obsessive planners who study touring plans and look at restaurant menus and write itineraries for each day of the vacation. This group revels in the chime of midnight the day the booking window opens so they can unleash the months of planning into their MyMagic app to solidify all their hard work. If you recall from my Disney Cruise Line post, this group…..is where I belong.
So, here is my FastPass+ plan for touring the Magic Kingdom with my petite 3 year old girl. This is a general idea and assumes you will arrive before or at rope drop. This is also assuming you have multiple days on property as I don’t list all of the attractions available. We generally like to return to the resort in the late afternoon to relax. These are long days for these littles! These suggestions are based solely on what works for my family.
Snag an early breakfast reservation (I suggest Be Our Guest. While not a character dining, it is a quick service restaurant that takes ADRs!)
Non FastPass+ Morning: Under the Sea – Journey of The Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant®, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear’s Ranger Spin®, “it’s a small world”®
FastPass+ Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (You can use rider swap if needed). I would substitute this with Enchanted Tales With Belle if older children or adults don’t wish to adventure any rides.
Break for lunch
FastPass+ Peter Pan’s Flight®
Pirates of the Caribbean®, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
FastPass+ Festival of Fantasy Parade 3pm (great option for families with small children who will have a hard time waiting for the parade if you need to camp out early for a good spot)
At this point we head back to the resort. More to see for the rest of our vacation! Just keep in mind that with a toddler, you will not see everything there is to see. List your “musts” and enjoy. There’s always next year!