Planning My 2019 Disney World Fastpass Strategy

There is something about planning your Disney World Fastpass strategy that makes me realise that long countdown has been worth it as the end is now in sight. We started our countdown at over 350 days and now we are under 100 days. I’ve been planning our Disney World holiday in my bullet journal this year.

2019 fastpass strategy


Disney World Fastpasses can be booked at 60 days in advance if you’re staying in a Disney resort, or 30 days in advance if you’re staying elsewhere. You can only book Fastpasses with a valid Disney World park ticket so bear this in mind if you’re leaving everything to the last minute.

I’ve talked before about which Fastpasses you should book, and these options can change when Disney add in new rides or change the current tier structure for the parks.

In 2019, I’m looking forward to visiting the new Toy Story land in Hollywood Studios for the first time, and also revisiting Pandora in Animal Kingdom as these are the two newest areas in the Disney parks and the rides some of the most popular.

Toy Story midway mania ride

As we have already booked our Advanced Dining Reservations, this has given me an idea of which park we may be visiting on which days. This helps a lot to plan our Fastpasses around this. If we have a lunch reservation in a park, then I’ll book three Fastpasses for the morning in that park.

If we are planning on a late dinner reservation then I may book Fastpasses for later in the day for example. This is why I love it when Fastpass time really starts to bring all my planning together.

Not everyone is a planner and some like to go with the flow. That’s absolutely fine and each to their own. My Disney World Fastpass strategy is always being tweaked and adjusted throughout the holiday as our plans change, but I do enjoy the process in the lead up.

splash mountain

We are visiting during a peak time this year, so to make sure we can ride those coveted rides without a two hour or more wait, my planning helps take out the wait times.

We have ten nights in Disney World this year, and will be hoping to utilise at least three Fastpasses per day. Each person can book and use three Fastpasses per day booked in advance. Once you have scanned your Magic Band or ticket on the third Fastpass, you are able to select another depending on what is available.

Day 1 Magic Kingdom 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Pirates of the Caribbean

Space Mountain

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Day 2 Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari

Flight Of Passage

Expedition Everest

Day 3 Epcot

Test Track

Living With The Land

Seas With Nemo

Epcot’s Fastpass tier 1 only allows you one of either Test Track, Soarin’ or Frozen Ever After. I have always found the standby queue for Soarin’ lower in the mornings, which is why we choose Test Track or Frozen Ever After as our priority Fastpass.

The remaining rides and attractions in Epcot never really need a Fastpass, so we choose our old favourites and enjoy the sitting down for a few minutes. We will also book Fastpass number two and three close together after our first to allow us to look for our fourth and hopefully another tier 1 attraction.

Epcot world showcase

Day 4 Hollywood Studios

Slinky Dog Dash

Tower of Terror

Star Tours

With the introduction of Toy Story Land, the rides are tier 1 and the remaining rides in Hollywood Studios are currently tier 2. We are prioritising the new Toy Story Land rides first as we would love to experience them.

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Day 5 Epcot

Frozen Ever After

Turtle Talk With Crush

Spaceship Earth

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animal kingdom park

Day 6 Animal Kingdom

Navi River Journey

Expedition Everest

Festival Of The Lion King

Day 7 Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers

Tower of Terror

Rock N Roller Coaster

Day 8 Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain

Haunted Mansion

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Day 9 Magic Kingdom

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Big Thunder Mountain

Peter Pan’s Flight

As you can see, we’re getting in some old favourites on our last two full days in Disney World.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Now I have the rides and attractions we would like to get Fastpasses for, I write a list in order of importance, and have the most sought after rides at the top with the dates and approximate time we would like next to them.

When we reach our 60 days before Disney World and the Fastpass selections open up for us, I go through the list in order of importance and hopefully secure everything we would like.

If the times aren’t quite what we would like, I still book the Fastpass if its available and then go back in afterwards to hopefully tweak the time.

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1 Comment

  1. angiemwebster77
    January 19, 2019 / 6:51 am

    I think it’s brilliant that you can now book fast passes well in advance, when I went they were still on the system where you could only get them once you were in the parks. It was a mad dash to the machines to get the passes you wanted for the day. The new Toy Story land looks amazing my two would love it. I can’t wait to follow your adventures !

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