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T.G.I.F. Pic Of The Week – My Top Fastpass+ Picks – Magic Kingdom

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a YEAR since I booked our Disney World vacation – and that our countdown until we head to WDW is just over 3 months now! Time flies – and while I am not wishing away the summer, I am starting to get SUPER pumped and antsy to head back to Walt Disney World!

One thing that will help me feel even closer to the Mouse is making my Fastpass+ reservations online. This is something you can do 60 days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney World Resort (or 30 days in advance if you are staying off site), and for those of you not familiar, it’s basically a way to “reserve” a spot at popular attractions. You pick them (3 a day can be reserved ahead of time), and then go to the ride at the appointed fastpass return time – whereupon you are whisked away into the MUCH shorter “fastpass” line – therefore avoiding a super long wait time. Genius, right? Read more about it here

Needless to say – I have been thinking about my Fastpass+ selections for a WHILE – mulling over which would be best at each Park, and which my son would like best too (since this will be his first WDW trip!). I have managed to narrow down my selections somewhat – and am pretty solid on My top Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Picks:

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – This kid-friendly roller coaster is one we haven’t gotten to experience yet (since it opened after our last WDW trip) – but since it is pretty new, we know that a Fastpass is a MUST to avoid the Standby lines (which can get LONGGGG)

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Peter Pan’s Flight – This is a personal favorite of mine – the flying ships I especially adore! It just reminds me of watching the movie as a kid and being so amazed at it all. I hope my son finds it as magical as I do! Even though it’s not a new attraction at all – the lines for it can be long (not sure why?) – so that’s what made me add it to the “must fastpass” list

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Thunder Mountain – I was a bit apprehensive about adding this one to the list – as it is more of a “thrill” ride, and I worry my son won’t like it as much or it might scare him – BUT – it IS train themed, and I think that’s a major selling point for him – so I figure – why not give it a go?

There are others that I would like to use Fastpass for – Space Mountain mainly – but my boy is just about an inch shy of being tall enough, and I don’t want to assume he will grow an inch by September (although – who are we kidding – he will probably grow WAY more than an inch by then ha!) – so we will have to wait and see on that one. Plus – I don’t want to traumatize him (the way my dad did to me when he took me on Space Mountain when I was 4) – I have recovered luckily, but it can be a scary ride for a little person!

What about you – what rides are your absolutes for Fastpass+ selections?

Stay tuned here next week when I talk about more of my Fastpass+ Picks
TGIF!

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Favorite Disney Rides – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Location – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is located in Frontierland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

 

What It’s Like – As you board, the announcement advises you to “Hang on to your hats and glasses folks, cuz this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”, and I personalyl take that advice to heart – you will want to remove your glasses and secure your valuables for this Old West themed roller coaster ride through the mountains! The line queue takes you through Big Thunder Mining Co, where you board an ore train for your wild ride

Having fun on Thunder Mountain!

 

Why I Love It – It’s fast, it has sharp turns that throw you from side to side, and its lots of fun! I have loved this ride for years, and sadly it was being renovated last time I was in Disney World, so I know I will have to get in extra rides on my next trip! The seats in the back of the trains make for the wildest ride (so I always try to get one of those spots if I can!

 

I HIGHLY recommend using a Fastpass for this one – my attack plan with this is to grab a fastpass then get in the standby line and ride it once (or more if time allows!) then head to the fastpass line once the time comes

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