Disney FastPass+ Tips and Strategies

Insider Tips: Make the Most of Your Disney Vacation
Make the most of your Disney trip with our handy guide to FastPass+, a smart way to reserve Disney experiences before your vacation even begins.
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Get On More Rides with FastPass+

Walt Disney World lets you book three FastPass+ reservations per day, which give you access to shorter lines. Once you've used those you're allowed to make more from stations in the park. "Don't schedule any for the evening, so you can take advantage of extras," says Len Testa, founder of the Lines app, which offers up-to-the-minute wait times, crowd calculators, and suggested schedules. Read on to see which rides are the best to reserve, like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, pictured here.

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Magic Kingdom Park

Book It: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Enchanted Tales With Belle, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Peter Pan's Flight

Wing It: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, It's a Small World, Mad Tea Party, Mickey's PhilarMagic, Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, The Barnstormer

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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Book It: Star Tours -- The Adventure Continues, Toy Story Midway Mania!, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along, Fantasmic!

Wing It: Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

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Gene Duncan

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Book It: Kali River Rapids, Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurer's Outpost, Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wing It: Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo -- The Musical, It's Tough to Be a Bug!

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Book It: Spaceship Earth, Soarin' or Test Track (Disney only allows you to pick one), The Seas With Nemo & Friends, Turtle Talk With Crush

Wing It: Captain EO, Journey Into Imagination With Figment, Epcot Character Spot, Mission: Space

Mindy Walker, executive editor of American Baby, shares her secret weapon for Disney World success: Disney magic bands. The wristbands allow families to buy ice cream, sign up for a FastPass, and even get into the hotel room without having to carry any cards or cash.

Make your family's Disney trip as smooth as possible with Magic Bands -- get our must-know tips.

Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Parents magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and availabilities are subject to change. Please contact each hotel and attraction for up-to-date rates and information before taking your trip.

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