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  • On Mar 11, 2015
    Erin from AB Asked

    FastPasses - in your opinion, if utilizing Extra Magic Hours, is it best to use FastPasses for meet and greets with characters, shows, or rides? We are visiting with 4 under the age of 5 - too short for the thrill rides and princess obsessed. Thanks!

    Erin:

    Each park is different when it comes to how best to use your FastPass+ selections. Here are my recommendations:

    • Animal Kingdom: Use two of your FP+ options for the Lion King and Nemo. First of all, it will eliminate the long wait in line that is necessary to get a seat close enough to the action to keep a preschooler engaged but will also guarantee a good seat as well. Because the queue for Kilimanjaro Safaris is "interactive" use your third FP+ for the meet-and-greet with Minnie and Mickey at the Adventurer's Outpost.
    • Disney's Hollywood Studios: Utilize your Tier 1 FP+ for Toy Story Mania. There is no height requirement for this ride. Utilize your other two for the Frozen Sing-a-long to avoid waiting in the standby line and consider using the other either for the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular so that you can enjoy a seat that is more in the middle of the vast stage for a better vantage point for the kids or use it for one of the meet-and-greets with a Pixar character. The meet-and-greets in DHS have much shorter lines in my opinion, so choose the one your children may see as a "must-do."
    • Epcot: Save your Tier 1 FP+ for Illuminations and eliminate the excruciatingly long wait that families with children must go through to enjoy the laser show. Use your other two on Epcot's Character Spot--which isn't as crucial as some meet-and-greets because the line is inside where the temperatures are controlled and the other on Turtle Talk to get a good seat.
    • Magic Kingdom: If you think any of your children might be 38" or taller, grab one for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Additionally, get one for the whole family for the afternoon Festival of Fantasy Parade, but only if you'll promise me that you'll leave the park afterward to get a nap before returning in the evening. Use your last one for the coveted meet-and-greet with Anna & Elsa or the Peter Pan attraction.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney​

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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