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Get to AK well before park opening. Then walk as quickly as possible to get in line. Thatís what we did. Took about an hour for us to get on the ride.
I'm with Colleen on this one - or the other strategy could be to try right towards the end of the day. I'm sure people were getting on quicker than the posted time, as Disney do usually tend to add a bit of time on to the wait times, so you're pleasantly surprised when it doesn't take as long as you think it's going to, but when we were there in January, we never saw the wait time at less than two hours - and we were there first thing in the morning and I checked quite late in the day, just out of interest, so be warned - that was supposedly a quiet time of the year that we visited.
Our last trip was in January. The park was scheduled to open at 9, but we got there at 8:30 and they were letting people into the park. We went straight to Pandora and the line for FoP was listed as 30 minutes. Since we had a fast pass for that ride, we went to the River ride and walked right on with no wait.
As others said be there before park opening and walk fast, squeezing in all the little spaces (easier to do with just two). We did this twice on our Oct trip and both times walked right on to the ride.
Keep checking I had 3 for our August trip but a friend of mine going before me couldn't get any either. I was always checking for her and 1 week before she was going they opened a ton up and they were able to grab 2 fast passes for their trip.
When we were there in August I did notice during Evening Magical hour's , the later end of them, the Stand by line for Flight of passage was 40 minutes. So maybe if you stay late during your trip you could get in line.
Download the My Disney Experience app if you don't have it already Check everyday, multiple times during the day. Go back and keep refreshing. You will get different times every time you go back and select the day. Try for 1 person only. It's easier to get. You may get lucky and be able to overlap times so you can go together, or you can just ride by yourself. I actually had one become available the same day as I was on the tram to the park but it was for 4:30 and I wasn't going to be there for the whole day. I still haven't ridden it.
I'm living the dream 20 minutes from Disney! Next trip...tomorrow.
I second the notion of getting there before park opening. There's a huge crowd, but the line just keeps moving and moving. I've done this twice.
If you're staying on property, go during an EMH! If you're off property, avoid EMH days.
You will LOVE this ride! Even better than Soarin'!
Small warning, though: If anyone in your group has the slightest problem with motion sickness, be sure to have them take Dramamine before riding it. My mom and two friends (chezp and her husband) ended up feeling nauseous maybe half an hour after riding it, even though I think they had no problems on the ride itself.
Mom took a nap at the first aid station (not far away) and felt better. The nurse there said they see this all the time.
I had no problems, but I have an iron stomach. I think it's still worth it!
I agree with everyone else - get there well before park opening and even better if you're on property and it's an EMH morning.
We just came back from Easter break - we were lucky to have a FP for FoP later in the morning. My plan was to ride Navii River at rope drop and use our FP for FoP. We got to AK before the 7am EMH opening - probably around 6:30am. They opened the park early and we followed the crowd to Pandora, the majority split to the right towards FoP; we and about 6 other people went left toward Navii River LOL They let us onto Navii around 6:45am. No line, we rode it twice.
We had been lucky to get another FP for FoP for later in our trip on another early 7am EMH day at AK. We planned to do as we did on the first day, Stand By for Navii. Well we caught an even earlier Disney bus, got on line for AK turnstiles at 6:20am! We were surprised that we were so much closer to the turnstiles. So we decided to try riding FoP Stand By with the rest of the crowd. We were so glad we did! According to my texts, we were done riding FoP by 7:17am! Both days the Stand By Line grew to 4 hours within a few hours of opening. Again, this was Easter week so crazy crowded anyway. After FoP we walked over to Navii - whose Stand By was now reading 30 minutes. It went much faster than that but that too had impressive wait times throughout the day. Later we rode FoP again with our FP. We met so many people who said they waited 4 hours to ride! It's an amazing ride but do what you can to minimize that wait!
I understand that more Fastpasses open up at 10:45 am for FoP for that day.
Also, there is a VIP tour at night that includes FoP as well as many other attractions and concludes with Rivers of Light viewing. Just another idea.
We got to the park an hour before rope drop, and headed to FOP. Very short wait. We rode 2x before wait got bad n an EMH morning.
On a regular day we also got to AK an hour before rope drop. We had a FP so rode standby then used FP riding twice.