Disney World vacations are packed with unforgettable fun. Take it from me firsthand, as I am planning our 4th trip back next week in under 3 years time now. Unfortunately, much of the time is typically spent waiting in lines for rides, attractions and food.
With an average of over 50,000 guests visiting each day, long lines tend to form in front of the most popular attractions and food vendors fairly fast. But, don’t panic! Consider these tips to help you spend less time waiting in line and more time experiencing the magic of Mickey and his world.
5 Easy Ways to Say Goodbye to Waiting in Lines at Disney World
1. Show Up Early
Many vacationing families take a break from their schedules to sleep in for a few hours when morning rolls around. This means DW isn’t generally as packed for at least a short time after opening the gates.
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While it may not be easy, getting your family up and moving early will help you get to the park before the crowds do. On your way, if you haven’t already done so, decide which popular attractions you want to see and head to those first. Save less popular rides and picture taking for busier times of the day.
2. Take a Mid-day Break
Late in the evening, shortly before the park closes, lots of guests head back to their hotel rooms to rest up for another day of fun. So, if you stay until closing time, you’ll be able to get in some last-minute fun, while many other guests have already left the lines.
Of course, it can be tiring to stay in the park all day, especially for younger kids. Here’s an easy solution. Go back to your hotel room for an hour or two (to rest) while the park is at super-crowded. Taking extra time to relax and recharge means your family will more easily be able to enjoy the park for the remainder of the day.
3. Avoid the Busy Season
Like many other theme parks, Walt Disney World tends to be the busiest during the summer and around the holidays. This is because many families choose to wait to visit the park when their kids have time off of school.
That being said, you’ll find your Disney vacation to be much different if you go during peak times rather than during the off season. You’ll be able to see and do so much more during the off season, mostly because wait times for attractions remain lower throughout the entire day. Remember, two of the best times to visit DW is during late spring and mid-autumn. The weather is more pleasant during those periods as well.
4. Stop For Meals at Odd Times
It’s no secret that long lines tend to form in front of Disney World restaurants and food vendors at certain times of the day. Instead of spending the noon-time rush hour in line for lunch, try this. Eat a big breakfast and fend off hunger with snacks until around 2PM, when most other guests are done with their lunch.
This way, your family can explore the park for another hour or two rather than waiting in line. If everyone enjoys a late lunch, it also means a late dinner, which can save you from even more waiting by avoiding the evening dinner rush.
5. Invest in FastPass+
Fastpass+ is an option provided free with your Walt Disney World ticket that allows you to reserve times for certain attractions and skip the line altogether. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you can register online and reserve attractions up to 30 days in advance. If you’d prefer to decide in the park, there are a number of Fastpass kiosks you can use to make reservations the same day…if available.
These are just a few simple ideas to help you cut down on the time you spend waiting in lines at Disney World. Honestly, with a bit of pre-planning, it’s really easier than you think!