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9 Tips For Saving Time At Walt Disney World

A Walt Disney World vacation is a truly magical experience from the very first attraction to the last glimpse of Cinderella Castle. With hundreds of thousands of guests vacationing at the resort each year, there are times where the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs are very crowded. While crowds definitely cause some time lose thanks to longer wait times and more densely populated parks, all guests want to make the most of each moment of their Walt Disney World vacation and save as much time as possible along the way. Thankfully, there are some tried and true tips that are easy to follow which will allow guests to save plenty of time on their Disney vacations and be able to enjoy more experiences and adventures along the way. Here are the nine best tips for saving time while on a Walt Disney World vacation.

9. Book FastPasses

One of the easiest ways to save time in Walt Disney World is by booking FastPasses in advance. FastPasses act as reservations for attractions and experiences which allow guests to visit the experience at a specific time to enjoy it with little to no wait time. Each guest who visits Walt Disney World is entitled to make three FatsPass reservations in one park per day ahead of time. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses sixty days in advance and those who stay off property can book thirty days in advance. By booking FastPasses for popular attractions in advance, guests are guaranteed to enjoy the experience while saving lots of time that otherwise would have been spent waiting in a standby line. Some of the best attractions to book FastPasses for are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur.

8. Book Additional FastPasses

Guests who use their initial three FastPasses while enjoying a Disney park are then entitled to book additional FastPasses for any of the theme parks later that same day. Once a guest uses their third FastPass, they should immediately log onto the My Disney Experience App and book additional FastPasses for that day to continue saving lots of time and avoid waiting on long lines. Once the fourth FastPass has been used, guests can then make a fifth one, and so on and so forth.

7. Make Advanced Dining Reservations

Another great way to save time and avoid being turned away from a fully booked restaurant is by making Advanced Dining Reservations. Many of the restaurants throughout Walt Disney World are full service locations which accept Advanced Dining Reservations one hundred and eighty days in advance. Since many dining locations are very popular, reservations are strongly suggested to avoid having to wait a lengthy period of time for a non-reserved table.

6. Eat Quick Service Meals

While the full service meals in Walt Disney World are delicious, guests who are looking to save time are better off enjoying quick service meals. These fast, delicious, and convenient meals allow guests to dine in a fraction of the time at many locations throughout Walt Disney World. Many quick service locations tend to be very popular with guests, so those who want to avoid long lines should plan on dining either early or late to further save time.

5. Use Disney Transportation

Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can take advantage of complimentary Disney Transportation. Depending on which resort a guest is staying at, transportation includes ferries, boats, buses, and monorails. Disney Transportation is a great way to save time in Walt Disney World as it runs quickly and efficiently and allows guests to avoid having to drive themselves, find parking, and take trams to the park entrances.

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4. Enjoy Extra Magic Hours

Another perk of staying on property at a Disney Resort is having access to Extra Magic Hours. These special times in the park allow guests to enter into one park an hour before the general public and remain in a different park up to three hours later. Since Extra Magic Hours are only available to Disney Resort guests, they are much less crowded resulting in lower wait times on popular attractions.

3. Know Where Things Are

A simple way to save time in Walt Disney World is by knowing where things are located. Instead of wandering around, stopping to ask for directions, or consulting a map, guests who are familiar with where thing are found can simply be on their way and not lose time trying to figure out directions.

2. Have a Plan

Guest who want to save time on a Walt Disney World vacation should also have a plan made before leaving home which states which park or parks they are going to visit each morning. Guests who know where they are headed each morning can simply hop on Disney Transportation and be on their way instead of losing time trying to figure out a plan for the day.

1. Visit Popular Attractions First Thing

Each of the four Disney theme parks is home to multiple attractions which are super popular with guests. While it can be realistic to score a FastPass for one of the experiences, it is often not possible to book one for the second experience as well. Guests who want to enjoy very popular attractions without losing tons of time to the standby line should aim to visit first thing in the morning before the crowds pick up and the lines becomes lengthy.

 

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.