There never seems to be enough time to do all the things we want when at Disney World. Whether you’re there for one day or ten, your time there is valuable, and you want to make sure you make the most of it. Here are 12 ways to save on time at Walt Disney World.
12. Get There Early
Getting to the park at least 30 minutes before rope drop will save you time waiting in line for attractions. Arriving early will also help you get through the security check faster. As soon as the park opens, you can make your way to the popular attractions like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Frozen Ever After, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, or Peter Pan. The lines for popular rides will be much shorter early on, rather than later in the day when they tend to get longer than 60 minutes.
11. Stay on Property
Staying on property will safe you time, simply because the resorts are closer to the magic. Whether you drive, or take Disney transportation, you’ll get to the parks faster than staying off property. There are also Extra Magic Hours for resort guests. These are additional hours certain parks are open each day, and they are perfect for getting more done in the park.
As soon as you are able to book your FastPasses, do it! FastPasses are a great way to save time waiting in line for attractions. FastPasses give you a one-hour timeframe to experience an attraction, and they allow you to skip the standby line and basically walk right on the ride. Aim to get FastPasses for the popular attractions, like Flight of Passage or Slinky Dog Dash, and you’ll save yourself at least an hour.
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9. Single Rider Lines
Test Track, Expedition Everest, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, and Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster have single rider lines. These lines are a great option when the standby lines are long, and you’re without FastPasses. Cast Members take guests from this line to fill in empty spots on the ride.
You will save time if you determine in advance what your must-do’s are at each park, and make sure everyone in your party agrees. This way you’ll spend less time discussing what to do next when you’re in the parks.
7. Watch Fireworks at the Main Street Station
If you plan on leaving Magic Kingdom immediately after Happily Ever After, watch the fireworks from the Main Street train station. This will position you very close to the park exit and you can avoid getting stuck in the crowd that crawls down Main Street from the castle after the fireworks.
6. Use Other Transportation
Disney’s complimentary transportation is an amazing service, but it can be busy, packed and slow at times. During the day the buses run about every 20 minutes. If you’re park hopping, or heading back to your resort mid-day, you may spend a lot of time on Disney’s transportation. You can get around faster by using a taxi, Uber or using the Minnie Van service. These will pick you up quickly, and take you exactly where you need to go in a timely manner, but for a cost. However sometimes the cost is worth the time you’re saving.
5. Breakfast in the Park
Skip the long lines to get into the park by making an early breakfast reservation at a restaurant in the park. Many of the restaurants that serve breakfast will take reservations before the parks open. This way you are having a dining experience, and leaving the actual park hours open for other attractions.
4. Don’t Be Afraid of the Rain
It rains quite a bit in Florida, and often the rain scares people away. So instead of giving up on the parks and attractions when it rains, get out your poncho and hit up the attractions. You’ll find the lines are often shorter on rainy days, so instead of waiting out the rain in a store, conquer the park!
3. Avoid Magic Kingdom on a Monday
Mondays are consistently busy at the Magic Kingdom, which means crowds are heavier and lines are longer. If you can avoid Magic Kingdom on a Monday, do!
2. Set a Limit
Set a maximum time limit that you are willing to wait in line and stick to it. Make sure everyone in your party knows and agrees to the time limit. A wait time limit means you won’t spend the better part of your day in lines, but you’ll still be able to experience rides and attractions.
1. Do Some Planning
Thinking about your day at Disney beforehand can be a big time saver. Many people don’t like the idea of over planning, but even just a basic idea of what you’d like to do and where you’d like to eat will save you time. It also helps to take a look at a park map ahead of time, and plan your day so you’re not backtracking all over the park. Not only will planning save you time, but it will make your day more enjoyable as well!