Over the past 14 years, I have gone periodically, (okay, very periodically), to Walt Disney World with family and friends. I have learned how to strategize when it comes getting the most out of riding all the rides Disney has to offer. There are certain tips and tricks that will save you time and make your riding experience all the more fun! Here are a few of my top tips to take the magic and kick it up a notch when it comes to Disney attractions.
7. Ride popular rides in the morning:
This first tip is a necessity. Popular attractions, like Slinky Dog Dash, Avatar Flight of Passage, Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train REQUIRE you to arrive early to wait in the stand-by line, unless of course you want to wait in line for hours and hours. For these rides, and any other new and note-worthy ones, it’s a must to get to them early before everyone else does.
6. Know your ride camera locations:
This one is for the pros. After plenty of rides on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, the Hollywood Tower of Terror, and Dinosaur, us professional ride-riders know when and where each ride snaps your picture. My friends and I have done the “fist pump,” (my personal favorite), the crazy faces, Swan Lake arms, (I’m a ballerina, I can’t help it), and many more poses for the ride cameras. Once you ride each attraction a few times, you’ll learn where the cameras are! From there you can plan your poses and put your creativity to the test. The possibilities are endless, as long as you keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside at all times!
5. Don’t waste your precious fast passes:
Last time I visited Walt Disney World with a friend who had never been before, I saw that she booked a fast pass for Journey into Imagination with Figment. My exact reaction to this was to exclaim “NOOOOOOOOOO!” One of my biggest Disney pet peeves is when someone “wastes” a fast pass on a ride that most definitely does not need one. This is another tip that may require some Disney vacation experience to get right, but I do recommend talking to the Cast Members at the fast pass kiosks: they can help steer you in the right direction.
4. Take advantage of the single-rider line:
The single-rider line is a godsend straight from above. For people who are riding alone, or for parties who don’t mind being split up for the actual ride, I would definitely take advantage of the single-rider line. Your wait time in this line will be significantly less than the wait in the regular stand-by line, and you will still get to wait with your party until you board the ride! It’s a win-win situation that will save you time when you want to ride a lot of rides in a little bit of time.
3. Ride popular attractions during parades and fireworks:
At a certain point in my life, rides became more important than parades. Not going to lie, it was a turning point that my parents were absolutely thrilled about. Instead of having to sit on the hot, crowded sidewalk, squished into the person next to you behind that line of tape on the ground, we could hit the rides while everyone else sits and watches the parades and fireworks. If you’re like me, where you can ride Thunder Mountain Railroad while singing along to Happily Ever After, you may want to give this tip a try!
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2. Get your “early three” fast passes:
Plan your first three fast passes for early in the day. When you’re done enjoying those attractions, you’re allowed to get more fast passes, one at a time, for the rest of the day! This way, you’re vacationing in the most efficient way to get the most ride experiences out of your Disney day!
1. Ride rides with indoor lines during the day:
On those unbearably hot summer days, (or any Florida day for that matter), make your ride choices accordingly. During the hottest part of the afternoon, ride space mountain; it has a completely indoor, air conditioned wait. If you’re riding at night, choose something like Aerosmith’s Rockin’ Roller Coaster or the Hollywood Tower of Terror. Both of these attractions have mostly outdoor ride cues, which, God-willing, will be cooler at night. This tip is helpful for those who want to beat the heat and get the most out of their day!