6 Things That Happen Immediately When I Get To Walt Disney World

Guests have different approaches when they hit one of the Walt Disney World theme parks. Some people like to sleep in and stop by refreshed near noon. They will often stay until the park of choice closes. Others will arrive early, because that’s when the crowds are the lightest. They may also leave early, or they could stay the entire day. Personally, I like to arrive early. That way I know that I’ll have a shot at doing everything that I want to do. Here are six things that I like to do right away when I arrive at a park.


6) Write Down the Parking Space

While this tip won’t apply to those who are taking Disney transportation, it is essential if you drive. Don’t rely on your memory, write down the section and the row, or you might regret it at the end of the evening. Some people will take a picture of the row and also one of their car, so that they’ll be able to place it once again. After a long day on your feet the last thing that you want to do is to end up wandering the parking lot, trying to remember where your car is.

5) Check Wait Times

The My Disney Experience app can come in handy when you’re on the tram or if you’re waiting in line for bag check. Take a peek at the wait times. You will then be able to better plan out where you want to head first once you’ve made it inside the front gate.

4) Get in Line for a Popular Ride

While FastPass+ makes it easier to make sure that you’ll be able to hit some of the most popular rides, it also limits you. Since you can only make three reservations before you get to the park, something important will most likely be left out. You’ve already checked the wait times, so you’ll know which popular rides have manageable lines. Head to the ride and get in line immediately. This is especially important to do at the beginning of the day, when lines are at their shortest.

3) Double Check Reservations

While waiting in the first line of the day, use the My Disney Experience app once again. Double check your FastPass+ reservations so that you won’t miss anything. Take a look at your dining reservations as well, just to refresh your mind. If your phone has a screenshot feature, you might want to use it so that you can always have your reservations in front of you. That way you won’t need to keep checking the app, because My Disney Experience can be a battery drainer.

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2) Grab a Mickey Bar

After the first ride of the day, grab a Mickey ice cream bar. There is something about them that will put a smile on your face. While eating a Mickey bar is no replacement for breakfast, it will give you an energy boost. The Mickey bar will help to transport you deeper into the magic.

1) Ride the Favorite Again

If the lines are still short, finish your ice cream and get back in line for your favorite once again. Even on less crowded days the popular rides will end up with long lines, so the best time to enjoy a favorite for a second time is as early as possible. Then again, you might want to head to another favorite that you don’t have a FastPass+ for if that line is short. Hit your must dos as soon as you can.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.