Aug 8, 2017

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Tips for Navigating Disney World Like a Pro

ORLANDO, FL, USA – MARCH 26, 2008: Many Disney cartoon characters marching parade to greeting visitors at Magic Kingdom park of Walt Disney world.

Disney World is one of the most visited places in the United States. Even during non-peak times the parks can be quite crowded. So, if you want to get the biggest bang for your buck, follow these tips for navigating Disney World like a pro.

1. Make a list of what you want to do

Before you head out to the parks, everyone in your party should make a list of everything they want to do, and then prioritize it. Keep in mind that some activities in the park, like waiting in line and riding on a roller coaster will take longer than a quick photo in front of Cinderella’s castle.

2. Pick your Parks

Disney World extends beyond the Magic Kingdom. There is also Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and two water parks. The number of parks you can visit will be dependent on the duration of your stay. But, even if you have limited time, you can get park hopper passes that allow you to visit more than one park in a day. All of the parks have predicted crowd levels, pay attention to them. Try to avoid parks when they have “Early Magic Hours”, as they tend to be the most crowded all day.

3. Purchase your tickets in advance

Purchasing your tickets at the front gate of a park is a rookie mistake. If you purchase your tickets in advance, you will not waste precious park time waiting in long lines to buy your tickets.

4. Take advantage of Fast Passes – but wisely

Schedule Fast Passes for the rides and attractions that are on your “must-do” list as soon as possible. You can even do it online or through a mobile app rather than waiting until you get to the park. Keep in mind that you can only get three Fast Passes per day per park and you cannot get passes for a second park until all three are done in the first one. But, if you plan carefully, you can cover two parks in a day.  

5. Plan on a long day

If you want to make the most of your time at Disney, plan on long days. It can often take an hour to get to a park, especially if you are taking Disney transportation. So, factor in extra time. It is only logical that the longer you stay, the more you can do. So, get to a park as soon as it opens and stay as late as you can. There will be time to sleep when you get home.

6. Stay at a Disney resort

Staying at one of the Disney resorts has many advantages. First, it allows you to take advantage of the Disney transportation system, which is the most convenient way to get to the parks. You will also get to take advantage of Magic Hours, which will allow you more time at the park.

7. Do not make dining reservations

Eating at a sit-down restaurant at the parks can eat up as much as two hours of your day. That is time taken away from doing the fun stuff you came to do. There are plenty of food stands where you can get delicious food and reduce the time it takes to complete your meal. Another tip for eating is to do it at odd times. The lines for lunch are going to be the longest around noon. But, if you can hold off for another hour, you will spend less time waiting in line to order.

8. Avoid parades and shows

Unless these activities are on your “must-do” list, it is best to avoid them. When these events are taking place, the lines for the rides are the shortest they will be, so this is the time to hit them.

9. Download helpful free apps

Although there are apps you can buy that will help you navigate Disney World, there is no need to do so. Both Apple and Android platforms have free apps that you can download. There are apps that will give you wait times for rides, events that are going on in each park, tell you which parks are offering extra magic hours, so you can easily make your stay run smoothly with the use of your mobile device.

10. Be willing to go on a ride as a single rider

If you do not have a young child who needs to ride with an adult, you can easily turn a 60-75-minute wait for a ride into a 15-20 minute one simply by getting into the single-rider line. Sure, you will not get to enjoy the short duration of a ride with your spouse or friend, but you will save lots of time and be able to have much more time in your day for other activities.

If you follow these simple tips the next time you are at Disney World, you will have the best experience of your life.

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