Anytime is a great time to visit Disney World – from the Wintery mornings of December to the Spring afternoons of April, the Summer-y evenings of August and the Autumnal nights of October – you can’t pick a bad time, because every season the park is kitted out in special events and activities that make it the perfect place to be.
When you’ve visited the parks a few times, though, you start to figure out a few tips and tricks that make navigating them – and even more importantly, skipping long wait times and queues, a whole lot easier!
So, in case anybody is booking a trip to Disney World in the near future – today I thought we could go over my top five tips for giving you more time to actually enjoy yourself and not be stood waiting in endless queues!
#1 – Early Risers
If you’re an early riser and visiting the park for the time that it opens, then make sure you go directly to the rides at the back of the park. People will usually flock to the rides they see first, meaning that rides like Splash, Space and Thunder Mountain, all of which require some walking to, will be waiting for you with a low to no wait time!
#2 – Get The App
Disney World offers a free app that you can use to check wait times immediately, book fast passes and synchronise your bookings, too. Make sure you download this – it will save you SO much time! Also, each park has complimentary wifi throughout – so you won’t be needing to use any of your own mobile data to check the app, meaning that you can book fast passes all day long without a hefty data bill at the end of your adventure!
#3 – Firework Frenzy
If you’re visiting the park for a second or third time, and happy to miss the fireworks, then wait till just before they start and instead of watching them, make your way over to the bigger rides. During the fireworks, most people will be done with the rides for the day and flock onto Main Street to enjoy the show, leaving the rides with smaller queues from that point on.
Even after the fireworks, a lot of people don’t realise that the park is still open and the rides are still functional, thinking instead that the show ends the night and you need to leave straight after! I can’t tell you the number of times my friends and I have used this as an opportunity to get on Splash Mountain to enjoy a luxurious 10-minute wait!
#4 – Fast Passes and Resort Privileges
If you’re planning on spending a full day at the park, make sure that your first 3 fast passes are all booked for early to mid morning, since when you’ve used all 3 of your slots – you’ll be able to continue booking as many fast passes as you want for the rest of the day! This means you can be jumping on and off the app throughout the day booking the best times for fast passes as they become available – and not worrying about limiting your fast passes to three rides at three random times of the day!
Staying at a Disney resort also means you get access to magic hours, a service that allows you to stay in the park before it’s open and after it’s closed! So while the general public has gone, you’ll be able to continue riding and taking full advantage of the reduced queue sizes!
#5 – The Lunch Time Rush
If you’re spending the whole day at the park, make sure to grab an early or late lunch, this means that you’ll be able to take full advantage of the rides when everyone else goes for lunch at more traditional times! There’s always a lull between 11 – 1 as all the crowds and queues move from the rides indoors to the restaurants!
I’m not visiting Disney World this year, but I am heading to Disney Land in the Autumn to celebrate Halloween again! To read about Halloween at Disney Land last year, be sure to check out this post here. Or, to read about Disney Land in the Autumn in general, check out my travel diary right here.
Are you a Disney World fan? I’d love to know if you have any tips and tricks for getting around the parks and avoiding long queues! Let’s help each other out, ha! Make sure to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!
I hope you’re having a lovely day,