10 Things That Can Waste Your Time At Walt Disney World

A trip to Walt Disney World is an amazing vacation no matter how young or old a guest is. With so many things to see and experience on each Disney vacation, making the most of each moment is important. Guests have to accept that they can’t see it all on a single vacation, and many utilize tips and tricks to save time and make the most of each minute of vacation. By doing some simple things, guests can avoid silly situations and mistakes that can end up wasting a lot of time in the parks. Here are ten things that can waste a guest’s time while on a Walt Disney World vacation.

10. Not Booking FastPasses

FastPasses are one of the best ways to save time on a Disney vacation. Guests can book up to three FastPasses a day and they are resevrations for specific attractions which allow guests to return at a designated time to ride with little to no wait time. Certain attractions in Walt Disney World are so popular that they can easily have wait times exceeding two hours on crowded days. These are the best options to utilize FastPasses for as they save tons of time that would otherwise have been spent waiting on line. Some great options for FastPasses are Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

9. Not Making Dining Reservations

Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be booked for Disney restaurants up to one hundred and eighty days in advance. Guests who don’t make a reservation run the risk of being turned away by a dining option because it is already fully booked. Guests who simply walk up to a Disney restaurant and don’t make reservations in advance tend to waste a lot of time waiting to be seated as a walk up party.

8. Not Knowing Where Things Are

Guests who have no knowledge of the lay of the land at both their resort and the parks can waste tons of time wandering around trying to find something or stopping to consult a map. By doing a little research before leaving home, guests can have a general idea of where things are located saving them a ton of time while navigating their way around Walt Disney World.

7. Not Having A Plan

Guests who do not make a tentative plan for each day of their Disney vacation can find themselves wasting a lot of time trying to figure out what to do each day. A great way to save time is for guests to have a preexisting plan where they know which park they will be headed to each morning. This saves time by heading straight to a park instead of wasting time trying to formulate a plan.

6. Not Knowing How To Get Around

Guests can waste a lot of time by not knowing the most direct route between two locations. For example, a guest looking to head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for a dining reservation might not realize that the quickest way to get there is to head to the Magic Kingdom and hop on the Resort Monorail Loop. It’s always a huge time saver for guests to know ahead of time the most efficient and quickest route between two locations in Walt Disney World.

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5. Not Knowing What Attractions Are

Another time waster that guests can fall victim to is not knowing what exactly certain attractions are. A lot of attractions in Walt Disney World are housed in large show buildings that are out of the sight of guests, so that those who aren’t familiar have no idea what lies in store. Guests who stop outside of each attraction and consult a map to figure out what it is waste a lot of time. Guests should have an idea of what each attraction holds before heading to the park to get the most out of their day.

4. Going Right

This is a simple trick, but a great way to save a few minutes waiting on line. Several attraction lines throughout Walt Disney World split at a certain point into two sides. Since most guests unconsciously tend to go right, the left hand side of the line is generally a few minutes shorter. So guests looking to shave off a few minutes of a wait time should always head left!

3. Not Planning Around Bad Weather

Thunderstorms and lightening are common in Walt Disney World due to the Central Florida climate and weather pattern. Certain attractions and entertainment with outdoor portions will shut down for safety reasons if there is lightening within one mile. Guests should always be aware of the weather as they don’t want to waste time waiting on a line or waiting for a show to begin when it might be likely to be closed or cancelled due to weather. Two attractions that tend to be shut down often in bad weather are Test Track Presented by Chevrolet in Epcot and Fantasmic! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If guests notice that there is inclement weather, they can save time by coming back to these attractions at a later time to avoid them being closed or cancelled and wasting time spent waiting on line.

2. Not Taking Advantage of Free Transportation

Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort are offered complimentary transportation both to and from the airport as well as around property. Guests who opt out of utilizing the free transportation to and from the parks can end up losing a lot of time driving themselves, waiting to park, and taking the tram to the entrance of the park. Guests who utilize the free transportation provided by Disney find themselves dropped off and picked up right near the entrance to each park, saving time in the long run.

1. Not Using Single Rider Lines

Guests who opt to not utilize single rider lines can end up waiting a lot longer for popular attractions. Single rider lines are offered on Test Track Presented by Chevrolet in Epcot, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The single rider line allows guests to experience the same attraction as others with a much lower wait time so long as they do not mind their party being split up. Single rider lines are a great way to save time on a Walt Disney World vacation!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.