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10 Tips For Saving Time At Walt Disney World

1) Wake up early

It is understandable that you might want to relax and sleep in while on vacation, however if you’d like to save some time while visiting Walt Disney World, getting up early is actually an easy way to do so. If you get to the parks early, you’ll be able to save some time waiting in line early in the morning when the lines are still short. Many guests do sleep in on Disney vacations and for the first couple of hours of the day, you should be able to experience some of your favorite attractions with little or no wait.

2) Eat on the run

I love Disney restaurants as much as the next person, however if you’re really looking to save time on a Disney trip, eating on the go is another easy way to do it. Whether you choose to spend all of your meals at quick service restaurants, or just snack on some fun Disney treats while you’re on the run, avoiding table service restaurants is a great way to save time.

3) Plan transportation wisely

Disney transportation does make is super easy to get around the resort, however even so it can be important to plan your transportation wisely in order to save time. For instance, If you are in World Showcase, at France, and you need to get to the Boardwalk, walking or taking a boat by International Gateway would likely get you there quicker than walking to the front of the park and taking a bus. If you need to make an early reservation or park opening, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

4) Make Fastpass selections in advance

Using Fastpass+ is another way to save some time during your Disney vacation. Aside from simply using the service in general, you’ll want to make sure your Fastpass selections are made in advance. The further in advance you make them, the more likely you are to find attractions and times that are better suited to your needs. Having a Fastpass for Splash Mountain at 9:00 PM might sound like a good idea the morning of the Fastpass day, however there will probably not be a line then anyway and you’ll be better off making your selections sooner to ensure better times.

5) Skip the midday break

You’ve probably heard a lot of Disney advice in which you are told that taking a midday break while visiting the parks can be one of the best things to do. In most cases, I would agree with that however if you are looking to save the most time, heading back to the resort in the middle of the day can actually be quite time consuming. Even with very efficient transportation, the ride between the resort and the parks can be enough to take up some time in your day.

6) Plan showtimes in advance

While ride attractions are generally only a couple of minutes long, show attractions can take up to twenty minutes or longer. If possible, try to avoid arriving to shows too early. Of course, this can be difficult depending on how busy the parks are, so keep this in mind while planning your trip. If it seems like you are able to arrive to a show fairly last minute, you should go with this route over arriving too early. Many shows do not require you to arrive an hour in advance unless you’re visiting during a busier week, so by arriving later you can spend more time experiencing other attractions, and less time waiting.

7) Skip parades

Unless parades are a major priority during your trip, skipping them will often save you some time during your vacation. Seeing parades can be a bit of a process at Walt Disney World simply because you would need to arrive early to the parade route to claim your spot. If you don’t mind either arriving at the last minute, or skipping the parade you’ll find yourself with some extra time to hit up some of your favorite attractions.

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8) Stay on property

Staying on property while visiting Walt Disney World actually leads to a number of time-saving benefits. If you take Disney’s Magical Express service from the airport to your resort, you won’t need to wait at baggage claim for your luggage as it will be delivered to your room later in the day. You’ll also be right in the middle of the magic, meaning you’ll be as close to the parks as you can get, and you’ll be avoiding some of the typical Orlando traffic on your way to the parks each day.

9) Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours

Extra Magic Hours is a perk offered to Disney resort guests in which certain parks either open earlier or stay open later on select days. Taking advantage of this benefit will allow you to spend more time in the parks—thereby expanding the time you have on your vacation, and also maximizing the value of your ticket and resort stay.

10) Stay out late

Much like arriving to the parks early, staying out late allows you to experience some of your favorite attractions with little or no wait, as often times guests will leave much earlier than the park closes. Even though this will not necessarily save you time, as it would be the end of the day by this point, knowing that you will be in the parks at the end of the night will essentially free up some more of your time during the day.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.