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10 Ways To Save Time At Walt Disney World

Guests start looking forward to a Disney trip the moment they begin planning, and by the time their vacation is booked they can have a whole list of things they want to do and see while on vacation. With so many attractions, dining locations, and other experiences to enjoy, a Disney trip can pass by in the blink of an eye. Here are some great tips to help guests save time on their Disney vacations and allow them to experience more and have more fun before returning home.

10. Booking FastPasses –

FastPass+ is a system that allows guests to book reservations for certain attractions before leaving for their vacation. Guests who are staying at a Disney resort can book up to sixty days in advance while guests staying elsewhere can book up to thirty days in advance. Up to three FastPasses can be booked per day, and if the guest uses all three they are able to book a fourth during their day in the parks, and continue with a fifth and so on until the park closes. FastPasses allow guests to save tons of time waiting on line by eliminating much of that wait. Therefore guests should make sure to book FastPasses for attractions which tend to have the longest wait times like Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Avatar Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Frozen Ever After in order to save the most time on their vacation.

9. Planning Ahead –

Guests can save a ton of time while on vacation if they spend some time at home planning ahead for their trip. Simply knowing how to get around on Disney transportation, what attractions they want to visit in each park, and where dining options are found can save lots of time. Guests will find themselves having a plan instead of wandering around the parks or constantly stopping to consult maps and this will leave plenty of time to experience more while on vacation.

8. Not Zigzagging Across the Parks –

Guests should take the time to make themselves familiar with the parks’ layouts as this will help save time once they are on vacation. By having a general idea of where certain things are located, guests avoid zigzagging across the parks all day long which is not only time consuming but tiring. One of my favorite ways to save time in Disney is by having a plan for each day and not zigzagging.

7. Visiting Popular Attractions at Night –

After a long day in the parks, many guests clear out after the parades or fireworks to call it a night. Since crowds are lower, this can be a great time to experience popular attractions which tend to have longer wait times during the day. Guests save lots of time while still getting to visit some of the must do attractions, talk about a win-win!

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6. Using Extra Magic Hours –

Guests who stay at a Disney resort are able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours each day. Generally one park opens to these guests an hour before the general public and a different park remains open up to three hours after closing to the general public. These extra hours in the parks can be some of the least crowded times and a great way to save time by visiting attractions that would otherwise have long wait times. A great example of utilizing Extra Magic Hours to save time is by visiting Epcot on an early morning and riding both Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, and/or Test Track Presented by Chevrolet before the park opens for everyone else. This can literally save hours’ worth of time waiting in lines!

5. Visiting Fantasyland Attractions During Parades –

Fantasyland attractions are great for guests of all ages, but are definitely most popular with small children and their parents. During the mornings and afternoons, these attractions can have huge wait times. A great way to save some time while still getting to enjoy the attractions in Fantasyland is by visiting them either during the afternoon parade or the evening parade when most families are on Main Street enjoying the fun.

4. Making Dining Reservations –

Disney World has countless table service dining experiences ranging from low key to five star. Guests are able to book their dining reservations one hundred and eighty days in advance and are definitely recommended to do so. Having advanced dining reservations can save guests time in securing their meal time as well as helping them avoid having to wait to be seated. No dining reservations? Be sure to use Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering for multiple quick service locations on your My Disney Experience App.

3. Going Left –

It sounds strange, but a great way to save a little time while waiting on line for attractions is to always go left. If there is a split in the line, many guests automatically head right making that side have a higher crowd volume and wait time. Therefore, if you can go left, go left and save a little time!

2. Arriving Before The Park Opens –

Getting to a park before it opens is a great way to save some time on a Disney trip. Not only will guests be rewarded with a show or announcement, but they will also get the perk of little to no wait times on the first few attractions they head to. This is a great way to save some time waiting on line for attractions like Slinky Dog Dash, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Avatar Flight of Passage, Soarin’, or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train that have long wait times once the crowds start entering the park.

1. Knowing Where Bathrooms Are Located –

This one totally sounds silly, I know! However knowing where the bathrooms are can save guests time and energy when they have to go. A great way to scope out bathroom locations is simply by being observant while exploring the parks, and guests will be glad they did when they know exactly where to head when they need to use the bathroom.

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.