5 Secrets Walt Disney World Insiders Wish No One Else Knew

Guests look forward to a Walt Disney World vacation from the moment that they decide to go. With months spent planning and learning all about the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and dozens of Disney Resorts, guests look forward to all of the amazing experiences waiting for them on vacation. This makes guests want to make the most of each moment in Walt Disney World and be able to see it all. Disney insiders know some great tips and tricks that help them make the most of each moment in the parks, and they definitely wish they were tips that no one else knew! These simple steps can help guests to save time, stress, money, and frustration and keep everyone smiling throughout the vacation. Disney insiders know the importance of following these tips and they wish that they were the only ones who knew them! Here are five secrets that Disney insiders wish no one else knew.


5. What Attractions To Book FastPasses For

All guests who visit Walt Disney World can enjoy using the FastPass system which allows them to make pick a designated time to visit an attraction and then experience it with little to no wait time. Guests who stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort can book their FastPasses sixty days in advance and guests who stay off property can book up to thirty days ahead of time. Each guest can book up to three FastPasses per day and then book a fourth if they use the initial three. Disney insiders know which attractions in each park to book FastPasses for, and they choose options which tend to be the most popular and have the longest wait times. Picking the most popular attractions to use FastPasses for ensures that guests spend less time waiting on line and enjoying those minutes elsewhere. Great options to book FastPasses for include Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Frozen Ever After, Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin’, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, and Kilimanjaro Safaris.

4. Going Left

A simple trick that Disney insiders use to save time while waiting on line for attractions is going left. Several attractions throughout Walt Disney World feature queues that at some point split into right and left sides. Since many guests tend to unconsciously head to the right, that side of the queue tends to have a slightly longer wait time. Disney insiders always make a conscious choice to head left at a split to save themselves several extra minutes that would have otherwise been spent waiting on line.

3. Arriving For Rope Drop

One of the best tricks that Disney insiders use to save time and make the most of each moment in Walt Disney World is arriving for rope drop each morning. When any of the four theme parks open for the day there is an official rope drop where guests are invited in to start their mornings. At the Magic Kingdom guests are treated to a welcome show that features music and Disney characters and the other parks simply feature a welcome speech. No matter what the opening entails, Disney insiders know that arriving each morning for rope drop allows them to be some of the first guests inside the park where they are then rewarded with fewer crowds, lower wait times, and less congested walkways.

2. Booking Advanced Dining Reservations Early

Walt Disney World is home to countless dining opportunities from quick service meals and snacks to full service characters meals and fine dining experiences. Many of the full service dining locations on property are popular with guests, and Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) are absolutely needed to be able to enjoy a meal in any of those locations. Disney insiders know the importance of booking Advanced Dining Reservations as close to one hundred and eighty days in advance. By booking early, guests are more likely to score coveted reservations to popular restaurants like Be Our Guest, California Grill, ‘Ohana, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Le Cellier Steakhouse. Guests who don’t make dining reservations can often find themselves turned away from a fully booked restaurant or losing lots of time waiting to be seated as a walk up party.


1. Going Against The Crowd

A simple tip that Disney insiders wish other guests didn’t know is to actively go against the crowds. When any of the parks open each morning, there is usually a rush of guests who move in one particular direction. For example, when Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens most guests head straight for Slinky Dog Dash. Disney insiders know that by consciously going against the crowd they can enjoy other areas of the parks which have fewer guests and lower wait times which allows them to make the most of each moment.

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.