We're coming to the end of January and if you're anything like us, you're getting pretty sick of this cold weather. After months of cold weather, everyone is starting to exhibit symptoms of cabin fever. While your daydreaming about the sunshine, why not start planning your vacation?
Disney is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the WORLD. Over 50,000 people walk through the park gates every day. In order to avoid some of that crowd congestion, you have to plan ahead.
Waiting in lines is to be expected at Disney World. However, there are times of the year where the waits are exponentially longer due to larger crowds. Learn when is the best time to visit and tricks for getting around those lines.
TIPS AND TRICKS.
- Avoid going during Thanksgiving Week and Easter Week, the two busiest and most expensive times of the year, especially if this is your first trip. Holiday weekends, spring break season and summertime are also usually packed as kids are out of school.
- Crowds are at their highest during midday, so try to get to the park before it opens. Then leave midday to grab lunch, take a nap or go swimming and return later in the afternoon.
- Carry minimal bags and ones that are easy to open. When entering the park, your bags will be searched and this can take some time if you have a lot or cannot easily maneuver through your bags.
- When you arrive to the park, opt for the line furthest to the side. They are typically shorter because they are hidden by larger lines in the middle.
- If you plan to buy souvenirs, opt to shop at night, specifically after the Magic Kingdom closes. Main Street stores remain open an hour after closing. You’ll not only beat the crowds but the mad rush from the park to the parking lot and transit system. You’ll also get to experience one of the greatest things Disney offers that most guests don’t see - The Kiss Goodnight.
- Take advantage of the FastPass+ service, which lets you reserve easy access to select attractions, entertainment and more. Most attractions have a FastPass+ line that allows you quicker and guaranteed entry into a ride or show. You are allowed three FastPass+ selections a day. Once you use them up, you can add one new FastPass+ at a time. Use them wisely and only for the most popular attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which can see waits of up to two hours! You can make your selections as early as 30 days before your trip with the purchase of your park ticket, or up to 60 days before check-in if you have a Walt Disney World Resort reservation. (More later on the perks of staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.)
- Opt to ride alone when possible. Popular attractions, like Expedition Everest, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Test Track, have single rider lines. If you don’t mind separating members of your group, you’ll enjoy a shorter wait.
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