Waiting in line doesn’t have to put a damper on your Disney trip.
Planning a Disney World vacation is fun, but actually going on the trip? Even better. Unfortunately, there are a few things that can make your trip a little less than a dream come true, like dealing with crowds, hot temperatures, and of course, waiting in line. Even though waiting in line for at least some attractions is unavoidable, there are a few hacks you can use to make that part of your visit as short and easy as possible, because spending your day in line isn’t necessary to hit all the attractions you want to see, even in the summertime.
Heading to Walt Disney World soon? These hacks will help you spend more time having fun with your family and friends and less time waiting to hop on Space Mountain. With a little planning ahead of time, you can keep those valuable hours of your vacation to spend crossing off everything on your Disney to do list instead of entertaining cranky kids while you wait to meet Mickey.
5Make Fastpasses as early as possible.
Use it for rides that are notorious for long waits.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Fastpass+ system, it’s pretty easy: If you have a linked ticket on the My Disney Experience app, you can make three Fastpass reservations per each day of your trip, as long as all three of those passes are in the same park. You can choose which rides you’d like and the time that works for you, and once you’ve used all three passes, you can make more one at a time for the rest of the day.
To take full advantage of Fastpass+, get your tickets early and make sure you’re getting those reservations at the first opportunity. If you’re staying at a Disney resort (or select Disney Springs resorts), you can make them 60 days in advance from the first day of your stay for your entire stay. If you’re not, you are clear to reserve your Fastpasses 30 days in advance. And of course, this service is free.
It’s also important to utilize Fastpass+ for the rides that are most important to you or that frequently have the longest waits. In Magic Kingdom, that means Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Good picks in Hollywood Studios would be anything in the newly opened Toy Story Land, and in Animal Kingdom, the same goes for Pandora — or rides like Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris. In Epcot, you’ll want to score a Fastpass for Frozen Ever After if you have any Disney princess fans in your group, since that ride usually has waits upwards of an hour, even during the slower months.
There’s no better place to bring out your inner kid than Disney World, and your inner kid probably hates waiting in line. Hopefully, these hacks will help you have an awesome vacation and make memories you’ll have forever.