Check the Epcot schedule for character meet & greets. The lines in World Showcase are often shorter than Magic Kingdom and you can meet many of your favorites for just the cost of park admission! (note, schedules may change during inclement or extremely hot temperatures)
- Bring a stroller from home if possible, and the smaller the better! You’ll spend a fortune renting a Disney Stroller and it’s a madhouse trying to return one at the end of the night. Strollers are also subject to search, so if you can get away with a small umbrella stroller, your time in line will go MUCH faster!
- Attach a bright ribbon or scarf to your stroller handle. To maximize space, cast members often move strollers, and it may not be where you left it. A bright color or pattern will help you find your things and continue on with your day.
- Two lines for an attraction? Try the left line. It’s almost always shorter! (exception: Tomorrowland Speedway)
- Plan on arriving at the park 45 minutes before park open. The parks often open before the posted time if all cast members are available and ready for the day. This can allow you time to ride standby on 2-3 additional attractions with little to no wait!
- Not interested in parades? Use this time to head to popular attractions. If you don’t see a long line, try standby. The posted time may not be updated to account for the parade time.
- Trying to get out of Magic Kingdom after Wishes fireworks? Try walking through the shops on Main Street. They remain open after park closing and are connected.
- Leaving Magic Kingdom on the monorail to get back to the TTC? Try the resort monorail. The line is typically shorter than the express and you will likely get there faster even with a stop!
- Each park has a Tip Board in the center of the park with current wait times. If you have a smart phone, you can log into the My Disney Experience App to obtain the same information if you a distance away!
- Know when the parks are open. You should receive a park schedule in your welcome packet. Park hours are also posted online if you’d like to review before you go or once you arrive. Parks that have early morning magic hours are often the most crowded and should be avoided if possible. Parks that have late magic hours may also draw bigger crowds for those that don’t have park hoppers. If you do have a park hopper, start with a park with no extra magic hours and hop to the late hours. Use a site like TouringPlans.com or UndercoverTourist.com
- Be aware of special ticketed events or park closures for special events (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, special convention only hours).
- Know how to use FastPasses or schedule your FastPass+ reservations.