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While I loved our recent Disney World Holiday it did feel like we spent a lot of time queuing – here are my top tips to queue less at Disney World and spend more time having fun
We honestly did love our recent trip to Disney World. However, we did feel like we spent a lot of time queuing. Queuing for rides, for buses, to get into the park, queuing to get into restaurants (even though I’d had to book them SIX MONTHS in advance!) As a newbie to Disney World it was hard to imagine the scale of things and picture how far apart everything is when planning at home. There are quite a few things I would do differently if we went again and I’m hoping you can learn from my mistakes! Here are my tips for how to queue less at Disney World.
Fast passes are the ultimate way to make the most of your time at Disney. Each person in your party gets to book three Fast Passes in advance. These can be booked 60 days ahead for guests staying on site, 30 days ahead for those staying outside of Disneyworld.
Here are some things to consider when booking fast passes
- They can only be booked for one park per day.
- They can be split – not everyone in your party needs to ride the same thing at the same time.
- Once you’ve used your three you can book more – one at a time – for the rest of the day. Availability for individual rides will vary.
The general consensus from regular Disney goers is that the best way to take advantage of this is book your first three fast passes for early in the day and then keep booking them ride by ride as the day goes on. This also mean doing a lot of planning ahead. Some people do prefer to go with the flow and that’s fine too – fast passes can be booked on the day there’s just no guarantee that the most popular rides will be available.
Must Book Ride – The new Avatar ride – Flight of Passage has been crazy popular with queues of over three hours. It also happens to be the best ride I have ever been on. FAST PASS IT IF YOU CAN!
If your holiday dates are flexible using a crowd planner when making plans for your Disney World holiday could save you some serious queuing time. While it might be obvious Disney World will be busy during the six weeks holidays and over the Christmas holiday there are also American Holidays to consider, such as Thanks Giving and Memorial Day weekend where crowds will be huge. A crowd planner should help you make the best possible choice when choosing your dates to visit Disney.
3.Extra Magic Hours
Extra Magic hours are only available to those staying on site it Disney World hotels and resorts. They allow guests to enter one of the parks either early in the morning before normal park opening or stay late after park closing. If you are staying onsite this is a fantastic way to get lots of rides done with minimal queuing – worth the extra early start or very late night.
Arriving for rope drop means arriving at the park before the official opening time. This means you will be allowed into the main part of the park before the individual areas are opened and guest can get on rides. The advantage of this is that you can start queuing to get into your chosen area and be the first in the queue for rides – meaning minimal wait times. We did this one day on our trip and were able to ride big thunder mountain three times in a row with less than 10 minutes wait each time. Half an hour well spent!
Similar to above – the later you stay the more the parks clear out and the shorter the queues become. We found between 10pm and 11pm was a great time to get on lots of rides with minimal queing as many people leave after the Fireworks show which was at 9pm during out stay.
6.High Capacity Rides
Rides with a high capacity will almost always have shorter queues than those with a smaller capacity so it’s worth adding a few of these into your day. Rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a small world and Haunted Mansion and great examples of this.
There are also the rides that are more like shows than actual rides that often have shorter queues or low wait times – Examples of these would be Mickey’s Philaharmagic, Stitch! Live and Monster Inc Laugh Floor. We went to magic Kingdom on a Sunday morning and did all of these with minimal waits – it was a great way to enjoy the park without spending hours queuing.
7. Ride During Shows and Parades
Don’t forget queues will be much shorter when everyone’s attention is elsewhere. In particular if you can bare to miss the fireworks, ride queues are very short while these are on (or plan to watch it one night and the ride rides during it another!) There is also the parade around mid afternoon which means a slight a drop in queue times then too.
If you’re staying onsite and using the buses the odd uber could actually save you some serious queuing – especially for the buses at the end of the day which we ended up waiting over an hour for one night. Not fun in the heat after a long day. Simply download the uber and order transport when needed.
Do you have any tips for how to queue less at Disney World?