With these 9 tips, you’ll never stand in line for long!
Disney’s theme parks in Orlando are great to visit with kids. We spent a total of 11 days in the six different theme parks and we were not bored for a moment. We already wrote a general travel blog about the Disney parks and our experiences, but we also want to share with you some tips for the theme parks to make sure you don’t have to wait in line for a long time. Here are 9 tips to ensure you don’t spend hours in the queue.
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#1 Download the Disney app
is great because the app displays current wait times in the park and you can also capture your FastPass for various attractions here. In the park you have Wifi, so you are always up to date with the current waiting times. The rule with us was that we never went to any attraction where there is a queue for more than 20 minutes.
Be sure to use the three FastPasses early in the morning so you can request new Fastpasses afterward. (Note: we visited the theme park in 2019 and these days Disney unfortunately only operates paid Fastpasses.
#2 Get there early!
Every day we arrived well before park opening time and already knew exactly which attraction we wanted to go to. Obviously an attraction with an average long queue. You don’t even have to be super up front, because most of the Americans walk past you anyway as you walk collectively to the attraction when the starting signal is given. I took my little daughter in my neck, so we usually arrived at the attraction first. At Hollywood Studios, for example, we were even the very first visitors of the day for the Tower of Terror.
By visiting an attraction with a long wait right away, you don’t have to use Fastpass Disney for this and save yourself a lot of waiting time. Usually the queue increases to more than an hour within ten minutes at some attractions. So set the alarm early and when the park employees start walking in a line to the various popular attractions, make sure you end up in the front line. In doing so, you really don’t have to run or push people aside, mind you. Just walk briskly and occasionally pass some people.
After this, grab some smaller attractions nearby right away with less waiting time (everyone goes straight to the big attractions anyway and so the small attractions can be visited early in the morning without big queues. Then it’s time to put in your first Fastpass Disney at a major attraction.
Tip: Check in advance when the Magic Hours are for guests of the Disney hotels. These people may then enter the park an hour earlier, for example, and then, of course, this tip is of no use to you. Magic Hours are generally only at one park in the morning.
#3 Complain occasionally 😉
When the streetcar failed, which takes visitors from the Magic Kingdom entrance to the park, we had to wait quite a long time in the hot sun until we could take the boat to the park. Since it was very hot that day and our daughter almost succumbed to the heat, we walked into the park to customer service to indicate that we thought this was poorly arranged (especially that there were few boats deployed and few shaded areas at the entrance and we couldn’t go to the front or back because of the crowds). Within 5 minutes we were outside again with an extra Fastpass Disney valid for all attractions in the park.
#4 Make a plan in advance
Yes that sounds absurd and maybe it is, but it does help. You often hear from people who have no plan in advance that they waited everywhere for a long time and were almost unable to visit an attraction.
Check the map of the particular park in advance and also look at the average wait times. We have listed for you all the average wait times for each attraction in the four theme parks. Make a little diagram with which attraction you start with, which smaller attractions are around this and which attractions you have a Fastpass for. This way you can also walk through the park in a focused way.
Of course, it’s also okay to deviate from your schedule quite a bit, of course. When kids just see Mickey Mouse walk by, of course you can stop with your kids. So don’t make an overly tight schedule.
#5 Make use of the Girth Rider Lines
This is a tip that is a bit harder for parents with small kids, but the Singel Rider Line is often much faster. So we started no less than three times at Hollywood Studios park, starting with the Tower of Terror with the whole family and then we took turns on the adjacent Aurosmith roller coaster in the Singel Rider Lines, while our daughter stood by the Cars car watching just down the road. In less than 10 minutes we were in this line early in the morning at this attraction.
For those without kids, this tip is recommended anyway for all attractions with a Singel Rider line. You are in the same line the whole time anyway, only in the attraction itself you are not next to each other. But yes if it saves an hour, that’s worth it.
#6 Look carefully at which parks you visit on which day
If you plan to visit several of Disney’s parks, it’s a good idea to check out the Crowd Calendar from the website Undercouvertourist. Thus, many tourists start the first day at Magic Kingdom, making Mondays and Saturdays (the days when the vacations begin for many tourists) the most crowded days for Magic Kingdom.
Of course, if you are not dependent on kids’ vacations, you can also see if you can go during a period when it is very quiet in the parks. This obviously saves an enormous amount of waiting time.
#7 Take advantage of the rain
Especially in the summer months, Florida experiences frequent downpours and the attractions that are outside close. As a result, most people get out of line. If you make sure that when the rain has stopped and the attraction starts up again, you go right into the line of this attraction, you will have to wait much less.
In addition, during huge downpours, you can take advantage of the fact that almost everyone is taking shelter and no one is moving sight in the park. For example, we went into the indoor attraction Pirates of the Caribbean three times in a row, because the line had completely disappeared because of the rain.
#8 Get into crowded attractions during the parade
If you go to the main Magic Kingdom park for several days, you can also skip the parade once and visit an attraction. During the parade, many queues decrease tremendously and you can take advantage of that.
#9 Dine a little earlier than usual
Many visitors who sleep in the Disney hotels often dine at their own hotel, and this makes it a lot quieter in the park. Therefore, it may be smart to dine as early as around four o’clock so that you can visit attractions during dinner time. While doing so, check the app for current queues for the various attractions.