101 Magical Tips for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney Entrance crowds

Park Tips

25. Arrive early for lowest lines. Make your first stop a popular attraction that you were unable to reserve FastPasses for.

26. Have your bags open to streamline the security process.

27. Some queues are worth standing in. For example, Dumbo, Seven Dwarves, and Winnie the Pooh, all have fun activities in line, so you may want to reserve Fast Passes elsewhere.

28. Wear something with pockets. You’ll want your phone handy to check My Disney Experience.

29. The first aid station is a great resource for band-aids and simple medications (like ibuprofen). They also have supplies for simple injuries (like tweezers and lances for splinters). 

30. Magic Kingdom is a big park; you’ll want to set a fairly brisk pace if you want to do it in a day. The other parks are all better if you take them at a leisurely pace, stopping to enjoy all the interactive elements.

31. Choose a physical meeting spot as soon as you enter the park in case you are separated and someone’s phone battery dies.

32. Buy a Hidden Mickey guidebook to help you really notice details of the park—it’s fun!

33. If you’ve got time, play the in-park games and scavenger hunts available. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, A Pirate’s Adventure (Magic Kingdom), Wilderness Explorers (Animal Kingdom), and Agent P Adventures (Epcot) are all well worth it. Epcot also offers seasonal scavenger hunts, such as Remy’s Hide and Squeak during Food and Wine Fest.

34. Ask for free celebration buttons at guest relations.

35. If you don’t mind splitting up your group, Single Rider lines will save you time. (This will not work for those with young kids though.)

36. Fluffy characters (those with a full costume over their faces) do not talk with the exception of the Mickey Mouse on Main Street who has some pre-recorded sayings. Face characters (like princesses) do talk.

37. Form your own opinions. Some attractions get mixed reviews from fans. If you’ve got time after your “A list” experiences, try something unexpected. You may just find a new favorite!

38. The posted closing time is when the ride lines stop accepting people NOT when the park closes. Stores will remain open for last minute souvenirs as well.   

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