How to Enjoy Walt Disney World Parks When They're Most Crowded

Let's Recap!

1. Temper your expectations - For guests who are not as familiar with how crowded Walt Disney World can be, perhaps the worst thing about the crowds is the shock of it all.  

2. Take advantage of extended park hours, if available - Park hours tend to be a bit longer during the busiest times of year, i.e. Spring Break, holidays, etc. 

3.  Invest in a Park Hopper - Adding the Park Hopper option to your theme park tickets is not always necessary, but if you’re traveling at peak times, you might want to consider it. 

4.  Attend special events - Hard-ticketed events are certainly pricey add-ons to a trip, but they also offer opportunities to enjoy the parks with much smaller crowds.

5.  Use meals as breaks - Many families gravitate toward sit-down dinner reservations, but a nice lunch reservation doubles as a great meal and a chance to have a midday break in the air conditioning! 

6.  Enjoy less in-demand activities in the parks  - There are many things to enjoy in the parks that don’t involve waiting in line much, if at all.  

7.  … or, leave the parks altogether - Don’t take your resort amenities for granted.    

8.  Use My Disney Experience to monitor wait times - Hopefully you’ve ridden the most popular rides or your must-do’s either early in the morning, during a special event, or with a FastPass.

9.  Use knowledge, planning, & FastPasses to your advantage - The early bird gets the worm, and the guest who rope-drops gets on the most rides.

By Meredith Smisek

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