Avoiding lines during your Disney World trip – PREP031

Perhaps the thing that stresses people out the most about planning Disney World trips is the idea that they'll end up standing in lines for hours on end.

Although there are plenty of different places where you can encounter lines, good planning can help you to avoid most of them.

These are notes from this episode. There's much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.

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Avoiding lines

Most people think of avoiding lines for rides but there are many areas where you could encounter a line.

Here are some of the main areas and how to reduce your wait time.

  • Resort check-in - people staying on-site should make use of resort check-in up to 60 days ahead of time and then get into the early resort check-in line once arriving at the resort
  • Dining - even with a reservation, you can encounter long waits at restaurants. Eating at off-peak times (11-11:30, 1:30-3, 4-5:00, 7:30-9) at both Quick Service and Table Service restaurants can really reduce your wait time
  • Rides/attractions - show up before the parks open, ride the highest priority rides first, use FastPass+ reservations to visit high priority rides later in the day and have a good touring plan. The eBook that I have for sale also comes with printable park maps that indicate which rides to visit at various times of the day.
  • Transportation - plan to exit the park at the front of the pack after nighttime entertainment, consider taking a taxi if bus lines get long, look into the CLEAR program which is like a FastPass at the airport

Quick tip of the day

If little ones can't ride a ride, don't make them just sit and wait for everybody else. Keep them busy doing other things. I have a chart of ideas in my Rider Switch article to keep little ones nearby but busy while bigger kids and adults ride.

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