If your spring or summer plans include a stay at Disney World, you’re likely aware that there are a ton of tips and tricks for making the most of your stay. But beyond “hidden Mickeys” and trading pins with characters, here are a few smart advices for you.
1. Start from the back of any park and head forward. This is a solid tip for any amusement park: If you’ve gotten in line early and are coming in through the gates with the masses, head to the back of the park.
2. The perfect time for shorter lines are also meal times and firework shows
3. Take a boat ride from Magic Kingdom to the Wilderness Lodge at sunset. You’ll get epic views.
4. During the character meal is the easiest way to meet your favorite Disney character. They all come there.
5. Save a lot time in Disney world by coming with your own car or renting one, because organized transportation goes around the whole park.
6. Sit in the middle of the monorail. For easy access out. Otherwise, you can get stuck behind hundreds of people at every stop—which potentially means even longer lines for rides once you get out.
7. If you ask nicely at the food sections, you can get soda or water for free
8. The rope drop ceremony happens at the Gate very early in the morning, but here’s how to make the best of it:
The lines will be shorter because most people wake up later!
9. Use fast passes strategically. One pro tip we loved was to snag a fast pass for Space Mountain, dash to the back of the park for Splash Mountain and other rides, and then come back to the front of the park to use your FastPass once the initial hubbub at Space Mountain has died down.
10. Ask for the front row of Soarin. Do this on the epic hang-glider simulator so you don’t have other people’s feet dangling in your face.
11. The back of the Safari is better than the front. You can turn around and see any animals you’ve missed. (If you’re in the front of the Safari, all you get if you crane your neck behind you is a good look at the other passengers.)
12. Watch the electric light parade from the shores of Fort Wildernes. You can see everything from a relatively peaceful location, and not get smushed in the busy crowds.
Locations, such as the train station, ticket center, the Polynesian beach, and California Grill will get you an incredible view.