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Walt Disney World – Useful Tips

Magic Kingdom

  • Begin your day by picking up a Fastpass for your favorite attraction, especially if it is known to be extremely busy.
  • If there happens to be more than one performance of the evening parade, the later one usually tends to draw a smaller crowd.
  • Wear comfortable footwear. You will be spending a lot of time on your feet.
  • Avoid the mealtime rush hours by eating early or late: before 11:00AM or after 2:00PM; and before 5:00PM or after 8:00PM.
  • If you’ve rented a stroller, make sure to return it before the night’s fireworks festivities. This way, you can bypass the long lines at the stroller station and be on your way home.
  • Many attractions at the Magic Kingdom have two lines. If this is the case, head for the one on the left. This one tends to be shorter since most visitors automatically head for the one on the right.
  • During peak hours, try experiencing these not-so-busy attractions while the lines die down: Liberty Bell Riverboat, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Hall of Presidents and Walt Disney World Railroad.
  • If you are planning to have a full-service meal with your family, reserve advance priority seating arrangements by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463).
  • There are picnic facilities at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).
  • If you plan to attend on a very hot Florida day, make sure to dress toddlers in waterproof diapers. This way, they’ll be free to play in the many water fountains in the park.

EPCOT

  • If you’ve purchased a park hopper, EPCOT is an ideal park to hop around to. It is usually open very late.
  • EPCOT is home to a number of interactive fountains and water-inclusive areas for the kids. Be sure to pack swimsuits for the little one as they will be sure to enjoy a cool-off session following a long day.
  • Lines at EPCOT are longest at midday and shortest in the early evenings. Make sure to plan your park-hopping day accordingly.
  • Be sure to check the Tip Board in Innoventions Plaza frequently for wait times at the most popular attractions.
  • The Friendship water taxi is not likely to transport you across World Showcase lagoon any faster than a brisk walk. You can save some time and get in some exercise at the same time.
  • On your way into the park, pick up a free guide map and a times guide. Consult the entertainment schedule first.
  • Classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale host all meals served at the Garden Grill restaurant in The Land pavilion in Future World. Be sure to pay this revolving restaurant a visit as the characters roam frequently to greet and interact with you.
  • Don’t try to fit all of the World Showcase movies into one day, especially if you are traveling with kids.
  • A great place to watch IllumiNations is from the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion.
  • Universe of Energy is a great place to rest your feet. It is home to a hilarious 45 minute attraction that will give your body a chance to cool off.

MGM Studios

  • Find a spot along Hollywood Boulevard about 20 to 30 minutes before the Stars and Motor Cars parade.
  • Be sure to see Tower of Terror, Star Tours, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Voyage of The Little Mermaid early in the day, before the crowds build up.
  • The line for The Great Movie Ride is usually at its peak in the middle of the day and immediately following the adjacent afternoon parade.
  • Tower of Terror is a popular attraction with very long lines. Be sure to use Fastpass whenever possible. The same applies to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
  • Check the Tip Board often to get an idea of exact show times and wait times.
  • Some attractions keep shorter hours than the park itself. Consult your park guide and plan accordingly.
  • For park hoppers, there is a water taxi that links the Disney-MGM Studios to EPCOT. The boat docks to the left as you exit the Disney-MGM Studios.
  • If you choose to skip Fantasmic!, keep an eye on your watch and plan to exit the park before the show ends. This way you will avoid the crowds in the parking lots.
  • Guests on the left side of the tram may get wet at Catastrophe Canyon on the Backlot Tours, while those on the right stay dry.
  • You will need to stop at a locker near the park entrance before riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. There is no place to store loose articles in the ride vehicles.

Animal Kingdom

  • Rainforest Café usually stays open longer than the park does. You can easily plan a meal after you exit the park.
  • If you are planning to park hop, Animal Kingdom is an ideal park to start your day in as it closes earlier than the other park.
  • The line for Kilimanjaro Safaris is usually shortest immediately following the afternoon parade. Watch the parade in Africa and head over before the crowds develop.
  • Be sure to pack plenty of water and refreshments. Most of Animal Kingdom’s attractions take place outdoors and some people may overheat very quickly.
  • Check the Tip Board often for show times and wait times.
  • Plan accordingly and arrive about 15 to 30 minutes before the park opens. Animal Kingdom kicks off the day with a character-rich musical celebration.
  • For a less turbulent experience on the Dinosaur attraction, request an inside seat near the front of the ride.
  • Everyone and everything will get wet on Kali River Rapids. Make sure that anything that needs to stay dry in stored in a locker or with a non-riding member of your party.
  • Though young children may have loved the film A Bug’s Life, the attraction version “It’s Tough to be a Bug!” may prove to be too scary for some.
  • Make priority seating arrangements in advance for the character breakfast at Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand U.S.A.