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Walt Disney World – Useful Tips

Magic Kingdom

    • Genie+ goes live at 7am for all guests day of park attendance. Lighting Lane is available at 7am for hotel guests day of park attendance and for all other guests at park opening. Be up early to get ones that are a priority or popular.
    • 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. You can also try mobile ordering.
    • 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.
    • During peak hours, try experiencing these not-so-busy attractions while the lines die down: Liberty Belle Riverboat, Peoplemover, 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) or on the My Disney Experience App.
    • There are picnic facilities at the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC).


  • If you’ve purchased a park hopper, EPCOT is an ideal park to hop around. 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 ones 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 Harmonious is from the Rose & Crown Pub in the United Kingdom pavilion.

Hollywood Studios

  • Be sure to see Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Rise of the Resistance, and Slinky Dog before the crowds build up by rope dropping or getting a Lightning Lane.
  • 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 Hollywood Studios to EPCOT. The boat docks to the left as you exit Hollywood 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.

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.
    • 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.
    • 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.