Whether you’re visiting for the weekend or for a full 14-day vacation, your time spent in Disney World is valuable.
With four theme parks, two water parks, 21 resort hotels, and Disney Springs, there is more to see and do than you can ever imagine. For this reason, planning your vacation is important, and it can really save you time.
Disney minutes are precious minutes, and wasting time is a real shame.
Here are three super ways to save yourself some time during your Disney World Vacation.
1. Walk instead of using transportation
Disney World’s transportation is pretty great mostly because it’s free, clean, and generally reliable. Buses, monorails, and ferryboats all work together to get you from your hotel to the parks and other areas within the resort. However, there are thousands of people trying to use these transportation methods simultaneously. So what can you do to not waste time? Walk!
If you’re driving to the parks, you could always park your car and hop on the tram, which will take you to the park entrance. But between waiting for the tram, waiting for it to load, then taking the ride itself, it can waste a lot of time! Sure, it can be a long walk depending on where you parked, but unless the tram is leaving right at the moment you’re walking up, it’s probably worth the walk to beat a hundred or so people to the park entrance!
I’ve tested this myself many times: walking is usually faster than taking the tram from the parking lot to the park entrance.
If you don’t have a car on property, you can still walk, and you might be pleasantly surprised at how many places you can walk to! Some hotels are within walking distance to the parks or Disney Springs. For example, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is just across the street from Magic Kingdom, and the Disney Springs Hotels are close to the shopping district of the same name.
2. Make your FastPass+ Reservations Early
You probably know that Disney allows you to book up to three FastPass+ reservations before your day in the park. Resort guests can book up to 60 days in advance! You might even know that Disney now allows you to book a fourth Fastpass after you’ve used the first three.
But do you know how to maximize the use of the FastPass?
A tip that often works well is to book your FastPass+ reservations early in the day. This gives you the best chance at getting a fourth FastPass+ before they are completely gone, or before the day is over.
3. Make an attractions plan: turn left
It’s important to plan how you will visit the park attractions so you don’t waste time walking from one end of the park to the other and back again. When you arrive at the parks, turn left (which is not the natural reaction for most people, so you’ll already beat the crowds).
Then plan to visit attractions systematically going from one to the next. Finish a land then move on to the next. Unless you absolutely must cross the park, don’t. This will save you steps and time!