If you’ve decided to pay a visit to the most magical place on earth, you’ll want to make the most out of every minute you have. There are some things that will be out of your control no matter what – after all, you can’t reschedule a thunderstorm – but with a little planning, you can have a spectacular vacation to the House of Mouse.
Get There Early (and Stay Late)
Research each park’s hours so you can get there at “rope drop,” the term Disney uses for opening the gates each morning. Plan to go on the most popular rides as soon as they open, before the crowd has a chance to build up. The lines will also start to get shorter later in the afternoon, so if you have the stamina to stay into evening, do it.
Learn the FastPass+ System
FassPass+ is Disney’s latest system for keeping wait times as low as possible when the park is crowded. You can go online and look at the various attractions in advance, choose a day and time, and receive a ticket to go to the front of the line, all for free! FastPasses are limited in number, though, so get them ahead of time. You can select them up to 30 days in advance or 60 days if you’ve got a Walt Disney Resort vacation package.
Use the My Disney Experience App
If you’re getting overwhelmed and you need to gather all your plans in a single place, you can’t beat the My Disney Experience app. You can plan your day, look at entertainment schedules, make dining reservations, and more. You’ll need to create a free account, but then you can store all your plans to have ready at the click of a mouse or the tap of a finger.
Have a Weather Backup Plan
If you’re headed to one of the Florida parks in the summer, you’re almost guaranteed to spend at least one afternoon dodging the rain. Have a plan in your back pocket – and hopefully a poncho or an umbrella, too – for inclement weather. You might want to see a show under a covered roof or get in that long indoor line if it means staying dry.
No matter how much planning you do, something is going to change at the last minute. A wait might be longer than you anticipate, a ride might need maintenance, or a toy might be hard to find. Just remind yourself that it’s okay, these things happen. Don’t get so caught up in your need to master your vacation that you forget to have fun!