WHY STAND IN A HOT QUEUE WHEN THERE ARE COOL SHOWS TO ENTERTAIN YOU?
In the mind of our family, on a Walt Disney World vacation, time is money.
We are park openers and closers. We can stay in a hotel room anytime, anywhere. Not taking away anything from the resorts, which are fabulous, but when we go, we go for the rides, and we ride them all. The Mrs. wants every last dime of her park ticket day. That said, even during peak season, we rarely wait in lines longer than 15-20 minutes.
Here is our strategy in 5 easy steps:
Step One: Open the Park.
Get there before it opens, hit any “big” typically long line attraction(s) first. Sometimes we ride two or three times before the ride starts getting congested. Other times we ride once and try to hit another big ride on another side of the park. For a tip on top of a tip, start at the back of the park and work forward, while everyone else moves forward to back.
Step Two: Chill Time.
When rides start getting into the 30 minute plus wait times, we shift entertainment philosophy. It is show time. We take in the auditorium shows and bask in the Florida air-conditioning. As we make our way from show to show, if another ride happens to have a short line, we hop on and cross it off the list.
Step Three: No Nap Needed, Bring on the Conveyer Belt.
By now the other guests are sunburned, tired, their children are super cranky, and they have spent most of the day in the queue. We are cool, rested and have spent most of the day entertained. As they head back for a nap, we start going on rides that have continuous, boarding such as the Haunted Mansion, Space Ship Earth or Space Ranger Spin. Again, as we head from ride to ride, if another ride happens to have a short line, we hop on and cross it off the list.
Step Four: The Parades are Your Friends.
If there is a parade we have seen before we use that opportunity to hop a ride. Also after the night parades people start calling it quits and it is time to once again test the wait times of the bigger attractions.
Step Five: Close the Park.
As the Mrs. would tell you, she paid for a DAY in the park and she is going to use every minute of that ticking time bomb of entertainment time. Use all the time you have if your family can make it. If we got to see everything we wanted and the kids are out cold on the bus back to the resort, mission accomplished. Note: If you are staying on property, spend the day at the park that has extra magic hours, you just get more value out of your ticket that way.
Have a Great Trip,