When we plan a trip to Walt Disney World, it’s usually eight months to a year out, which gives us plenty of time to plan, prep and prepare. This year, we had eight months to watch YouTube videos, read up, and study tips and tricks for avoiding long lines at attractions.
Here’s one trick we found that worked for us. It does require some patience and some early mornings, but if you want to get in as many attractions as possible, it is worth it. We were able to ride Flight of Passage three times in a row using this trick.
First, you need to be staying on Walt Disney World property so that you can take advantage of whichever park has morning Extra Magic Hours.
Second, make sure you get to that park 30-45 minutes before opening.
Third, get in line for rope drop and as soon as the park opens, head toward the “big ticket” attraction.
Sounds simple, but it can be tricky if you don’t know where to go. So, I’ve broken it down with three examples:
Epcot: Once rope drop happens, head towards Frozen Ever After. Most people are going to hit Future World first, so it will take awhile for people to navigate to World Showcase. Now, this doesn’t mean there won’t be other people doing the same thing as you, but the wait time (depending on how fast you move) will be 5-10 minutes as opposed to longer waits. You might be able to ride this a few times, or head over to meet Anna and Elsa afterward with a short wait time as well. Take Note: This is a long walk…a very long walk. So, if you’d prefer to just Fastpass+ it, I don’t blame you.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Avatar Flight of Passage is the attraction that everyone wants to do. In fact, those who don’t FastPass+ it could wait up to 2+ hours to ride it. But, you don’t have to be one of those people. Once rope drop happens, head directly towards it. Will the walk there be crowded? Yes! But, there is a Cast Member in front of the line making sure everyone stays in control to avoid a “stampede”. You will have to wait a bit but nothing compared to what it could be otherwise. Once you ride, you may be able to ride it again with limited wait times, it all depends on the crowd.
Magic Kingdom Park: For us, and a lot of other people, riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the first attraction we need to do. Now that rope drop moved closer to Cinderella Castle, it makes it a bit easier to get to this attraction a little faster. Head towards the castle and make sure you stay to the right like you are heading towards Tomorrowland. Again, once rope drops, there will be a slew of Cast Members controlling the line, but you’ll get to the attraction quickly and with only about a 5-10 minute wait.
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