It is the most wonderful time of the year, and also, the busiest. Walt Disney World and other Orlando theme parks are full of holiday decor, festive entertainment and people. If you want to make the most out of your visit here are our top ways to manage the crowds:
1. Book FastPass+ Reservations
From the moment your reservation window opens (60 days in advance of check-in for resort hotel guests and 30 days in advance for non-resort guests) book your FastPasses for the most popular attractions. This ensures a low wait time.
2. Arrive Early and Stay Late
It is always a good idea to arrive at a Disney park early. During the holiday season it is necessary. We recommend getting to any Disney park about an hour before it opens. Once you get inside ride your favorite rides first before the lines get really long. If you are staying on-site make sure you take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, especially at Magic Kingdom. During the very busiest times, park hours are extended. If you can hang on long enough, this is an excellent way to get in some more magic.
3. Know the Parade and Show Schedules
Walt Disney World has some incredible holiday versions of parades and shows, and as you can imagine they are usually packed. Viewing spots can fill up quickly so make sure you grab a spot at least an hour before the parade or show starts. Also, make sure you give yourself enough time to get to the actual viewing spot.
4. Don’t Go to Restaurants at Peak Times
Restaurants inside the parks usually get busy around traditional eating times i.e. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for dinner. Try eating before or after those hours to save time for other fun things inside the park. You can always pack snacks or grab a turkey leg if you get hungry before then.
5. Be Flexible
Even with all of these tips in place things happen so remember to be flexible. It’s ok if plans change. As long as you get to enjoy your friends and family amongst the magic of Walt Disney World everything is ok.