6 hacks for waiting in line at Disney World

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Planning a Disney World vacation is fun, but actually going on the trip? Even better. Unfortunately, there are a few things that can make your trip a little less than a dream come true, like dealing with crowds, hot temperatures, and of course, waiting in line. Even though waiting in line for at least some attractions is unavoidable, there are a few hacks you can use to make that part of your visit as short and easy as possible, because spending your day in line isn’t necessary to hit all the attractions you want to see, even in the summertime.

Heading to Walt Disney World soon? These hacks will help you spend more time having fun with your family and friends and less time waiting to hop on Space Mountain. With a little planning ahead of time, you can keep those valuable hours of your vacation to spend crossing off everything on your Disney to do list instead of entertaining cranky kids while you wait to meet Mickey.

Download the My Disney Experience app.
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If you’re planning a visit to Disney World, even just for a day, the My Disney Experience app is a lifesaver. Before your trip, you can use it to make fastpass and dining reservations, link tickets to your Magicband, and manage your plans for your connected friends and family. And once you get there, when it comes to waiting in line, it’s essential.

You can check out the wait times for any ride in any of the four parks straight from the app, which means instead of running from Fantasyland to Adventureland to see if you can hop on Pirates of The Caribbean, you can check out the line first. It makes your entire trip so much simpler.

Make Fastpasses as early as possible.
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If you’re unfamiliar with the Fastpass+ system, it’s pretty easy: If you have a linked ticket on the My Disney Experience app, you can make three Fastpass reservations per each day of your trip, as long as all three of those passes are in the same park. You can choose which rides you’d like and the time that works for you, and once you’ve used all three passes, you can make more one at a time for the rest of the day.

To take full advantage of Fastpass+, get your tickets early and make sure you’re getting those reservations at the first opportunity. If you’re staying at a Disney resort (or select Disney Springs resorts), you can make them 60 days in advance from the first day of your stay for your entire stay. If you’re not, you are clear to reserve your Fastpasses 30 days in advance. And of course, this service is free.

It’s also important to utilize Fastpass+ for the rides that are most important to you or that frequently have the longest waits. In Magic Kingdom, that means Seven Dwarves’ Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Good picks in Hollywood Studios would be anything in the newly opened Toy Story Land, and in Animal Kingdom, the same goes for Pandora — or rides like Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris. In Epcot, you’ll want to score a Fastpass for Frozen Ever After if you have any Disney princess fans in your group, since that ride usually has waits upwards of an hour, even during the slower months.

Use rider switch if you have little ones.
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If you’re traveling with a child who is too young or not yet tall enough to ride certain rides at Disney, rider switch is going to be key for your trip. All you have to do is talk to a cast member at the entrance of the ride you’d like to go on and ask about rider switch. You’ll be given a pass for the non-riding adult in your party. One of you can proceed to the ride and wait in line as usual while the other adult hangs out with the kiddo, and when the first adult is back, the second can skip the line and ride with up to two other people. That way, you’re only waiting in line once, and everyone in your party can still experience the attraction.

Pro tip: You can do this in addition to making Fastpass reservations, so don’t be shy about taking full advantages of these services that Disney offers to make your stay more pleasant.

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