10 Ways to Save Time at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, because Time is Money!

Main Street at night, Wishes fireworks, Disney fireworks, Disney Main Street

You hear this frequently in the job market: time is money.  Here are 10 ways to save, ya know, time, at the Disney theme parks, which at the very least can save you valuable time, and at the most, can help you maximize your Disney dollars, because your vacation will be pricey.  So let’s get to it and not waste any more…time.

1) Walk faster. I have read a lot of Disney books, and I have never read this suggestion anywhere, so I hope I am the first person to point this out. You save time if you just walk faster! But seriously, you had you better be ready to do some walking. I tell about two people every week to start training now for that vacation you started saving for months ago. Start walking every day now, so you don’t have to waste time sitting on a bench later.

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2)Read up on park touring plans and use them. People study up on where to go and when to go at Disney, sort of like studying for a semester exam, because even if you don’t follow the plan to the letter, you will still save time by having a clue where you are going. Getting lost in the parks and doubling back will cost you time. Touringplans.com provide great ideas for a minimal fee, and Chip and Co.com provide lots of touring plans for free.

3) Eat before or after the “normal” meal times. My kids are pre-teens, and it still makes me nervous to leave them at a table while I go stand in line at noon that is 15 people deep. During really busy holidays, some restaurants will not let you be seated until you have food in hand. I can’t imagine standing in a 20-30 minute ordering line with hungry toddlers or three teens.

If it’s a popular time to be eating a meal, like noon or 5 p.m., then you’re going to be standing in line for a while. Try lunch at two or dinner at four, and you will notice the lines are shorter.

Once my kids and I somehow got distracted riding rides and looked up to realize it was 9:45 p.m. We popped into Cosmic Rays, where we had an entire section to ourselves. We were also starved, so the food tasted extra good. My sons said it was the best meal they ever ate.

There’s always pizza delivery to the resort, which, ordered by cell phone from the back of a Disney bus on the way to your resort, will arrive in no time at all.

Minnie Mouse, Minnie Mouse princess, Disney Princess, Epcot flowers, Minnie Mouse flowers

3) Get to the park early and ride your favorite rides first thing. This will save time standing in line later on when the whole world wakes up and arrives at the parks – to stand in line.

4) Stay up late and ride your favorite rides at the end of the day. This is actually my personal touring plan.  We stay until the rides close, then shop Main Street, U.S.A. until they are practically asking us to leave. Temps are cool late at night in the summer, and you don’t  waste time standing in line for a monorail when the whole world leaves right after Wishes at 10 p.m.

5) A book I have come to appreciate recently, called Walt Disney World with Kids 2012, points out that you should hop on your favorite ride right when the park opens and get a Fastpass as you exit this ride, because sometimes the Fastpass machines do not start working until up to 30 minutes after the park opens.

Polynesian Resort, Art of Disney, Disney art, Disney crafts, Disney paintings

A painting of the Polynesian Resort from the Art of Disney at Downtown Disney

6) Ride your favorite rides during big shows or parades. Well, that’s common sense. If people are watching shows and parades, while you won’t see the parade or show, you won’t wait in lines as long either.

7) Work those Fastpasses! Pay attention to start and end times, because Disney is enforcing these now, and make sure you get your next Fastpass as soon as you are able. Here’s info. on how Fastpass works, plus answers to 7 other questions that can save you time and money.

Eight Most Common Questions People Ask Disney Travel Agents

And with a new Fastpass system being tried at the Magic Kingdom, you may save more time in the future by pre-ordering your Fastpasses in advance.

How the New-gen FASTPASS System at Disney World Could Affect Your Vacation

8) The size of the park will determine how much time you spend there and how you plan your day. It will take longer to see all of Epcot because it’s huge and you’ll walk more. It will take less time to see Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios because they are more compact. Everything is usually less crowded than the most popular theme park, the Magic Kingdom, and of course that depends on the day of the week and the time of year. Touringplans.com  can give you the heads up on what day is best to see which park.

9. During off-season times, 3 of the 4 parks often close at 5 or 6 p.m. If you have Park Hopper passes, now is the time to head over to Epcot, which generally has a later closing time. As long as you aren’t worn out, you’ll make the most of  your ticket money by spending longer hours in the parks.

Disney World parades, Main Street parades, parade Disney

10. Never been to Disney or one of the parks before? Look at a map. They are in books and online, and you will save mucho time by not getting lost and wandering around aimlessly. Not getting lost translates into feet that don’t ache as much as well. Knowing where bathrooms are located will save you time.

Head over to Disneyworld.com to order FREE customized park maps.

Thanks for spending your valuable time to stop by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see you walking past us briskly, because walking faster definitely saves time. Remember that Mouze Kateerz gave you that little tip!

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  1. One of your best articles yet! Extremely informative and helpful. Thank you for all you do!

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