Visiting Disney World during its peak seasons and busiest days requires that you travel with a lot of patience to get you through the extended wait times, overcrowded viewing areas and packed theaters that you are bound to run into. Many first time guests that visit Disney World during the parks busiest days of the year have no idea what to expect and avoid. They quickly become overwhelmed and shocked by the sheer number of people to deal with. In order to prepare yourself and the family, there are some things that you should expect and avoid to make the best of the day. With careful planning you will have a great time at Disney World, even during the busiest days!
Use these tips to help you plan as best you can for what to expect and avoid during the busiest days at Disney World:
Pick Busy Weekdays over Weekends
During the busiest seasons, both weekdays and weekends are going to be packed, but weekends are especially busy because that is when the locals head over for a little fun. Unlike guests that are traveling in especially for a vacation at the parks, a lot of locals just have one or two events or rides in mind, but the sheer number of additional guests can make line wait times hours long. Opt for weekdays and keep the weekend for travel or other attractions around Orlando.
Reserve Everything Beforehand
Anything that is possible to book with a reservation should absolutely be done beforehand, even your Fastpass+ picks. You can reserve up to 3 Fastpass+ selections up to 30 days in advance. Doing this ensures that you have a place in line, even on the busiest days. During the busy season most of the seats for reserved events and meals fill up well ahead of time; be sure to make your dining, especially Character Dining reservations as far in advance as possible. As soon as you book your trip, you can use convenient apps like the My Disney Experience app to do so; making Fastpass+ selections, dining reservations, and more! If plans change or you want to add more to your schedule, you can always do that in the app or with the help of Disney reservations, but at least you have those initial reservations to work with if everything else books up.
Designate a Meeting Spot
With the parks as packed as they are on the busiest days, choose a meeting spot that everyone in the family can remember easily. Selecting a reunification meeting place for the family is great because it allows you the freedom to split up to make sure everyone is able to get to the ride or show that they want. When you have wait times that are really high, and six things on the to do list, with each person only really wanting to do three themselves, it is best to split parties putting a responsible adult in charge of each group. Even if splitting up isn’t an option because of little ones, designated a meeting spot is still a great idea in case you get split up or lost in the crowds. This is also a great time to teach your little ones about what to look for if they get lost; pointing out what a Disney cast member looks like or would be wearing.
Arrange for Off Park Relaxing
There are a lot of peaceful retreats right on the Disney World property, but still outside the parks. With everyone leaving their resorts and hotels first thing in the morning to get in as much time at the parks as possible, you can bet that those areas will be free of crowds even during the busiest days. Fort Wilderness and its nature trails and lodge are one of the best places to entertain yourself for a couple of hours while getting away from the crowds. Disney’s Polynesian Resort is another great place to get away from the crowds and the entire family can enjoy the private sand beaches and hammocks that you’ll find here. Take a walk down the Boardwalk, or hop onto one of the Disney Ferry’s for a ride from park to park. Best thing about options like these is that they are FREE!
Take Disney Transportation Whenever Possible
In most cases it is better to get around the parks on your own steam; especially when you are traveling with small children and strollers. But when it comes to the busiest days and you’ll be standing on your feet a lot, moving at a snail’s pace, take a load off by using Disney transportation when you can. Disney has a great transportation system; buses, ferry’s and trains are at your disposal and will take you from park to park and Disney World affiliated hotels. Use them to get around faster and to save your feet from the aches and pains of visiting Disney World on its busiest days.
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