Disney Vacation Tips #18

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip #18


Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

Avoiding crowds during Walt Disney World vacations takes some planning, so here are some tips that will help! 

Eat dinner prior to 6:00 pm or after 8:00 pm to avoid peak dining times, and take advantage of advance dining reservations. Before your Walt Disney World vacation, look online or let me help you find some restaurants you’d like to experience. I highly recommend making dining reservations, which can be made 180 days in advance on the My Disney Experience app or your My Disney Experience account online.

If there are more than one showing of a parade or show, opt for the later times and see them earlier in your vacation. Although the later showings are often less crowded, I also recommend seeing live performances earlier in your trip. If you’re anxious to see a parade and you wait until a later performance, it would be terrible if it were cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, so make sure you don’t wait until the last day of your vacation.

Ride attractions during show and parade times for shorter lines. I’ve already suggested you view shows and parades at later times, but I guess a lot of people still aren’t reading my blog 🙂 and don’t know that, so while at the earlier performances, it’s a great time for you to go on the attractions that typically have longer waits.

Take advantage of the special ticketed events. These events tend to be less crowded than regular park hours and you get lots of special treats. With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, for example, besides the attractions, you’ll get to see a special parade, fireworks presentation, and show. And if that’s not enough, they’ll throw in complimentary cookies and hot chocolate. Oh, and there’s magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A. Click here for dates and more information.

Use the My Disney Experience app to check attraction and character wait times. That knowledge can help you to plan your experience more efficiently. And you don’t even have to be in Tomorrowland to take advantage of such futuristic technology!