With four theme parks and an endless number of attractions, Disney is a top vacation destination. In fact, it’s the most-visited theme park in the world! Disney isn’t just for kids; there’s loads to explore for adults and solo travelers, too. Here are five things you should know before you head to Disney.
1. FastPass is Your Friend
Disney is notorious for long waiting lines, especially for popular attractions in the Magic Kingdom like Space Mountain. FastPass can help you skip the wait. It lets you reserve a time slot for the attractions you want to see, giving you greater flexibility during your vacation.
2. Head To The Park Early
The Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom all open between 8AM and 9AM every day. Guests staying on park property in one of the many Disney-owned hotels get to experience the park an hour before it opens to the public. Whether you’re coming in from Orlando or chose to stay at Disney, it’s best to get to the park as soon as it opens. You might even get to be one of the first people to ride Pirates of the Caribbean or Big Thunder Mountain!
3. Plan A Day At The Magic Kingdom
With Cinderella’s Castle, Big Thunder Mountain, and Main Street, USA, the Magic Kingdom is understandably the park that most people head to first when they hit Disney. It’s worth it to plan a day here to soak up the enchantment – and perhaps even more, if you have young children that might get tired after a morning meeting with Mickey.
4. Travel at Off-Peak Times
Traveling to Disney during spring break is high on everyone’s priority lists – which is one reason why flights and hotel prices are often so expensive. Instead, consider going during October or January, when the parks aren’t filled to capacity and the prices are more reasonable.
5. Plan Around The Parade Routes
It’s best to stay out of Adventureland and Frontierland beginning 30 minutes before the parades start. The parade routes cut off these areas from the rest of the park. If you are set on seeing these parades, make sure to factor in wait time for the show to start and additional time at the end waiting for the crowds to disperse.