- Attractions or not – if you limit your focus to either trying to do as many attractions as possible or to hit the shows and characters, you’ll have more success than trying to fit all of both categories into a day.
- Use your time wisely – with a goal of trying to see “everything”, you won’t have the luxury of sleeping in or getting to bed early. Knock out the attractions early in the morning while the lines are all still very short. Later in the evening is a great time to meet the characters since the lines tend to be shorter once some of the younger guests have crashed for the night.
- Have a plan – know where you’re going and the main things you want to try and accomplish. Waking up, picking a park and not being familiar with what’s in the park could hinder you getting as much done as possible.
- Use FastPass+ – if you’re staying on site or have Disney Magic Bands, take advantage of the FastPass+ offerings to be sure you can partake in some of the park’s more popular attractions. You can schedule times for any time during the park’s operating hours to accommodate other plans you might have.
- Don’t push it – we all want to soak in as much Disney magic as we can while we’re there but be careful to not overdo it. You may feel like you can go 12 – 14 hours for several days in the parks. One thing people overlook, forget or just don’t realize is that being at Disney is incredibly active. You’ll be doing lots more walking than you’re used to and just a “normal” day can be exhausting. All the fun catches up with you eventually and you don’t want to take home a cold or exhaustion from Disney.
- Face reality – come to the understanding that you simply won’t be able to do everything on your trip. That’s way too much pressure for anyone and you’ll miss so many magical things. With Disney, a lot of things are in the details and if you’re rushing from one thing to the next, you’ll miss out on that experience. Put in some planning time before your trip to decide on the top five things you simply must do in each park you’re going to visit. Go get those done first. Everything else will be a bonus. You never know what you’ll find that you might not have seen or done if you take the time to enjoy your time at the parks.
- Reason to come back – just think, if you do it all this time, why would you come back? Leaving a few things left for the next trip gives you a great excuse to plan another trip to visit Mickey and all of his friends!
What other tips do you have for those trying to fit everything into a trip?