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Top 7 Crowded Park Strategies at WDW

Top 7 Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World: Raise your hand if you like a crowded park! Anyone? No one? I didn’t think so. I am assuming most of us are not fans of places being super crowded. But the reality is, that’s just life, especially when it comes to WDW. Here my list of Top 7 Crowded Park Day Strategies at WDW.

1. Always Expect a Crowd


This might sound strange, but if you expect a crowd to be there, you will be setting your expectations correctly and won’t be disappointed. Disney World these days is pretty much ALWAYS crowded, and who can blame them? Disney World is the most magical places on the planet. Who wouldn’t want to be there? So if you go into it expecting crowd, and it just so happens to be a lite day, then you will be pleasantly surprised.

2. Go Over the Park Map

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If you go over and study the park map before you arrive, you will be able to know your way around better and be able to find alternative routes around the parks. Knowing the quickest way from Point A to Point B will really help you out when it comes to a crowded park

3. Get to the Parks Early!

Do it! You won’t regret it! The first hour or two in the parks are usually pretty manageable crowds. You might be able to do more in the first hour of your day than you ever thought.

4. Extra Magic Hours

Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World
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If you are staying at a Disney Resort, then take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! Extra Magic Hours is reserved for resort guest only, so the crowds during this time are generally less.

5. Book a Special Event

There are special events at WDW such as Early Morning Magic in Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. These are an extra cost, but they allow you extra time in the parks with waaayy less crowds! Click here to book a Special Event!

6. Plan Meals at Off Times

Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World
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If you typically eat lunch at 12:00 pm, consider having lunch a little later in the day. Around 2 pm is one of the most crowded (and not to mention the hottest) part of the day. If you take a lunch break at that time, chances are your lunch will be quicker (fewer people ordering and waiting for their food), and you will also get a break from the heat.

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7. Make Great Use of Your FastPass+ Selections on Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World

Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World

How you plan your fast passes gives you a great head start on the crowds! Schedule them earlier in the day and geographically close.

For example- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan’s Flight would be a great choice for your 3 fastpasses. They are all close together and can have long wait times. Try to book them one after another so you can go basically from ride to ride. When your first three are done, you can easily add another fastpasses via the My Disney Experience app so you can keep the magic going!

Want to read more about Fastpasses and get a FREE printable cheat sheet? Click here!

Top 7 Crowded Park Strategies at Disney World: Do you have any crowded day strategies? What did you think of these Top 7 Crowded Park Day Strategies at WDW? Let me know in the comments down below!

I'm a lover of all things Disney! I have an adorable son named Andy (after Toy Story), and an amazing hubby named Aaron. For my family and I, Disney isn’t just a hobby or someplace we casually go when on vacation, it's a way of life. We try to go back 'Home' twice a year. My hope for this blog is to help families navigate their crazy, magical times through Disney and reach their Disney Dream!


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