When going to the Disney Parks, we always map out our plan of attack in advance. There are certain rides & shows we want to make sure we get in and nearly 99% of the time, we are able to hit them all in just one day. How are we able to do that? We go against the foot traffic.
Studies have shown that people naturally walk counter clockwise in theme parks. So, if you use Magic Kingdom as an example, most people will go off to the right toward Tomorrowland or straight back to Fantasyland. You will find that there are barely any lines at the popular rides on the opposite side of the park (like Pirates of the Caribbean, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, or Splash Mountain). Logically, that is the best place to start your day!
As the crowds wind around from right to left, you will find that by the afternoon the lines have died down in Tomorrowland. This is a great time to grab a fast pass for rides like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger while you hit a show like Monsters Inc Laugh factory that takes a little more time.
Another great time to hit the more popular rides is during the parade. If you don’t care to sit and watch the parade, you will be able to get in a few more rides, especially in those areas furthest from the parade route!
Do you have any other tips for beating the crowds?