Friday, November 8, 2013

Managing the Big Crowds

Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Blue. Enjoy the ride as we share what to do when the Disney parks are SUPER crowded!

Being November - and with my own personal Walt Disney World Vacation coinciding with Thanksgiving holiday (and crowded parks), I realized we should discuss the best tips for managing the biggest of big crowds.  

Even on average crowd days, old-style paper fast passes are running out in the morning, often by 10 or 11 a..m., so our old style plans of playing the day by ear and picking up fastpasses throughout the day may not work as did in the past!

  • Take Advantage of Fast Pass Plus
    • In what I've read and heard, I'm still not convinced this is a great idea, BUT, I'm a blogger, travel agent, yogi, mom, wife, musician - but not an Imagineer.  With that said:
    • Fast Pass Plus allows you to book your Fast Passes before you enter the parks.  Do this!!
  • Create a Touring Plan
    • - which I am an affiliate with, yes, but also a subscriber and follower!  
    • Their personalized plans allow you to enter your Fast Pass+ and guides you around the park as best as possible keeping those in mind
  • Take Advantage of Rope Drop
    • Arrive 30 minutes prior to park entrance, whether you are using the Extra Magic Hours or otherwise
    • Often, in peak crowds, the parks open before posted time, allowing you to do more in the first hour or so than in the rest of the day!
  • Change your Expectations
    • Don't expect to do or see everything in one day.  With the addition of fast pass plus, I have NO idea how wait times will change - no one seems to really know.  However, expect that wait times might be longer and there will be less fast passes to go around.
    • Enjoy a slow day and take in the ambiance that Disney surrounds you with.
      • Spend time really touring the World Showcase
      • Enjoy the queues - so many are filled with hidden and not so hidden treasures for you to discover and explore
  • Bring Entertainment

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is I Am a Disney Nerd.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

**1st Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog** You Are Here
2nd Stop ~ I Am a Disney Nerd  
3rd Stop ~ Ideally Disney 
Final Stop ~ Cooking with Mickey


  1. Great tips for standing in lines or waiting for shows to start. I think those are the times that can get get the most stressful.

  2. Great tips! Arriving for Rope Drop has definitely helped us navigate the parks when it's really crowded.

  3. Excellent tips! I especially like the last one as I was JUST looking at those first two books last night and thinking I need to remember to pack them!

  4. These are fantastic tips for anyone who is "braving the parks." Thank you so much. I cannot wait for the holidays at WDW.

  5. Can't stress enough the advantage of getting there at rope drop. Always great to get in the rides and then watch the crowd grow. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Great tip about the checking it is a great resource.

  7. Change you expectations is an awesome tip for ANY time you're at WDW!!! I have to do this daily too! ;)

  8. Agree about the daily part, for sure!

  9. I'm intrigued and hesitant, but have no choice in the matter - so, FP+ here I come!

  10. Luckily my 4 year old will wake up the whole crew before 6 am, so EMH and rope drop basically always happens!

  11. Thank you!! I'm looking forward to seeing the parks fun and festive - I only wish they were starting Holidays around the World before Thanksgiving (never thought I would wish for Christmas to happen faster!)

  12. Thanks! You should really look into that 3rd book by Tracie Cook -it's AWESOME!

  13. Thanks!! I love Rope Drop! I just wish all the parks still had morning shows!

  14. It sounds like the lines are nearly unavoidable during the testing of FP+, so... bring entertainment!

  15. Staying flexible is a great tip! Don't let the crowds stress you out (too much, anyway).

  16. We bought the Hidden Mickey's book a few years ago and it's a fun way to pass the time.