You’ve been looking forward to this trip for a long time. For many Guests, that means years of planning.
The last thing you want to see when you arrive at the Disney Parks is a crowd full of equally anxious people waiting to get inside the Parks.
While necessary, unfortunately, waiting to get into the Disney Parks can eat up a lot of time.
But, there are some things that you can do (and can not do) to make the process go by smoother and get you through the Security Gates faster.
Tips For Quickly Getting Through Disney Security
Do Your Research
When you arrive at the Disney Parks, you will need to go through Bag Check, a Metal Detector, and then the Entrance Gates before you’re allowed to enter the Parks.
Disney is always changing, and that includes banning items that were once allowed into the Parks. Large strollers, wagon strollers, and loose ice are among those items no longer allowed into the Parks.
Do your research ahead of time, so you’re not overwhelmed by the process or are faced with the decision of throwing something away vs returning to your Resort to drop something off.
Questions? Check Disney’s Website for General Walt Disney World Property Rules
Don’t Bring A Bag
Many times, we think we will need items more than we actually do. And before you know it, you’ve lugged around a backpack full of “stuff” all day that you never ended up using.
Guests who don’t bring a bag with them to the Parks can completely bypass security and go right to the entrance gates, saving a lot of time and getting into the Parks pretty quickly.
Just follow the sign that says “Guests without bags” and wave to the Security Guards as you walk by.
If there’s no rain in the forecast, I will opt to wear my Mickey Mouse lanyard instead of bringing a bag.
It has a zippered pouch that can hold my phone, gift cards and money, chapstick, some trading pins, and even a small tube of hand lotion or sunscreen.
If you can, split up
I understand that not every Guests can go bagless, especially if you have small children or family members with special needs.
So, if you can, hand off your bag to another member of your traveling party who is already going to go through Bag Check and make a plan to meet up at a certain location.
Waiting for one or two family members takes a lot less time than waiting for every single person to get through security.
Prepare to be searched
Most of the time, there will be Guests ahead of you in line when you reach Bag Check.
Take this time to open up all zippers and take things out of your stroller (except your child).
Security Guards will look through every nook and cranny, so you can shave precious moments off your wait time by having everything ready for them.
To make things easy for both you and the Security Guard, I suggest placing items in clear, resealable bags.
Security Guards can clearly see what you have in your bag and you’re safe from things accidentally falling out of your bag.
Believe me, they appreciate it!
Somewhere around 90% of the population are right-handed, meaning that they instinctively go to the right, leaving the tables on the left with less Guests.
Before you follow the crowds and hop into any line, look to the left to see if those tables have less Guests (or are completely empty!)
Same goes for the Bag Check tables!
There are two lines at every table with the Security Guards alternating between the two sides of the table.
Guests will oftentimes line up on the right side of the table with no one going to the left.
You may get a few looks from people thinking you’re cutting them in line, but you’re not breaking any rules. It’s still a line, even if there’s no one in it.