Have you ever wondered how other Guests seem to get so much done while you’re standing in endlessly long lines?
Of course, those who are fortunate enough to purchase tours and other events will tell you that the experience is “completely worth the price.” And I am sure they are.
But, you won’t find any of those on this list.
Believe it or not, there are small changes you can make to your plans that don’t cost a dime.
But, most importantly, these small changes will make you look like a Disney Pro (even when you’re not).
5 Small Changes That Have A Big Impact On Your Disney Trip
Speaking from experience, Mobile ordering can save you a lot of time.
Thinking back at my first time visiting Toy Story Land, Mobile Ordering saved my day.
At that time, Toy Story Land had been open less than 3 months. Everyone was eager to eat at Woody’s Lunch Box (including us).
Although I found it simpler to order online, my “non-techy” parents waited in the regular queue. In just a few minutes, I heard my name called out.
Thinking the rest of the family would be along shortly, we found a seat and started eating. We waited so long for them that our snacks were long gone by the time they joined us.
If that didn’t prove to me how small changes can have a big impact, I don’t know what would.
Interested in reading the rest of our experiences in Toy Story Land? Check out Toy Story Land: An Honest Review
On the App
Although my experience using Mobile Ordering was in Walt Disney World, Disneyland uses the same technology.
Have allergies or on the dining plan? These are both on the app now, as well.
Strategically Plan Fastpasses
Fastpasses are a big deal in Walt Disney World since they can be planned up to 60 days in advance (30 if you stay off-site).
With the overwhelming number of attractions, shows, and time slots to choose from, it’s easy to just start clicking away.
But, making a plan for your fastpasses is one of the small changes you can make to improve your experience in the Parks.
What to aim for
Everyone has their own idea of what works best when it comes to making fastpasses.
But, the one thing that everyone seems to agree on is not wasting your fastpasses in the morning.
Although it may seem busy at rope drop, the crowds will be much worse later in the day. So, save those fastpasses for when crowds are at their highest point.
I also like to think of where attractions are located before making my fastpasses.
For example, if my family wants to ride Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear Spaceranger Spin, I will plan those together. They’re both in Tomorrowland, in Magic Kingdom, so it makes sense for us to ride them both around the same time.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also a big hit with my family. But, since it’s on the other side of the Park, I will choose a much later time.
Disney is a magical place. But, if you’re constantly worried about missing fastpasses or zig zagging all over the place, you’ll miss all of the magic.
Give yourself plenty of time to roam around and explore the area you are in before running off to your next faspass in other areas of the Park.
Take a screenshot of your fastpasses each day and place them on your home screen.
The Disney Apps will drain your battery faster than you think. By having your plans on your home screen, you save that precious juice for other things.
Familiarize yourself with security procedures
Unless you can go bagless, you need to go through security.
But, there is simple changes that you can make that will get you through a lot quicker.
You know that Security Guards will have to look through every nook and cranny. So, help them out by unzipping everything and placing smaller items in clear bags.
You may also like: Tips for Quickly Getting Through Disney Security
Ask for a room near transportation
Preferred Rooms automatically get you closer to amenities, such as the bus stations, dining, and shopping. But, they cost a little more than a standard room.
So, if you can’t spring for a Preferred Room, a room request is the second best option.
I don’t have to tell you that after a long day in the Parks, being as close as possible to your room is ideal. Walking around all day is hard on the feet.
But, while everyone is able to make a room request, they are never guaranteed. As much as Disney tries, it just isn’t always possible.
But, it never hurts to ask. And you never know, you may end up in a Preferred room anyway.
Avoid Parks with Extra Magic Hours (unless you have a Park Hopper Ticket)
With ticket prices continually increasing every year, Guests try justifying that cost by choosing the Park that is open the longest.
And since everyone has the same idea, crowds gravitate towards that Park.
Guests who did not purchase Park Hoppers can only enter one Park during the day. And if they’re trying to justify the cost of their ticket, they’re not going to leave.
So, if you can’t purchase a Park Hopper ticket, simply choose another Park. The extra Park hour you gain is not going to be worth it the Park is too busy to enjoy it.