Disney World Cheat Sheets – Maps, Touring Plans, and Wait Times

by josh on June 12, 2014

9/29/14 Update: Each Cheat Sheet has been updated with new maps, touring plans, strategies, and wait times that take into account recent closings like Backlot Tour and Maelstrom, additions like the Frozen Sing-Along, and changes to where FastPass+ kiosks are located, particularly at Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom:

Full Cheat Sheet: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/ak_cheatsheet.pdf

Map Only: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/ak_map.pdf

Epcot:

Full Cheat Sheet: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/ep_cheatsheet.pdf

Map Only: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/ep_map.pdf

Hollywood Studios:

Full Cheat Sheet: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/hs_cheatsheet.pdf

Map Only: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/hs_map.pdf

Magic Kingdom:

Full Cheat Sheet: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/mk_cheatsheet.pdf

Map Only: http://www.easywdw.com/cheatsheets/mk_map.pdf

Open up Magic Kingdom and follow along.

The first page is a map that’s been color-coded based on the best time to visit the various attractions.  Red attractions (may look purple in this jpeg preview) are your top morning priorities or best saved for the very end of the day.  Yellow attractions are best visited in the first/second hour of operation or in the last two hours.  They’re a lower priority than the red attractions because waits build slower and peak lower.  Green attractions are designated “anytime,” which is another way of saying they’re best saved for the afternoon when waits at the higher priority attractions are longer.  Most shows are designated “green” because you want to save them for the afternoon or evening when waits are longer at the major attractions.  Attractions that offer FastPass+ are followed by a +. FastPass+ kiosks are noted with the FP+ symbol. Also included are bathrooms, quick services, restaurants, and the larger stores.

Moving along to the next page…

Rope Drop: Magic Kingdom opens its ticketing gates 75 minutes before official park open. Guests are held just inside the entrance in the courtyard in front of the train station. The opening show featuring Mickey and the gang arriving via steam train, begins 15 to 20 minutes prior to park open and lasts about six minutes. The best viewing area is front and center, but this puts you at a disadvantage entering the park as everyone off to the sides will enter before you. To minimize morning waits, make your way to the far left or right of the courtyard in front of one of the entrances. At the conclusion of the show, the park is opened and Cast Members walk guests slowly up Main Street and through the Castle. Break off from this group as early as possible. If you’re headed to Adventureland or Frontierland, make a left after passing Casey’s Corner. If you’re headed to Tomorrowland, take a right after passing Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. If you’re headed to Mine Train, veer right of Cinderella Castle toward Mad Tea Party and take a left at Mad Tea Party toward the Mine Train’s entrance across from Winnie the Pooh.

“Rope drop” is the colloquial term used for theme park opening and this section discusses how it works at each Park.  You generally want to arrive 30 to 45 minutes before official Park open to position yourself at the front of the Mickey Readers that have recently replaced the turnstiles.  This guarantees that you’ll be among the first people to enter the Park once it opens.  Arriving 45 minutes prior to open is most important at Hollywood Studios, where waits at Toy Story Mania build quickly and Jedi Training Academy spots quickly fill.  Arrive closer to Park open and you’ll find yourself 30 or 40 people back, resulting in longer waits at the attractions all day.  Worse, you can bet the family of 80 in front of you have all forgotten which finger they used last time, delaying things further. In the case of Magic Kingdom, the text has been updated to reflect changes there.

General Touring Philosophy: With 60+ attractions, Magic Kingdom is best toured over two or more days. The best plans compartmentalize the park by visiting two or three Lands each day. Visit the character and attraction priorities in one Land before moving on to the next. Have lunch and then head back to the same Lands visiting the “anytime attractions.”  This minimizes both waiting and walking. One-day touring will require more walking. You can still accomplish a lot by touring intelligently, but some attractions will need to be skipped.

This is a very brief introduction to Park touring. Magic Kingdom is so complicated that I could go on about touring for 1,000 or more pages. But you don’t need to know all that. In the case of Magic Kingdom, the best approach is to visit half of the Park on two separate days. You want to move quickly in the morning, visiting the red and yellow attractions, before taking it easy in the afternoon and evening.

Characters: Unlike the other three parks, there are characters that need to be prioritized ahead of the priority attractions. If you’d like to visit Anna/Elsa, Merida, or Cinderella/Rapunzel, you need to visit first thing in the morning, in the last hour they’re scheduled to appear, or use FastPass+ to avoid 30 to 75+ minute waits.

Characters are probably the most important and  most overlooked attractions at the Parks. If you don’t have kids or otherwise don’t have any interest in meeting a college kid pretending to be Aurora – congratulations.  Things are much easier. If you do, certain characters need to be prioritized over Space Mountain or Peter Pan’s Flight.  That’s because the characters can only meet one person/group at a time.  So 100 people in line for Merida is going to take an hour.  Whereas 2,000 people an hour can ride Space Mountain. Fortunately, FastPass+ makes it easier to meet several priority characters.

FastPass+ Priority:

  1. Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
  2. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  3. Peter Pan’s Flight
  4. Main Street Electrical Parade (Prioritize first/only parade only. Second parade on the same night sees light crowds)
  5. Space Mountain
  6. Splash Mountain (when high temperatures are 80+ degrees)
  7. Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
  8. Enchanted Tales with Belle
  9. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  10. Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto
  11. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  12. Tomorrowland Speedway
  13. Jungle Cruise
  14. Haunted Mansion
  15. Mickey at Town Square Theater
  16. Splash Mountain (when high temperatures are less than 80 degrees)
  17. Pirates of the Caribbean
  18. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  19. Barnstormer
  20. Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  21. Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade (Doesn’t save any time and the location is in the sun, but there are a limited amount available)
  22. Wishes
  23. it’s a small world
  24. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  25. Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid
  26. Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  27. Mad Tea Party
  28. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  29. Mickey’s PhilharMagic

This list is a lot less ridiculous at the other Parks, where there are fewer choices and the priority attractions are much clearer. The best use of FastPass+ is at the attractions that have long, unpleasant afternoon waits in the afternoon and early evening. Using FastPass+ at Anna and Elsa in the afternoon helps bypass the rope drop crowds and reduce your total experience time from as long as three hours to under 15 minutes. Using FP+ at Mine Train also means you can move away from the rope drop clump and head elsewhere instead of jostling for position with thousands of other people as your first experience of the day. Peter Pan’s Flight, with its long, boring 60+ minute wait in the afternoon is another priority. Main Street Electrical Parade is also prioritized because the view in The Hub area is excellent and the waiting area is much more civilized than any other area on Main Street. It also gives you a close vantage point to enjoy Celebrate the Magic and Wishes. Moving down the list, you’ll find attractions that otherwise have the longest afternoon waits, limited FastPass+ availability, or are more difficult to experience.

FastPass+ Kiosks:

  1. Adventureland: Jungle Cruise old FASTPASS machines to the left of the entrance
  2. Adventureland: Breezeway to the right of Diamond Horseshoe across from Swiss Treehouse
  3. Fantasyland: To the right of Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  4. Tomorrowland: To the left of the Stitch’s Great Escape entrance

Fortunately, this list is far less important than it used to be now that all guests can schedule FastPass+ reservations in advance and change times/attractions via DisneyWorld.com or the mobile app. Still, you may not have access to a smartphone or otherwise need help with something and you currently need to visit a kiosk to select a 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. FP+ experience after you use your initial three.

The next section is touring plans:

Two-Day Morning Plan Day 1:

  • Use FastPass+ at Mine Train (12pm-1pm), Enchanted Tales with Belle (1pm-2pm), Anna and Elsa at Fairytale Hall or Alternate (2pm–3pm)
  1. Ride Space Mountain: 9am – 9:20am
  2. Ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: 9:25am – 9:35am
  3. Ride Astro Orbiter: 9:37am – 9:55am
  4. Ride Tomorrowland Speedway (if desired): 10am – 10:20am
  5. Ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 10:25am – 10:40am
  6. Get a return time ticket for Be Our Guest lunch outside the restaurant if desired
  7. Ride Dumbo: 10:45am – 11am
  8. Ride The Barnstormer: 11:03am – 11:20am
  9. Ride Journey of the Little Mermaid: 11:25am – 11:45am
  10. Have lunch: Use FastPass+ or return ticket at Be Our Guest Restaurant if possible. Pinocchio Village Haus is closest. Cosmic Ray’s is relatively close.
  11. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FP+: 12:45pm – 1pm
  12. Visit Enchanted Tales with Belle with FP+: 1pm – 1:30pm
  13. See Mickey’s PhilharMagic and/or Prince Regal Royal Carrousel: 1:35pm – 2pm
  14. Visit Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall with FP+: 2pm – 2:15pm
  15. Visit Fantasyland FastPass+ kiosk to schedule a 4th FP+ for after the Parade
  16. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square: 2:30pm – 3:15pm

Afternoon and Evening: Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland like Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Prince Regal Carrousel, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and Stitch’s Great Escape.

Additional Afternoon FastPass+ Availability: Unlike the other parks, Magic Kingdom has plenty of FP+ enabled attractions and 20 or more will still have availability around 2pm. Schedule a high priority attraction with limited availability for after a break or schedule several lower priority experiences back to back if you plan to stay in the park.

Two-Day Morning Plan Day 2:

  • Use FastPass+ at Peter Pan’s Flight (10am-11am), Jungle Cruise (11am-12pm), and Pirates of the Caribbean (12pm-1pm)
  1. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:10am – 9:20am – Ride again if desired
  2. Ride Splash Mountain: 9:23am – 9:45am (Won’t get too wet but can return later w/ FP+)
  3. Ride Haunted Mansion: 9:55am – 10:15am
  4. Ride it’s a small world: 10:17am – 10:40am
  5. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight with FastPass+: 10:42am – 10:55am
  6. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 11:05am – 11:25am
  7. Have lunch. Tortuga Tavern and Pecos Bill are closest. Columbia Harbour House, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Casey’s Corner are relatively close.
  8. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with FastPass+: 12:30pm – 12:50pm
  9. Visit the Adventureland Breezeway FP+ kiosk to select a 4th experience

Afternoon and Evening: Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions like Tom Sawyer Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Swiss Family Treehouse.

Two-Day Character-Centric Morning Plan Day 1:

  • Use FastPass+ at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (11am-12pm) Enchanted Tales with Belle (12pm-1pm), Anna and Elsa at Fairytale Hall (1pm-2pm)
  1. Meet Mickey in Town Square Theater: 9am – 9:15am
  2. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight: 9:18am – 9:30am
  3. Meet Ariel at Ariel’s Grotto: 9:35am – 9:50am
  4. Ride Journey of the Little Mermaid: 9:52am – 10:05am
  5. Meet Gaston outside Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland: 10:07am – 10:15am
  6. Meet Daisy and Minnie at Pete’s Silly Sideshow: 10:20am – 10:30am
  7. Meet Donald and Goofy at Pete’s Silly Sideshow: 10:31am – 10:40am
  8. Collect a return time ticket for Be Our Guest Restaurant lunch if desired.
  9. Ride The Barnstormer: 10:42am – 10:55am
  10. Ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant: 11am – 11:20am
  11. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+: 11:25am – 11:40am
  12. Have lunch. Pinocchio Village Haus is closest. Cosmic Ray’s is nearby. Use FastPass+ or a return ticket at Be Our Guest if possible.
  13. Experience Enchanted Tales with Belle with FastPass+: 12:40pm – 1:10pm
  14. Meet Anna and Elsa in Princess Fairytale Hall: 1:15pm – 1:35pm

4th FastPass+ Selection: Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh or Tinker Bell are your best choices.

Afternoon and Evening: Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland like Mickey’s PhilharMagic, Prince Regal Carrousel, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress, and Stitch’s Great Escape.

Two-Day Character-Centric Morning Plan Day 2:

Use FastPass+ at Buzz Lightyear (12:15pm-1:15pm), Space Mountain (1:15pm-2:15pm), and Cinderella/Rapunzel (2:15pm-3:15pm)

  1. Meet Merida in Fairytale Garden: 9am – 9:25am
  2. Meet Aladdin and Jasmine at Agrabah Bazaar: 9:30am – 9:45am
  3. Ride Jungle Cruise: 9:50am – 10:15am
  4. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 10:25am – 10:45am
  5. Ride Splash Mountain: 10:47am – 11:15am
  6. Meet Chip and Dale across from Diamond Horseshoe: 11:20am – 11:35am
  7. Have lunch. Pecos Bill and Tortuga Tavern are closest. Columbia Harbour House and Liberty Tree Tavern are nearby.
  8. Ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin with FastPass+: 1pm – 1:15pm
  9. Meet Buzz Lightyear at the exit to Space Ranger Spin: 1:17pm – 1:40pm
  10. Ride Space Mountain with FastPass+: 1:45pm – 2:05pm
  11. Meet Rapunzel/Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall with FP+: 2:15pm – 2:30pm
  12. See Festival of Fantasy Parade in Frontierland or Liberty Square: 2:40pm – 3:20pm

4th FastPass+ selection: Town Square Tinker Bell, Tomorrowland Speedway, it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion

Afternoon and Evening: Consider an afternoon break or visit the anytime attractions like Tom Sawyer Island, Hall of Presidents, Liberty Square Riverboat, Country Bear Jamboree, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Swiss Family Treehouse. Visit it’s a small world, Haunted Mansion, and any other skipped attractions as late in the evening as possible. Check Times Guide for missed characters (Tiana particular) and visit them in the last hour they’re scheduled to appear.

1-Day Plan

  • Use FastPass+ at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (9am-10am), Jungle Cruise (10am-11am), Pirates of the Caribbean(1am-12pm)
  1. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight: 9am – 9:10am
  2. Ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 9:15am – 9:25am
  3. Ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with FastPass+: 9:27am – 9:40am
  4. Ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 9:55am – 10:15am
  5. Ride Splash Mountain: 10:17am – 10:40am
  6. Ride Jungle Cruise with FastPass+: 10:50am – 11:10am
  7. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean with FastPass+: 11:15am – 11:35am
  8. Visit Jungle Cruise FP+ kiosk and schedule Space Mountain FP+ for around 1pm
  9. Have lunch: Pecos Bill and Tortuga Tavern are closest. Columbia Harbour House are nearby.
  10. See Enchanted Tiki Room or walk Swiss Family Treehouse: 12:30pm – 12:50pm
  11. Ride Space Mountain with FastPass+: 1:05pm – 1:30pm
  12. Visit Stitch’s Great Escape FP+ kiosk and select Buzz Lightyear that includes 2:10pm
  13. Ride PeopleMover or see Monsters Inc Laugh Floor: 1:40pm – 2:05pm
  14. Ride Buzz Lightyear with FastPass+: 2:10pm – 2:25pm
  15. Visit Stitch’s Great Escape FastPass+ kiosk and select Haunted Mansion that includes 3:45pm
  16. See Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade from Frontierland: 2:40pm – 3:15pm
  17. See Country Bear Jamboree: 3:20pm – 3:40pm
  18. Ride Haunted Mansion with FastPass+: 3:45pm – 4:05pm
  19. Visit Fantasyland FastPass+ kiosk and select it’s a small world that includes 5:05pm
  20. See Mickey’s PhilharMagic: 4:15pm – 4:35pm
  21. Ride Prince Regal Royal Carrousel: 4:40pm – 5pm
  22. Ride it’s a small world with FastPass+: 5:05pm – 5:25pm
  23. Visit Fantasyland FP+ kiosk and select another FastPass+ experience
  24. Have dinner: Pinocchio Village Haus is closest. Be Our Guest Restaurant would be perfect if you’ve snagged reservations. Cosmic Ray’s is relatively close.

Afternoon and Evening: Your evening depends greatly on when Magic Kingdom closes, when Wishes  is scheduled, and ultimately how long you want to stay. Visit attractions marked anytime on the map until about 30 minutes before Wishes then move to Main Street to see the show. Return to Liberty Square or Frontierland for the Electrical Parade, keeping in mind the second Parade (when offered) is far less crowded. Return to the priority attractions, particularly in Fantasyland, in the final hour.

The website’s opinion is that you should enter the theme parks with a solid plan of what you want to accomplish in the first two to three hours.  After that, you’re free to slow down and take things as they come, knowing you’ve already visited the attractions that will see long afternoon waits.  The nice thing about the morning plans is that they always work – regardless of anticipated crowds later in the day.  I’ve included expected times you’ll arrive at and depart each attraction.  Don’t fret too much if you’re a few minutes ahead or behind schedule.  It will all work out.  The plans work during morning Extra Magic Hour or with an 8am open.  Just subtract an hour.

The next section discusses the major entertainment options that need to be planned around:

Late Arrival and Nighttime Crowds: Crowds only diminish most nights after 9pm as families invariably leave early with small children. The later it gets, the lower wait times will be, particularly if close is 11pm or later. Use FastPass+ when you arrive when wait times are longest. Visit the green anytime attractions until two to three hours before close. Then move on to the yellow attractions like Buzz Lightyear and Big Thunder Mountain and finish the night with the highest priority attractions like Peter Pan’s Flight, Mine Train, and Space Mountain.

Main Street Electrical Parade is scheduled on between 3 and 7 nights per week, usually between 7pm and 11pm. It begins on Main Street and exits to the left of Splash Mountain. The best viewing locations are near Pecos Bill and outside Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square. Two Parades are often scheduled with the second beginning two hours after the first. If this is the case, see the later Parade as it will be far less crowded. Arrive 20 to 30 minutes early if there’s one Parade or 10 to 15 minutes early for the second Parade. The FastPass+ viewing location is in The Hub in front of the Castle. It’s a great location and you won’t need to be as concerned with people arriving late and nudging in front of you.

Celebrate the Magic and Wishes: The Castle Projection Show usually begins 15 minutes before Wishes. Position yourself on Main Street just in front of Casey’s Corner for the best view of the show, which is almost immediately followed by Wishes Fireworks. Arrive 30 minutes before Wishes is scheduled to start. The Wishes FastPass+ viewing area is in the Rose Garden in front of the Castle on the right. It’s a decent spot, but trees block the area, it’s off-center, and not entirely ideal.

Exit: As usual, you can enter the queue for any operating attraction up until the official close. Consider getting in line for Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, or another attraction with a few minutes until close. Main Street stores will remain open for about an hour after park close. Linger a bit while others exit in front of you. The Express Monorail is the fastest way to the Transportation and Ticket Center (parking lot) unless the line is significantly backed up. The ferry is often a more comfortable ride with more room to spread out, particularly up the stairs on the second level.

Next, there’s a brief discussion on how to exit the Park with minimal hassle.  In most cases, you’ll want to hang around for 30 to 45 minutes after official Park close.  This is a great opportunity to shop or take pictures with fewer people around.  And by the time you exit, there will be far fewer people waiting for the tram, monorail, or ferry boat.  Where would you rather be?  Standing on a crowded bus on the way back to All-Star Sports or shopping for Mickey Ears before taking a relaxing boat ride back to the Grand Flo DVC?  Right.

Finally, the last few pages are wait times charts. They assume that the Park specified is recommended that day.  The Park hours and crowd level are in the upper left hand corner.  The attractions are down the left and the time of day goes across the top.  This is not an exact science. I’ve stood in front of Tower of Terror and watched the wait go from 90 minutes to 30 minutes to 50 minutes over the course of just a minute or two.  But this will give you an idea about what to expect over the course of the day depending on the crowd level.  Make sure to note the Park hours and crowd level at the top of each chart.

So that’s that.  Despite the name of the website, I realize there is not a lot of “easy” content available.  I think this is a pretty easy way to get going on a solid plan of attack.  If nothing else, the map is colorful.

{ 264 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassie June 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Josh, thanks for the updates with the new tier system. I have less than a week until I schedule FP’s, perfect timing for me. I’ve said it before…you’re the best.

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Mike June 12, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Great updates. Particularly appreciate you keeping the FP+ kiosk locations up to date. Hear any rumors on when we may be able to book extra rolling FPs on phone app?

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Sarah June 13, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Josh, I would just like to say thank you. My husband and I are going to WDW together in the fall. I’ve been before, but this is my husband’s first trip and my first experience doing all the planning. Your recommendations are much appreciated, the updated information you’ve provided is invaluable, and I’m confident it will all end up being a huge help to us when the time comes.

As an added thank you, I also purchased your book. It’s available on Amazon, people!

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Jon June 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Josh – Taking the family in September to MK and Epcot. Question – As crowds are lower in September, would we be best suited sticking to the proposed itineraries or is there any flexibility? I assume the headliner attractions are always mobbed but wondering about the tier 2 and tier 3 attractions. Thanks for all the great advice!

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Anne June 14, 2014 at 4:53 am

Got my book yesterday!!!!!! Haven’t been able to read it yet. My 3 year old decided it was his book and carried it around last night saying he had to study and the book “is my special Mickey book.” Then he took it to bed with him. Of course he chooses today to sleep in so I’m not so patiently waiting to pry it out of his sweet little hands when he gets up. Clearly we could use a second copy. Thanks Josh for the most amazing blog OF ALL TIME!

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Bill June 14, 2014 at 5:26 am

great book
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#1 in Books > Travel > Specialty Travel > Theme Parks
#1 in Books > Travel > Specialty Travel > Tourist Destinations & Museums
This was on amazon this AM

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Jeremy L June 14, 2014 at 2:54 pm

We are going to be buying a copy. Congratulations on it being released Josh!

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Michael C June 29, 2014 at 11:29 am

Google Now just recommend your site, just had a quick skim over and wow already love it, going to WDW in less than two weeks with two young children, one of whom is autistic. Your guides and information is going to save a lot of stress, upset and us aimlessly wondering around. Time to get reading and planning

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Brandi H. August 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

THANK YOU!! I was completely overwhelmed with planning our first trip back to WDW in 4 years…until I found this website! I am much more confident now and can’t wait!

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Ashley October 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hello! Than you SO much for all of the information! We’re going to WDW in about a week or so. I have found mixed answers to this question. Can you take photos and get autographs with the Frozen cast, Little Mermaid Cast, or Beauty & the Beast Cast before or after the shows?

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Candace October 10, 2014 at 4:09 am

Thanks for an awesome vacation! We’re just about to check out and followed most of your recommendations this week. It worked like clockwork! Fewer things are more fun than not having to wait more than 15 minutes for any ride at Disney World! Actually my favorite part was getting lost in an empty liberty square and still walking right up to Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain one morning! Thank you!!! And I bought the book too! :)

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A. Devtt October 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

We planned our trip based on websites like this recommending an Oct. time frame. We were in Disney the week of Oct. 11-18. We could not believe the crowds. Every ride was at minimum 45-60 min wait time. We went to Magic Kingdom 3 different times, and each time the amount of people at the park made us want to leave. The workers said it reminded them of mid summer. The more popular rides had wait times of 90-120 minutes. (Peter pan, Snow white, Pirates) Needless to say we were extremely disappointed and wondered the accuracy of the crowds that were predicted.

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josh October 30, 2014 at 10:45 am

Check the crowd calendar to see you visited during above average crowds (5s to 7s): http://www.easywdw.com/category/calendar/10-october-2014-crowd-calendar/.

My guess is you also chose to visit Magic Kingdom on the least recommended days.

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