5 Ways to Really Improve Your Disney Timeshare and Theme Park Vacation

Yes, the lines to the most popular attractions at Disney World’s theme parks in Orlando can be long, but experienced park-goers will tell you there are some ways to improve your park experience—including one strategy that you can only take advantage of if, you are staying in a Disney hotel or Disney Vacation Club timeshare.

  1. When you enter a theme park in the morning hours, whether it is Animal Kingdom, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, consider covering the park’s attractions in a clockwise pattern. In other words, when you go into the theme park, turn left. In North America, most people instinctively make a right turn into a theme park, even though all of the Disney parks are laid out in what is roughly a circular pattern and are equally enjoyable whether explored in a clockwise or a counterclockwise pattern. Go against the flow, and you will be ahead of the lines for at least 50 percent of your day.
  2. Visit the most popular attractions during the times shows, parades, or even the fireworks are scheduled.
  3. Take advantage of the single rider lines. The Rock ‘n Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; and Test Track at Epcot all offer the single rider line. In this line, you and your party can wait in line together, but as single seats become available, you will be individually seated. You will all get onboard faster, just be sure you plan a place to meet and regroup after you individual finish the ride.
  4. During selected seasons, on-property guests, which include anyone staying at a Disney Vacation Club timeshare, have access to extra park hours either before or after the park’s regular hours. This means that temperatures are usually cooler and lines are definitely shorter. You will need a valid theme park admission and your Walt Disney World Resort ID in order to take advantage of the extra hours in the park, which can be as long as one hour early in the morning and up to three hours extra in the evening.
  5. Take advantage of FastPass… it really works! Go to your favorite rides early in the day, use your park admission ticket and obtain a FastPass. The FastPass will tell you at what time later in the day to return to the attraction for immediate boarding. Note that everyone in your part will need his or her own FastPass, but they are free and available to all park goers.

Enjoying the Disney World theme parks is on the to-do list for almost everyone who vacations in the Orlando area, but most people’s idea of fun does not include standing in long lines in the hot sun. Study a park map before you begin your day, and then take advantage of these five effective tips. You and your family want to spend the maximum amount of time oohing, ahhing, shrieking in delight, or just plain belly laughing during your Orlando timeshare vacation and a little preplanning can go a long way to making this happen.