Visiting Walt Disney World This Holiday Season? This ONE TIP Could Save You HOURS in Line

Crowds at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays quickly approaching, I thought a quick “PSA post” was in order today.

Those of you who use RideMax to plan your day at Walt Disney World or Disneyland know that along with a custom itinerary, RideMax plans include several tips for helping you get the most from your day. Some of these relate to our recommended arrival time for each park, as well as tips for certain individual rides to help you save time in line and/or get more from a particular attraction.

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, however, there is ONE TIP that many first-time visitors, or guests who haven’t visited in a while, need to know, and that tip is simply to BUY YOUR PARK TICKETS IN ADVANCE. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that you should buy those park tickets as soon as you’re sure you’ll be going on that trip.

Let me repeat: BUY YOUR WALT DISNEY WORLD PARK TICKETS IN ADVANCE!

If you read my recent post on the 10 advantages the Disneyland MaxPass system has over Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system, you’ll know that the main reason you need to buy your park tickets ahead of time is because you need those tickets in order to make your FastPass+ reservations. (This is different from the Disneyland FastPass or MaxPass system, where you make your FastPass reservations on the actual day of your visit.)

If you’re not familiar with the FastPass+ system, you’re allowed to make advance FastPass+ reservations for your group for up to three attractions for each day of your visit.  Those with FastPass+ reservations skip the normal “standby” line and are usually able to board the attraction much more quickly than those who don’t hold reservations. If you’re staying at a Disney-owned hotel, you can make those reservations up to 60 days in advance of your trip. Otherwise, you can make those reservations up to 30 days in advance.

FastPass+ at Walt Disney World
FastPass+ users scan their park tickets (or Magic Bands) at the special FastPass+ ride entrance and skip most of that attraction’s regular line.

The catch is that these FastPass+ reservations are given on a first-come, first served basis. So the sooner you make your reservations, the better your choices in terms of attractions and available time slots.

As I’ve said previously, I’m not a huge fan of the Disney World FastPass+ system (quite the opposite, in fact), but as long as it works the way it does, we might as well take maximum advantage of it.

If you ARE visiting over the holidays and don’t yet have your park tickets, the easiest way to purchase them is through Disney’s own app. Just search the app store for “My Disney Experience,” download the app, and go from there. You can tie your tickets directly to your account in the app, then use the app to go ahead and make those FastPass+ reservations. (Buying tickets through the app, you won’t have physical possession of the tickets until you get to the park, but you can still make those FastPass+ reservations as soon as you’ve purchased them.)

A final note is that if you’re using RideMax to plan your Walt Disney World visit, be sure to pay attention to the “FastPass+ Options” section of the main RideMax planning screen. There you can tell RideMax which attractions you want to use FastPass+ for. You can also have RideMax tell you the time at which it would be optimal to set up your FastPass+ reservations in the context of your own individual RideMax plan. (If your time slots are limited and you can’t change your FastPass+ reservation times, you can also tell RideMax the time at which you want to use them, and it will work these into your plan accordingly.)

So… buy those Disney World park tickets in advance, get those FastPass+ reservations set up EARLY, and have a great trip!

Happy planning!  :-)

 

 

 

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Video Report: How to NOT Wait in Line at Walt Disney World

OK, so I’ll warn you in advance that this post is pretty self-serving, but long-time customer Karin recently posted a video overview of RideMax, including how she uses RideMax to map out her day at Walt Disney World.

If anyone reading this still happens to be on the fence as to whether you might find RideMax useful, I hope Karin’s video helps!

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10 Reasons Why Disneyland’s MaxPass is Superior to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+

While visiting Disneyland recently I posted something on Twitter that seemed to cause something of a stir:

MaxPass is better than FastPass+

I tweeted the above as I was making my way through Disneyland actually using the MaxPass system. The tweet came from my own emotional response to the new Disneyland system after using the WDW FastPass+ system for a long time now. And I really liked what I was seeing at Disneyland.

And yes, several weeks later I still stand by the statement that the MaxPass system at Disneyland is superior to Walt Disney World’s FastPass+ system in almost every possible way. Here are 10 reasons why:

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Why Your Favorite Disney Theme Park Touring Plan is Now Broken

Flight of Passage queue at Disney's Animal Kingdom

In case you haven’t noticed, even with the upcoming Star Wars attractions still many months away, there are a LOT of changes happening at Disney’s theme parks lately. And as a result, that “fool-proof” game plan you used to visit the parks several months ago is probably now broken.

Consider the changes that have occurred over just the past few months:

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My First Vlog! Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2017

Liesle & I stopped by Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, and I decided to post my very first vlog episode on YouTube documenting our quick visit, which includes some advice for the folks running the Mexico kiosk.

You can enjoy this first episode in all its glory below. (I apologize in advance for some of the slightly shaky video, especially during some of my camera-facing moments. Hopefully I’ll get a better grip on this in episode two.  :-)  )

Enjoy!

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