General Tips for the Walt Disney World Parks
1) If you can, travel in January, May or October. Historically the slowest times of year.
2) If staying on property, sometimes it's best to avoid the Extra Magic Hour park. Those tend to be more crowded, especially early.
3) If driving, for easier and FREE access to theme park parking, book character dining. After eating, jump on Disney transportation or walk if applicable to the theme park of your choice.
4) On parking, if you pay at one theme park, and transport to a different one in the same day, there is no need to pay again. Just keep your receipt for proof.
5) Get there early. Not only do they usually let you into the front of the park, they usually have some sort of morning dedication.
6) One way to get in early is to book a Character Breakfast which starts as early as 7am. You get into the park early and are ready to go as soon as the attractions open.
7) Use FastPass+. I cannot stress this enough. It's free and a great time saver.
8) On that same note, try to avoid at all cost waiting in line for attractions that have FastPass+. Ratio is 5:1 for every FastPass+ user to standby user that is allowed on the attraction.
9) If you travel with young ones, take advantage of child swap. While one parent waits in line or goes thru the FastPass+ line, the other waits off the attraction. When that parent gets off the attraction, the other can enter thru the FastPass+ queue. Just see a Cast Member before entering the attraction the first time to secure your child swap ticket.
10) When entering an attraction that has split lines, ALWAYS go left. Flow of traffic is naturally to the right so that side is usually longer.
11) Eat lunch early. Most restaurants open at 11am. Eat between 11-11:30 to avoid crowds.
12) Parades start at 3:00 or 4:00. However they are on routes. Find out the route and which direction is travels. It may not pass the Castle, for example, until 3:20pm. That gives you some time.
13) Take advantage of their package delivery system. When purchasing merchandise in the parks, you can have it shipped to the front of park for pickup when you leave. Or if staying on property, you can have it sent directly to your resort's merchandise shop.
14) The fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom and Epcot can be viewed from almost anywhere in the parks. No need to waste time by saving a seat in prime locations.