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Ready to take the leap on a memorable family vacation? No more waiting! This is your starting place for a less-stress, more-fun vacation. Save up to four hours a day at the theme parks with our tips, tools and resources.

Key Steps to Saving Time at the Theme Parks

Pick the Best Time to Visit

Using our Orlando, Los Angeles and San Diego, you can see the expected crowd levels each day a full year in advance. The earlier you set your vacation dates the better, especially at Walt Disney World® Resort. With the switch to date-based tickets, you need to know your park days to purchase tickets at the best prices and to make reservations for restaurants, character dining and special experiences.

As you get closer to your trip, you can use the Crowd Calendar to see special events, opening hours and the best park to visit on each specific day.

Buy Your Tickets in Advance

You can save time waiting in line by buying Orlando, Los Angeles and San Diego tickets online. Purchasing in advance means you can pick the best ticket combination for your family, and save money by not paying gate prices!

Make Advance Dining Reservations & Learn About Mobile Ordering

We highly recommend making advance dining reservations (ADRs) at Walt Disney World® Resort and Disneyland® Resort, preferably as soon as your booking window opens (60 days for Walt Disney World® and Disneyland®). For the most popular restaurants and character meals, Advance Dining Reservations are the best way to save a seat. At Universal Orlando Resort, we recommend booking at least 30 days ahead.

Mobile ordering is available at some quick-service restaurants at Walt Disney World®Resort, Disneyland® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort. Get set up before you go to save time in the parks!

Consider Staying at an On-Site Hotel for the Convenience and Benefits

Guests who stay at select Universal Orlando Resort hotels can skip the regular lines on most rides. This is a great way to get a (frog) leg up on crowds! Many of the resorts also offer exclusive hours — usually mornings but sometimes evenings — for hotel guests.

Get to Know Your Skip the Line Options

Almost all of the theme parks offer ways to skip the regular lines. You can pay extra to skip the lines at Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld® Orlando, Disneyland® Resort and Walt Disney World® Resort.

You can also use Child Swap and Single Rider lines (where available) to skip the lines.

Have a Plan

You can save time and do more by knowing what you want to do. Follow our park plans (or create your own with our Orlando Theme Park Day App for iPhone) so that you are visiting the most in-demand rides at the optimal time. If you want more flexibility than park plans, our general maps show the best time to visit each ride.

Some people use a mixture of both the park plans and general maps! They start their day with a park plan to hit their highlights, take a break in the afternoons (when crowds hit their peak) and then come back to the park in the evening and use the general plan.

Arrive Before the Park Opens

The first few hours are the least busy times in the parks, so this is when you should do the most popular rides with the shortest durations. Plus, many of the parks open ahead of their “official” opening times. Plan to be at the gate at least 30 minutes early.

Start Your Planning Here!

Ready to start planning a trip to the Orlando or Los Angeles theme parks? We’ve got everything you need to know in one place so you can jump in!  

Know Before You Go

Our hopful planning content and tools are here to help you plan your day and get up to speed on need-to-know topics. 

Crowd Calendar

Check out projected crowd levels, average weather, park hours and more to determine the right time to visit.

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Park Plans

Optimize your time in the parks by following our hand-picked itineraries by park. 

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Visit our comprehensive blog to get even more information on the theme parks before you go, including helpful how-tos, event guides, tried-and-true tips and so much more. 

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Time Saving Theme Park Resources

There are plenty of reasons to visit the Walt Disney World® Resort with small children. Read our top tips on to preparing for a visit with kids.

Guide to Disney with Kids


Guide to Disney with Young Kids


PLUS! Download our Orlando Theme Park Day, SoCal Theme Park Day and Theme Park Vacation Planner apps to maximize your time in the parks! 

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