Skip the lines and save up to 4 hours a day!
Key Steps to Saving Time at the Theme Parks
1 Pick the Best Time to Visit
Using our Orlando, Los Angeles and San Diego Crowd Calendars, 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.
2 Buy Your Tickets in Advance
3 Make Advance Dining Reservations & Learn About Mobile Ordering
The best way to ensure you don’t spend your whole trip eating fast food is to book reservations. 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 60 days for Disneyland®). For the most popular restaurants and character meals, this is virtually the only way to get in. At Universal Orlando Resort™, it's not as hard to get reservations – we recommend booking at least 30 days ahead.
4 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 parks also offer exclusive hours — usually mornings but sometimes evenings — for hotel guests.
5 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.
6 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 Planning 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.
7 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.
Time-Saving Theme Park Tools
We accurately predict the best time to visit the parks so you can minimize wait times on rides and visit during less busy times. Closer to your trip, use it to see recommended parks by day and opening hours.
Our step-by-step park plans let you experience the most popular theme park rides and attractions with the lowest waits. For more flexibility, use our general maps to see the best time to visit every ride!View Park Plans
If you’re headed to the Orlando theme parks, you can wait less and do more using our free app for iPhone. It offers ride wait and show times, interactive maps, and pre-set and customizable park plans.Learn More
Family Vacation Planning Guides & Trip Timelines
Ready to start your theme park vacation planning? We've created a timeline of key milestones for your Orlando and California theme park trips. Know your trip dates? Enter them and we'll fill in the dates for you!