WDW Park Strategies for Days without FastPasses

Updated October 16, 2020

With FastPasses not currently in use, you’ll want a good focus for each park at Walt Disney World.

I recommend my strategies, below, to ensure you don’t miss a thing. If possible, visit the parks on weekdays, as weekends are getting busier.

Each strategy includes all attractions (Epcot, DHS and DAK) or the most iconic attractions (Magic Kingdom). As time allows, include others not listed or repeat favorites.

For everything you need to know about visiting Walt Disney World during 2020, check out this post.

Ready to book your WDW vacation? Start here.

For All Strategies

The following are essential:

  • Arrive at each park an hour prior to official park opening. Check with your resort to see how early buses and/or the Disney Skyliner are running so you know which to take to be on time.
  • Enter the park as soon as you’re allowed in (often 30+ minutes prior to official park opening). Line up at Rope Drop in the direction you’re headed.
  • Focus on attractions for the first several hours of your day. I’ve listed the ideal order of attractions, per park, in this post.
  • Break for a late lunch after moving through your list. I recommend having a dining reservation for around 1:00pm.
  • Return to attractions and/or enjoy entertainment in the afternoon and evening.

Magic Kingdom

  • Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train
  • Peter Pan
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Space Mountain
  • Mad Tea Party (teacups)
  • Carousel of Progress
  • People Mover

Note: After Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, feel free to add in nearby attractions as you see fit. The attractions with the longest lines get your day started. After Big Thunder, you can relax a bit. 

Epcot

  • Test Track
  • Mission: SPACE
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Living With The Land
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Frozen Ever After (last hour of the day)

Animal Kingdom

  • Flight of Passage
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest
  • TriceraTop Spin
  • DINOSAUR

Disney Hollywood Studios

  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours
  • Millennium Falcon
  • Rise of the Resistance (fit this attraction into your day based on when your timing is set in the virtual queue)

Tips for Acquiring a Spot in the Virtual Queue for Rise of the Resistance

    You must be inside Disney Hollywood Studios to enter the virtual queue.
  • Use data instead of WiFi if possible.
  • Make sure all guests in your party have tickets linked in your My Disney Experience app. Delete any tickets for guests not with you in your app.
  • Take a minute to do all of this on your own, away from children who could distract you. Spots are gone in seconds (literally) for this virtual queue. You will need to focus.

Steps:

  • Be in the app a few minutes prior to the times available to try – either 10:00am or 2:00pm.
  • One minute prior to 10:00am or 2:00pm, click on “JOIN” under “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance – Request Access with Virtual Queue” in the My Disney Experience. (In the image, below.)
  • Refresh the app from that screen again and again until the “JOIN” button appears in green. (Refresh the app by simply dragging down the screen. You’ll see it refresh.) Click “JOIN” immediately.
  • Follow the prompts to complete the queue as quickly as possible.
  • If you don’t get a spot at 10:00am, try at 2:00pm. Good luck!

Notes

  • Remember that the last hour of the day includes lower lines for attractions, as many guests head out for dinner since evening in-park entertainment is on hold for now. If you run into a wait time that exceeds what you are comfortable with, save that attraction for the end of the day.
  • Enjoy dinner in Disney Springs or at your resort once you’re finished with your day at the park.
  • Unlike life pre-Covid, I do not recommend taking a break in the middle of the day. Start early and plan to stay until you finish everything. Let kids nap in strollers at Relaxation Stations when you need a break.
  • Most attraction wait times listed on the Disney app are higher than what you’ll actually experience. Yay!
Take a look at how Get Away Today can help with your vacation

LEAVE A REPLY