With multiple trips under our belts and now being a Florida resident, we have learned a lot of valuable lessons. Here are 8 mistakes not to make when entering the Disney parks:
1. Don’t follow the crowds – The crowds do not always know where they are going especially when it comes to entering the parks. Look around for the shortest lines instead of following those in front of you.
2. Don’t go to one side – The security guard checks bags on both the left and right side of the table. If one side is shorter or even has no line (yay you!), go ahead and jump in it. So many people don’t realize this and will line up on one side. Don’t feel bad if you know the procedure and they don’t.
3. Don’t piddle around – Before you get up to the security guard, open up all zippers on your bags. This will save you almost 30 seconds of having to open it when you get up to them.
4. Don’t go through newbies lines – If someone is “earning their ears” they will have a long red ribbon on their name tag. Avoid going through the line of people who are training. I’ve found that it can take up to twice as long to go through their lines.
5. Don’t ignore those in front of you – When judging what security line to go through, look at the people in front of you. If they all have large bags, pick another line. If they are a family with one bag, then jump in. The line looks longer than it will be.
6. Don’t go to the first turnstile you see – After you get through the security guard check, don’t go to the first turnstile you see. Head to the one the furthest from your location and work your way back to the middle looking for the shortest line.
7. Don’t pick an unorganized line – Pick the line where people are lined up in a straight and organized manner. If not, you’ll find that half of the line will go to the 2nd RFID reader and half to the first making your wait twice as long.
8. Don’t waste your time – If you get to the parks early, standing in line is a great time to put on sunscreen, eat breakfast or go over the plans with your family. This is also a great time to talk about what you have done so far and the top things you want to do that day.
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