I sure have :) Here’s a link to what I have so far, and I’m pretty sure I have another request for it in the queue up, so I’ll be adding more soon!
You’re very welcome :) Thank you so much for the complement!
Thanks so much for the info :)
Even if they can’t give you fast passes anymore, they can still be extremely helpful. CMs working at a particular ride or attraction will usually know when it is the least crowded and things like that. And if they don’t know, they will either find out for you, or direct you to someone who will know.
If you find a CM who’s been working there for a while, ask them if they have any inside tips or trivia for you. You never know what you may find out ;)
Some tips for beating long lines at the parks:
- When you enter the park, go to the left. Because a majority of people are right handed, most people tend to enter the park and start traveling toward the right, continuing around the park in a counter-clockwise route. If you start to the left and work your way clockwise, you’ll miss the crowds!
- Alternately, when the park opens, start at the rides at the back of the park and work your way back towards the entrance from there. Most people will enter the park and start at the first attraction they get to, so there’s a good chance you will beat most of the crowds this way.
- If seeing a parade is not that important to you, use that time to ride more popular rides. Since most people will be lining the streets for the parade, the lines (especially for the more kid friendly rides) will be a bit shorter. Also, most people tend to eat dinner between 4:00 and 6:00, cutting down on the number of people waiting for rides.
- Plan your trip ahead of time using a park map. Decide which rides are “must rides” and which ones you could skip if you had to, and then plan your route. When you get to the park, take advantage of the fast pass system and get tickets. The most popuar rides like Space Mountain and Splash Mountain have been known not only to have long wait times, but to also run out of fast passes for the day, so get to them early.
- Take advantage of cast members (NO, not in a mean way!) The CMs are there to make your day special. While waiting for Soarin’ once, we were talking to the CM at the front of the queue, and my boyfriend mentioned that it was our first time coming to the park together, so she gave us and my whole family extra fast passes for the ride! If you’re celebrating something (birthday, anniversary, FIRST TIME IN THE PARK, etc.), visit guest services and get a free special occasion button to wear. These earn extra special attention from CMs. *** UPDATE: As of now, CM’s are no longer allowed to give you fast passes anymore, but they’re still really great sources of information ***
- Some lines look long, but because the ride vehicles are continuously loaded, or can hold a lot of people, they move very quickly. Make sure you check the actual posted wait times and don’t just assume that since the line looks long you should skip it. Some examples are the Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Pirates of the Carribbean, the Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones, and the Tower of Terror.
- In case you do get stuck in a long line, make sure you have something to keep you entertained. Pack a small sudoku or crossword puzzle book and a pencil, make sure your smartphone has a fully charged battery, bring a book to read, etc. Just make sure not to ignore the people you’re there with!
Most people who go to the Disney parks want to get their photos taken with face characters, but don’t know where they are until they see a long line. What a lot of people don’t know is you can pick up the daily schedule for meet and greets at the gate when you enter the park. It lists where the characters will be and when. The most popular characters appear on the pre-published schedule, but others might randomly show up that day. In Disneyland, they enter the park through the cast member gates next to the Opera House or It’s a Small World, so be on the lookout!
Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour
If you’re a fan of this tumblr, then this is the tour for you! Designed for the Disney-lover, this 3.5-hour, fact-and-trivia-filled tour reveals how Walt Disney’s vision became a reality. In three and a half hours, tour participants ride the Disneyland Railroad, visit the Enchanted Tiki Room (the park’s first animatronic attraction), peek inside exclusive Club 33’s lobby and a have a private lunch on Main Street, U.S.A. Tour guests also receive “A Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” souvenir pin (pictured above).
Each tour charges a fee in addition to your admission, which must be valid for the day you take the tour. Disneyland no longer posts tour prices on their website, so you’ll have to call to get them. And to avoid disappointment, it’s best to reserve up to a month in advance at 1-714-781-4400.
How exciting for both of you! I’ll do my best to get some good info for you.
And thanks for the complements! I try ^.^
You’re probably already seen this, but this just appeared on my feed this afternoon.
— Thanks for sharing this the-common-cynic. I think this is one of the coolest stories ever! The story is that Alex and Donna Voutisinas got engaged, and then were going through old photos of themselves to use in the slide show at their wedding. Donna picked out a picture of herself and her siblings at Walt Disney World, and Alex recognized his father in the background pushing him in a stroller! 17 years before they actually met, they were within feet of each other in the happiest place on earth.
You can watch an interview with the couple here.
I actually had someone ask about that a little while back. Check out the post here.
I do have a friend who works at Walt Disney World. If you’re really interested, check out the info on the Disney College Program. I believe you already have to have been in school for at least a semester to apply, but that’s how she got started there, and from what I understand it’s one of the best ways to get in. Also, check out the Disney Careers website for more info on recruitment.