Comments for Tour Guide Tuesday: To Avoid Following Big Walt Disney World Crowds, Don’t Go With The Flow

Big Thunder


  1. dashboardcowman

    I am now going to hunt you down and make you watch Frozen repeatedly for a week for giving away this secret. 😉

    We have always done this. I actually didn’t realize it was that extreme. That explains why I never understood why people complain how busy it always is even at rope drop. 🙂

    1. Dave - WDW Guided Tours

      I think I’ve watched Frozen at least 5 times now…..so please don’t make me watch it again! As far as the secret….I don’t think you have much to worry about. Chances are that not everyone that reads this will be going to the Magic Kingdom on the same day! 🙂

  2. Greg

    Great tip. So pairing this with the back and forth we had regarding when to reserve Fast Pass times, how would you break this down? Assuming the plan was to do Splash, Big Thunder, Pirates, Carpets and Jungle Cruise, what time would be appropriate to reserve for Seven Dwarves and possibly Space Mountain? In other words, how long do you think it would take to do the attractions in Frontierland / Adventureland with no crowds?

    This example is why I would never reserve FP times for first thing in the morning by the way. They are a waste, unless you get them for Seven Dwarfs or Anna and Elsa, and yet you can still get passes for those a bit later in the morning.

    Again, thanks for the tip, this will certainly change my strategy on the next visit, as I am one of those “go right” folks.

    1. Dave - WDW Guided Tours

      Greg……Yesterday was an 8:00 start, but here is what we did. Jungle – Thunder – Splash – Thunder again – Pirates – and we were at Small World at 9:15. Now….I hear what you are saying about the FastPass “waste” but I”m not talking about using one right at park opening. Mine Train was 9:00 – 10:00 and my guests rode at 9:45 (standby was 80 minutes) Then we had Space from 10:00 – 11:00. They rode this at 10:30 (standby was 50 minutes). Then we had Buzz from 11:00 – 12:00 and rode at 11:10 (standby was 40 minutes). So, at 11:15 I was already able to get a 4th FastPass and we were off and running. Haunted Mansion got up to 50 minutes, so a huge savings there. Speedway got up to 40, so another valuable FastPass. So, if you are using the FastPasses for things that are needed at the right times, then getting them early isn’t a waste at all.

      As always, thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts. Have a great day!

      1. Greg

        Good deal! Thanks. Have a great day yourself, and thanks for sharing these valuable tips!

  3. Dan Bishop

    I totally agree; we have found exactly the same thing on our trips. This is also true for any ride with two waiting lines. Always go left!

  4. christopher

    another tip is to go clockwise around the parks for some reason Disney lures guest counter clock so if u just go left and circle around that way then you wont see crowds for a while i can start at jc and make my way to haunted mansion before actually waiting and its true even on busy days

  5. Stacy

    I’m so excited to go left on our upcoming trip! I don’t know if you answer specific touring questions in the comments or not, but I thought I would try :). We are going to MK on Thursday June 4 – planning on being there early for EMH. The crowd level is predicted to be a 7/8 if that means anything :). If we start at BTMR, think we could get through that, jungle cruise, magic carpets and haunted mansion by around 9:15? Would lines start to get yucky around an hour after EMH starts? Thanks so much! Your info has been so helpful in planning our trip!

    1. Dave - WDW Guided Tours


      That side of the park doesn’t open till 9 o’clock. Most of the extra magic hour attractions are in Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. So, you have two options. First, you can do several of the Tomorrowland and Fantasyland attractions in the first hour. Then, be ready to enter Frontierland as soon as it opens at 9 o’clock. The better option is to go to the Magic Kingdom on a different day, and head to Thunder Mountain first. You will truly have that side of the park to yourself for the first hour, and you could finish all of the attractions you mentioned by 10:15. Either way…..have a great time!


      1. Stacy

        No!!!! Definitely didn’t realize that :). I am so glad we know before we got there and figured out way too late that everything was closed! We are lucky enough to be heading to Magic Kingdom for 3 days. That is the only EMH day – but the other two (Monday June 1 and Saturday June 6) we have 8:05 breakfast reservations at the castle and BOG. We were planning on taking advantage of being in the park already to head to Fantasyland those two mornings – but we’d probably be better off picking one of those mornings to make a dash to the other side of the park and brave the Fantasyland crowd on the EMH day. Thank you *so* much!

        1. Dave - WDW Guided Tours

          My pleasure! Sounds like you have a fun trip planned. Have fun!

Comments are closed.