It’s always understandable to want to sleep in and relax when you’re on vacation, I mean, you’re trying to get a break from the real world after all. I want you to seriously reconsider sleeping in on your next Disney World vacation because getting up early can actually help add a little extra magic to your vacation! I’ve got four great reasons why you should rise and shine at Disney World during your next vacation!#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyplanning rise and shine at disney world

Rise And Shine At Disney World

It’s totally OK to sleep in sometimes on your vacation, but these four reasons will have you ready to rise and shine at Disney World!

Faster Transportation

Disney transportation can get crowded during the busy seasons at Disney World, so getting up early is a key to avoiding those crowds! By catching those early buses from your resort to hopping on a near-empty monorail or skyliner, you’ll stay ahead of the crowds and keep from getting stuck in a long line for a bus or monorail spot! Nothing can be more frustrating than being ready to be in the parks and then not being able to get there because of a long transportation wait!#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyplanning rise and shine at disney world

Less Crowds = Smaller Lines

Another great reason to get up early when at Disney World is to avoid those long lines! Whether it’s the long line for security checks outside the park gates or a long line for your favorite ride or character Meet and Greet, lines can make your day seem to slow down. When we’re in the parks, we like to be up and around early into the parks so that we can hit our favorite rides, experiences, and areas before the midday crowds arrive!

We have found that if we can make it to Rope Drop each morning at whatever park we’re in that day, we are able to maximize our park time by hitting our must-dos early so we can spend the rest of our day making Fastpasses and exploring new things that we’ve never done before. Make the best use of your time by arriving to the parks bright and early before everyone else is even out of their room!#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyplanning rise and shine at disney world

Less Crowded Breakfast Options

Our family is definitely a breakfast family, which means that one of our biggest priorities every trip is to book some of our favorite places. We like to book Resort Character meals as early in the day as possible so that we can go straight from those meals to the parks whether via monorail, bus, boat, or skyliner.

If you book In-Park breakfast reservations that are for before park opening, you also get early access to whichever park your reservation is in that day! A personal favorite at Magic Kingdom is Be Our Guest. For breakfast and lunch Be Our Guest is a quick-service restaurant where you can order your food ahead. The wait times are short which is especially awesome because you can get done with breakfast and go get a head start on the parks. You can head to your favorite spot in the parks and beat the large crowds to those more popular areas in each park!

BEST Photo Ops!

And my top reason for getting up and at ‘em early on your Disney World vacation are the most AMAZING photo ops happen before the crowds arrive! There’s nothing wrong with having a picture taken in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom that has people in the background, but I would say that a picture with no crowds is totally magical! Same thing goes for pictures at any of your favorite magical places. Photopass photographers are stationed throughout the parks even before park opening to accommodate early breakfast guests. And don’t forget to be on the lookout for special magic shots with Photopass photographers; and if you have a particular one in mind be SURE to ask them to help you get that perfect shot!

Whether you are an early riser or you like to sleep in, there is no wrong way to do Disney! We would love to hear how YOU do Disney! Head on over to our Facebook Group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, and let us know!


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Callie Turney

Callie is a mom of three, a proud Texan, and a Disney, Star Wars and Marvel fanatic. Her love of Disney began at Sleeping Beauty castle 25 years ago and has only grown since then! When she’s not traveling to Disney or planning her next Disney vacation she’s writing for Walt Express sharing tips, tricks, and all her Disney secrets!
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