By Tim Johnson
Get your Fastpass first at the most popular attractions — Space Mountain (A), Jungle Cruise (B) or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (C).
Late in the afternoon, when everyone is tired and hot, take advantage of attractions with short lines, cushy chairs and air conditioning — especially the Carousel of Progress (D), which has a very short waiting time, but also The Hall of Presidents (E) and Country Bear Jamboree (F).
If your little ones are tired of line-ups and ready to just blow off a little steam, visit Pooh’s Playful Spot, an outdoor playground designed especially for toddlers in Fantasyland (G), or Donald’s Boat, a water play area in Mickey’s Toontown Fair (H).
1 Disney characters aren’t always easy to find. For a guaranteed meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse, head to the Judge’s Tent in Mickey’s Toontown Fair, where he receives visitors all day, every day.
2 “The train ride is an awesome break. It goes all the way around the park and has stops in different areas. You can hop on and off, or just rest and wait for your Fastpass time.”
Wendy Eastman, mom of Sam, 4, Guelph, Ont.
3 Make sure to pick up a park map and times guide upon entry to the park, available in various places, including outside Guest Relations (located in City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., just to your left as you enter the park). Next door you’ll find a convenient set of large washrooms.
4 “Behind Casey’s Corner there is a wonderful family change centre. In this building are washrooms, diaper change tables, a kitchen with a microwave, high chairs and tables to feed little ones in a quiet environment.”
5 Your little princess will get the royal treatment — hair, nails, makeup and even full costume — at the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Cinderella Castle.
6 From there it’s a very short walk to Fairytale Garden for a can’t-miss activity — Storytime with Belle. “It’s tucked away in a little corner, a hidden little treasure. Kids go onstage to play parts from Beauty and the Beast, and Belle interacts with all the children — it makes them feel really special.”