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    HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    This is actually a series of rules as listed below.

    Rule #1

    Get to the park gates early (30 minutes early is recommended).

    Who This Rule Affects

    Everyone


    Rule #2

    Get a nearby hotel and take a break in the afternoon for several hours – and sleep.

    Who This Rule Affects

    Multi-day visitors or anyone staying at a hotel, and especially those going during summer when the weather is warmer.


    Rule #3

    Stay until the park closes (much easier to do if you follow Rule #2)

    Who This Rule Affects

    Everyone


    Rule #4

    Learn how to use FastPass

    Who This Rule Affects

    Everyone


    Rule #5

    Do not go to DLR on weekends

    Who This Rule Affects

    Everyone



    Explanation


    Most park visitors come to the parks a few hours after the parks open and leave a few hours before the parks close. The lines for rides are much shorter first in the morning and late at night.

    Most DLR visitors are day visitors, which means they have to drive to DLR (often through traffic) which makes it even harder for them to get to the parks when they open. With no good place to rest during the day, they will be tired and will leave earlier. If you are a multi-day visitor, use this to your advantage and take a swim and nap break if the afternoon when the lines are longest. When the day visitors are tired and leaving, come back to the parks refreshed and stay as late as you can make it when the lines start getting shorter.

    In addition, if you get to the parks early you can obtain FastPasses more efficiently and in greater quantity. See “Getting the Most Out of FastPass During High Season” www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=885132 for more information on using FastPass.

    Because most DLR visitors are locals from Southern California, the parks are more crowded on weekends and especially holiday weekends than on weekdays. Avoid weekends if possible. However, if you go on a multi-day trip during off season and want to see shows, you will need to plan in weekends to see them.

    Why Did I Post This Rule?

    I find myself posting answers to the same question in different threads, and decided to make a list of “rules” to which I or others can quickly link in the future. In addition, the ideas behind the rule are often posted by others so I do not claim originality for the rule.

    Other Resources

    Use RideMax to help you minimize time waiting in lines – www.ridemax.com

    Other HydroGuy Rules

    HydroGuy's Fireworks Rule: www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34751

    HydroGuy's High Season/Off Season Tradeoff Rule: www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34752

    HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules: www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34754

    HydroGuy's Make Sure You Get On Your Favorite Ride Rule: www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34755

    HydroGuy's Hotel Rule: www.micechat.com/forums/showthread.php?t=34756
    Last edited by HydroGuy; 08-18-2006 at 04:00 PM.

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    Everyone would just love to be able to walk right on each ride they want to ride. For this very reason, I always plan a Disney vacation for as long as I can. It is when you try to cram too much into one day, that it is inevitable that you will probably have to wait in a few long lines. That is unless you go at a very slow time of the year.

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    You forgot single rider lines! A 5 min wait on a ride when the line is over an hour is magical!

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    Eh. I like to plan as I'm there at the park.

    It's Disneyland - why plan it. You never know when a show or ride will break down. Just more fun to go with the flow - and I think you honestly get more done, too.

    I normally go on Fridays, as well, and its not 'that' bad. When the 50th and Nemo passes, it will be even better!

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    Good tips, however.

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    good rule! while i see your reasoning, i kind of like to play it by ear from day to day. i get fastpasses when i can, but it is easier to observe the lines the day of and decide from there. also, a good time to ride rides is during parades and the fireworks.
    Last edited by wickeddisneygurl; 08-18-2006 at 05:30 PM.
    I'd rather be at Disneyland




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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    This is Thejoshualee's guide to water:

    Rule #1 Put water in the glass

    Rule #2 Drink the water
    St. Elizabeth, Patron Saint of Themed parks. Protect us from break downs, long lines, and used gum. Amen.

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    Re: HydroGuy's How To Avoid Long Lines Rules

    Quote Originally Posted by thejoshualee
    This is Thejoshualee's guide to water:

    Rule #1 Put water in the glass

    Rule #2 Drink the water
    Rule #3: Pee in nice toilet rather than peeing on one of the topiaries while in line for It's A Small World.

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