What to Cut When You’re Out of Time on Your Disney World Trip

Let’s be honest — there is a LOT to do at Walt Disney World! Attractions, entertainment, and dining — oh my! All of it is so fun, how do you decide what to cut if you’re running out of time?

Cinderella Castle at Night
Cinderella Castle

Here are three things that we consider skipping when we’re on a short trip or find ourselves out of time.

1. Long Attractions

Finding Nemo – the Musical

As much as we love them, some attractions are just too long when you’re in a rush! Carousel of Progress, Hall of Presidents, the American Adventure, and Finding Nemo – the Musical are all at least 20 minutes long (Finding Nemo is actually almost 40!). Unless it’s an absolute favorite, cutting a few longer attractions is an easy way to maximize your park time.

2. The Pool

All-Star Sports

This may be an unpopular opinion, but you can swim at home! (At least… that’s what my mom told me as I was growing up.)

Sure, pool time on vacation is an absolute delight, especially if you’re staying at a resort with an awesome pool! But if you’re on a limited timeline and forced to choose between squeezing in a few favorite attractions or a couple of hours at the pool, then attractions win every time in my book.

3. Table Service Dining 

The Hollywood Brown Derby

Dining is one of my favorite things about Disney! But still, if you’re budgeting time, you may not want to spend an hour (or more) on a meal. There are plenty of delicious Quick Service locations throughout the parks, that you don’t actually NEED to sit down to enjoy some tasty eats.

Here are eight of our favorite Quick Service meals that really don’t taste like “fast food.”

The one exception to this is character dining. While you will spend longer at the meal, you’ll also get to meet several characters at the same time, which could save you hours of time in line!

Princess Aurora at Cinderella’s Royal Table

What do you cut when you’re on a quick trip or running out of time? Let us know in the comments!


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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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2 Replies to “What to Cut When You’re Out of Time on Your Disney World Trip”

  1. We like to spend our first day at the pool so we can enjoy what we’re paying for at the resort. We spend half a day flying from Oklahoma so I don’t want to waste the money on a park ticket for a few hours

  2. Wouldn’t it be easier to do SEVERAL of these no-line-long-lasting attractions by skipping out on one two hour line ride that last 3 minutes?