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Tips for Navigating Crowded Theme Parks

You purchased your tickets, set your course for the Sunshine State, and are finally stepping through the entrance gates to the Orlando theme parks. Unfortunately, it seems as if everyone else also had the same idea. An Orlando spring break is excellent but it is also one of the busiest times at the theme parks. If you are in Orlando for spring break or summer holiday try these tips for navigating a crowded theme park.

Before You Arrive

Plan Your Day

Before you even arrive in Orlando, take time to plan out your theme park adventure. What attractions are must-sees? Which ones can you skip? Make sure to check out height requirements and other advisories so you avoid standing in line for rides that won’t work for your party.

Reserve Ride Passes

Once you know which rides you want to do, it’s time to consider your ride pass options.

If you are visiting Disney, you’ll receive three complimentary FastPasses for rides throughout the park per day. It’s important to know your ride schedule because once you reserve your passes, you’re committed to riding at a certain time. You can use the My Disney Experience App to keep track of your plans.

At Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll have the option of purchasing add-ons for your base ticket. A Universal Express Pass allows you to skip the regular line once at participating attractions throughout the park. The Universal Express Unlimited Pass allows unlimited use at participating attractions, which include Harry Potter and the Escape from GringottsTM as well as Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls®, and many others.

Bring the Right Gear

The only thing worse than waiting in long lines is being hot and uncomfortable while doing so. Pack cool, comfortable clothing and shoes for the parks. Once in Orlando, purchase water, sunscreen, a poncho, and snacks to keep you energized and protected against the elements throughout your day at the park.

At the Parks

Arrive Early

You might be tempted to sleep in while on vacation but the benefits for theme park early birds are many. Ride lines get longer as the day goes on so save the sleeping in for days you won’t be at the parks.

Stagger Mealtimes

During high season, you’ll be greeted with lines not only at attractions but also at restaurants. Having meals at untraditional times means you’ll be seated quickly and enjoy a more relaxing dining experience.

Get Creative in Line

Even if you have an airtight plan, you are bound to run into lines at some point during your day at the park. Get creative on ways to stay entertained. Save your phone battery and enjoy some tech-free games such as two truths and a lie, 20 questions, and I-Spy.

Take a Break

Not every moment at the parks should be spent racing towards the next great attraction. Take a break during peak hours when crowds are the largest and the heat is most intense. Snap some photos for social media, shop for souvenirs, or cool down with a Dole Whip or Butterbeer ice cream.


At Rosen Inn International you are just minutes away from Orlando’s best theme parks. Our location on International Drive is near several popular restaurants and shops, as well as the ramp for interstate 4, making it easy to enjoy all Orlando has to offer. Book your stay now by calling 407-996-1600.

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