I hate to admit it, but I’m actually pretty lazy when it comes to vacation, especially at Disney.
Sure, I enjoy riding as many rides as possible and eating and drinking my way around the park, but in all honesty, I like to move pretty slow throughout the parks. Not to mention, there are days when I just don’t care too much to have to plan my itinerary down to the second.
So if you’re like me and want to have a fun and enjoyable time at Disney World without having to feel like you need a vacation after this vacation, then this lazy person’s guide is exactly what you need. And don’t worry, I’ll keep things short and sweet because I’m in no mood to write a massive article today.
The Lazy Person’s Guide to Disney World
Here are tips for people who (really) hate planning vacations, making jam packed itineraries, and running around the park.
1. Buy Genie+
There are so many hacks and tricks to maximize Genie+ but at the end of the day, if you want to ride certain rides, you’ll be able to just by buying Genie+ for the day making your selections.
I hate waiting in line and Genie+ will help you avoid that, to an extent. You can easily skip this and still have a great time. That said, if you do skip Genie+ but still want to ride quite a few rides, you may have to really plan your day down to the minute. It’s possible, but if you’re in no mood for it, buying Genie+ is the way to go.
2. Mobile Order Your Food
Almost every single Quick Service restaurant at all four parks will offer Mobile Order. This will save you a boatload of time waiting in line to order.
3. Make Reservations for Easy to Get Restaurants
Yes, there are some restaurants that are so popular that you’ll have to wake up at like 6 am 60 days before your trip to book, but in all honesty, there are some great restaurants that are so easy to find reservations for.
My easy to get Disney World restaurant recommendations include:
- Sebastian’s Bistro
- Steakhouse 71 (breakfast and lunch)
- ‘Ohana Breakfast (easiest to find between 7 to 8 am and 11-12)
- The Boathouse (easier on OpenTable)
4. Go During the Slow Seasons
The slowest times of the year to visit Disney World include late August to mid-September as well as mid-January through early February.
Wait times are very slow on the weekdays (and even some weekends).
Plus, this also coincides with being one of the cheapest times to visit Disney World.
5. Have a Resort Day (or two)
If you’re staying on property, then there’s no reason for you to spend all that money staying at a fancy Disney World hotel if you’re not going to enjoy it.
Skip the parks and instead have a pool day, or better, a spa day.
6. Take Advantage of Extended Evening Hours
At 6 pm on select nights, guests staying at Disney Deluxe Resorts as well as the Swan, Dolphin, and Shades of Green, will be able to have extended time at select parks.
This is a great way to take hop on rides with lower than normal wait times. Plus, if you’re a night owl, this is the way.
7. More food and drinks, less rides
I love rides, but I think I much prefer to eat and drink across all the parks. That’s more of my speed.
As a result, Epcot will be your best friend. It’s by far the most relaxing park especially if you want to casually eat and drink around the parks. Just be sure to avoid busy weekends and you’ll be fine.
8. Disney After Hours
Last but not least, if you don’t mind spending $150 to $165, you’ll be able to experience an extra 3 hours at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Magic Kingdom. This is a great way to ride as many rides as you can with very short waits. Plus, you can enjoy a special fireworks showing with ridiculously low crowd levels at Magic Kingdom.
Hope this helps out a fellow lazy Disney vacationer!