Reserve seats at one of Disney’s Character Breakfasts (waltdisneyworld.com; adults from $19, kids $12), fun all-you-can-eat shindigs that often get booked months ahead. These guarantee your kids face time with costumed favorites, who get mobbed in the parks. Plus, you’ll fill up on so many sausages and rodent-shaped waffles, you won’t be hungry again until afternoon.
Eat at Disney World during the peak lunch hours, from noon to 2 p.m., when grub lines can easily gobble up 30 minutes. Instead, snack as you go. Turkey leg, anyone?
Brave Disney World’s lumbering free resort shuttle buses, particularly at the end of the day. A ride back to your Disney hotel after the nightly fireworks can drag on for 60 minutes. The same applies to area hotels and their free but infrequent and inconvenient park shuttles—guaranteed to take the Mickey out of you.
Rent a car. They start at $25 a day, about what a five-mile taxi ride costs. Wheels give you easy access to the city’s other attractions, such as SeaWorld and Universal—they both have lighter crowds, and the latter was designed by many of the same brains who created Disney World.
Jason Cochran is the author of Pauline Frommer’s Walt Disney World. He writes T+L Family’s Deals column.