1. Stay Hydrated
2. Eat at Off Times
Because it is sweet summertime many people will be enjoying the parks along with you. This usually means long lines for everything. One way to beat the long line for food is to eat at non-peak times. For example - eat lunch early -around 10 or 11am - or later -around 2pm- instead of eating between 12 and 1pm. You may still have to wait, but you will at least miss the "rush hour" of dining.
3. Fast Passes / Express Passes
For more information on Disney World's Fast Passes click here.
For more information on Universal's Express Passes click here.
4. Guest Assistance Pass
This pass goes by a variety of different names. I always knew it as the Guest Assistance Pass but the official name for it at Disney is the Disability Access Service Card. At Universal its called the Attraction Assistance Pass. This is a pass specifically for guests with disabilities (including disorders that are not visible- such as autism) who can not wait in long lines or who may have a lot of difficulty waiting in long lines. It is NOT a fast/express pass. Guests using an assistance pass will receive a "come back" time (a time to come back to the attraction/ride) that is equal to the wait time. For example- Say it is 2pm and the ride has a 1-hour wait. The guest using the assistance pass will most likely receive a come back time of around 3pm. When the guest returns to the ride at 3pm, they will be let directly onto the ride. The assistance pass pretty much acts as a place holder for your place in line. To request and receive a Guest Assistance Pass at any of the major parks, simply go the park's guest services office and request one.
Find out more about Disney World's Disability Access Service Card here.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find any information on Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass on their website. I have been told by Universal employees that the AAP pass is still offered.
6. Baby Care Centers
This tip is strictly a Disney Parks service. In each of the Disney World theme parks a "Baby Care Center" is available for moms, dads, and babies. The one in Magic Kingdom is my favorite. Here you will find private rooms for breastfeeding, a large changing room with several cushioned changing tables, a comfortable sitting area with television playing Disney Jr. programs or Disney animated movies, a kitchen equipped with a microwave for preparing baby food/bottles, and even diapers, wipes, pacifiers, sunscreen and other supplies for sale. My son is two but I still take him to the baby center at least once during our trips. Being in a quieter, calmer environment to have a snack, juice, and a few minutes of T.V. time while the rest of our party is enjoying a "big kids" ride can do wonders for an excited toddler.
For more information on Disney's Baby Centers click here