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Cinderella Castle

Summer brings two things to the Walt Disney World resort: incredible heat and humidity, and crushing crowds. The parks are open late, so if you’re a night owl, you can double back to catch attractions you missed during the sweltering afternoon. In general, though, some things just aren’t worth standing in line for during a summer trip. Everyone has their own priorities, but in my opinion, these are the ones to skip.

1. Characters

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Characters make up a huge part of the Walt Disney World experience for many people, but standing in a hot, crowded line with kids melting down all around can try anyone’s patience. Skip the outdoor meet and greets and book a couple of character meals instead. Sure, it costs a few bucks extra, but the chance to meet characters in air-conditioned comfort while enjoying decent to good food is worth every penny. Trust me on this.

2. Most of New Fantasyland

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If you have small children, you might not be able to convince them to skip New Fantasyland altogether. In that case, plan to hit it early in the morning or late in the evening. For the majority of visitors, however, the attractions are just not worth it. Most of the area is open-air with little shade, and the place is packed. Use FastPass Plus for Enchanted Tales With Belle and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and leave the rest for a cooler, less crowded day.

3. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

I absolutely love this classic ride, but the line is always enormous even during slow seasons. During the summer, the unairconditioned queue can be absolutely miserable. Get a FastPass Plus, hit it first thing in the morning or last thing at night, or skip it altogether until another trip.

4. Stitch’s Great Escape

I may be biased here, because this is my second most hated attraction at Walt Disney World. But to me, standing in a long line in the heat only to be rewarded with a chili breath burp is something I don’t care to repeat. Bad smells plus borderline heat exhaustion do not always end well. Even if you don’t get nauseous, the kid in the seat next to you might.

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