This is a list I’m deciding to make because there have been many occasions where the crowds have been too big to sneak my way through. Times when I didn’t make the bus or monorail back to the resort, and now you can even miss your fastpass return time. Whether it’s the damn strollers, elderly, clumsy children, or just big crowds, hopefully this list will help you make your way to where you want to be.
10. Avoiding Crowds Completely – Knowing what times each park is least populated is key.
Magic Kingdom – If you get there at opening, you will definitely get to ride what you like (for a while,) until that rush that happens right before lunch time, around 11. It’s a barrage of families… with little kids… with strollers! It’s important to get to Fantasyland first thing if you’re looking to get on the attractions there (especially Peter Pan.) After that, head towards Liberty Square/Frontierland. Hit the main attractions as early as you can then eat lunch, take a break in the pool or something. Tomorrowland isn’t that crowded in the afternoon into evening.
EPCOT – Very spread out, not very crowded even when the park is at capacity. The only time you experience deep crowds here is during Illuminations. Of course, you want to get a spot there early, but what can you do when crowds start pouring out? There are two gates, the International Gateway and the Main Gate. If you’re parked in the Future World lot, you must exit through the main gate, but if you’re staying at any of the EPCOT resorts, you can exit through the Int. Gateway. If not, enjoy a nice last walk through of EPCOT before you leave.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Can’t get away from these crowds. They’re all either on Sunset Boulevard, PIXAR Place, or around Echo Lake. The only way of getting through these crowds is with extreme ninja skills, or elbows. The only big open spaces are at the Streets of America area.
Animal Kingdom – Don’t complain about big crowds here – they don’t exist.
9. Make Yourself Small – Well not literally, but maybe you know what I mean. Walk sideways, or even that two hands together in front of you move. Squeeze through people, but make sure you dodge strollers and ECVs.
8. Be Oblivious – Walk deliberately; People will move out of your way if you’re walking towards them and looking ahead of them.
7. Remember – There are 2 types of crowds;
Transit Crowd – A moving crowd, usually slow paces
Absorbed Crowd - Could be blind and oblivious to something simple like a bird or as complex as fireworks.
6. Weave - Square your shoulders, move through people by slightly pushing their shoulder. Automatically they will shift another way allowing you to pass
5. Eye on the Prize - The most important thing is to look directly at the point you’re trying to get to. This means look downward but with your face up, so that people can clearly see where you’re going.
4. Don’t Look – Never make eye contact with people. It makes them think you are trying to get through them, making them not wanting to move. Keeping a distant gaze will make them think you’re careless of walking through them.
3. Lead the Way for Slow-Pokes - If you are with a group, make sure they are following you, instead of next tp you. It might be helpful for them to hold onto the back of your shirt so they don’t get lost.
2. In any situation you should evade rather than invade by changing direction to slip behind people rather than cutting in front of them.
If you see anyone wearing hats or jerseys with the teams above on them, they are now your friends. Get behind them in big crowds because these guys know how to get from point A to point B in the most straightforward and efficient ways. They will pave the way for you, just as long as it’s not a woman, child, or pink hat.
Jamie Marrell of The Independent article; How do I: Make my way through a crowd?