I might be in the minority, but I don't really mind going through Disney's security lines, maybe it's because we usually get through quickly. It CAN be stressful if you're late for a dining reservation, or the park just opened, or you are about to miss a parade, something like that, but with these 10 tips, you'll be breezing through the security lines faster than you can sing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
1. Give yourself plenty of time
You can't arrive at Disney security at 9 AM and expect to walk right in for your 9:05 Breakfast reservation. That's not going to happen. Always show up at least 30 - 45 minutes earlier than you need to be there, to give yourself time to get through security, show your ticket and make your way to your reservation, or fast pass.
2. Don't bring a bag.
(Like that will EVER happen with me!) But the fastest way to get through security, is to go bagless. Those without bags have their own, much faster line. If that doesn't apply to you, and it never will, me, keep reading!
3. Don't just follow the crowd
Have you ever noticed that when a crowd forms to get in somewhere, people just sort of fall into line and shuffle along? That's not the right way to approach the security lines at Disney! Scan the lines as you are walking up, and go to the one that looks shortest, or if they are all about the same, pick the one that doesn't have a family with a stroller, cooler and nineteen bags to be searched.
4. Unzip and open your bags ahead of time
While you are waiting for your bag to be checked, make it easier, and faster for security! Unzip ALL areas, before you get to the security officer, pull out anything bulky you've stuck inside like a jacket and a fast check may be all you need.
5. Consider a bag without a lot of pockets
I love the backpacks with all the little areas to hold out different things, but those extra pockets do take extra time to search, because each area must be checked. Either do #3, and unzip all the areas ahead of time, or consider a bag with only one main area, and one or two smaller pouches.
6. Don't bring in restricted items, or try to sneak them in!
There's a big list of items you can't take to Disney Parks. If they are found while searching your stuff, they will be confiscated, and there's also a chance you'll be pulled aside for some extra security or even refused entrance to the Park! You can check that list by clicking here, and save yourself a LOT of time and hassle by reading it before you head to Disney!
7. Consider sending just one person through the bag check
If you've just got a cooler, and a backpack or two, maybe a stroller with a child who can walk, consider sending just one person through the bag check, and the others in the no bag security area, with a plan to meet at the park entrance. This works great when you've got smaller kids, or are a group who is able to share one bag for the 4 of you. (I tip my hat to those of you who can do that, because that won't ever be me!)
8. Line up left AND right
Just like the line forms on both sides of a quick service ordering area, it does at security too. If your whole family is on the left side, don't be surprised when one of your bags is checked, then the bag of the person on the right, then back to you. The bags go in order, so either push all yours up right away, or half of your party go on one side, and half on the other.
9. Step out of the way once you get through the bag check
It's so easy to stop, and wait for the rest of your party, or stand, zipping up your backpack, that's human nature, you know? But that actually causes the lines behind you to back up, or people to push past you, maybe knocking your unzipped bag all over the ground! Move forward, step to the side, or zip while walking!
10. Be patient
This is one of the most important tips. Everyone wants to get inside of whatever Disney park they are queued up for, and sometimes you will get pushed, or someone will step on your foot. Just shrug it off, smile, and be polite to those around you, including the security officer who might be taking a while to check your bag. It's important that they do their job to keep everyone safe, so that your day can be as magical as can be!
Do you have any tips for getting through Disney security quicker? Are you able to go bag-less, or do you carry it all but the kitchen sink?