No one wants to waste time at Disney World or get stuck in a giant crowd. Many times I use these pathways for a more direct route to my favorite attractions. This is why I am sharing the secret shortcuts of Disney World with you! Plus if you learn a few of these you can show off to your family and look like a Disney expert!
Given the size of Walt Disney World it should come at no surprise that there are shortcuts built into the various theme parks. It seems that the best shortcuts you can find these days are at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Animal Kingdom has one between the newly opened Avatar and Africa but that’s about it. Over at Hollywood Studios it’s such a construction zone with the two new lands being built that even what was once a normal walkway is now closed!
So let’s take a look at the secret shortcuts of Disney World…
Magic Kingdom Shortcuts
Air Conditioned Emporium Haven
Shortcut through the Main Street shops at Magic Kingdom.
This is a secret escape in and out of the park that we use quite frequently. It comes in handy when there is a parade or fireworks or a just a busy day. The greatest benefit is that you are walking in the air conditioning! If the store is busy with end of day shoppers, stay to the back wall for a clearer path to the front of the park.
Fantasyland to Tomorrowland Expressway
Cut through between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland
Not many people realize there is a walking path behind Fantasyland straight into Tomorrowland right next to Space Mountain. It’s easily accessible from the train stop in Fantasyland. Since the train doesn’t have a Tomorrowland stop this is the perfect shortcut if you are trying to get over there. Since many people don’t know about this, you can enjoy a quiet walk to Space Mountain!
Tomorrowland Terrace Shortcut
Cut through the Tomorrowland Terrace Restaurant to avoid the hub.
If you’re in Tommorowland and looking to get to Main Street or to leave the park there is a nice quiet walkway right through the Tomorrowland Terrace restaurant. This keeps you out of the chaos of the hub and provides you with some shade as well as a purple wall photo-op! Alternatively, if you are on Main Street and trying to get to Space Mountain more quickly, take this path.
Backstage exit open only during busy times.
If it’s a very busy time be on the lookout for these backstage areas to open up and let crowds out of the park. The path runs on the other side of Main Street USA and goes from Tomorrowland by the Plaza to the front of Main Street USA. Note: this cut through is not always available.
Frontierland River Escape
Path along the river in Frontierland.
This shaded path is seldom used and it takes you from the Haunted Mansion to Big Thunder Mountain. Another plus is there are lots of cut ins along the way if you need to get to it. It’s the perfect path to use when the parade crowds have taken over Frontierland. You can also use this path to cut around Splash Mountain crowds which tend to build up and clog the main pathway to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I find that you get great views of Tom Sawyer’s Island and Big Thunder Mountain, so you can snap some great pictures without tourists in them.
Adventureland to Frontierland Pass Throughs
Adventureland to Frontierland paths
There is actually a couple of different pass throughs between these two lands and they can save you a ton of time. One is a cut through at the Dole Whip restaurant and the other has bathrooms and Fastpass Plus kiosks.
Side Entrances to World Showcase
Future World shortcuts
A lot of people don’t realize there are two side paths that run from Future World into world showcase. These are great pathways to exit after the fireworks are done. However, during the Food and Wine festival the path from the Land to Canada can get very congested. The large number of food booths placed along the path makes a normally dead area of the park very busy.
Epcot’s Back Entrance
International Gateway is Epcot’s second entrance
Mainly used by Epcot resort guests there is a second entrance in-between France and United Kingdom pavilions. If you are taking the boat from Hollywood Studios to Epcot this would also be the entrance you would use. Also you have great walking or boat access to the Boardwalk.
If you are looking to save even more time read How to Save Time at Disney. In the comments below be sure to share your short cut tips you have found at Disney World.