The good news is, when we were visiting Disney World, the lines were about ten minutes shorter than predicted.
Your are herded like cattle into the parking lot, moved onto shuttles, monorails and boats and then you are fed into a series of more lines. Lines to the rides and attractions as well as lines at food counters and souvenier shops.
No longer do your favorite Disney characters stroll the park hugging children and waiting on photo opportunites. No, now they even have winding lines to see your favorited costumed critters. You stand in line to meet a princess, shake hands with Buzz Lightyear or hug Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too!
With all of that said, they do such a good job of crowd control, it is hard to be offended. With the tens of thousands of people that safely pass through the parks each day; they are masters!
Signs are posted on all of the rides telling you how long you should expect your wait to be. The good news is, when we were visiting the lines were about ten minutes shorter than predicted. This makes for a pleasant surprise.
If you don’t like lines, you can now get a Fast Pass and avoid the lines. The Fast Pass is free and it is fairly simple to use. You go to your favorite ride, but it has a standby time of 60 minutes. Instead you get a Fast Pass ticket and are told to come back at a designated time, for example between 2:00 and 3:00 PM. You go back at 2:15 and skip the one hour wait! There are limits on how often you can receive a pass. It may be a little frustrating when you have been waiting in line for 30 minutes and a group of seven come strolling in and are permitted to board the ride before you, but the system is available to everyone; so get your own Fast Pass next time!