Know that there is a show or attraction that is on your must do list but will likely involve a healthy wait. Pick the ride with the best queue or pre-show. Bring something to occupy your time (SmartPhones are the greatest kill queue time invention ever!). If allowed bring food or beverages.
If you expect to experience at least one of these substantial waits, then be prepared -- make it easier to deal with.
For those who remember my post two years ago, after my wife passed away right before out planned trip to WDW, TPI members urged us to continue the trip which we did. On that trip, we planned to release a balloon with a note attached that Zachary was sending to his beloved Nanny in Heaven.
We choose to do that right before the nightly parade. While we waited, a young woman(in her thirties) sat down beside Zachary and I. She spoke not a word of English and neither did both of her children, a boy about 7 and a girl about 8. Through another guest, he translated to me that she was from South America. Since the translator didn't know any of us, we soon became vacation friends quickly.
I explained to the woman through the translator what we were about to do with the note and balloon. After the man explained what we were going to do, she said something to here children and then began to cry. It really upset me that she was crying and then through the translator, I found out that her own mother(the childrens grandmother) had passed away just two months earlier and that what Zachary was about to do was so beautiful, it brought her to tears. By now, atleast 50 people all around us had heard the whole story. So when Zachary released the note and balloon, everyone was cheering and clapping and I got it all on video as a keepsake we'll cherish forever. One thing I forgot to mention was that Zachary had a special necklace around his neck that was in the shape of a cross. It held some of his beloved grandmother's ashes and the people around us knew that fact also.
So you see how talking to strangers can affect someone's life in a nice way. One of these years, I'd love to take Zachary to WDW during the Christmas week Robert, just to be one of the crowd and talk to the people.
One more tidbit I'd add to the mix is to download the app "MouseWait" if you have a Droid or iPhone. Normally I'm not one of those "phone app" people but this app is a real opinion-changer for me. It let me see the wait times of rides, monitor which ones just closed and which ones just opened. We were literally able to run into one ride line which had closed an hour ago but then re-opened to have almost no one in line.
That said, policy is one thing. Practice, often, is another. :^)
On the 27th my family and I went to Hollywood studios and it was crammed. Nevertheless, with some maneuvering we rode the main attractions like the TOT and Rocknrollercoaster.The crowd was so diverse it made me realize how universal Disney's appeal is and how much patience crowds have in lines.
Speaking of Universal, on the 28th we rushed to Islands of Adventure. Again the crowd was dense and power walking was not an option. To even get into Harry Potter world I had to receive a standby ticket that didn't let me enter until 1:40. 1:39 came around and it was an ultimatum in choosing what to do in HP. I went on the HP ride, had some butterbeer, and rode the Dragon Challenge in a good 3 hours. It was packed but waiting in line for the HP attraction was so enthralling many didn't move until they got a good snapshot of the Sorting Hat or Harry and the gang.
On the 29th we thought we could go to Animal Kingdom under the impression that no one would go in 30 degree weather. We were wrong. Packed once again and the lines were winding. Nevertheless we rode Everest twice and saw several other shows.
Overall the most crowded week at Disney/Universal wasn't all that bad. I would have preferred walking without shoving or tripping over a stroller. Nevertheless, if you have children over 8 take advantage of the time between Christmas and New Years......under the condition that its the only time you can go with the whole family.