Published: December 4, 2008 at 8:21 PMSingle Riders at Test Track is rarely available, but is definitely a huge time saver. I find Everest's line moves quite quickly, and there's lots to see, so I recommend either waiting with friends, using FastPass, or going during Extra Magic Hours.
As for "starting at the back of the park", this works well if you enter the park quite some time after opening (30 mins +). If you wait at the entrance for park opening, hit the major headliners first. I recommend buying Frommers' Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. Their touring guides are generated from an amazing algorithm-based program which literally tests millions of possibilities and determines the biggest time saving plan.
Published: December 4, 2008 at 10:56 PMGoing towards the back of the parks seem like a good idea in Disney, especially EPCOT.
Published: December 4, 2008 at 10:59 PMThat used to work before Disney started doing delayed openings for World Showcase.
Published: December 5, 2008 at 10:04 AMAlso, per the second part. I agree fully with the Season/Annual Pass idea. Six Flags is pretty much set up that it almost is a better deal than just buying a ticket. Passes at Six Flags run about $80 with optional $60 parking pass. This last year at Six Flags Great America, it was $35 to enter the park and, if you didn't want to have to walk from the back lot, it cost $25 to be in the front lot making it around $60 every time you went there. Now for $140 for the whole pass thing, you would have to go at least 3 times for it to really pay for it all. The other nice thing is that it works for Fright Fest which tends to be more expensive and you get coupons and free tickets for your friends throughout the season!