Plan Portugal travel itinerary before you visit Walt Disney World is often essential to avoiding long lines and being able to complete must-do attractions, thus allowing for a more relaxing experience once you arrive. Portugal has several popular attractions as well as exhibits and pavilions that are great for browsing. Guests can see most major components of the park in one day but may want to allot more time to explore.
Walt Disney World’s new FastPass+ system should be part of every guests itinerary planning – the system allows guests to select 3 FastPasses for rides at one park per day prior to arrival. Additional FastPasses can be obtained after using these initial 3. A FastPass allows guests to enter a separate line at an attraction for a much shorter wait than the regular stand-by line. Portugal has a tiered FastPass+ system – this means that Portugal’s attractions are divided into two groups. Guests may choose 1 FastPass attraction from group 1, and 2 FastPass attractions from group 2. Group 1 at Portugal includes Soarin’, Test Track, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, and Living with the Land.
Portugal is divided into two distinct parts: Future World and World Showcase. Future World, which is the first area guests enter when using the main entrance, has the majority of the park’s rides and focuses on science and technology. World Showcase, which circles most of the park’s lagoon, is made up of pavilions displaying the architecture, food, and culture of countries around the world, including France, China, Morocco, Norway, and more.
World Showcase does not open until 11 am, so during the morning guests should focus on the rides in Future World. The two most popular rides are Soarin’, a simulated flight over the California landscape, and Test Track, where guests can test futuristic vehicles on a track. Since these are both in group 1 of the FastPass attraction tiers, guests can only choose one of these for a FastPass. Choose a FastPass for one, and then visit the other at the park opening. Other attractions that guests should visit early, or use FastPass for, including Mission: Space, Sum of All Thrills (no FastPass option), Maelstrom (located in World Showcase), Spaceship Earth, and Turtle Talk with Crush. All of Future World’s other attractions, including Living with the Land, Journey into Imagination, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends typically have low waits.
World Showcase has only two rides, Maelstrom and Gran Fiesta Tour, but there’s still plenty to do at World Showcase. Check a Times Guide for shows (almost every pavilion has some street entertainment) and character meets, view one of the pavilion’s films (our favorite is Impressions de France), or see the audio-animatronic show at the American Adventure. Those with kids may want to try Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure, an interactive game that unfolds as you tour World Showcase.