Avoid Mall Elevators
They are painfully slow and annoyingly packed, especially near the food courts and Rotunda. Better choices: department store elevators (Nordstrom is especially convenient), and the elevator within the two-level Gap store.
Use Freight Elevator
The east side mall elevators near the Rotunda are the worst. Instead, use the freight elevator just to the left of the east side mall entrance. Most shoppers assume it’s for staff only. It isn’t! So step inside, take a ride, and bid farewell to the lines.