Are you a first-time visitor? Or perhaps a regular visitor? We all make mistakes. There are plenty of Disney World Mistakes you can make which can spoil your vacation. Although it is unlikely any mistake will ruin your vacation it will reduce your fun.
Here are our updated Top 20 Disney World Mistakes to Avoid so you have a great vacation.
Not creating a plan.
The fact you are looking at this website suggests you are not going to make this mistake. However, you must make a plan of what you intend to do.
There is just too much to do in WDW to manage without a plan and the size of the resort is huge.
Not pacing yourself when you arrive.
If you go charging around the World on your first day, trying to do all those big attractions, you will burn out.
Take your time, have rest breaks and especially in summer make sure you drink plenty. Sunstroke is one of the few Disney World Mistakes it takes time to recover from.
You forget the sunscreen.
In summer many of us will burn & the Orlando Sun can be unforgiving. Plenty of sunscreen and a good hat is required when visiting the parks.
You didn’t realise how much walking the kids had to do.
Sure they don’t need a stroller when you visit the local park but for many small children they will walk a lot more than they are used to.
Be ready to hire a stroller for all under 5s and some older kids too. Kids will get tired & grumpy.
Not creating Fastpass reservations.
Know your reservation windows and be ready. Planning should start early so you can get your most important reservations. Miss those reservations and expect to spend longer in line waiting.
The best Fastpass slots will go first to those who know the system and book early. To find out more about Fastpass+ read our handy guide.
Not planning dining in advance.
Arrive late morning.
Big mistakes the crowds are now getting busy. Crowds are at their quietest first thing and you will get more done with reduced waits.
If you can’t get to a park early avoid any park with Early Extra Magic Hours.
Wearing new shoes.
Make sure your shoes are worn in and comfortable you will be doing a lot of walking.
Did you know the British Queen hires someone to wear in her shoes?
Don’t forget extra expenses add up.
Before you arrive you will probably have paid for your hotel and park tickets but remember dining, gratuities and souvenirs are not cheap. Do you really need that extra pair of Mickey Ears?
Try to avoid major holidays
The park is at its busiest during summer and public holidays. The parks during these times are busy…very busy. However, you can still have a great time. Just be prepared for added crowds.
Wasting your dining plan credits.
For snacks, it is usually better to buy water than use snack credits. Snack credits vary considerably in price. Try and aim for snacks costing $5 or more.
However; make sure you use all your credits. Going home with unused credits is lost money.
Not having a break.
Many people will take a break during the mid-afternoon when the parks are at their busiest and hottest. Consider returning to your hotel for a few hours.
If you decide to stay in the parks make sure you take plenty of time out & don’t skip meal breaks.
Know height requirements before you go.
If the kids can’t ride Splash Mountain let them know in advance rather than getting turned away in the queue.
Here is a handy list of current height requirements.
Forgetting to check what parks your favourite characters are at.
1 day left and you are doing the Magic Kingdom but you have not seen Anna and Elsa…..You know the rest..oops!
Not bringing park essentials
Make a list of what you need e.g. camera, autograph book, poncho.
Pack your bag the night before.
Make sure you follow our Number One Walt Disney World Tip and have something to access park WiFi.
Not Using Disney Transportation
When you stay on site at Disney, you have access to free transportation to the parks and Disney Springs. Disney offers a list of transport options from all resorts and will drop you to virtually the front entrance.
To read more about doing Disney World without a car read our guide.
Not factoring in travel time.
Disney World is big and getting between places take some time. You must allow adequate time when working between parks.
Even if you are driving parking lots can take some time to navigate. If using Disney transportation to travel between most resorts you must stop at either a Park or Disney Springs.
Not leaving room for souvenirs in the suitcase.
We have done this one plus many of the other mistakes above.
Purchasing an extra suitcase in Animal Kingdom Lodge was not cheap. It was certainly a Disney World mistake.
Taking too much into the park with you.
There is a difference between being prepared and being too prepared.
Remember everything you take you have to carry. Do you really need that first aid kit?
Being too rigid.
You have a plan, FastPass reservations, entertainment planned & dining booked. But make sure you leave some slack for adverse weather, mishaps and just to enjoy your vacation.
That is our list of 20 Disney World Mistakes but have we missed any off? Let us know below of anything you think we have forgotten from our list.
Don’t worry even if you make Disney World Mistakes it is unlikely to ruin your vacation. Adjust, change your plans and have a great vacation.
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