Your traditional Walt Disney World strategy is worthless! Since Walt Disney World reopened, there are all new hacks, tips & tricks to have a great time. These are out all-new Walt Disney World Mistakes to Avoid during the reopening period of Walt Disney World.
Not booking a Disney Park Pass
Forget FastPass+; the key booking now you must obtain as soon as you get your ticket is your Disney Park Pass. To access a park, you will need to prebook a reservation online through the new Disney Park Pass System.
To access any park, guests will have to present both their park reservation and a valid park ticket. Guests who do not have either of these will be refused entry. Now that is a mistake you will want to avoid!
Forgetting you can’t Park Hop
It is your final day and you saw a must-buy gift in the Magic Kingdom, but you are in Epcot. Park Hopping isn’t currently permitted at Walt Disney World.
Not creating a plan
Now the removal of FastPass+ does make some of the Walt Disney World planning a lot easier. However, you still need to plan where you want to eat, what parks you want to visit, and your must-do attractions are. Failure to make a plan, and you might miss out!
You forget the sunscreen
Yes, this was in our previous guide. However, a pandemic hasn’t suddenly made Orlando any less hot.
In summer, many of us will find our skin will burn & the Orlando Sun can be unforgiving. Apply sunscreen and wear a good hat when visiting the parks. Our Guide to Orlando Weather has plenty of tips and tricks.
Not booking Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
FastPass+ might be suspended, but you still need a reservation to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Reservations are via the My Disney Experience app. and are released at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. each day. Ensure you are logged on to My Disney Experience before these times and be quick reservations go quick!
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 line. Disney does strictly enforce height restrictions. If the kids are too small, you can use a rider switch to allow the rest of the party to ride.
Not bringing a face mask!
2020 and we are in a different world. You must have a face mask before you are admitted to any Walt Disney World park.
Not drinking and having rest breaks
Dehydration and sunstroke are easy to acquire but easy to prevent. Make sure you plan plenty of breaks during the day.
Not drinking enough is perhaps the biggest mistake you can make at Walt Disney World. Carry water and drink regularly. There are plenty of free water points througout the parks.
Not checking opening hours!
Walt Disney World hours are currently shorter than usual, but they are regularly changing. The good news is that they are often getting longer. Click the link to get all the latest Walt Disney World Park Hours.
Not downloading My Disney Experience
Make sure you have My Disney Experience available before you enter the parks. My Disney Experience is a free online guide to Walt Disney World that allows guests to plan their vacation. Through this free service, you can:
- Keep track of your plans & reservations including those of your family & friends.
- Make FastPass+, Dining & Ticket Reservations
- Order in advance your food at select Quick Service Locations
- Access maps, wait times, showtimes, park hours, and a lot more essential information via the app.
- Grab a spot in the virtual queue for Rise of the Resistance.
Walt Disney World encourages all guests to have downloaded the latest version of My Disney Experience on their mobile device before entering parks during the reopening period. Also, they recommend having location services, and notifications enabled. During the reopening of Walt Disney World, My Disney Experience will be providing several new enhancements to promote social distancing and reduced contact.
Thinking you will get the full Walt Disney World Experience
Sadly this isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Several changes are in place during the initial period of Walt Disney World reopening. During the reopening period, the following have been suspended:
- Single Rider Lines
- Extra Magic Hours
- Disney Dining Plan
- Character meet and greets
- Fireworks and parades
- The majority of tours and special experiences
Not booking dining reservations in advance
During the reopening period of Walt Disney World, not all restaurants will be open, and some will subject to reduced capacity. A new 60-day Advanced Dining Reservation window applies. Make sure you make your reservations as soon as possible. Plus, remember if eating in a park, you must have both a valid park admission and park reservation to dine.
Not using Mobile Ordering
Perhaps the greatest time-saver at Walt Disney World, order your food in advance at quick-service restaurants. Reservations are simple through the My Disney Experience app. Disney is encouraging all guests to use this during the reopening period.
Visit our guide to learn more about Mobile Ordering at Walt Disney World.
Forgetting to have fun!
Walt Disney World might currently be very different than normal, but you can still have fun! Relax you are on vacation.
Visit our Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World to learn more.