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5 Tips to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed at Disney World

We love vacationing at Walt Disney World, but there is no denying that it can be a stressful experience. There are a lot of decisions to be made and a whole app to navigate before you even arrive. All of this can be overwhelming.

Our goal is to help inform you of things that can overwhelm you during a Walt Disney World vacation. We hope that by bringing these to your attention now, you will be better prepared for them and able to have a magical vacation even if they pop up.

Summer Fun
Summer Fun


Now that we are into the summer, heat, and humidity will be full force at Walt Disney World. These conditions can be hard to handle and cause meltdowns. If you plan a trip during these warmer months, come prepared to battle the conditions.

First, make sure you drink enough water. You can bring your own to the Disney Parks or get free water at the quick-service locations throughout the Parks. We also suggest looking into hydrate options if you do not keep up with water during the day.

Next, consider bringing both cooling towels and portable fans. These two items can help cool our bodies down on sweltering days in the Parks.

Another great way to manage the weather is to take breaks. During the hottest parts of the day, consider taking breaks. This might mean heading back to your Resort pool, visiting a nearby Disney Resort, or even hanging out in the air-conditioned shops. Getting out of the heat allows your body to rest and recover, which is essential.


My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is a free app for Walt Disney World. It has so much helpful information but can also be overwhelming and hard to navigate.

Take time before your vacation to walk through the app to learn where essential features are located. Discover where to find wait times, place a mobile order, or use Genie+. Doing this before your trip can make the app much less stressful when you arrive.

It is essential to us My Disney Experience on your trip to Walt Disney World. Don’t wait until you arrive to download it and sign in. Take time before your trip so you aren’t as overwhelmed by all it has to offer.

Related: Key Features to Know about My Disney Experience

Crowds at Disney
Crowds at Disney

Crowds and Lines

Although we all hope for low crowds when we travel to Walt Disney World, we will face some crowds throughout our trip. Finding yourself in the middle of a crowd can be overwhelming, but it can be a much better overall experience if you go in with a plan.

Get to the Parks early to take advantage of lower crowds. If you are staying at a Disney Resort, use early entry to enter the Parks a half hour before the posted opening. Stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort to take advantage of extended evening hours. These allow Guests at these Resorts to enjoy extending hours late into the evening at select Parks.

Do some research on How to Disney ways to beat the crowds. This can help you feel better prepared and ready to navigate the Parks even when they are busier.

Related: Ten Tips for Avoiding the Crowds at Walt Disney World

mobile order
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Mobile Ordering

Mobile ordering is a feature found in the My Disney Experience app. This feature allows Guests to place their food orders via the app at select quick-service locations throughout Walt Disney World.

This can be overwhelming if Guests aren’t used to it. One area that can be frustrating is when pick-up times are not available when you are hungry. Since there are limited slots, placing mobile orders early daily is vital.  Get those lunch reservations done before 10 a.m. and supper before 4. Doing this will allow you to choose your desired time and location.

Another part of mobile ordering that can be overwhelming is the ordering process. If you struggle with figuring it out, check with a nearby Cast Member, as they can help walk you through the process at first.

Disney Genie
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Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane

The last area that can feel overwhelming for Guests is Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes. These are paid features that allow Guests to bypass the standby lines for select attractions throughout the four Disney Parks. Genie+ will enable Guests to bypass the standby lines for over 40 attractions in all four Parks. Individual Lightning Lanes apply to specific rides such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind or Tron: Lightcyle/Run that aren’t included with the purchase of Genie+.

Because there are a lot of rules that go along with these features, it can be overwhelming when first used. To battle this, take time to read about what each of these features has to offer. Dig into how you can best use them at each Park. Doing this will make you feel more prepared to use your purchase during your trip.

These two features can be great ways to avoid those crowds that can be overwhelming. Did into our suggestions on How to Disney so you can use these features successfully and without being overwhelmed.

Related: How to Prioritize Genie+

Those tips are for avoiding feeling overwhelmed during your Walt Disney World trip. A lot of it has to do with being educated and prepared when you arrive. Keep reading our tips and tricks on How to Disney to stay in the know!




Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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