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Disney Bloopers You Won’t Want To Make

There are a lot of steps in planning a trip to Walt Disney World.  Even though we have broken it down into a few easy steps HERE, there are some bloopers that we see Guests make as they plan.

We want to make sure you don’t make these mistakes as well, so we are going to share them with you.  By being aware of these mistakes that often happen, we hope that you will be able to avoid them during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Epcot Flower and Garden
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Forgetting To Make Park Reservations

Even veteran Walt Disney World travelers are struggling to remember this new step when it comes to planning.  Guests are now required to have both a valid Theme Park ticket as well as a Theme Park Reservation in order to enter one of the four Disney Parks.

It is important to get these reservations made as soon as possible because the Parks fill up.  We often see both Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios without any Theme Park Reservations available.

Once you have tickets loaded into My Disney Experience, you can select your theme Park choice.  Disney has also made it easier to modify your Theme Park reservations in the app which is a great option if plans do change.  Just make sure you get these figured out as you won’t be allowed into a Theme Park without one.

Money Resort

Not Setting A Budget- And Sticking To It

Disney is super magical and once you arrive it is easy to get swept up in the magic.  Make sure that you take time to set a budget before heading down and then stick to that budget when you arrive.

A big step is making sure your kids know what their souvenir budget is ahead of time so they don’t constantly ask about buying everything.  Disney is strategic and has gift shops everywhere so going in with a plan can really help limit the constant questions about getting something each time you exit a ride.

This is important for adults as well.  It is easy to get wrapped up in the magic and forget about the budget you set beforehand.  Think about getting gift cards to help manage to spend as well.  No matter what your budget is, make sure you have one and work together to stick to it.

Port Orleans Riverside Pool
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Forgetting About Your Resort

When at Walt Disney World, remember that the Disney Resorts are a part of the magic as well.  Don’t forget to schedule some time to enjoy them during your vacation.

The pools at Walt Disney World are going to be some of the best you will find.  Take time to enjoy them on a rest day or even an afternoon.

The Disney Resorts also offer a variety of activities such as crafts and movies under the stars.  Grab a snack and then watch a favorite Disney movie while at Disney World.  The Disney Resorts also often offer crafts for kids to do.  Don’t skip these as they become a fun souvenir.   If you don’t do anything but sleep at your Disney Resort, you are really missing out on some of the Disney magic.

Caseys Corner Magic Kingdom
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Not Having a Food Plan

Food is an important part of any day, but it because even more important when walking all around Walt Disney World.  Don’t forget to take time to plan out your food.

If you are looking at enjoying some table-service meals while in Disney, make sure that you are ready to make those reservations at your  60-day mark.  This might seem strange and silly, but a lot of popular dining options go quickly.

For those that don’t want to do table-service meals, you still need to have a plan in place.  We highly recommend getting familiar with mobile ordering and using it throughout your trip.  This can save you a lot of time in line as you order your food through the My Disney Experience app.

Times are limited and peak times fill up quickly so placing your lunch or dinner order early is an excellent choice.  Also, it can take a while for your food to be made so you don’t want to wait until the last minute to place an order.  Use time waiting in line to get your order placed early so you are prepared when hunger strikes.

My Disney Experience App

Double Check Those Hours

Disney is constantly changing and adjusting the schedule.  Make sure before you head to a Park that you double-check the Park hours.  Doing this can really help prevent any unexpected surprises.

You don’t want to be surprised and think you are showing up early only to learn the Park opened earlier than expected.  Also, make sure you are aware of any special events such as a Halloween or Christmas party that might close the parks early to regular Guests.  This can impact where you want to make those theme Park pass reservations.

Disney Planning
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Don’t Over or Under Plan

This is a tricky one.  You want to head into Walt Disney World with a plan, but it is also important to not over plan.  Everything takes longer than you anticipate and sometimes you just have to be able to adjust your plans.

Focus on 3-5 must-do experiences as you plan for each day and then everything else is a bonus.  Allow yourself time to enjoy the magic that shows up at the moment.

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, make sure you don’t make these bloopers.  We hope being aware of them will help you avoid them during your magical trip.

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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