Overall, Walt Disney World is a truly magical place. We can step away from the real world and into magic and make-believe. Disney gives us a place to come together as a family, with friends, or to escape on a solo adventure. Even with all the magic, there are still some things that even Disney die-hards get frustrated about when visiting.
As Disney pros and Disney die-hards ourselves, we thought we would share those frustrations with you so you can better prepare for them during your Walt Disney World vacation. Even though the Disney die-hards get frustrated by these situations, they also show up with a plan.
Even though many people would like to think that Disney has the power and magic to control the weather, that just isn’t the case. We know that weather happens even in Disney. Rain, cold, storms, and heat all show up throughout the year and can impact your trip.
Disney die-hards don’t like being stuck in the elements more than you do, but they come prepared. First, make sure you are packed and ready for the weather. Disney experts know that rain can show up at any time at Walt Disney World. Because of this, they always have their rain gear ready to go. Umbrellas, ponchos, rain jackets, and hats are packed and easy to grab.
If you stick it out, you will often find lower wait times after a rain storm. Many families will head out of the Disney Parks when rain hits, leaving the Parks with lower crowds and rides with fewer waits.
You can also use the rainstorm to take a break and relax. Find a show, get a snack, have a meal, or go shopping. These are ways to get out of the rain but still enjoy the magic of the Park.
It isn’t just rain that can be hard to deal with at Walt Disney World. Disney die-hards know that the heat and humidity in the summer months are brutal. They take steps to ensure they are ready for it by bringing sunscreen, fans, and cooling towels into the Park. Pros know that taking afternoon breaks and visiting the air conditioning is important during those summer months.
Weather frustrates even the biggest Disney die-hard, but being ready for it can turn the situation around.
Not Getting Dining Reservations
Dining reservations at Walt Disney World open 60-days before the check-in day. If you have specific dining reservations that you want to book, this date can be highly stressful. Top dining locations such as Cinderella’s Royal Table, Space 220, and other favorites book up quickly and are extremely hard to get.
Disney die-hards often get frustrated with this process as well. They don’t have any magical powers to ensure they get dining reservations; however, they do have backups. The Disney pros know that Walt Disney World has many fantastic dining options, and they are often easier to get into.
Disney die-hards know that there are many outstanding table-service restaurants outside the Disney Parks, located within the beautiful Disney Resorts. They also take time to eat at off times, giving them more flexibility with their dining choices.
Be flexible with your dining choices. Be willing to try out new, lesser-known options like the Disney experts. You might find a new favorite.
Ruining the Magic For Others
A major frustration for Disney die-hards and other Guests in Walt Disney World is when people ruin the ride for those around them. Depending on the ride and experience, this can look different, but it often revolves around pictures.
Using a flash while taking pictures on a dark ride or in a show can ruin the whole experience for those around you and is also dangerous to the performers in a show. Be considerate and ensure the flash is off if you take pictures.
Also, be aware of how you are taking pictures. Don’t hold your device up high, thus blocking the view for others. This happens a lot in shows and during fireworks. Just be aware of your surroundings.
Also, as a pro, we know we could recite the lines from most of the shows, pre-shows, and probably the rides, but don’t be that person. The Guests around you didn’t pay to hear you perform. Even if you know every line, joke, and song, allow the Walt Disney World experience to speak for itself.
We want everyone to have a magical experience while in Walt Disney World, so make sure you are respectful of those around you.
Being Rude To Cast Members
One of the most frustrating things to Disney die-hards is when other Guests are rude to Cast Members. We know that it can be frustrating when a ride goes down or food isn’t prepared quickly, but remember, the Cast Members aren’t the reason it broke, or things aren’t going smoothly for you. They want you to have a magical time just as much as you do.
Cast Members are there to help you have a safe and magical time. If things do go wrong, take a moment to calmly explain what is happening. You don’t need to be rude or mean. It won’t help the situation. Please be kind to those Cast Members. They are working so hard to make sure you have a magical time. Without them, Walt Disney World wouldn’t be what it is today.
Those things frustrate even Disney die-hards during their Walt Disney World vacations. We hope that you won’t have to deal with these frustrations during your trip, but if you do, you have ideas on how to overcome them.