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Is a Disney Vacation Just TOO Hard Right Now?

A family vacation to Walt Disney World has never been 100% as relaxing that a trip to the beach might be, but has a Walt Disney World vacation become just too hard right now to even take?

We are going to dive into what might make a Walt Disney World vacation hard right now but also how you might overcome the hardness to still have a magical vacation together as a family.

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It Is Expensive

There is no denying the fact that a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort isn’t cheap and the cost seems to be going up each and every year.  With the rise in flights, resorts, tickets, and food, a trip to Walt Disney World can be hard right now just because of the cost.

So how do you make this easier?  It isn’t like the cost is going to go down anytime soon.  First of all, if you can travel during the non-peak times such as spring break, summer, and the holidays this will help with the overall cost.  Traveling during slower times will allow you to take advantage of lower prices when it comes to flights, hotels, and tickets.

If that isn’t an option for your family, then look into options such as staying at a value resort or even off Walt Disney World Resort property.  By doing that you can save money when it comes to Resort costs.

Finally, consider pushing back your vacation another year.  Even though it won’t be any cheaper, it will give you additional time to save money and plan the trip you have been dreaming of instead of stressing over the cost of everything.

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So Many Choices

A Walt Disney World vacation is hard right now because of all the decisions that have to be made for a trip to the magic.  This isn’t a family vacation that you can just show up to and have a good time.  Plans, research, and choices have to be made and that can feel like a lot of work.

Not only do you have to make the basic planning decisions such as flights, Resort, tickets, and dining, but with a Disney vacation you also have to think about Theme Park plans, ride choices, pool days, extra experiences and so much more.

There are choices that start from the moment you purchase your package to the moment you pack up to head home and that can be hard for those that just want a relaxing experience.

If you are one that doesn’t like to have to make a lot of decisions during a vacation, you might find a Disney vacation hard and stressful.  Try to be prepared for the choices that will come up during the trip by researching ahead of time.  Over at How to Disney, we have a lot of articles to help with planning and can set you up for success ahead of time.

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Crowds and Lines

We have seen some of the biggest crowds since 2019 as we headed into the 2022 year.  Spring break 2022 saw the largest crowds since the Parks reopened in 2020 and we anticipate that this trend will continue throughout the year.

Families have been waiting to take their vacations to Walt Disney World for a few years now and with things looking better, they are finally starting to take those highly anticipated trips.  Because of that, we are seeing high crowds and long lines.

With larger than normal crowds we are seeing lines and wait times be longer and that can be hard when trying to tour the Parks.  When wait times reach an hour for most of the rides within the first hour or two the Disney Park is open, it can be difficult to have a great time.

Know ahead of time that larger crowds are likely and head into the Park with a plan of action.  We have numerous suggestions HERE about visiting the Park and avoiding crowds.  Knowing these tips ahead of time can be a lot of help and a way to combat the issue.

My Disney Experience App

Technology and More Technology

For those that aren’t a fan of being glued to their phones during a family vacation, Disney is hard right now.  With so much on the My Disney Experience app, Guests are constantly needing to be on their phones.

This can be really hard if Guests are wanting to have a vacation where they can disconnect from the outside world, a Walt Disney World vacation is hard to do that because of how important technology is.

From being able to get into your Resort room to mobile ordering and Genie+, technology is just a part of the Disney experience now.  This can be frustrating when it doesn’t work correctly and has glitches- which it does and will.

Go into the trip knowing as much as you can about My Disney Experience so you are confident with how to use it during your trip.  Then once you are in Walt Disney World, if you do have glitches or issues, take screenshots and then visit a Guest service tent for help.  These amazing Cast Members can help navigate the problem.

Even though being glued to technology that doesn’t always work perfectly can make a Walt Disney World trip hard, being educated on the technology and how it can help make your trip easier, can be a great way to overcome some of the difficulties.

Magic Kingdom Castle
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A vacation to Walt Disney World is hard right now, but if you go in with a plan and take some time to do some research ahead of time we believe that Walt Disney World is still as magical as ever.  Head to How to Disney to start your research today.

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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