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Not All Disney Advice Should Be Followed

Here at How to Disney, we like to provide our readers with lots of Disney World tips and tricks to help make their Walt Disney World vacation as magical as possible.

Even with all that advice, there are some tips that maybe shouldn’t be followed all the time or for every family.  We are going to take a look at some Disney advice that you do not want to follow on your Walt Disney World vacation.

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Dining Reservations Have To Be Made 60 Days Ahead of Time

This is one piece of advice that we give a lot.  While it is important to try for dining reservations at the 60-day mark, it doesn’t mean it is a must for each trip.

If you aren’t sure of your plans yet at 60 days or aren’t sure if you want to do sit-down meals, making them at 60 days might not be the best option.  There are lots of amazing dining locations where you will find something.

Also, keep in mind if you don’t get what when it comes to dining at the 60-day mark, keep trying.   People change their minds constantly meaning that reservations constantly are opening up.

Even when you arrive at Walt Disney World, keep checking the app and even look at the walk-up list.  You never know what will open up.

Gran Destino Tower
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Spending Big Money Is Key To A Good Resort

There is no denying that the Deluxe Disney Resorts are outstanding, but that doesn’t mean they are the only great option.  The key to finding an amazing Resort is to determine what is important to your family.

Knowing what is important in a Resort experience will help you narrow down where you want to stay.  Think about if a pool with a slide is important.   Would you want to be near the skyliner or on the monorail?  You might enjoy the big Disney-themed icons at Art of Animation over the classic feel found at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

Don’t get caught up in thinking that the only way to have a great Resort experience is to spend lots of money.   Disney provides all levels of Resorts so every family can find something that fits their needs and budget.

International Gateway
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Rope Drop Every Day 

Getting to the Disney Parks is a great way to experience lower wait times and smaller crowds.  While we think it is worthwhile to rope drop sometimes, we definitely don’t think families should every day.

Most families are not up and out the door normally before 8:00 am making it even harder to do on a Disney vacation.   Keeping the family happy means letting them rest some.  It is vacation after all.

Although you might want to be at the Park every single morning, think about what will make the family happier overall.  Take a morning to enjoy a lazy morning.  You might be surprised at how much it changes the attitude of the family.

Always Upgrade to a Park Hopper

Purchasing a Park Hopper is a great way to visit more Disney Parks in a day.  It allows Guests to move to a second Park after 2 pm.  Where there are times when we use the Park Hopper each day of our Disney vacation, there are times when it isn’t needed.

It is easier to remain in one Park per day.  Moving between Parks takes a lot of energy and time to move between Disney Parks.  It might seem more relaxed if you stay in one Park.

Staying in one Park also always allows you to experience the Park during different times of the day.  All four Disney Parks truly transform in the evening.  By staying in the same Park all day you are able to see this transformation take place.

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You Have To Do This

When planning a Walt Disney World vacation, it is easy to get wrapped up in what everyone says you have to do. Keep in mind that this is your vacation and you don’t have to do anything.

Everyone has different likes and dislikes meaning what you should and shouldn’t do is all up to you.  Think about what is important to your family and determine what you will want to experience.   If it is a coaster then make sure you get Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain.  If experiencing the classics important to you, then skip those coasters and head to it’s a small world.

It doesn’t matter what anyone else says.  Make sure you do what is important to you.

Grand Floridian Cafe
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Skip the Sit Down Meals

Some might tell you that sit-down meals aren’t worth it.  These dining experiences are more expensive and do take longer, but that doesn’t mean they should be skipped.

Sometimes it is nice to have a meal where you are able to sit down, be in the air conditioning, and be waited on by some magical Cast Members.   There are some great dining experiences throughout the Disney Parks and the Disney Resorts that are part of the Disney magic.

Sautil Canteen

Do All the Sit Down Meals

On the other hand, many might recommend doing sit-down meals every day.  Although there are a lot of great table service experiences, doing a lot of them can be a lot.

Not only does the cost and time add up, but Disney portions aren’t known for being small.  By having lots of sit-down meals, you will be eating a lot of food that might be miserable in the Florida heat.

There is some great advice out there when it comes to planning a Walt Disney World vacation.  Some of the advice though might not be for everyone.  Take time to determine if the Disney tip and tricks will work for your family.  Doing so will help you have a magical time.

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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