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Pay Attention: Don’t Do This is Walt Disney World

We share many tips and tricks at How to Disney to help make your Walt Disney World vacation as magical as possible. Suggestions on rides, packing, dining, and so much more can be found throughout the site.

Today we want to share some things you want to avoid doing during your Walt Disney World vacation. You will want to avoid these things to have the best time during your trip. Use these tips to avoid making significant mistakes during your Walt Disney World vacation.

Magic kingdom Cinderella Castle
Magic kingdom Cinderella Castle

Not Making Park Pass Reservations

If traveling throughout 2023, you will want to make sure you make Park Pass Reservations for your Walt Disney World trip. Once Guests have purchased a valid Theme Park ticket, they must also book their Park Pass Reservations.

This is done on the My Disney Experience site. Guests choose one of the four Disney Parks to visit each vacation day. This is important to do as reservations can fill up. You don’t want to show up at Magic Kingdom and be unable to enter.

This can be easy to forget if you haven’t been to Disney recently. Although Disney did release that this step in the planning process will be removed in 2024, when traveling in 2023, you won’t want to forget this step.

Related: What to Know About Theme Park Reservations 2024

cartoon mickey relaxing at disney resort

Not Slowing Down

A significant mistake that you won’t want to make during your trip is not slowing down. When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, it can be easy to get wrapped up in the experiences that you “must do.”

Even though we think planning is essential, you want to ensure you leave time to slow down—schedule time to enjoy your Walt Disney World Resort. Swim at the pool, participate in the crafts, and watch a movie. These moments where you are slowing down can be just as magical as the third ride on Big Thunder Mountain.

You can also slow down while in a Disney Park. Grab an ice cream and hang out on the hub grass. Catch a show or watch the parade. These moments in the Parks can allow you to slow down while still being in the Parks.

You will miss the magic if you don’t slow down during your vacation.

Related: Slow it Down! How to Relax in Disney

Living With The Land

Skipping the Non-E-Ticket Rides

When planning days in the Parks, everyone focuses on the E-ticket attractions. Experiencing top rides such as TRON Lightcyle/Run or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is a lot of fun, but so are many other attractions throughout Walt Disney World.

Take time during your Walt Disney World vacation to enjoy other attractions throughout the Parks. Enjoy strolling around EPCOT’s World Showcase while having snacks. Stop at the Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom or walk around in Star Wars Launchbay.

There are a lot of hidden attractions that are just as entertaining as some of the top rides at Walt Disney World. Don’t skip out on them during your visits, as you will miss out. Take time to look at other attractions in each of the Parks that might be enjoyable for your group.

Satu'li Canteen, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Credit: Disney

Eating the Same Food Each Day

Do not spend your whole Disney vacation eating the same burger, chicken nuggets, and fries daily. Walt Disney World offers so much fantastic food that you don’t want to waste your trip eating disappointing food.

Look at all the different table and quick service locations throughout Walt Disney World. Don’t waste time and money on food that isn’t good or not something you’ll enjoy. Use the menus before your trip to find locations that will be the best for your family.

Sat’uli Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a top quick service location for many Guests; however, if you have picky eaters, you might not find something for everyone here. Preparing for food before your trip can set you up for dining success.

Related: Where to Eat at Disney When You Need Quiet


Waiting in Long Lines All Day

It is not a secret that Walt Disney World is busy. This means that crowds are back and wait times are up. This doesn’t mean that you have to wait in long lines during your trip.

Know that wait times will peak during the middle of the day. Don’t get stuck waiting in long lines for the most popular rides when this happens. Use this time to visit other attractions that typically have lower daily waits.

Visiting shows that offer a lot of seating or attractions, such as Living with the Land in EPCOT, loads a lot of people. Knowing where to find these attractions in the four Parks can help you avoid long lines.

If you want to enjoy some of the top rides in the Parks, make sure you know the best time to visit them. Early mornings or late in the evenings at the Parks see lower crowds overall. Finally, remember that if the top rides, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, are important to your group, you can purchase Individual Lightning Lanes or Genie+ to skip those standby lines.

As you prepare for your Walt Disney World, ensure you know how to avoid these mistakes while on your trip. Thinking through these things you won’t want to do before your trip will prepare you for a magical time.

It can be overwhelming to plan a Walt Disney World vacation. There are a lot of decisions to be made, from dining to touring to where to stay. We hope that providing some of these things that you don’t want to do will be helpful to you.

Related: Don’t Plan Your 2024 Disney Trip for These Five Times


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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