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Terrible Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make at Disney

If you plan a trip to Walt Disney World, you don’t want the journey to be ruined by making terrible mistakes. We will share some of the top mistakes that Guests make when heading to Walt Disney World. Ensure you know these so you don’t make the same mistake during your trip.

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Family at Epcot

Forgetting Park Pass Reservations

After booking your Walt Disney World Resort tickets, make your Park Pass Reservations. Guests need to have not only a valid theme Park ticket but also a Park Pass reservation.

Park pass reservations are when Guests select one of the four Disney Parks to visit daily. As these are limited, Guests must do these as soon as possible. This will ensure that you can enter the Disney Park of your choice.

If you don’t make these ahead of time, there is a chance that you will be turned away from the Park. This would be a terrible mistake, so plan and make those Park Pass Reservations early.

My Disney Experience App

Not Downloading My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience is the official app of Walt Disney World. This is going to be your key to the magic. You will probably be frustrated if you don’t download it before your trip. The app has so much to offer Guests, but it can get too much if you don’t look it over before your trip.

Download that app early on so you can navigate it while at home. This is a great way to get familiar with where vital information is located. The more you know about the app, the better off you will be when you arrive at Walt Disney World.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting to download it at Walt Disney World. This will cause frustration and stress.

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Skipping Rest Time

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World can be easy to plan every minute. This is a huge mistake as it will cause meltdowns and a not-so-magical experience. When at Walt Disney World, it is essential to plan downtime.

Everyone, including adults, gets worn down while at Disney. Because of this, take time for rest. Plan afternoons at the pool or even a whole Resort day. Enjoy sleeping in, swimming, and relaxing. Taking a day to do this can make a huge difference.

Cozy Cone Pool
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Not Enjoying Your Disney Resort

We already mentioned using the pool, but don’t make the mistake of not enjoying your Disney Resort. You are spending a lot of money to stay there, so take time to enjoy it. There are many activities that Guests can enjoy at Disney Resorts.

Guests can enjoy activities such as trivia and other pool games each day at the main feature pool. At night, you can often enjoy a movie under the stars. Disney also offers crafts, scavenger hunts, and other fun daily activities.

Take time to ask at the front desk for the activities guide when you are there. This will allow you to take advantage of all your Disney Resort offers.

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Skipping Online Check-in

Take time before your trip to complete the online check-in at your Walt Disney World Resort. This form is found on the My Disney Experience app or website. It will ask you to put in a state of payment and an estimated arrival time.

Once your Walt Disney World Resort is ready, you can return to your room. This allows you to skip the check-in desk, where lines form quickly throughout the day. Online check-in is a huge time saver that many don’t utilize.

Dining with kids
Dining with kids

Not Thinking Through Dining

No matter what your dining style is: quick or sit-down, you will need a plan at Walt Disney World. Although there are some places where you can grab a pretzel or popcorn quickly, you need to plan where and when you will eat.

If you want to enjoy some of Disney’s table-service restaurants, you will want to make reservations starting at the 60-day mark. Although this might seem high, many of Disney’s most popular restaurants fill up that early.

You will want to take time to mobile order when looking at quick service options. This feature is found on the My Disney Experience app. It allows Guests to place their orders ahead of time. You select a specific window and can then bypass the ordering line during busy meal times.

Don’t waste time in line waiting for food. Instead, go into the Parks with an overall plan of attack so you are ready.

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Disney transportation

Know the Transportation

We love that Walt Disney World provides free transportation around the property. This is a considerable advantage for Guests as they don’t have to worry about driving. Take time before you arrive to learn about what transportation is available.

Know how you will get to and from your Disney Resort to the Parks, Disney Springs, or other Disney Resorts. Thinking through this can save you a lot of frustration and stress.

We walk through the different modes of transportation on How to Disney to help you navigate it easier. Use that to help get you started.

Those are some terrible mistakes that Guests make when visiting Walt Disney World. They can make a big difference in your overall experience in the Parks and at your Disney Resort. We hope that by sharing them with you, you will head into your trip with a plan and ready to 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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