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This it NOT How You Want Experience Disney

Walt Disney World is a magical vacation destination for many families. Some people do not like Walt Disney World, and although it is hard for us to understand, some experiences can cause people to dislike Walt Disney World.

We will share some of the most common mistakes you want to avoid during your Disney trip. This is different from how you want to visit Walt Disney World.


Don’t Forget to Set a Budget

Walt Disney World isn’t cheap. Setting a realistic budget before arriving at Walt Disney World is essential. Think about what is included with your package purchase and what other items need to be planned for.

Consider budgeting for food, souvenirs, and even some incidentals that might pop up. Think about giving your kids a budget as well. This can help when it comes to wanting souvenirs after every ride. Gift cards are a great way to keep track of your budget. Purchase them ahead of time so you know what to spend.

Don’t show up at Walt Disney World without a budget. This could lead to you overspending and making your trip less magical.

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Don’t Hope to Wing It

You will quickly become frustrated if you show up at Walt Disney World without a plan. Parks are back to having crowds daily, meaning a plan is needed to experience the magic successfully. The success of a Walt Disney World vacation depends mainly on the amount of research and planning done beforehand.

Before you arrive at Walt Disney World, create an overall plan for your trip. What experiences are must-dos? Use those to create a plan for the journey. Having this completed ahead of time will help make your days in the Parks more successful and less frustrating.

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Don’t Skip the Research

We understand that only some Guests want to dive into all the blogs, vlogs, and about Walt Disney World. A big mistake is not researching before arriving at Walt Disney World. If you don’t take the time to learn a little about Walt Disney World, you will feel highly overwhelmed when you arrive.

So what should you focus on? We highly recommend looking into My Disney Experience. This is the official app of Walt Disney World. It is through this app that you will see important information throughout your trip. Get familiar with how to mobile order, find wait times, see show times, and even bus times at your Resort. By doing some research before you arrive at Walt Disney World, you will find the overall experience to be much less overwhelming.

Take time to look over the maps of the four Disney Parks. A general idea of where specific experiences are located throughout the Park can make navigating the Parks easier. You can also see wait times from home. This can be helpful as you make your plans before you arrive.

Disney also has its language. If you take time to learn some of the Disney languages so you are familiar with the acronyms that you will come across during your trip.

Take some time before you arrive to do some research. This will help you be less stressed throughout your trip.

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Don’t Force Kids

We know that most parents mean well when they encourage their kids onto a ride. They think that once they get their kid on a ride, they will be able to see how great the ride is and have a wonderful time.

Although this could happen, you could also scare your kids so much that they won’t want to try anything else all day or even all vacation. If you have a kid that is afraid to ride a specific ride, it may be best to skip out during that time.

Consider watching some ride-through videos to help ease their nerves. But even after they have watched a video, they only push it if they are still nervous. This can lead to even more issues throughout the remainder of the trip. Give other options so that they can feel more comfortable.

Don’t just right into Rock n’ Roller Coaster, but instead think about trying Barnstormer or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Try Peter Pan’s Flight before hitting up Haunted Mansion. This will help you get a feel for what your kids are up to.

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Don’t Abandon Your Routine

Because many Guests want to maximize their time in the Disney Parks, they will throw out their regular schedule. They will try to go from Park opening to closing without any breaks. This can lead to meltdowns and frustration.

Try to stick to your regular schedules as much as possible. If you have little ones who still need naps, plan around that time. Head back to the REsort if needed or relax in the Parks.

Use this same tip when thinking about meal time. If your little ones always eat at noon, keep that in mind when in the Disney Parks. Make those mobile orders early to ensure your routine isn’t disrupted.

Having an overall plan can help you prevent meltdowns during the trip.

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Don’t Think You Can Do It All

Walt Disney World is massive. With four main Disney Parks, two water Parks, Disney Springs, and numerous Disney Resort, you won’t be able to experience everything in one trip.

Attempting to do it all in one trip can lead to exhausted family members who are cranky and ready for the vacation to be over. As we mentioned earlier, think about your top must-do experiences. Use that list to navigate your day. Hit those top priorities, and everything else will be extra magic.

We hope you will have a magical experience at Walt Disney World by sharing these common mistakes. This can help you be better prepared and ready for a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World.

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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