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Wait! Don’t Do This at Walt Disney World

As you plan and dream about all the magic you will experience during your Walt Disney World vacation, we want to ensure you are as prepared as possible. You don’t want to do some things during your Walt Disney World trip.

We hope that by telling you about them as you plan, you will have an even more magical time during your Walt Disney World vacation.

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Not Bringing Rain Gear

We know that the weather app might say it isn’t going to rain, but there is always a chance for a pop-up rain shower at Walt Disney World. Don’t forget to toss those ponchos and umbrellas into your bag as you head out to Disney Parks.

Having rain gear with you can make it easier to keep touring the Parks while having a good time. Don’t make the mistake of leaving it back at your Resort because that will be the day you will need it with you.

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Thinking You Can Do It All

People planning their Walt Disney World vacations often think they will get it all in during one trip. No matter how long your vacation is, you won’t be able to get it all done. With four Disney Parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, mini golf courses, and an outstanding Disney Resort with fantastic dining options, one trip is never enough time.

Don’t head into the trip thinking that you will be able to accomplish it all. Take time to think through your goals and use that to guide your plans. We also recommend having a general idea of what your must-do experiences are before arriving. This will help ensure you don’t miss those extremely important experiences.


Not Rope Dropping

We understand that this is supposed to be a vacation, but don’t make the mistake of missing out on rope drop each day of your Disney vacation.

Some of the lowest crowds you will experience in the four Theme Parks will be during the morning hours. If you sleep in every day of your trip, you are setting yourself right in the middle of the crowds each day.

By rope dropping (being at the Park when it opens), you can accomplish a lot early in the morning with little time waiting in lines. This can set up the rest of your day for success as well.

Mornings are a crucial time to be in the Parks, so don’t sleep in each day of your Walt Disney World trip.

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Rope Dropping Everyday

On the flip side of sleeping in every day is getting up early every day of your Walt Disney World vacation. This is also something that you don’t want to do.

Walt Disney World vacations are tiring, and if you get up early every day, your body will get run down and tired.

A tired family isn’t going to be magical in Theme Parks. Instead, schedule some mornings to sleep in and allow a slower start to the day.

Consider swimming in the morning or having a late breakfast at the Resort. These are ways to still have a fantastic morning without feeling rushed to the Parks.

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Forgetting the Park Must Haves

When you rush out the door in the morning and catch the bus to the Park, you don’t want to forget your Disney Park must-have items. Make sure that you have a way to get into Disney Park. This might be your MagicBand, your phone, or a ticket.

Next, it is a good idea to have portable chargers for all the phones you carry to the Theme Parks. Between photos, Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and using the My Disney Experience app overall, your phone will drain quickly. Make sure you are prepared by having those portable chargers ready to go.

Sunscreen and sun protection is also a crucial factor. Make sure you throw in some, no matter what the weather states the day will be like. The Florida sun is no joke; you will want to be prepared and protected from it.

Finally, bring along any medicine you might need for the day. Chapstick with SPF is essential, as is any motion sickness medicine or stomach medicine you might need. You don’t want to be stuck in the Theme Park not feeling well, so come prepared with those medicines that might help.

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Only Having Burgers and Chicken Nuggets

Only eat burgers, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs at Walt Disney World. There are so many outstanding dining options throughout Disney Parks and Disney Resorts that you can find delicious snacks at signature dining restaurants.

Look into all of the dining locations at the Parks and check out the menus online or on the My Disney Experience app. There are some fantastic choices at each Park.

You can check out Flame Tree Barbecue or Satu’li Canteen at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Ronto Roasters, 50s Prime Time Cafe, and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo all offer unique and fun choices.

EPCOT’s World Showcase provides a variety of foods from around the world, and Magic Kingdom has the famous Dole Whip and spring rolls.

Don’t make the mistake of eating the same food each meal; instead, try out some of the unique offerings in the Theme Parks.

You don’t want to do those things at Walt Disney World. We hope that sharing with you will help you plan a great vacation.






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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