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What We Dread When We Head to Disney..And How to Deal

Even though we love going to Walt Disney World for our vacations, there are some things that we dread. The reality is that not everything is full of magic and excitement. We will share some of these things that we dread when it comes to our Disney vacation, but we will also share how we deal with them. We hope by doing so, you will be able to overcome these obstacles and not dread them as much.

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Flying and Airports

No matter how many times we fly, it is still a stressful situation. Airports are busier than ever before, and it seems like more and more plans are being interrupted. We get stressed out when it comes to security, making connecting flights, and everything in between. Because flying is all part of our vacation, there are a few ways to lessen the stress that flying and airports can cause.

TSA Precheck or Clear:  if you are worried about security, we highly recommend looking into either getting a TSA precheck or Clear. Both are ways to move through security at a faster pace.  These also allow you to avoid some of the more stressful parts of security. TSA PreCheck will enable Guests to keep their shoes on, keep liquids in their bags, and a few other steps that can make security less stressful.

TSA PreCheck takes some time, so make sure you plan if this is something you want to apply for. Often you can sign up for Clear a few days ahead of time. As this has limited availability, we recommend looking at it ahead of time.

Booking Flights:  Missing a flight or having a flight canceled is always tremendous stress in travel. To help with this, we have learned to book direct flights as much as possible. Although this isn’t always available, we think the extra cost is worth not having the stress of catching the second flight. We also recommend booking early morning flights. We know that storms often pick up during the afternoons, so having an earlier flight can help lower the chance of weather impacting your flight.

Lounges:  We dislike the crowds that are always at the airports. We have learned that paying to enjoy a lounge, if possible, is well worth it. This gets us out of the crowd and gives us a specific place to be while we wait. Lounges often also provide drinks and snacks as well.

Flying and airports can be highly stressful regarding your vacation planning. We have learned over time that these tips help make it less stressful and even more enjoyable.

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Food Decisions

Don’t get us wrong. We love the food options at the Walt Disney World Resort. At How to Disney, we have a lot of posts that break down some of our favorite restaurants, quick service locations, and snacks. That isn’t the part that we dislike. We oppose the food cost and having to ensure that we find something everyone likes.

If you were used to paying for the dining plan before your Disney vacation, paying as you go for food might be a big adjustment. Although we can’t make the dining plans come back, there are some hacks. Consider purchasing prepaid gift cards and using those for dining. This is a way to keep to a budget and play ahead for dining costs.

My Disney Experience is a great app and an excellent way to help with food decisions. Guests can pull up the menus for all the dining locations through the app. This can help determine where you want to visit for food. You can also use the app to place mobile orders. These are great ways to plan and prepare food for you at a specific time.

Again these are a few ways we have found to overcome some of these aspects that we dread when it comes to our Disney trips.



We love heading down to the sunshine state during those harsh winter months in the midwest. We don’t love the heat and humidity we come across during our summer visits. There is no way to get rid of the heat, but there are tips to help make it a little easier to navigate.

Packing: there are some fantastic tips at How to Disney for managing the heat at Walt Disney World. Packing items such as hydrate, fans, and cooling towels are just a few examples. Set yourself up for success by having items with you to combat the heat.

Take Breaks: Another major tip for managing the heat is to make sure you take breaks. These are so important for allowing your body to cool down. Enjoy a nice meal, take a break at the pool, or enjoy a nap. Summer isn’t the time of the year to be at a Disney Park from sunrise to sunset.

All the Water: Staying hydrated during the heat is essential for a successful Disney trip. Make sure you have refillable water bottles for everyone. Get water delivered to your Disney Resort or refill with the water stations around Disney. Make sure that everyone is drinking water as much as possible.

We love our Walt Disney World vacations, but there are aspects of it that we dread. We have learned how to make these situations more manageable over time, and we hope sharing our ideas with you will help you navigate these stressful situations when planning your Walt Disney World 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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