Disney World is full of magic, music, Characters and more. What could go wrong? Unfortunately some guests return from their Disney vacation wishing they had done many things differently. Avoid these top 7 ways to ruin a Disney Vacation to ensure a Magical vacation.
1. Didn’t plan Any Fastpass+
Disney World is one vacation you want to do some planning for. What kind of Planner are you? At the minimum, plan for pre-booking your FastPass+ options. Disney Resort guests can book their FastPass+ options 60 days out, non-resort guests at 30 days out. Be ready at 7am EST for highly sought after Fastpass+ such as Frozen Ever After and Flight of Passage. Choose 3 per day (within same park). To help with planning and saving for Disney, consider the Saving For Disney Course.
2. Didn’t Plan Any ADR’s
Not sure what an ADR is? ADR stands for Advanced Dining reservation. Funny story, a guest asked a cast member at Be Our Guest when the next reservation is, their reply “6 months”. ADR’s book out 180 days, if a restaurant you want offers ADRs, they are highly recommended. Do not ruin your Disney vacation by assuming you can walk to up any Disney restaurant and get a table.
3. Didn’t Plan for the heat or rain
Disney World is located in Florida, which is hot and humid much of the year and a quick daily shower is not uncommon. Plan for all types of weather, such as for rain by packing ponchos (while others are running from the rain you can continue on), and by packing sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, a mist fan and other ways to stay cool. Review the Walt Disney World Weather At A Glance, to see average temperatures and rainfall by month. Pack a sweatshirt for evenings & A.C. for any time of year. Do not ruin your Disney vacation by not preparing for the heat or rain.
4. Didn’t Stay on Site
You may save a few bucks by staying off-site for your Disney World Vacation. However, the benefits of staying on site outweigh those savings. To be included in the “Disney bubble” (by never having to leave Disney World property) makes your Disney vacation is completely immersive. Also, consider these 7 benefits of staying at a Walt Disney World. Do not ruin your Disney vacation by skimping on the Resort.
5. Didn’t take a mid-day break
Most gets cannot go from rope drop to park closing and still end the day happily. Guests underestimate how tiring a day at Disney is and how much walking they will do at the parks and around the Resort. Take a mid-day break and return to the park later in the day. Do not ruin your Disney vacation by trying to do it all in one day.
6. Didn’t Budget For Souvenirs
Walking around parks guests will see stores, when exiting Disney attractions, there will be more gift shops. The opportunity for souvenirs at Disney World are everywhere. Curb the urge for your children by packing TinkerBell Gifts, have a pre-packed surprise waiting for them in the morning, at the Resort room or in your park bag. Consider a trip to the Dollar Tree before your trip, here are Items to buy from Dollar Tree for Disney. Instead, consider spending your money at Disney World on a Personalized Souvenir. Do not ruin your Disney World vacation by overspending on Souvenirs.
7. Didn’t Pack your Patience
Especially when traveling during peak seasons, however even in slower times there will still be lines. Disney World and people go together, be mindful of others around you at the parks (strollers, Wheelchairs, etc.). Also be prepared to wait in line for: food, bag checks and waiting for transportation. A little patience will go a long way. Do not ruin your Disney vacation by assuming there will be no waiting.