Disney World has exciting new updates for 2018. Also, with the new year comes changes every guest should know. Based on all the new information, here are 7 Mistakes to Avoid at Disney World For 2018.
1. Not maximizing Dining Credits
Prices increased for 2018 and also alcoholic beverages and specialty drinks (for those under 21) are now included for a Quick-Service or Table-Service meal entitlement (only), for all dining plans in 2018. Do some math, pricing out lunch 7 dinners you plan you try and see if you would be maximizing your dining credits.
- Disney’s Quick-Service Dining Plan – $52.49 per night ages 10 and up, $21.75 per night age 3 to 9
- The Standard Disney Dining Plan – $75.49 per night ages 10 and up, $25.75 per night ages 3-9 yrs old
- The Deluxe Dining Plan – $116.25 per night ages 10 and up, $39.99 per night ages 3 to 9
Non- Alcoholic beverages include: Artisanal Milkshakes, Coffee, Fresh Smoothies and more. Alcoholic beverages include: Beer, Cider, Mixed Drinks, Sangria, Specialty Cocktails and wine. Would you drink one of these with each meal everyday of your vacation? I also recommend spending at least $5.00 for your snack credits to maximize snack credits. Consider, Most expensive snacks eligible for a snack credit.
2. Your First Fastpass+
Due to the continued popularity, if you have any interest in riding Avatar Flight of Passage than make this the first Fastpass+ you book. Otherwise, in 2018 run the risk of not scoring a Fastpass+ as they run out minutes after they open. Be ready on your day at 7am EST to book Fastpass+ selections. It is 60 days out for Disney Resort guests and 30 days out from arrival date for all others. Had no luck? Here are tips to shorten your wait for Flight of Avatar with no Fastpass+.
3. Not Visiting Incredible Summer 2018
Incredible Summer celebration kicks off at Disney World on May 25, 2018, with celebrations and new happenings across all parks. Summer 2018 will be a great time to visit Disney World. Read all 7 New Happenings At Disney World Summer 2018. This includes an H2O Glow Party at Typhoon Lagoon, An Incredible Tomorrowland Expo At Tomorrowland and the highly anticipated opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios.
4. Not Visiting A New Restaurant
Now Open at Disney Springs (NEW for 2018):
- The Edison – Opened New Years Evening with a special Grand Opening party. Now open for guests. This eatery is a re-imagined power plant, with nods to its original purpose including the Boiler Bar. Family friendly by day, and age 21+ only after 10pm.
- Maria & Enzo’s – A table service restaurant inspired by Sicily, with plenty of wine choices. Guests will enjoy color murals, gaze at 50-foot-high ceiling and more.
- Enzo’s Hideaway – Adjacent to Maria & Enzo’s, this restaurant will serve a light menu & cocktails, inspired by Roman aperitivo bars.
- Pizza Ponte – A quick service eatery serving pizza by the slice, pastries, Italian sandwiches and more.
- Terralina Crafted Italian
- Wine Bar George
- Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
- Woody’s Lunch Box
Woody’s Lunch Box is the new quick service location in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. The other new openings listed are located at Disney Springs.
5. Not Visiting World Of Disney
World of Disney in Disney Springs recently underwent a huge refurbishment. Construction began in mid-February 2018 and finished in October 2018. Stop by to see the new modern look, open concepts and magical touches.
6. Not Budgeting For Parking Price Increases
Two major changes took place early 2018 regarding parking fees at Disney.
- Standard Overnight Parking Costs At All Disney Resorts (Price Includes Tax): Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night, Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night, Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night, Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Each campsite provides a complimentary parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle, Valet Parking at select Disney Deluxe Resorts and Disney Deluxe Villas: $33 per night and DVC members redeeming points at any WDW Resort or staying at a DVC Deluxe Villa will receive complimentary parking.
- Parking Fees At Disney Parks: Regular parking increased from $20 to $22 and Preferred parking increased from $40 to $45.
7. Visiting During A Marathon Weekend
Do not make the mistake of visiting during a marathon weekend…when you are not running the marathon. The crowd levels will be increased. Learn the 2018 confirmed marathon dates below.
- Star Wars Half Marathon
Dates: April 19 through 22, 2018
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Dates: November 2 through November 5, 2018 (Confirmed)