8 Rookie Mistakes People Make At Walt Disney World Resorts

Guests who enjoy a vacation in Walt Disney World should definitely choose to stay at one of the many Disney Resorts on property. Disney Resorts range from inexpensive to luxurious and all feature amazing themes, décor, amenities, pools, dining options, and shopping locations. With beautiful views and comfortable rooms, every guest will be sure to love their stay at a Walt Disney World Resort. However, some guests don’t do some simple research before leaving home an end up making rookie mistakes when it comes to their Disney Resort. By simply following a few steps, guests can avoid making any of these mistakes and be sure to have a fantastic time enjoying their accommodations. Here are eight rookie mistakes that guests make at Walt Disney World Resorts which can be avoided.


8. Not Choosing A Price Range

With over twenty Disney Resorts to choose from, making a decision on where to stay for a Disney vacation can be a little overwhelming. Guests should begin the process of picking a resort by looking at their budgets and determining how much they want to spend on accommodations. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Once guests have an idea on their price range, they can pick a category and then choose from a handful of Disney Resorts. Choosing a price range helps guests avoid the rookie mistake of feeling overwhelmed while considering resort options.

7. Nor Researching The Right Choice

Once guests choose a Disney Resort that they would like to stay at, they should spend time researching everything about that resort to avoid any rookie mistakes once there. Guests should make sure that they enjoy the theme of the resort, are comfortable with the size and location, and are knowledgeable about where important things are located including bus stops, dining locations, the front desk, and the concierge. By knowing the details about a Disney Resort, the general location of things, and the layout, guests are sure to feel comfortable once on vacation and truly be able to relax.

6. Not Using Extra Magic Hours

A rookie mistake that many guests who stay at a Walt Disney World Resort make is not taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. These special times in the parks are available only to those who stay on property at a Disney Resort and allow guests to enter one theme park up to an hour early and stay late at another one up to three hours late. Extra Magic Hours are ideal times to visit the Disney theme parks as they tend to be less crowded, have lower wait times, and cooler temperatures. Guests will love enjoying Extra Magic Hours and getting to experience a lot of things in small periods of time.

5. Not Watching Stacey

Guests who stay at a Disney Resort can enjoy several different television channels which aim to provide useful information about the property. Guests can learn about how to join the Disney Vacation Club, hear important information like park hours and weather conditions, and enjoy a very special program with an energetic host. One of the television channels features a program hosted by Stacey and goes through the must dos of Walt Disney World. Stacey visits all four theme parks, two water parks, and Disney Springs to share with guests the ultimate Disney experiences that simply can’t be missed. Not watching Stacey while staying at a Disney Resort is a rookie mistake!


4. Not Using Disney’s Magical Express Service

Guests who stay at a Disney Resort should definitely take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express Service. The service makes traveling to and from Walt Disney World a breeze! Guests who arrive at the airport need only check in at Disney’s Magical Express’ counter and soon find themselves on board a motor coach heading straight for their Disney Resort. Guests need not worry about their luggage as Disney picks it up from the airport for them and delivers it to their room later that day. When the time comes to end the vacation and head back to real life, Disney Resort guests can obtain their boarding passes and check their luggage in with the airline at their resort. They then need to simply be ready when their motor coach arrives to take them back to the airport.

3. Not Enjoying The Pools 

One of the biggest perks of staying at a Disney Resort is access to amazing pool areas! Each resort is home to at least one pool and some of them are so outrageous that guests love staying at a resort just for the pool! One of the most popular pools in Walt Disney World is the three acre Stormalong Bay which can be accessed by guests staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Stormalong Bay features a zero depth entry pool, lazy river, water slides, and a sand bottomed pool for the ultimate way to relax while splashing in the sun. No matter which Disney Resort a guest chooses, they are sure to have an amazing pool to enjoy!

2. Not Using Disney Transportation

One of the biggest rookie mistake that guests staying at a Disney Resort make is not using the complimentary Disney transportation. Depending on the resort, guests can enjoy convenient and efficient transportation on buses, boats, ferries, monorails, and the Skyliner to and from the theme parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Disney transportation runs every twenty minutes or less and always gets guests to where they need to be in comfort. Using Disney transportation is a must do while enjoying a Disney Resort!

1. Not Being Aware of Resort Parking Fees

Disney has recently rolled out parking fees for their overnight Resort guests. This means if you plan to drive to Walt Disney World or rent a car from the airport, you will have an additional fee tacked on to your resort stay. The fee per night varies depending on your resort category: Value Resorts ($15 per night), Moderate Resorts ($20 per night), Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts ($25 per night); Valet at Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts ($33 per night). You do not have to pay the overnight parking fee if you are a Disney Vacation Club member and staying at a DVC resort. Other exclusions include Cast members, guests with disabilities, stays at the campsites at Fort Wilderness, and guests visiting resorts for dining reservations and other activities. Be sure to include this cost in your Disney planning.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.