7 Ways To Totally Ruin Your Walt Disney World Vacation

7. Eating off property

This might not seem like that big of a deal to some people, but eating off property is a huge deal breaker to me. I just have no desire to eat at any kind of chain restaurant outside of the theme parks, when I can eat at Walt Disney World. I am thoroughly convinced that Disney has some of the best food I’ve ever tasted, and that getting food off property is not worth the cheaper price or the hassle to get some. Sometimes there are flyers left under Disney resort hotel rooms, advertising pizza, which is a scam. While Disney tries to control this, they can’t inspect every single person who walks into a resort. In addition, I would hate to leave the Disney bubble to eat somewhere like an Applebee’s, that I can do whenever I want once I’m home.


6. Wasting time

Another way to ruin your vacation is to waste time. This might mean heading back to the hotel too early at night, or arriving at the parks too late in the day, but this can also mean things like really wanted to see a particular show, but going on a ride during the performance time that is most convenient for you.

5. Dwelling on the crowds

Vacations can indeed be ruined from the crowds (I might say this about being in the parks on Christmas week) however Walt Disney World will always be crowded, and by letting it bother you, you’re most likely going to ruin your vacation. Those other thousands of guests paid admission to the parks just like you did, and while they’re presence might make you antsy, there’s nothing you can do but suck it up and move on.

4. Expecting too much

One of the easiest ways to ruin anything in life is to set your hopes too high from the get-go. At Walt Disney World, so many guests, especially first timers, don’t realize that it is physically impossible to do everything you want to do in one trip. Unless this trip lasts for months at a time, this is not possible. Expecting too much only sets yourself up for disappointment, which means it’s actually better to expect that you will not get to do every single thing.

3. Complaining

The worst kind of person to be stuck with for a week at Disney is the complainer. This person knows just how to push everyone else’s buttons. The complainer is the type of Disney guest that is always on their phone wishing something else would happen, or they’re out somewhere in the parks complaining about how Spaceship Earth stopped for all of three seconds to load a wheelchair, but according to them it’s “broken.” Complainers just set the tone for a bad mood during the vacation—a surefire way to take a perfectly good vacation and ruin it.

2. Lack of planning

Some people do not realize the true scope of Walt Disney World. One of the biggest mistakes that some guests make is that they don’t do enough planning. They don’t plan out what they want to do during each day of the trip, which results in oversleeping and wasting time trying to figure out what to do and ultimately—a ruined vacation (and wasted money if you’re purchasing park tickets and not spending as much time in the parks as you would have liked.) There are some vacations that require little to no planning, which is why it is kind of, sort of, understandable that some people don’t do any planning at all for a Disney trip, however planning is so important for this kind of vacation, and not doing so could end really badly.


1. Not doing research

Speaking of not planning, not doing research is a problem similar, but even worse to the previous point. If you’ve done absolutely no planning, but you’re extremely familiar with the Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll likely get along much easier than the average guest. However, someone who skips the planning process and does no research is not going to have the best vacation. Not planning is one thing, but not doing research means that you don’t even understand all of the things there are to do, that could easily happen last minute even if you didn’t plan.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."