Walt Disney World is definitely a place that caters to everyone and makes a magical experience for every guest. There are definitely things that you just shouldn’t do when you are at Walt Disney World, though. Here is our top 8 list to keep in mind when planning your vacation:
8. Don’t book too many reservations in a single day.
Disney dining is a big part of the entire Walt Disney World experience. There are so many amazing restaurants at Disney, so we understand why you want to fit them all in. Just keep in mind that your schedule will be all about planning around your food reservations if you book too many in a day. We typically recommend 1 or 2 dining reservations in a day if you will be doing table service dining. We tend to like a character breakfast in the morning and then an early dinner. This also allows us to completely skip lunch sometimes, which can help with the budget.
7. Don’t plan to do too much park hopping.
Park hopping may not be worth it for all families. While Disney transportation is fun, you still may not want to spend a lot of your day in transit from park to park. You usually get the most bang for your buck on Disney time if you just hang around the same park for the day. It makes it much easier to plan your FastPass+ selections, dining, etc. and you get to spend more time enjoying the parks.
6. Don’t be rude to cast members (and other guests).
We know that it gets hot in Florida and that when people get hot, they get crabby. Try to keep the positive energy flowing when you are at Disney World. The cast members are just doing their jobs. If they ask you not to climb on something or to walk a certain path, it isn’t a personal attack. It’s just what they are supposed to do. Be polite and nice to them! People love working there and they definitely make the Disney experience even more magical. The same goes for other guests. Is it really that big of a deal if the person cut you off with their stroller (possibly also unintentionally, after all we are all only human)? Try to just focus on the fun and not waste a second of vacation being angry over silly things.
5. Don’t put your children on your shoulders during fireworks and events.
This just isn’t safe, and it is really disruptive to everyone around you. We can all understand that we have small children that want to see. Hold them on your hip so that they are at the same eye level as you and not on the shoulders. When one guest puts a child on their shoulders, then even more guests can’t see and the cycle continues. Then, remember how I mentioned safety? What happens if you stumble or trip? Or what if someone accidentally bumps into you? It just isn’t a good idea for anyone.
4. Don’t miss the parades and “streetmosphere”.
There are so many great events all over Walt Disney World that people bypass in order to get to the rides. This would definitely be a mistake. The parades are amazing, and you will love the impressive floats and interactions with the characters. There are also characters that roam the streets at the different parks to interact with guests and play their own role that fits in with the theming of the park. These make for great encounters that guests often walk right by and don’t even know are there. Plus, all of the parks regularly offer “streetmosphere” with talented performers providing incredible entertainment!
3. Don’t sleep in every day.
The parks are the least crowded first thing in the morning. Plus, if you are staying at a Disney resort, then there are often Extra Magic Hours where the park opens an extra hour early for resort guests. If you want to experience shorter lines and some of the coolest temps of the day, then you definitely want to try to hit the parks early. We understand that you may need to recuperate, but definitely don’t sleep in every day. You are missing the opportunity to fit more into your day. You can always nap in the afternoon when the parks are at their busiest!
2. Don’t miss out on Disney Springs.
Disney has put a lot of money into expanding and re-theming Disney Springs. There are so many shops, restaurants and performers down there that it has become a great place to hang out. You definitely will want to check everything out and plan to see what all Disney Springs has to offer. If you are looking for fun nightlife, this is also definitely the place where you will find it!
1. Don’t forget to plan a pool day.
This is so important. A Disney vacation can be exhausting. You are on the go so much of the time, that you need a little bit of time to unwind. The pools at the resorts are gorgeous and definitely worth a visit. We like to pair a pool day with Disney Springs so that we get a little bit of a slower paced day than in the parks. We usually do this in the middle of the vacation so that we can get refreshed for the rest of the stay. If you have kiddos, they will love it and they will get to play a little more freely and get their energy out.