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Don’t Do This At Walt Disney World

When you are getting ready for a Walt Disney World vacation, you will want to be as prepared as possible.

We have a few things that you don’t want to do during your Walt Disney World trip.  We hope telling you about these will help you have an even more magical Walt Disney World vacation.

Credit: Inside the Magic

Credit: Inside the Magic

Forgetting Rain Gear

A big mistake that you can make when heading to the Walt Disney World Resort is not packing rain gear.

Even if the weather forecast says sunny and 80s each every day of your vacation, we still recommend that you throw those umbrellas, ponchos, and rain jackets into your suitcase.

Random pop-up storms can happen in Walt Disney World, and you will be glad that you are prepared when they do.

Having rain gear in your Park bag can allow you to keep on touring the Park and even sing a little in the rain.

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Sleeping In Every Day

We understand that this is supposed to be a vacation, but don’t sleep in every day of it.

Some of the lowest crowds that you will experience in the four Theme Parks will be during the morning hours.  If you sleep in every day of your trip, you are setting yourself to be right in the middle of the crowds each day.

By rope dropping (being at the Park when it opens) you can get a lot accomplished early on in the morning with little time waiting in lines.  This can set up the rest of your day for success as well.

In Magic Kingdom, you can typically hit up big rides like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Space Mountain before the Park gets too busy.

Mornings are a key time to be in the Parks, so don’t sleep in each day of your Walt Disney World trip.

Getting Up Early Every Day

On the flip side of sleeping in every day is getting up early every day of your Walt Disney World vacation.  This is also something that you don’t want to do.

Walt Disney World vacations are tiring, and if you get up early each and every day, your body is going to get run down and tired.

A tired family isn’t going to be very magical in the Theme Parks. Instead, schedule some mornings to sleep in and allow a slower start to the day.

Consider swimming in the morning or a late breakfast at the Resort. These are ways to still have a fantastic morning without feeling the rush of getting to the Parks.

Don’t Purchase Water at the Theme Parks

We highly recommend that you drink plenty of water while in the Disney Theme Parks; however, this doesn’t mean you need to be constantly purchasing new bottles each time.

Throughout the Walt Disney World Theme Parks, you are able to get free ice water.  Any location that has fountain pop (typically quick-service locations) will provide you with as many glasses of ice water as you want.

Instead of purchasing bottles of water, think about bringing your own refillable water bottles and using these free glasses of water to fill them up throughout the day.

Disney is starting to put in water filling stations in the Theme Parks, so those are options as well.

We understand that some people have issues with the water in the Theme Parks, so consider bringing flavors to add.  There are even packets with electrolytes that can help keep you more hydrated.

Don’t Eat the Same Thing Each Day

A big mistake you don’t want to make when visiting Walt Disney World is to think you can only find burgers, chicken nuggets, and hot dogs in the Theme Parks or at the Resorts.

There are many outstanding food options ranging from delicious snacks to sit-down meals, you don’t want to get stuck eating the same thing each meal.

Look into all of the dining locations at the Parks and check out the menus online or on the My Disney Experience app.  There are some fantastic choices at each Park.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you can check out Flame Tree Barbecue or Satu’li Canteen.  Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Ronto Roasters, 50s Prime Time Cafe, and Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo all offer unique and fun choices.

EPCOT’s World Showcase provides a variety of foods from around the world, and Magic Kingdom has the famous Dole Whip and spring rolls.

Don’t make the mistake of eating the same food each meal, but instead try out some of the unique offerings in the Theme Parks.

Don’t Forget the Park Essentials

When you are heading out the door for a Theme Park, you don’t want to forget the essentials for the day.

First of all, make sure you have your MagicBand or Park ticket so you are able to get into the Theme Park.

Next, it is a good idea to have portable chargers for all the phones that you carry with you to the Theme Parks. Between photos, Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and using the My Disney Experience app overall, your phones will drain quickly.  Make sure you are prepared by having those portable chargers ready to go.

Sunscreen and sun protection is also a key factor.  Make sure you throw in some no matter what the weather states the day will be like.  The Florida sun is no joke, and you will want to be prepared and protected from it.

Finally, bring along any medicine you might need for the day.  Chapstick with SPF is important, as is any motion sickness medicine or stomach medicine you might need.

You don’t want to be stuck in the Theme Park not feeling well, so come prepared with those medicines that might help.

These are some of the things we don’t want to do on a Walt Disney World vacation.  We hope that they help you prepare for a magical and fantastic trip.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.