Walt Disney World is a magical place, and we love going to visit all the time. Even as Walt Disney World pros, some things frustrate us when we visit.
As pros, we are here to let you know what those frustrations are and how you can better prepare for them on your Walt Disney World vacation, just like a pro does.
Walt Disney World can’t control the weather no matter what people say. As pros, we would love to tell you that the weather is perfect and magical all the time at Walt Disney World, but that isn’t the case.
Rain, storms, cold, and heat can all impact your trip. Although it is super frustrating to be stuck in a downpour in the middle of Magic Kingdom, there are ways to improve the situation.
First of all, pros make sure that they are prepared for the weather. Even though they will be frustrated when it starts to rain, they are ready to keep on moving with umbrellas, rain ponchos, and extra socks.
We completely understand that you might not feel like singing in the rain when it starts, but rain can be a positive if you are prepared.
Many families will head out of the Parks, leaving wait times lower after big storms. This is a great way to hit some highly popular rides with low wait times.
Also, use rainstorms as a time to take a break. Have a meal, watch a show or go shopping. These are all great ways to get out of the rain but stay in the Parks.
Rain and weather can be frustrating, even for the pros, but being ready for it is what can turn the whole situation around.
No Specific Dates
Walt Disney World pros hate that Disney doesn’t give specific opening dates for new experiences.
For Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, we have been given a “Summer 2022” opening timeline, but pros know that this means anywhere from May through August.
If you want to experience these attractions during your vacation, not having a specific opening date can be frustrating.
Pros know that they can’t plan their vacations around one specific ride or experience. There is so much to see and do throughout the four Theme Parks and Walt Disney World Resort hotels that one ride typically won’t make or break your trip.
Suppose you are really set on experiencing a specific ride such as Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Walt Disney World Railroad or Tron Lightcycle Power Run. In that case, your best bet is to wait to schedule your trip until it is officially opened.
This can be not easy to do as you are anxiously awaiting a vacation, but you will have to determine if not being able to ride one of these new rides will make or break your vacation.
Missing Out on Dining Reservations
Getting your favorite dining reservations can be extremely stressful, and pros get just as frustrated when it comes to missing out on popular dining experiences.
New dining options such as Space 220 and Steakhouse 71 and long-time favorites Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guests continue to fill up quickly, making a dining reservation extremely hard to get.
Pros don’t have any magical powers when it comes to getting these extremely hard dining reservations, and they get just as frustrated when they can’t snag them.
However, the pros are to have backup plans that are just as good and much easier to get into.
Skipper Canteen is a fantastic option in the Magic Kingdom, as is Yak and Yeti over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Consider eating outside of the Parks for some time away from the crowds.
These are all tips that pros know and consider when they can’t get into the hard to get dining locations.
Ruining the Ride for Others
A major frustration for pros and other Guests in Walt Disney World is when people ruin the ride for those around them.
This can look different depending on the ride and experience, but a lot of time, it revolves around pictures.
Using a flash while taking pictures on a dark ride or in a show can ruin the whole experience for those around you and is also dangerous to the performers in a show.
Be considerate and make sure that flash is off if you take pictures.
Also, be aware of how you are taking pictures. Don’t hold your device up high, thus blocking the view for others. This happens a lot in shows and during fireworks. Just be aware of your surroundings.
Also, as a pro, we know we could recite the lines from most of the shows, pre-shows, and probably the rides as well, but don’t be that person.
The Guests around you didn’t pay to hear you perform. Even if you know every line, joke, and song, allow the Walt Disney World experience to speak for itself.
We want everyone to have a magical experience while in Walt Disney World, so make sure you are respectful of those around you.
Being Rude to Cast Members
Finally, the thing that is the most frustrating to Walt Disney World pros is when Guests are rude to Cast Members.
We completely understand being upset when a ride breaks down that you have been waiting for hours for, but remember the Cast Members aren’t the reason it is broken, nor do they want the ride to be down either.
If things go wrong during your trip, take a breath and know that Cast Members are there to help any way they can, but if you are rude or mean, it doesn’t help the situation at all.
Please, please be kind to Cast Members during your vacation. They are working hard to make the magic happen each day and truly make Walt Disney World special.
If you have a Cast Member that has done something amazing, take time to get a cast compliment through Twitter or Guests Relations.
Those are some things that frustrate even the Walt Disney World pros. We hope this will help you be less frustrated during your Walt Disney World vacation.