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10 Incorrect Assumptions About Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. With four theme parks and so many things to do and see, there is something for every guest to enjoy, making it a popular family vacation destination. Due to its popularity, there are so many outlets of information about Walt Disney World ranging from historical books to trip planning guides. With so much information out there, guests would think that the facts are clear, however there are still a lot of incorrect facts that make the rounds. Here are ten things that guests hear about Walt Disney World that are just not true!

10. Getting Around Is A Pain

Walt Disney World is a huge place with its theme parks and resorts spread out comfortably. A big lie is that getting around can be difficult when it is actually a breeze if you know what resources are available to you! Guests who stay at a Disney Resort have access to continually running free transportation to the parks, water parks, and Disney Springs. Depending on the resort, guests can enjoy transportation via bus, boat, monorail, or ferry making travel as easy as can be!

9. Adults Can’t Go By Themselves

Guests who think that Walt Disney World is only a vacation option for families with kids are lying to themselves. Walking around the parks, sure you see plenty of families and kids, but there are just as many adults with no children in their groups! Adults can enjoy a Disney vacation just as much as kids, and they can indulge in all of the thrill rides and relaxing experiences that were mentioned above. It’s not just for kids or those with kids!

8. You Only Need To Go Once

Guests who think that they don’t need to return to Walt Disney World since they visited once when they were kids are totally wrong! Disney is not only constantly changing, but also enjoyable to every age. Guests who visited years ago can experience newer attractions or experiences that did not exist at the time of their last visit and can re-experience other attractions and perhaps find a new appreciation for them after all that time.

7. There Are Only Motels

While much of Central Florida’s  are motels, there are so many Disney Resorts available that guests will be sure to find a favorite to love. Disney Resorts fall into three price categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value being the most reasonable, and Moderate falling in the middle. Each resort has its own unique theme that can take guests anywhere like turn of the century Atlantic City, the South Pacific, New Orleans’ French Quarter, or directly into an animated classic. In addition, each resort features amenities like free transportation to the parks and relaxing pools making a stay there a breeze.

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6. It’s Too Expensive

It’s not a lie that a Disney vacation is expensive, but there are ways to cut costs and save money to make it so that a trip isn’t too cost prohibitive. Guests can save money by staying on property at the Value Resorts which have the lowest rates, visit during the off season when prices tend to decrease, take advantage of package deals including free Disney Dining Plan offers, and pack snacks and meals ahead of time to avoid spending extra money in the parks. While Disney is expensive, saying that it is too expensive doesn’t have to be the case.

5. There’s Nothing New

Some guests question why others return to Walt Disney World year after year, or they feel that since they visited once years ago they don’t need to return. Walt Disney World is an ever changing and growing place and every year there are exciting new additions and edits to the parks and resorts. Just recently there has been a massive addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom with the addition of Pandora- World of Avatar. Stars Wars and Toy Story Land’s are also in the works! So no matter how long it has been between visits, there is always something new to enjoy.

4. The Only Food Is Chicken Fingers

Traditionally, theme parks only served up all American foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken fingers, and fries so many guests automatically assume that there are no other options at Walt Disney World. There are nearly endless dining options to be had throughout Disney. Guests can experience African delicacies at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, sample fresh sushi and California favorites at the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and try different types of cuisine and culture at each country in Epcot’s World Showcase. With so many options to try, even the pickiest of eaters is sure to find a food that they love that is not the traditional chicken fingers meal. But hey, I actually like chicken fingers and you can find those too!

3. There’s Nowhere To Relax

A long day in the parks can be pretty exhausting, so many guests automatically assume that there is no time or place to relax on a Walt Disney World vacation. How wrong they are! Each Disney Resort boasts relaxing and tranquil pools featuring water slides, comfortable lounge chairs, nearby pool bars, and that relaxing Florida sun. For guests looking to relax in a more pampered way, they can visit Senses – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa or Senses Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort for everything from massages to manicures.

2. There Are No Thrill Rides

When guests picture Walt Disney World, they might immediately only think of tame family attractions like It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, or Dumbo the Flying Elephant. While there are certainly a lot of attractions that are tame enough for the whole family, Disney brings plenty of thrills through attractions in all four theme parks. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith races guests across downtown Los Angeles to make it to a concert in time, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror transports guests directly into the television series on an evil elevator that is out of control, and Mission:SPACE blasts guests off on a training mission to space. Guests looking for thrills can also conquer the mountains of Walt Disney World by experiencing Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom and Expedition Everest in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

1. It’s Just For Kids

This is by far one of the most widespread falsities about Walt Disney World! Sure, there are a lot of attractions and experiences geared towards children, but there are just as many things for adults to enjoy. Adults can experience fine dining, thrilling attractions like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, sampling drinks from different countries in Epcot’s World Showcase, and relaxing at beautiful resort pools. With so many indulgences for adults, a Disney vacation is definitely not just for kids.

About Caitlin Corsello

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