Even the most ardent Disney fan knows that some things at Walt Disney World can be downright scary. From ride closures to long lines, here are 10 of the scariest things at WDW – and a few tips on how to avoid them!
10. Not Having Dining Reservations or FastPasses
If you haven’t made dining reservations and FastPass+ selections in advance, your wait will be truly terrifying. There are many restaurants where you will be turned away without a reservation, and many rides where you’ll wait hours to ride without a FastPass+. Flight of Passage, for example, has had wait times upwards of 4 hours! Now, that’s scary. So note the day you’ll be able to make your make reservations and FastPass+ choices, and don’t sleep in!
9. Being Scolded During Dinner
At Hollywood Studios’ 50s Prime Time Cafe, “Mom” and her extended family are your servers, and they won’t hesitate to scold guests for not their plates, or for their table etiquette. You’ll be treated to sarcasm while you dine, and staff will even hand out punishments (no dessert!) for guests who don’t mind their manners!
8. Crowds During Food and Wine Festival
Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is a must-taste experience! But crowds during this popular event can be simply scary, especially if you go on the weekend. In addition, because many people try to sample as much alcohol as possible during this event, the atmosphere of intoxication can be rather less than family-friendly. Try attending on weekdays, avoiding evenings and weekends.
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MagicBands are a technological marvel, and you can easily attach a credit card to yours so that with a tap of your Mickey, you can purchase all the gifts, food and experiences you desire. But this can be dangerous, because you might not realize how much you’re putting on that credit card. That is, until you return home and receive a truly terrifying bill! Best to keep track of your spending and have a budget in mind.
6. Arriving at a Park with a Prohibited Item
Nothing gets a day in Walt Disney World off on the wrong foot faster than trying to bring a prohibited item into a park. Familiarize yourself with items you can and cannot bring before you go, to avoid the terror of having to give up a newly acquired balloon before entering Animal Kingdom, or having to surrender that water gun, selfie stick or lawn chair before entering a park!
5. Ride Closures
It’s every Disney fan’s worst nightmare: waiting in line at your favorite ride, and then having it close moments before you get to the front of the line, due to bad weather. This happened to us on Splash Mountain during a lightning storm. The good news is that, should you miss a FastPass+ because of a closure, WDW can change the time of your FastPass+ so you can return to use it later in the day when the ride is open.
4. Waiting for Luggage
If you’re using Disney’s Magical Express, Walt Disney World picks up your luggage for you at the airport, and brings it to your resort. But this takes time, sometimes several hours. The thought of not having what you need to visit a park right away is downright scary! So make sure you pack all necessary items (medications, change of clothes, valuables) in your carry-on, so you can begin your vacation as soon as you arrive.
3. Transportation Lines at Park Close
One of the scariest things we’ve seen at Walt Disney World is the hordes of people all heading for the bus, monorail or boats when the theme parks close. Lineups for all forms of transportation tend to be the worst this time of day, unsurprisingly. Pro tip: don’t make a beeline out of the park when the fireworks end. Instead, do your shopping then, and when you finally head out of the park, the lines will have diminished.
2. Cancellations During Special Ticketed Events
So, you’ve gotten your tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. But bad weather can turn your special event into a nightmare. Be prepared for cancelled fireworks, cancelled “snow”, and cancelled – or modified – parades in case of inclement weather.
1. Lines and Crowds at Fantasmic!
Fantasmic! is a multi-media show we love to see, but what we don’t love is the fact that the theatre is often full long before the show begins, meaning you’ll need to arrive a good hour before the show to line up and make sure you get seats. And because the theatre holds thousands of people, you’ll be fighting with all of these people to leave the theatre after the show. Make sure you pack your patience.