10 Ways You Might Be Doing Walt Disney World Wrong


6) You don’t have a touring plan. (Or your touring plan is too rigid.)

While planning is an absolute must when vacationing at Walt Disney World, there’s a way to do it and a way not to do it. It’s not a good idea to go into the parks without any kind of plan for what you want to do and see in that park. But it’s an equally poor idea to plan so much in a day and schedule every single minute, that your vacation to the most wonderful place on Earth begins to feel like a job or drudgery, instead of the experience of a lifetime. In short—plan, but don’t over plan. Find that balance, and enjoy yourself.

5) You don’t take breaks.

Once you and your family finally get to the parks, there will be so many things to see and do that will bring smiles to your faces and memories to your mind for years to come. If you like, you can get to the parks at opening time, and stay until after the nighttime spectaculars. But don’t do so without taking breaks during the day. Schedule some time to go back to your hotel in the middle of the day and enjoy the swimming pool. Or take a nap. This is especially important if you have little ones with you.

If you try to enjoy the parks from sun up to sun down with no breaks, you’ll be absolutely exhausted by the end of the second day, if not sooner. And with exhaustion comes crankiness, moodiness and weepiness. No one wants to look back on a vacation full of frustration. So take those breaks, at least once a day, and more frequently when you or a member of your traveling party needs them.

4) You don’t buy Memory Maker.

Memory Maker is one of those “don’t leave home without it” items, except for the fact that you can purchase it once you’re in the parks. Memory Maker is a digital add-on to your Disney trip that allows you to keep all of your ride photos and PhotoPass photos in one safe and streamlined spot. Once you get back home, you’ll be able to look at your photos, download them to your computer or smartphone, add creative borders to photos, edit and crop photos and then print them for your family vacation scrapbook.

It is designed, however, to work best when you have pre-purchased it. If you have already bought Memory Maker before coming to the parks, you’ll have immediate access to your photos from the moment you have the first photo made. If you wait until you’re already in the parks, you’ll miss out on some of your photos because it takes 2 to 3 days for Memory Maker to be activated and ready to begin storing your photos. For this reason, if you wait to purchase Memory Maker, you’ll miss the opportunity to have your first 2 to 3 days of photos added to your My Disney Experience account.

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About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.