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 Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!