13 Ways To Enjoy Your Disney Vacation And Avoid Disappointment

13. Go into it with the right attitude

A Disney vacation is meant to be one of the best times of your life, and it very easily can be! Just make sure you go into it with the right attitude. We all know that a trip to Walt Disney World is not exactly the relaxing type of vacation (for most people anyway) but if you go into it already complaining about the long lines and humidity, you’re only going to make it less enjoyable for yourself.

12. Choose your resort wisely

In addition to choosing a resort with a theme that interests you, I’d also use this point to mean not going over budget. If you’d love to stay in the Grand Floridian, but are taking out loans and opening credit cards to afford it, stay at a value or moderate resort instead. It’s not going to be worth the stress of your newfound debt, and you can visit any of the resorts as often as you want.

11. Don’t wear out the kids

Most meltdowns that take place at Walt Disney World happen simply because the kids are tired. You know the look they have, when they’re about to cry, or throw a tantrum out of pure exhaustion. Just don’t let it get to that point on vacation. Take breaks throughout the day, spend some time by the pool, nap, whatever you have to do to avoid those meltdowns.

10. Bring extra batteries, chargers, and memory cards

You’ll want to make sure you capture all of those wonderful vacation memories, so be sure to pack extra electronics you’ll need to do so. This will help you avoid the disappointment of turning on your camera only to see “memory card full.”

9. Plan for a pool day

I always like to plan for a pool day in the middle of the week, that way you can relax a little bit and let your feet have a day to themselves without walking on them for hours. Your body will thank you during the rest of your trip for this.

8. Know which attractions will be refurbished during your trip

This information can be found online, and should definitely be used to avoid disappointment during your trip. If you’re dead set on experiencing a certain attraction, you’ll want to confirm that it will be open during your visit.

7. Take care of yourself

This may seem like common sense, but our common sense tends to get a little bit foggy during vacations, and I’d hate to get sick from something that could have been prevented. You know what to do—wash your hands, use sunblock, drink plenty of water, and maybe even eat something kind of healthy here and there.

6. Know park rules

The park rules can be found before your trip via Disney’s website. Some common offenders that you’ll want to know about ahead of time might be—no feeding animals (even ducks), shoes and shirts must be worn at all times, only one person per ECV, etc…

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5. Go to shows/meet and greets on time

Guests are often disappointed when they arrive to an experience late and are unable to go. More often than not, the hours for the experience were clearly posted on the times guide, and the guests showed up late. If you have your heart set on seeing a certain show, arrive before it starts, not after it’s begun in case the line is cut.

4. Don’t let little things get you down

If the wait time for an attraction turns out to be longer than the posted 30 minutes, or if it rains all day, don’t sweat it. Some things happen that are out of your control, and worrying over them will only make you stressed out. Instead, keep on smiling and enjoying your vacation.

3. Be a kid

Never feel disappointed that you shouldn’t do something at Walt Disney World because you’re too old. Sure some things have age limits, like the Jedi Training Academy for instance, but most things at Walt Disney World can be experienced by both the young and the young at heart.

2. Start planning your next trip!

The best way to avoid the disappointment of your vacation ending is to start planning your next one! Even if it’s nothing concrete, and you’re just throwing ideas together like where or when you’ll go next, this will definitely help with avoiding disappointment.

1. Scrapbook, blog, vlog, anything to remember your trip

The best thing you can do after your trip is something creative with all of those memories you have. I like to scrapbook, but maybe writing a blog or a trip report is more your style. At the very least, get some photos printed and put an album together, so you’ll always be able to look back and see how much fun you had on your last trip.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany DiCologero Bio Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.