5 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Guests look forward to a Walt Disney World vacation from the moment that they start planning it. They spend lots of time imagining all of the amazing experience and memories that await, and dream about enjoying various attractions and restaurants. With so much to see and do once on vacation, guests should definitely do some simple things when planning their vacation to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and that they make the most of every minute. By avoiding mistakes made while planning, guests are sure to have amazing vacations that they will remember forever. Here are five mistakes to avoid when planning a Walt Disney World vacation.

5. Not Making Dining Reservations

Guests who are planning a Walt Disney World vacation should absolutely make their dining reservations as early as possible. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be booked up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and are absolutely necessary for popular restaurants. Guests who don’t make dining reservations early on can end up being turned away from dining locations that are fully booked or end up losing lots of time waiting to be seated as a walk up reservation. Popular restaurants which tend to book the quickest include Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom, California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Le Cellier in the Canada Pavilion in Epcot, and ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

4. Not Booking FastPasses

FastPasses are available to all guests and act as reservations for attractions where guests can return at a designated time and enjoy the attraction with little to no wait time. Guests who are staying at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and those who are staying off property can book them up to thirty days ahead of time. Guests should definitely book FastPasses as they end up saving tons of time that otherwise would have been spent waiting on line. The best options to use FastPasses for are popular attractions which tend to have high wait times. Some of the best options include Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Slinky Dog Dash, Avatar Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin’, and Expedition Everest.

3. Not Picking The Right Resort

Guests who are booking a Walt Disney World vacation can end up making a mistake by not researching the right resort for them. Guests should first decide which category of resort best fits their budgets: Deluxe (bring the most expensive), Value (featuring the best deals), and Moderate (falling somewhere in the middle). Once guests know what category to choose based on their budget they can choose from a handful of resorts. Guests should consider the size of each resort, the amenities offered, dining options, transportation options, and overall theme. Each Disney Resort is amazing in its own right, but guests will truly feel at home on vacation if they choose the right resort for them!

2. Not Knowing How To Get Around

Before leaving home guests should definitely spend time researching how to get around Walt Disney World. Guests who stay on property are treated to complimentary transportation which can include buses, monorails, ferries, and boats. By knowing the easiest way to get from one location to another, guests can save lots of time that otherwise would have been spent asking for directions or taking a longer route. Guests should also be sure to leave enough time to travel from one place to another which will ensure that they are not late for reservations or FastPasses.

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1 . Not Knowing What Attractions Are

Perhaps the biggest mistake guests make when planning a Walt Disney World vacation is not researching what each attraction is like. Guests who travel with small children should know which attractions feature height requirements and may be too thrilling or intense for young ones to avoid any unpleasant experiences. Guests who are traveling with a group of adults should also research all of the attractions and decide whether they are looking to experience more thrilling attractions and whether they want to experience or skip attractions which are typically more family friendly. By knowing what attractions entail, guests can also decide which are must dos while in Walt Disney World ensuring that they will have an amazing time!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.