Disney Guests Ruin Their Own Magic

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Many friends and family are heading down to Walt Disney World to enjoy the holiday magic at Walt Disney World. For many visiting Walt Disney World, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip. As guests start packing and getting ready, they don’t know that they could ruin their trip once they arrive in the magic.

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We have some ways that Disney guests ruin their vacations without even knowing they are making a huge mistake. Keep these in mind as you prepare for your own Disney vacation.

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Forgetting About Transportation

It can be easy to get wrapped up in the magic of Disney planning and forget that only some things are included for guests like it once was. Since 2022, Disney’s Magical Express has been discontinued, and guests must book transportation to and from the airport.

Although there are numerous options to choose from, this can be one planning step that some guests need to remember to do before arriving, leaving them feeling lost and stranded at the airport.

Before you head down to the magic, make sure you plan for your transportation. This could be using MEARS for a cheaper option, booking a private transfer from one of the many companies in Orlando, grabbing a rideshare, or picking up a rental car. No matter which option is the best for your group, book it before you arrive at Walt Disney World.

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Not Using My Disney Experience

A quick way to ruin your Disney trip before arriving in the magic is by not downloading My Disney Experience. This is the official app of Walt Disney World and is essential for a successful experience in Disney Parks.

There are a lot of different features found in the app that are so important to your Disney vacation. Know where and how you use them by using the app before your arrival.

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you arrive at Disney to begin using the app. This will lead to frustration and stress, which isn’t needed.

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Disney Resorts Have Extra Perks

A stay at one of Disney’s excellent resorts isn’t cheap. Ensure you take full advantage of all the perks that come with that price.

When staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you have free transportation to and from Disney Parks and Disney Springs. Take advantage of having someone else do the navigating during your vacation. There will be no fighting with GPS or missing turns during this vacation.

Guests staying at a Disney Resort also can take advantage of early entry. This perk allows them to enter any of the for Disney Parks thirty minutes before the posted opening. If you aren’t aware of this offering, you can find yourself frustrated and behind the crowds to start your day.

Guests can take advantage of select extended evening hours when staying at a Deluxe Disney Resort. This allows guests at these resorts to enjoy a few extra hours in a Disney Park on select evenings.

Knowing that perks come with your Disney Resort stay is essential. You don’t want to miss out on a perk because you didn’t know. These constantly change, so ask your Disney Resort to know what is available.

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No Portable Charger

Another way the guests ruin their own Disney vacation is by not preparing their park bags. Because My Disney Experience is crucial to navigating your day at Walt Disney World, you want to ensure everyone has a portable charger.

Disney has Fuel Rod stations throughout the park and select resorts, but finding one can be stressful. Avoid those meltdowns by having portable chargers packed and ready to use.

This will make sure you stay connected and can capture all the magical moments.

When planning a trip to Walt Disney World, most guests rock the big decisions when planning. It tends to be these more minor details that cause ruined trips.

If you have a magical trip planned in the future, make sure you don’t ruin your trip before it even gets started.

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About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.

One comment

  1. One mistake I see a lot of people making is refusing to use a mobility aid just because they don’t need one in their everyday lives. Walking 10 miles a day in the Parks is not like a normal day at home, and a lot of people will find that mild physical problems are exaggerated and pushed to the max at WDW.