7 Sure Fire Ways To Ruin Your Walt Disney World Vacation

A trip to Walt Disney World is supposed to be magical. It is possible, however, to remove that magic spell. It is easy to make mistakes that will ruin your vacation. Here are seven errors that are all too common. If you don’t do them, you’ll have a better time while in Central Florida. Avoid these mistakes at all costs.


Mistake # 7 – Don’t Check Park Hours and Schedules

If you want to get the most out of a park, you’ll need to know the hours. If you’re not at the Magic Kingdom 15 minutes before it opens, you’ll miss the Welcome Show. If you plan to stay late, you’ll want to know when the fireworks are. It is also good to know which park has Extra Magic Hours, even if you’re not staying on Disney property. The schedules for the live shows change, and if there’s a show that you really want to see you should have an idea ahead of time when it is. Finding the park hours and show schedules on the Walt Disney World website is easy, and it only takes a minute. A little bit of knowledge can save you a whole lot of hassle.

Mistake # 6 – Don’t Make FastPass+ Reservations

FastPass+ is easy to use, and it is the best way to make sure that you’ll be able to experience a few of your must do rides or attractions. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort you can make your reservations up to 60 days in advance, all others have 30 days. FastPass+ is the best way to avoid waiting in some of the longer lines. You can change your times or selections if you need to as your trip draws closer. If you arrive in a park without reservations, it’s not too late. Just find a FastPass+ kiosk. Love it or hate it, FastPass+ is here to stay, so use the system.

Mistake # 5 – Don’t Drink Enough Water

A trip to a Disney park is more physical than you might realize. All that activity will dehydrate you. The Florida sun will also take its toll, even in the winter. Don’t ignore your thirst. Plain water is best to hydrate you, not soda, coffee, or alcohol. Take advantage of the many water fountains all over the parks. You can also ask for a free cup of ice water at most quick service food options. You’ll stay healthy and have more energy if you drink enough water.

Mistake #4 – Don’t Wear Comfortable Shoes

Blisters will ruin your vacation. You will walk for miles each day that you spend in a park, so make sure that you’re wearing comfortable, broken in shoes. You want to look great in that picture with Mickey, but a Disney park is no place for heels. It’s also not where you want to discover that your new sneakers rub your foot on the side. Make sure that your shoes are broken in before you leave home.

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Mistake # 3 – Don’t Make Dining Reservations

It’s easy to forget to make dining reservations at the restaurants that you really want to try. Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance, that’s half a year! Who wants to plan details that far out? Too often making the important reservations gets put on the back burner, and then you arrive in Florida without reservations at the restaurants that you really want to try. Make your reservations early, especially for a hard to get restaurant like Be Our Guest. If you change your mind, you can always cancel. Remember that a credit card is now required to hold reservations, if you forget to cancel you will be charged.

Mistake # 2 – Don’t Use Sunscreen

Sunscreen is one of the most important things that you can pack for your Walt Disney World vacation. The Florida sun is hot, and it can do a real number on your skin; even if you don’t normally burn. Bring sunscreen and use it often, even in the winter and on cloudy days. Just like blisters, a sunburn will ruin your vacation.

Mistake # 1 – Don’t Get Your Rest

Tired adults are cranky, tired children are crankier. (Or is that the other way around?) One of the best ways to ruin your trip to Walt Disney World is to not get enough rest. Plan an extra day so that you can sleep in one day during your vacation. Don’t stay from open until close each day. You’re going to want to see and do everything, but that’s just not possible. If you know before you leave home that you aren’t going to try to do it all, you’ll have a much better time. Make a list of which rides and attractions you really want to experience, and consider anything else that you do a bonus. If you can, plan to head back to your hotel for a couple of hours each day for a nap. If you do less but are well rested, your whole family will have a much better time than if you rode everything but never took a break. A vacation isn’t supposed to make you need another vacation. Get your sleep.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.