Whether you’re planning your first trip to Disney or your hundredth, we all have mistakes that we want to avoid during our magical trip! I’ve compiled some of the most common ones that either I’ve experienced or others have, with the hope that you might be able to avoid some of these mistakes during your next Disney vacation!
Strictly Sticking to Your Plan
Personally, I’m a planner through and through. But, I’ve found the best way to go about a Disney trip is to have a loose plan. Schedule in the rides, parades, restaurants, etc. that you HAVE TO experience and make sure you have reservations where you can, or specific times set aside for these things. All other experiences take a backseat depending on the flow of the day. Meaning, crowd levels, weather, you and your party’s moods, etc.
I don’t have to say too much for this one. Go hard, have a blast... but don’t make yourself crazy!
Not Enough “Off Park” Days
If you’re vacationing at Disney for more than 4 days, you probably want to have some break days in there. There's no need to cram everything in, even though you might feel like you need to see everything in every park, each visit. Take some time to spend at the pool, go to hotel restaurants, watch a movie, etc.
Traveling With Too Many People
I’ve seen this so many times. Family reunion with matching shirts for 3-7 days at Disney. I can’t think of anything I’d rather NOT DO. A Disney trip is a busy one. With so many people, it’s easy to get burned out and extra frustrated with those you're with, as the heat, crowds, and time constraints will add extra stress. If you have a large group, only go for a few hours a day, split up a lot, or even do a one-day in the park… and that’s it.
Thinking You Can Do and See Everything
Though this might be possible at some of the smaller Disney parks, actually trying to execute this is exhausting and a bit depressing. Even if you were able to do and see everything during your vacation, you probably won’t have truly enjoyed your time, as you would be running around so much! Take your time, and just enjoy. By doing so, I guarantee some of your most magical moments.
Thinking You’ll Take the Iconic Pictures Later
It’s easy to get caught up in the worrying of how bit the crowds are, how long the lines will be if you don’t get there right away. But don’t forget to stop and take pictures when you think to take them! I can’t tell you how many times I think I’ll just take my pics in front of the castle later, only to forget. I suggest either taking just a few minutes to take a picture, when you think of it, OR set aside some time each day. I prefer golden hour.
Not Taking Time to Slow Down
I feel like I say this in so many posts… but this concept is a game-changer. Because you’re spending significant money to just be in the parks, it’s easy to feel like you have to rush all day to get to every ride, every show, etc. Not only is this tiring, but you’re missing out on one of the best parts of Disney Parks: The Atmosphere. Guys, Disney Imagineers are pros. These people truly know how to make a place feel authentic and special. Take time to find details in the different lands, walk around areas that the crowds aren’t. I promise, you’ll enjoy your day much more.
Forgetting to Roll With the Punches
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people completely explode because of the silliest reasons while I’m at the parks. This will just ruin your day. Always be prepared for possible delays. Disney Parks all services millions of people every week. So, there WILL be times when you'll have to wait for stuff. Take it in stride and enjoy the ride!
Not Utilizing PhotoPass Photographers
These guys are awesome (I’m not biased or anything)! PhotoPass is a complimentary service, it only costs to actually purchase the photos that they take of you! So why not just let them take your picture? Not only do they take pictures as a part of PhotoPass, they are more than willing to take pics for you on your phones, cameras, etc. Take note of where they are located, as they are in the best possible spots to get picture-perfect images for a magical day!
Overpacking in the Parks
Obviously this depends on you and your party. If you’re traveling with children, you’re probably going to have to pack more than a single adult would. Just make sure you’re bringing only the necessities. I promise the day will feel much hotter, even more crowded if you’re hauling a having bag or backpack.
Thinking It Won't Rain
With that being said, one thing you should take if you are visiting Disney World, is your poncho. They're lightweight and easily packable, that bringing it along just might save some completely drenched clothing. Most days seem like nice days… but oh Florida weather, it’s so unpredictable.
Wearing Shoes That Aren’t Broken In
Just don’t do it. Wear shoes that you know.
Not Spending Any Money on Souvenirs
Believe it or not, I think this is an important one. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all your spendings during your Disney vacation, but take some time to find something that will be special to you and/or your party. Doesn’t have to be big… just a little something.
What mistakes have you made on your Disney Vacation? Let us know in the comments below!