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Top Walt Disney World Newbie Mistakes

Don’t make these Disney park mistakes on your trip to Walt Disney World.  These are the top 10 mistakes new travelers make at Walt Disney World.

  1.  Cram it all in.  No matter if you have a seven day Disney World Vacation or just a three day get-a-way.  Most Disney World first time travelers try to cram in a weeks worth of parks, shows, shopping and resorts into just a few days.  Sure you want to get your moneys worth, but relax and plan out your Disney vacation so you can enjoy it.  Don’t go to a Disney park every day from before the sun comes up until the parks close.  Enjoy your resort for a day, take a pool day, or wonder over to Epcot from your Disney Epcot resort at night and watch Illuminations and have a relaxing dinner around World Showcase.  A Disney vacation does not have to be about lines and how many times you got to ride Toy Story Midway Mania.  Enjoy it, create memories and come back home refreshed and start planning the next trip to Walt Disney World.
  2. Not booking your Disney dining in advance.  At Walt Disney World there are many things you need to book well ahead of time.  Disney Dining reservations open 180 days before your vacation and they book up fast.  So you need to know what park or resort you will be in.  Also FastPass+ ride and attraction reservations open up for you at 60 days before you arrive if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.  There are many extra that need advanced planning, so make sure you are on top of all the different booking windows.
  3. Not working with an Authorized Disney Vacations Planner.  Sure you can plan everything on your own, but you can also get an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner to plan everything for you.  And best of all there are agencies that will assist you at no extra cost when you book your Disney vacation package with them.  So take advantage of this planning help, tips, and advice.
  4. Underestimate the time needed for Disney transportation.  Disney World has monorails, buses, and boats.  These are all included in your Walt Disney World resort reservation.  But it can be confusing to learn how the Disney transportation system works.  It can be difficult to get from one Disney resort to another Disney resort, because the Disney buses go from resorts to the parks and not resort to resort.  So you might be better off taking a cab or Uber for a dinner reservation at another Disney resort if you don’t have a car.
  5. Don’t research their hotel.  Make sure that the hotel you are staying at is close to Walt Disney World and that the hotel is reputable.  Know what the extra hotel fees are and the actual travel distance to and from Disney World.  Does the bus only travel to and from your hotel every few hours?  Does the bus stop at other hotels before going to Disney World?  There are nice places to stay off Disney Property, just make sure you book one.
  6. Bring poor footwear.  Do not pack new Tennis / Walking shoes.  Bring some nice sneakers that you have been wearing.  Better yet, bring two pairs because they will probably get wet.  Be ready for some major walking, start walking before your trip to get ready for the parks.  Bring your FitBit and rack up those steps.
  7. Booking too many dining reservations.  We know you want to dine at all of the great restaurants at Walt Disney World, but table service dining reservation probably is a good number for your first trip to Walt Disney World.  This keeps you from having to constantly get ready for the next dining reservation.
  8. Not planning for the weather.  Put on the sun screen.  You can burn really quickly in Florida and that’s no way to spend a Disney World Vacation.  Also be ready for those afternoon thunder storms.  Winter does come to Florida too, and pack for those cool nights.
  9. Not budgeting for their vacation.  You can stay at a Disney Deluxe Resort, a Moderate or a Disney Value Resort.  Whatever you pick, make sure it fits into your budget.  Also remember that there will be additional vacation costs, like snacks, souvenirs, transportation, etc.
  10. You will have to listen to this weeks Mouse Chat show for #10.


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