5 Things You Should Never Do on Your Disney Vacation

Walt Disney World is truly the Most Magical Place on Earth. There are unbelievable shows, fireworks, and entertainment. There are thrilling, state-of-the-art, unforgettable attractions. There are some of the finest restaurants and sweetest treats you’ll ever taste. There are tons of must-dos! But, there are some things we think you should avoid doing in the parks. Here are a few things we advise against:

Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart

1. Never eat a Turkey Leg…

…without water. For some people a turkey leg is their must-have snack on their Walt Disney World vacation. The giant turkey leg is a carnivore’s dream come true and will make you feel like Gaston. While this may be the thing you look most forward to, make sure to grab a bottle of water with your meat. One turkey leg has over 5,000mg of sodium — more than twice the recommended daily amount for an adult. You’ll already be spending a lot of time in the Florida sun — don’t let your tasty snack dehydrate you any further!

Selections in France

2. Never Stick to Chicken Nuggets…

… and miss out on Epcot’s cuisine. Chicken nuggets and cheeseburgers are delicious, don’t get us wrong! But when you’re in Epcot, the worst places you could eat are Liberty Inn or Electric Umbrella. These aren’t necessarily bad restaurants, but there are so many unique cuisines around the park, that it’s a mistake to eat miss them. Try fish & chips in the UK, sushi in Japan, or freshly baked pastries and sandwiches in France. One of the best parts of a day at Epcot is exploring World Showcase and immersing yourself in the various pavilions, and you’re doing yourself a disservice by sticking to the familiar.

3. Never go to Agrabah…

Magic Carpets of Aladdin Camel

…without looking out for the camels! When walking through “Agrabah” in Adventureland, make sure you’re on the lookout — or else you might get a big, wet surprise! That’s right, the camel outside of Magic Carpets of Aladdin actually spits! Jets of “saliva” (water) squirt out of the camel’s mouth every minute or so, and if you’re in the wrong place you’re sure to get a quick hose-down. If you want to avoid the camels, just watch for a few moments or check out the ground — you’ll easily be able to tell where he’s aiming. Or for a bit of mischievous fun, convince a big kid (or parent!) to stand in the camel’s way!

4. Never ride Kilimanjaro Safaris

Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail

… without also walking the wildlife trails. We love Kilimanjaro Safaris! It’s one of the flagship attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and a wonderful way to see animals such as lions, elephants, and warthogs! But if the Safari is the only animal encounter you experience at Animal Kingdom, you’re missing out! We love the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail in Africa. You’ll find monkeys, okapis, hippos, Naked Mole Rats, and more on the walking trail — and it’s the only place you can see gorillas! On the Discovery Island Trails, you can spot kangaroos, lemurs, and birds. And walking Asia’s Maharajah Jungle Trek, you’ll see gibbons, bats, and most excitingly, tigers! To really get a fully wild experience and the most out of your time at Animal Kingdom, we definitely recommend checking out the trails!

5. Never race to Toy Story Land

Baseline Tap House

… and forget to sit back and relax! By all means, arrive at park open and race straight to your favorite ride! Spend hours jumping from character to show to attraction — we certainly do! But don’t forget to sit back and relax every once in a while. Maybe stop by one of our favorite places to grab a beer, or pick up your favorite iconic Disney snacks and do some people-watching on a bench. All we’re saying is, no matter what you pack into your vacation, make sure you take a little time to slow down, enjoy your loved ones, and take in all the magic around you!

What are your tips for “never do’s”? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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4 Replies to “5 Things You Should Never Do on Your Disney Vacation”

  1. I have one firm rule when on vacation, no matter where I’m vacationing at. “Don’t do anything on vacation that I can do at home.”

  2. I always tell my friends visiting for the first time to “Never….forget to take in the details!” I can talk for hours about imagineers and what they put into an attraction or area of the park. The details are everywhere and if you forget to lift your head up or slow down as you run from ride to ride you will miss them. Think of the months Joe Rhode and team spent in Nepal to make Expedition Ride authentic and the area around it. Listen the music in each land and the fact that it matches your experience. Look up at Space Ship Earth and take awe in it’s beauty, take in the castle from different angles and different times of the day. My favorite is at night when decorated for the holidays.

  3. Never, EVER forget that you are in the land of magic, where dreams come true, and memories are made. Pixie dust is real, and you are only limited by your imagination. Let it soar like Dumbo, and fly like Peter Pan. Never grow up. I sure haven’t.

    1. I agree so much with your words of wisdom, never forget the magic. I just celebrated my 60th birthday at WDW, never felt more like a kid. All you have to do is open your heart to the possibilities of all the magic you can find anywhere you go at WDW.