8 Reasons You Should Never Go To Disney World

Walt Disney World is a fabulous place. State-of-the-art attractions, Broadway-caliber entertainment, and award-winning dining are among the incredible offerings awaiting you.

Magic Kingdom Ferry
Magic Kingdom

But be forewarned, not everything is pixie dust and magic. As many reasons as there are to go to Walt Disney World, there are quite a few not to. Here are 8 reasons you should consider avoiding the Most Magical Place on Earth.

1. Your Elevator May Break Down


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Rumor has it that one hotel, The Hollywood Tower Hotel, has a terrible issue with its elevators. There have been numerous reports of spooky noises, ghostly sightings, and even elevators plummeting multiple stories! Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

2. You May Dine With Very Noisy Guests


Tigger at the Crystal Palace

That’s right. You may be forced to dine with all kinds of CHARACTERS at Walt Disney World. I’ve heard of mice, tigers, dogs, ducks, even ALIENS crashing meals there. But lucky for you, we’ve put together a guide of where these hooligans dine so you know what to avoid.

3. Regular Waffles Will Lose Their Luster


Mickey and Minnie Waffle Sundae

Waffles are awesome, but Mickey waffles are super awesome. Something about them just tastes better, am I right? It’s a horrible reality that once you return home and your waffles are no longer Mickey-shaped, they just won’t taste as good.

Same rules apply for ice cream sandwiches and rice krispie treats.

4. Your Kids Might Get Too Competitive


PhotoPass Photo on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin ©Disney

Think about it — do you really want your kids actively battling against each other during a game on vacation?! Not to mention when Mom and Dad add in their competitive spirit. Riding Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin or Toy Story Mania may lead to friendly smack-talk, bragging rights, bets with Mickey bars — plus once you’ve been fully immersed into a life-size video game, all other games may not be as exciting.

5. Lions, Tigers, and Rhinos — Oh my!


Tiger in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

That’s right, you may find yourself FACE TO FACE with real animals such as lions, tigers, crocodiles, rhinos, hippos, hyenas, and cheetahs. Not to mention other giant creatures like elephants, giraffes, and wildebeests. Is this a risk you’re really willing to take?

6. You’ll Probably Have to Break Out the Sunscreen


Wilderness Lodge Pool

Sunscreen is on our must-pack list for a reason — you’re gonna need it. No matter what time of year you are headed to Walt Disney World, it’s going to be bright and sunny at some point on your trip. You’ll want to wear sunscreen to the parks, as well as to the pool, because you’ll probably be rocking short sleeves! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news like this, especially because for several months out of the year, a lot of you are coming from snow and freezing temperatures. I don’t want you to be surprised that you’ll be forced to wear tank tops and sandals.

7. Your Kids Will Stay Up Past Their Bedtime


Happily Ever After

I guess they don’t have to, but are you really going to make your kids go to bed when there are fireworks to be seen and more Mickey treats to be eaten!? Yes, one of the cruel realities of going to Walt Disney World is that your kids (and maybe even you!) are going to be up way past your bedtime. With so much to do and see, and a lot of it exclusive to nighttime, you can’t possibly turn in early!

8. You Won’t Want to Go Home


Spaceship Earth

Sadly the worst part of a Disney vacation is always the same: leaving. After a few days of sun, magic, laughs, ice cream, characters, adventure, and enchantment, you’ll be forced to return to the real world. We’ve written up a few ways to cure the post-Disney blues, but as all of us Disney enthusiasts know, nothing beats heading “home” to Walt Disney World!

We hope you enjoyed our list of 8 Reasons to Never Go to Walt Disney World — in reality it’s probably a list of reasons TO go! Let us know what you think 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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25 Replies to “8 Reasons You Should Never Go To Disney World”

  1. this article is so true, after going to Disney World for over 9 years I am always sad to say goodbye. But being a DVC member very happy to return ‘home’once again!

  2. Its kind of like who wants to be a billionaire because you’ll have to deal with all that money and buying whatever you want

  3. That list was BRILLIANT! It had me laughing! ESPECIALLY reason number two! I also hear that they let bears and pigs in these meals also!


  4. Super cute article! Disney is so much fun at any age. I used to have annual passes when I lived in FL. I’m visiting Paris for the first time, so naturally I looked into Disneyland Paris. My husband & I are going in two days!

    1. You’re going to love Paris and the Disneyland park is quite lovely. I went last year and loved it so much that I booked another trip for this year! Have a blast!

  5. it was nice, a long time ago. now its overpriced. they claim their is discounts for emergency response people& the military. get to the ticket booth and they say no!they charge 150.00 to get in for a day, 3 yrs and up. forget no discount for seniors either they charge for parking 25.00 to walk a football field. e
    mployees are rude. no accomadations for stroller or wheelchair from the. parking lot. i will never go back its a rip off, they dont give Floridians enough of a break and make millions. and you NEVER see the characters walking around like in the past. and wait in line forever even if the rides are empty. disney world is not worth a dime.save it

        1. I know right! I tell myself (and my Allears family) that all the time. But deep inside I guess there will always be that desire to try to capture the magic again.

          The way I figure it Kevin, is it’s your job to convince me to return. Don’t give up on me yet.

          1. I’ve been going to WDW since 1978 (as an adult), and certainly know what it used to be like. I will admit that up until a few years ago, they had let the parks suffer. The thing is, these last 5 years have seen a tremendous uptick in not only new attractions, but in maintenance as well. It is so much better than 10 years ago, and really getting back to the standard of the 70’s. Is it perfect? No, but guess what, while better back then, it still wasn’t perfect, and now that MK is almost 50, it’s harder to maintain. So if you decide to go back, just make sure you go at a slower time – such as mid September. You’ll be happy that you did.

          2. Kevin, our last trip was in 2011. We moved to Georgia after that and lost our Florida Residency. That is probably the biggest reason we have not been back. After being spoiled for 25 years with the cheap tickets and hotel discounts, it’s hard to pay full price. Funny thing is, even though we live in Georgia now, we are 4 hours closer to WDW. I used to send Disney an email a couple times a year asking them to consider some kind of Georgia discount as many Georgia residents live closer than Florida residents. They sent me a letter from their legal department asking me to cease and desist from asking them that anymore.

  6. Saw the title and thought WOW who wouldn’t want to go to Disney? My husband and I went when we were kids to Disneyland, our kids and now our 6 grandkids always to WDW, oldest grandson is 14, he’s been lucky to be the first as he has the most visits of all, 11 times. Just started the Disney cruises, now every other year, cruise and then the park. Just can’t get enough Disney!!

  7. I read the title of the article and thought who could think of a reason to not go. Then I started to read the story. We love love love Disney and can’t wait to go back again.

  8. It’s fabulous but you need to take out a second mortgage to go there. It’s a pity it’s not affordable for all .

  9. I HATE GOING THERE from Seattle – THE LAUGHING AND SMILES DRIVE ME CRAZY – AND WORST OF ALL I FEEL MY CREATIVE JUICES DRY UP IF I DON’T get there every two years. After 30 years, its just torture. If Walt was still alive I would tell him – “do you have any idea how hard it is to stay away?” – or get out of the boat and back into line at Toy Story? Good Lord – I’m 75 and I feel like a little kid. Embarrassing! I’m going to find a place to hide in there next time! How do I get to the top room in the castle? Give me a break!

  10. It’s a shame that every little boy and girl can not go there because they family can not afford to take them.

  11. Very well written the title draws you in as you continue to read with a smile on your face…yes this article is totally true…lol