The Worst Decisions You’re Making in Disney World

There are a lot of decisions involved in a vacation to Walt Disney World. And, some of them are harder than others!

Magic Kingdom

What shoes to wear, which parks to visit, and more — it’s a lot to choose between! And, if you make the wrong choice, you can end up really paying for it. So, we’re here to help you make sure you don’t regret doing these eight things on your next Disney trip!

Wearing the Wrong Thing

One of the bigger mistakes that you can end up making when you’re visiting Disney World involves what you choose to wear. Some people do a lot of outfit planning when they’re packing for Disney and others throw whatever they grab first into their suitcase. But, both kinds of people can end up regretting their outfit choices.

Wearing something cute AND comfy is possible at Disney World!

Many people think of Florida and think that it is always sunny and hot, but that’s not always true. We’ve fallen victim to not checking the forecast before heading to Disney World in January and realizing that we only packed shorts but it’s in the 50s. And, the opposite can go for super hot days in Florida.

Winter months in Disney can call for a jacket and jeans

Avoid the pain of wearing the wrong thing and check the weather forecast for Disney before you pack. You’ll be happy you did!

Plan outfits for rain too!

Another poor outfit choice we see at Disney World is wearing the wrong shoes. Disney World is a BIG place and you’ll be logging a lot of steps through all four parks during your visit.

Be sure to find a comfy pair of shoes for your park days!

Some people swear by Crocs, some love Native shoes, and others just want a comfy pair of tennis shoes. But, no matter what, you’ll want to be sure that you wear a pair of shoes that are going to keep your feet happy as you tackle Disney World.

Booking the Wrong Hotel

There are a lot of different priorities to consider when choosing where you will stay during your Disney World vacation. Do you want to stay on Disney property? What is your budget? How close do you want to be to the parks? Booking the wrong hotel can have a huge impact on your vacation!

Yacht and Beach Club

Do some research before you finalize your reservation. There are some Disney Resort hotels that are within walking distance to parks or have alternate transportation like the Disney Skyliner, monorail, or boats. You’ll pay a little more per night for the convenience, but you’ll be able to spend more time in the parks and less time on Disney transportation.

Riviera Resort Skyliner

Another factor to consider is how close you want to be to each Disney park. If you’re planning to spend most of your time at one or two parks, find a hotel that offers quick transportation to them. If you don’t think this through, you could find yourself staying really close to a park that you only plan to visit once.

Now you can walk between Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

And, convenience aside, one thing that most people are completely forgetting to do when choosing their hotel is to look at the Disney refurbishment calendar. You could end up paying a lot of money for a Disney hotel stay just to find that the entire lobby is under construction or the pool is closed for refurbishment. Disney normally posts these updates to their website well in advance of the construction timeline, so be sure you’re checking before you book your hotel stay!

Not Planning How You’ll Tackle Park Days

It’s also important to make choices about how you plan to tackle the Disney parks before you get to them. Otherwise, you can find yourself logging way more steps and wasting more time than you need to.

You’ll be logging a lot of steps here!

Many park-goers will choose to start their day bright and early and get to the park right at the time it opens. This can be a really great way to tackle a popular ride before the line gets long but, if you don’t think ahead, you can end up choosing to head straight for a ride that doesn’t normally have a long line during the day.

Beat the line and rope drop popular attractions!

And, as we said before, the Disney Parks are pretty big, so you can end up zig-zagging your way through the park going from one end to the other and wasting a lot of time and energy if you don’t think this one through. Before you head to the park, decide on the main attractions you’d like to hit and try to plan your walking route in a way that gets you around the park without having to backtrack.

Not Wearing Sunscreen

Another big mistake that Disney-goers make is not wearing sunscreen. Florida is sunny — and, even on a cloudy day, you can end up sunburnt. Because you’ll be spending most of your day outside while you’re visiting Disney World, sunscreen is a must if you don’t want to discover some burns during your evening shower.

Don’t be the one who forgets sunscreen!

We suggest packing your own sunscreen so you have it with you when you arrive at Disney World. Disney does sell it, but the selection is pretty limited and it will cost you a pretty penny. Save yourself the sunburn and the money, and be sure you’re prepared!

Not Bringing Rain Gear

Though Florida is known as the “sunshine state” it is no stranger to rain. And, usually, when it rains, it pours. You can find yourself really unhappy with yourself when the rain starts and you have to decide whether you’ll suck it up and pay $9 for a Disney poncho.

It can get pretty rainy in Disney World!

Save yourself the money and pack your own poncho and rain gear in your Disney bag before you head to the park. Even if the forecast doesn’t include rain for the day, you’ll thank yourself when a rainstorm comes by and you can capitalize on the shorter lines for attractions because you have rain gear!

Making Too Many Dining Reservations

Now, dining at Disney restaurants is certainly something to add to your Disney World itinerary, but a lot of people are booking way too many dining reservations for their trip. If you’re booking a Table Service restaurant for every meal or even every day of your Disney trip, you can end up spending most of your time in restaurants instead of enjoying the parks.

Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom

Plus, you’ll want to consider whether you plan on doing any snacking around the Disney Parks. For instance, booking a dining reservation at an EPCOT restaurant can end in regret if you’re planning to do a lot of eating during any of the EPCOT festivals.

Save some room for all the snacks at the EPCOT festivals!

Choose a few Table Service restaurants that you really want to visit, and don’t go overboard on booking dining reservations. There are still a lot of great things to eat outside of the sit-down restaurants!

Wasting Money on Water Bottles

Whether you’re facing a hot day in the parks and need to hydrate or just grabbing some water with a meal, you can find yourself wasting a lot of money on water bottles if you’re purchasing them in the parks.

Don’t forget: you can get cups of ice water at Quick Service spots for free!

At Disney World, water bottles cost $3.50 a pop, and you can end up consuming a whole lot of it during your trip. But, luckily there is a way to avoid this cost — most Quick Service restaurants at Disney offer complimentary water cups. Ask for one (or two) when you’re ordering your meal and you’ll have a nice cold cup of water free of cost!

Spending All Your Time in the Parks

When you think about Disney World, you probably immediately think about the four theme parks, but there is a lot more to explore outside of the parks too! If you’re packing your day full with activities in the parks then you’re missing out on a big piece of Disney!

Plan some time to relax at the pool!

Plan some time to lounge at the hotel pool, explore hotel activities, visit Disney Springs, or try out one of Disney’s mini-golf courses! There is even some great dinner shows at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort when they are available.

So, have you made any of these wrong choices during your visit to Disney World? We’ve been there too. But, keep these in mind when you’re planning your next Disney vacation — you might find yourself having the best one yet!

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2 Replies to “The Worst Decisions You’re Making in Disney World”

  1. Transportation is a consideration. Cheaping out on the hotel will cause you to be further away from the action and spending more time on a bus. The cheap hotels have one bus stop. We stayed at All Star Music once (never again). They put us as far away from the main building as possible (the section near the piano pool). It was a hike daily. What about the moderates? They aren’t cool either, because you have to stop at all the sections before you can hit the road for the parks. Deluxe resorts such as Wilderness Lodge or monorail resorts are worth the money transportation wise. Do your research. Some Deluxe resorts do not have restaurants your family is interested in (not all resort counterservice restaurants are the same.) I hope to go to Polynesian next time. Ohana pineapple bread, delish!

  2. For anyone visiting DW for the first time . This info is very very important. Do the research . It’s worth it . Ask friends who have gone there multiple times . My idea for vacation is you have to splurge. You don’t go on vacation that often . If you try to cut too many corners you’ll regret it . Your treating yourself and your family for a year of hard work .So , enjoy it !!! If you can afford it ( understand not everyone can ) staying as close to the parks ( at a Disney Hotel ) is a game changer . No need to get in the car , pay to park , etc …. DW is so overwhelming at times . The more perks you treat yourself to the more fun you’ll have . I have written out game plans for friends and they have come back and thanked me . Some cost cutting ideas ; Share meals . Better off in the heat and your always on the move anyway . You’ll feel better and cut some of the costs . Pool days are big . Take a day to chill . We always bring some kind of snack for the pool ( cheese and crackers w/ wine or beer ).There are incredible mini golf courses , you can bike rental at some places , Disney Springs has outdoor music going on almost all the time. I have seen some really good musicians . The Parks are the ultimate experience though . Plan well . Force your gang to get up early ( Sleep in on non park days ). Go early , chill in the afternoon and go back at night . It’s a difference feel at night for sure .I could write a book on this . But, bottom line… splurge , plan and have fun ( for the adults , be a kid again for a few days ).It’s pretty obvious I like it there . Been to many different places . Disney does give you a good bang for your buck ( even if it is a lot ) What resort area isn’t ? Our family has many great memories from our times there . Hope anyone going their first time does too ..