If you’re planning a Disney World trip, you might be laser-focused on getting everything right.
Trust us, these are mistakes you don’t want to make!
Not Getting Park Reservations
Look, we get it, the Park Reservation system is still a little new, especially if you haven’t visited Disney World in the last two years! But this is a really easy task to add to your planning list to avoid a huge headache if the parks end up “sold out” during your visit.
Don’t take a chance on missing out on your park visits. As soon as you know your dates, decide which parks (and when!) you want to visit and get those park passes secured.
Not Downloading the My Disney Experience App
Maybe you’re not a big smart phone person, or you don’t like to rely on apps. We understand, but the My Disney Experience app is an invaluable tool during your Disney World visit. Not only can you check ride wait times, you can also place Mobile Orders, make Genie+ reservations, reserve dining, unlock your Disney World hotel door, and lots more.
It’s also really easy to download it before your visit to start getting familiar with it. You don’t want to be in Disney World testing out the app for the very first time.
Not Researching Genie+
It is a HUGE mistake to plan on using Genie+ without learning how it works and deciding what rides you want to prioritize. Not doing your research can mean the difference between getting the ride reservations you actually want — and not getting them.
We’re not saying you need to earn a PhD in Genie+, but it’s definitely worth checking out some videos and articles to have a basic idea of how it works before your visit. You might even decide you don’t need to buy it!
Only Choosing Popular Restaurants
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a popular restaurant if you actually want to dine there, but make sure you research the menu and the atmosphere before going with the same suggestion everyone makes! You might be missing out on a really cool restaurant that you would enjoy more.
It’s easy to just go with the popular recommendations, but there are SO many amazing restaurants in Disney World that may be a better fit for you or your group. It’s never a mistake to check out menus before making your Advance Dining Reservation.
Picking the Wrong Disney World Hotel
It’s really important to consider everything you hope to get from your Disney World hotel, including budget, amenities, location, and more. You might not need to stay at that popular Deluxe Disney World Resort if you spend 90% of your time in the parks or if you don’t care about amenities.
Likewise, if you like to spend a lot of time at your hotel, you might want to prioritize hotels with tons of amenities and activities and dining options.
Not Considering Florida Weather
Florida = hot, right? WRONG. Well, not entirely wrong. But a lot of people don’t know just how cold Orlando can actually get in the winter! Or, on the flip side, just how hot Florida can get in the depths of August. And Florida weather can seriously vary. Your trip might have one day in the 80s and the next two days in the 60s, and you can even experience a hurricane!
Checking the weather right before your visit is an easy way to prevent packing the wrong clothes, whether it’s cold OR hot or, well, hurricane-ing. No one wants to have to interrupt a visit to run to a local store to grab a winter coat because it’s freezing!
Not Breaking In Your Shoes
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it over and over again: Do NOT wear new shoes to Disney World. Even if you specifically bought comfy shoes for all the walking, break them in before your visit.
It’s hard to know just how much walking you do in Disney World until you’re there and you check your stats and find that you walked 20,000 steps in one day. You don’t want to find out during your visit that your new shoes give you blisters or end up hurting after an hour!
Forgetting a Battery Charger
It’s getting harder and harder to visit Disney World without a smart phone and trust us, your phone battery will drain quickly. Not only is your phone useful for the My Disney Experience app, it’s also a great tool to keep in touch with your group if you get separated.
These are easy mistakes you do NOT want to make when you visit Disney World, so make sure you add some of these suggestions to your planning list! Keep reading AllEars for more Disney World planning tips and tricks!
Have you ever made any of these planning mistakes? Tell us in the comments!