There is so much pressure when you make the splurge to go on a Disney vacation to have the perfect trip. You, of course, do not want to make any mistakes while on your trip which is why we put together a list of things you should never do at Disney.
Disney can give you a lot of unexpected surprises. You never know when buses will be running late or food takes longer than expected. Due to this, we recommend not over scheduling your trip and allow for some breathing room. We even have an awesome FREE planning printable for you! Download it and use it to schedule your next trip to Disney. If you are looking for some ideas on what you can do at Disney World, order a free planning video!
There is nothing worse than trucking around the theme park with giant blisters on your feet. Good footwear is key on a Disney vacation, it’s not uncommon to walk 6 to 8 miles per day. For our top shoe recommendations check out our guide The Best Shoes to Wear at Walt Disney World!
Visit on a Major Holiday
If this is your once in a lifetime family vacation DO NOT visit on a major holiday unless absolutely necessary. The holidays, especially Christmas and New Years are just wall to wall people, long wait times and it’s hard to accomplish much of anything. The large crowds that the holidays bring in also puts an added stress on your trip which is why we recommend avoiding them. If you are looking for more on the times of the year to avoid at Disney World read out Disney Crowd Calendar.
Disney is expensive, there is really no way around it. However, there are a lot of great ways you can save money before and during your vacation. For all our best tips read All the Ways You Can Save Money at Disney and also How to Save Money When Eating at Disney.
Disney Dining Plan
Disney Dining Plan is a wonderful convenience while on your vacation but it is VERY hard to make it a great value. You are pretty much going to have to eat the most expensive item off the menu at every location to make it a savings on your food budget. If you do want to get the Disney Dining Plan be sure to read How to Get the Most Out of the Disney Dining Plan.
I know it’s your vacation and all you want to do is sleep in! Getting an early start to the day will help you avoid the long lines at the top attractions. This is one of our top tips for getting more done at Disney.
Jumping Ahead in Line
Just remember everyone else there is on vacation just like you and paid just as much as you to be there. Please be considerate and wait your turn.
Forget your Rain Gear
Florida is known as the sunshine state but I think someone forgot to mention the liquid sunshine, also known as rain that comes with it. Odds are high that it will rain on your trip at least once. If you are visiting during the summer months you should expect rain every single afternoon. For the best tips on how to prepare for the rain at Disney read How To Do Disney World in the Rain!
Try to Bring Banned Items into the Park
Safety is a huge concern for Disney and as such there are banned items that are to help keep all guests safe during their visit to the parks. There are some items that are no surprise they are on the list while others, like selfie sticks, may come as a surprise. For a full list of what’s not allowed you can read our in-depth look at What’s Banned at Disney World.
Have we mentioned it’s hot in Florida yet? Temperatures below 70 are a rarity and as such it’s important to make sure you drink plenty of fluids. We always try to bring our water bottles in and refill them through the day this saves us loads of money compared to buying bottled water.
Sunshine State = Sunburn State. Make sure to stock up on some sunscreen before your trip, otherwise, you will be forced to pay insanely high prices to buy sunscreen at Disney.
Not Use Fastpass
Fastpasses are a great way to avoid waiting in long lines at Disney. Use them! You get three each day you are Disney, and once you use them all up you can get even more the same day. If you are a Disney hotel guest you can book up to 60 days in advance and everyone else who has an active ticket can book their Fastpasses 30 days in advance. You are also going to want to make sure you read Disney Rides you Should Never Make a Fastpass For.