There is so much anticipation that comes with waiting for your upcoming Disney World vacation. Before your trip, you will often get unsolicited advice from those at work, friends or family members. Some of the wisdom they impart may not be true, there are a lot of misconceptions about a Disney vacation and we wanted to take the time to clear the air and set the record straight. The following are the biggest lies about Disney World vacation we hear.
There Are No Thrill Rides
While you can find other theme parks that focus more on the high-speed thrill rides, there are quite a few that can be found on property at Disney World. You have the high-speed thrill coaster Expedition Everest at the Animal Kingdom that will have you climbing a 199 foot forbidden mountain, reverse direction and encounter a Yeti. The Magic Kingdom features the “mountains” (Space, Splash, and Thunder) all thrill coasters! Hollywood Studios will have you screaming as you drop 13 stories in the Twilight zone Tower of Terror or you can speed through the freeways of LA to get to an Aerosmith concert on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with multiple inversions. Epcot is home to the least amount of thrill rides but Test Track and Soarin’ still delight thrill seekers!
Disney Is Just for Kids
This one ties into the no thrill rides comment stated above. The thought is that Disney gears everything towards children. In reality, the whole concept of Disney World is creating a space that the ENTIRE family can enjoy together. We even took the time to put together a list of the Best Rides that Everyone Can Enjoy at Disney World. In addition, EPCOT offers multiple festivals that are targeted to adults.
Disney World and Disneyland are the Same Things
Two different states, two different beasts! Disney World and Disneyland are far from the same thing. While both parks share some common attractions Disneyland is significantly smaller and gives you a more intimate feeling. Disney World is massive, easy to get lost in and has 4 theme parks compared to only two in Disneyland.
It’s too Hot to Vacation Florida
Well okay, this one may be a little true! During the summer months spending lots of time outside is just oppressive to put it nicely. I would say the worst of the heat hits from June through August. Also true is the fact that I can’t think of a better place to be from November to April! For more: read our best tips on How to Stay Cool at Disney World.
Disney World is too Crowded
It can we very crowded but there are still lots of great times to visit when Disney isn’t all that crowded. We have the full month by month breakdown in our Disney Crowd Calendar. Generally speaking, avoid holidays at all costs and September and January tend to be the quietest months.
So Expensive you Can’t Afford a Trip
The cost of your Disney vacation is what you make of it. There are lots of fantastic ways that you can save money on your trip! You can pick lower costing food and hotel options for example. However, there are lots of places you can make upgrades on your trip and they do add up really fast.
Food isn’t Very Good
There definitely are some spots we aren’t crazy about eating at when we visit Disney World. You can read more about it here Worst Disney Dining Sit Down Restaurants. But on a whole, the food at Disney is fantastic, especially when you stack it up against other theme parks. For a look at our favorite spots read Best Disney World Restaurants.
Four Days is all you Need to See Everything
Four days four parks, you will totally be able to accomplish everything Disney World has to offer. WRONG! I have been visiting Disney World for more than 25 years and I still haven’t done everything yet! Plan for a length of stay that makes sense for your family and for your budget. But please don’t kill yourself trying to squeeze everything in a short time. Take it slow and prioritize what is most important to you.
You Only Need to Visit Once
WRONG! I can’t believe I actually had to type those words!!! As I was saying before I still haven’t even experienced everything Disney World has to offer and for the last few years I have lived next door to it! There are changing entertainment and festivals, to name just a few items that are not rides and shows. There is just a certain magic at Disney World that is infectious, it has you wanting to make trip after trip, just ask someone who has been!
Never Get the Disney Dining Plan
While the Disney World Dining Plan does not make sense for everyone, that doesn’t mean no one should buy it. I outlined some Reasons You Should Never Buy the Disney Dining Plan there can still be many great benefits. If you like eating really big meals, pre-paying for your meals ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about it, or tend to eat the most expensive thing at every restaurant then the dining plan could, in fact, save you money and be a better option. Here is an in-depth look at How to Get the Most Out of the Disney Dining Plan.
I have been visiting the parks annually since my parents first brought me at just a year old. Recently I was able to fulfill my life long dream of being a Florida local and moved from the wintery Northeast to the sunshine and fun of central Florida. Now I am hoping to share my Disney knowledge with you so you can have the best vacation possible!