Disney World is a place where dreams come true, where girls become princesses, and where boys become pirates. But it’s also a place that’s best experienced by planning and smart choices. To have your best Disney World experience, you need to avoid common Disney World tourist pitfalls. Here’s how you can get the most out of your trip to Disneyland.
1 Avoid waiting in lines.
Although lines seem to be synonymous with Disney rides, you don’t have to spend all your time standing around. The Disney FastPass adds money to your Disney budget, but it’s worth it. If you’re going to do it, do it right! After all, how often do you get to go to Disney World? Another way to avoid lines is to get there early and plan your day right. Go to the rides with the longest lines at the beginning of the day, when the lines are shorter.
2 Avoid forgetting sunscreen.
You may not feel like you could get burned, but you’ll be outside pretty much all day. This means you’re in for a painful sunburn unless you take proper precautions. For starters, slather yourself in sunscreen. Also wear hats and sunglasses, and make sure your kids do, too, so their sensitive skin is totally protected.
3 Avoid getting sick.
There’s nothing like the flu to ruin your Disney World trip. And there’s few places as easy to get the flu as Disney World, sadly! To keep the sniffles away, be sure to keep clean. You’ll never get to the rides if you’re in bathroom lines all day, so bring hand sanitizer for quick cleans after rides and other germ-prone activities. Also, be sure to get enough rest, drink enough water, and eat as healthy as possible.
4 Avoid wearing bad shoes.
I have made this mistake. Sandals look cute, but boy, do they hurt when they start cutting into your Achilles tendon! Bring something you can walk ten miles in, because that’s what you’re going to be doing. Your best bet is a trusty pair of close-toed athletic shoes.
5 Avoid being underprepared.
So you have a camera and a cellphone, but what about enough cash, wet wipes, an autograph book, tissues, and all the other stuff you’ll need during the day? Those little shops in Disney World sure are adorable, but the prices are not. Don’t waste your vacation budget on Advil from the Disney Store.
6 Avoid bringing a bag with too many zippers.
Other than not being able to find what you need, multiple pockets spell trouble at the security check. Disney World security will seriously check every little corner of your bag. Don’t be “that guy” who holds up the line, and don’t make your wait to get into the park any longer! Keep it simple, silly. It will make your life easier.
7 Avoid arriving too late.
It is so nice to finally get to sleep in on vacation, but Disney World is best for the early birds. Go to bed in plenty of time the night before so you can get up and arrive at the park at opening. If you beat the crowds, you can get on that big ride without waiting for three hours. That alone is worth the alarm clock wake-up call. Plus, you’ll have so much more time during the day to do stuff!
8 Avoid making last minute plans.
Know what you’re doing before you go. Don’t wander around Disney World wondering what you should do next. Take some time before the trip and plan out what you’d like to do. Also, this is a good time to make any dinner or lunch reservations. All the really good places book up fast, so be sure to be ahead of the game if you have your heart set on something extra special. If you take just fifteen minutes to plan before you go, you’ll avoid a world of frustration and plenty of wasted time.
9 Avoid trying to do everything.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you can’t do everything in the park. Seriously. Don’t try it. Pick the things you really want to do and hit those first. Then do anything else that sounds fun to you. Don’t race around that a madman trying to pack in as much as possible. You’re going to need breaks, too! Your feet will thank you at the end of the day if you get off them for a little bit. Disney World will be around for a while, and you have the rest of your life to come back and hit a few more rides. This time around, just relax and enjoy your magical vacation to Disney World. After all, it’s all about having fun and making great memories.