When you take a vacation to Disney World, it’s more than just going to a theme park. It’s an immersive experience from the moment you step foot onto Disney property. In the midst of all the things that you have on your to do list, there are simply some things to avoid at Disney World.

Things To Avoid At Disney World

There are things to do at every turn. The possibilities are literally endless. And I’m sure you already have a list in mind of things you have to do. There are restaurants with foods that are pleasing to the eye and the stomach. Photo opportunities that will be on your list of “must haves”. Rides that you’ve been thinking about non-stop since the moment you booked your trip. And we can’t forget all of the characters you want to meet. However, there ARE some things you need to avoid at Disney World.

Wearing Uncomfortable Shoes

First up is your choice of footwear. It doesn’t matter where you go in the Disney World parks or resorts, there will be tons of walking, so come prepared. I would recommend leaving the Sunday best shoes at home, or at least save it for a special occasion on your trip. Find a pair of comfortable shoes that will keep your feet from aching or rubbing blisters. Choosing the correct footwear can make or break your vacation. I mean, who wants to spend their whole trip with aching feet? 

Getting Dehydrated

Another thing to keep in mind with all the walking is the fact that it is often hot since you are in central Florida. It’s important to stay hydrated on your trip. Take a water bottle with you. Fill it up before you leave your resort and then as often as needed throughout the day. There are water fountains throughout the parks where you can refill your water bottles. Also, you can go to any quick service restaurant location and the cast members will give you a free cup of ice water. You don’t want to get sick, so don’t skip out on the water.

Sleeping In

There are different opinions on this one, but our family does not sleep in when it comes to a Disney World vacation. Although we’d love to come back every day, there’s just no telling when we’ll be back. So, we like to experience it all while we’re there. We love to be at the parks as soon as they open and we often do not leave until they close. Of course, we do take breaks throughout the day. It can be tiring, but you can sleep when you get home, right?#waltexpress #disneyworld #disneyplanning avoid at disney world

Forgetting Your Poncho

Weather in Florida can be wildly unpredictable. But there’s one thing that can almost be guaranteed: there will most likely be rain on your trip. If you stay at Disney World for any length of time, you will encounter bad weather. So, why not be prepared with a poncho? You can pick up a good quality, reusable one or stop by your local dollar store and stock up on several of the disposable ones. Whatever you do, don’t leave the resort without it. Those rain showers can come from out of nowhere at times.

Using A Selfie Stick

Before you head to Disney World, it might be helpful for you to review the list of items that are banned in the parks. One of those things is the selfie stick. I know that there are times when you simply must get that selfie in the perfect location with your friends and family. But do yourselves a favor and leave the selfie stick at home. If you need a family picture or a selfie and your arms aren’t long enough to get everything in the frame, ask one of the Disney Photopass Photographers. I’ve never had one tell me that they wouldn’t take my picture with my camera. But if there are pictures you must have, why not ask your travel planner about adding the Memory Maker to your vacation package? This gives you unlimited downloads of photos taken by the Photopass photographers throughout the parks and resorts. Read more about the memory maker here.

Skipping The Nighttime Fun (fireworks, after hours, etc)

Last of all, there are tons of things to do at Disney World, but there is something you do not need to miss: nighttime fun! There’s just something about being in the Disney World parks after dark. When the lights come on, it looks even more magical. One of our favorite things to witness is the nightly fireworks show, especially at Magic Kingdom. It’s more than just a few fireworks going up into the sky. It’s a full blown production! Also, there are after hours events throughout the year that you need to check out. If you’re going to Disney World, ask your travel planner about the events that are going on while you’re there. You won’t regret it!

Things To Avoid At Disney World For More Magic!

So, there you have it. While you’re planning your trip, make sure to keep in mind the things you need to avoid at Disney World. It doesn’t matter if this is a once in a lifetime trip or a yearly experience. These tips will ensure that you have the most magical time of your life with your family. 

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Scott Coleson

Scott is the husband of Walt Express Travel Planner Lauren Coleson. Together, they work with families to make sure they get the most out of every second of their Disney vacation. He is a recent convert to the Disney life and can be found reading up on the latest news and watching Disney videos everyday (you’ve gotta make it through the day somehow, right?) In addition to being a contributor with Walt Express and working behind the scenes with Lauren, Scott serves in ministry as a pastor.
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