Eight Mistakes Rookies Make at
Walt Disney World (Part 1)
Planning a Walt Disney World vacation takes time, research, and effort, and even the most careful planner is sure to miss a thing or two getting ready for a trip. However, if you avoid making these eight rookie mistakes, you’re sure to have an amazing trip to the Happiest Place on Earth.
- Not Budgeting
It’s no secret that a trip to Walt Disney World doesn’t come cheap. It’s better to be aware of this fact before you depart for your vacation, than when you’re standing in the middle of the Emporium on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom and your child is crying for yet another Elsa doll. When planning you trip, be sure to budget for food and souvenir costs in addition to travel and hotel expenses. Theme park food is expensive, and can average about $40 per person per day if you don’t utilize a sit down restaurant, and about $60 per person per day if you choose to sit down to a table service meal. Of course you can alleviate costs by packing your own snacks and drinks, and sharing quick service meals. Some souvenirs can only be found within the parks, so you might want to account for purchasing one or two items per person. However, many families buy Disney themed items at home and pack them in their suitcase to surprise children with after a day in the park. Planning ahead like this will keep your kids and your wallet happy.
- Failing to Prepare for the Weather
Checking the weather once or twice before you leave for a vacation on which you spent several months worth of savings, may work for a trip to the beach or a trip to the mountains. However, for a trip to Walt Disney World it is important that you keep a close eye on the developing weather for at least two weeks before you arrive. During some times of the year, you’ll need to prepare for blazing heat, which means shorts, short sleeve shirts, and sunscreen. At other times, temperatures can drop as far as the low thirties overnight, so you’ll need to be prepared with long sleeves and long pants for early morning or late night trips to the parks. Finally, rookie visitors to Walt Disney World fail to plan for the rain that is likely to fall at least once during a weeklong stay in the World. Central Florida is notorious for its quickly arriving and quickly departing rainstorms. So in order to ensure wet clothes don’t ruin your day, pack a poncho or light jacket that you can throw on when the rain comes.
- Not Taking Breaks
Another Walt Disney World rookie mistake is powering through hours in the parks without stopping to take a break and simply enjoy being in the happiest place on earth. Marching through the parks for hours on end, racing from attraction to attraction, or to catch a parade, is not for the faint of heart. It causes families to get cranky and snap at each other, instead of enjoying each other’s company. So, be sure to account for breaks during your days in the park. A break could be as little as sitting on a bench people watching for a few minutes, lunch or a snack, taking in a show, or a ride on ‘It’s a Small World.” On the other hand, many families enjoy going back to their hotel to rest and swim for the afternoon, and then head back into the parks later that evening. Just be sure to decide what type of break works best for your family, take it, and you’ll be sure to have a magical vacation.
- Not Designing and/or Syncing Your MagicBand
Nothing screams a Walt Disney World rookie quite like a person wearing a grey MagicBand. These nondescript bracelets simply scream, “We just showed up without doing much planning.” Instead of being relegated to wearing the grey Magic Band, be sure to personalize and choose the color of the band for each person in your party before leaving for your Walt Disney World vacation. Sixty days before their date of arrival, guests with reservations are able to sign on to MyDisneyExperience, choose a color for the Magic Band of each guest and choose a name for the back of the bracelet. Personalized MagicBands will arrive at your doorstep in about two to three weeks before you are scheduled to arrive in Walt Disney World. If you are at least wearing a MagicBand in one of the selectable colors, no one can mistake you for a Disney rookie.
(Taken from DisneyDining.com)