Eight Mistakes Rookies Make at
Walt Disney World (Part 2)
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.
- Forgetting to Plan and Book FastPass+ Reservations
Gone are the days where families can wake up in the morning and spontaneously plan their day. Instead, Disney has ensured guests think about their Walt Disney World vacation up to sixty days before they are scheduled to arrive on property by encouraging guests to schedule FastPass+ reservations before leaving via the MyDisneyExperience website or app. Failure to plan ahead might leave you out in the cold when it comes to the most popular rides and meet and greets, such as Toy Story Mania or the Anna and Elsa meet and greet. But don’t worry, and all is not lost if you fail to plan ahead. You can still try to plan attraction opportunities via the MyDisneyExperience app or the kiosks located throughout the parks. You could also wait for attractions the old-fashioned way – in the stand-by line.
- Failing to Make Advanced Dining Reservations
Nothing ruins a family trip quite like being “hangry.” This combination of hungry and angry truly culminates when families are together for long periods of time without eating much; tensions run high and tolerance can run low. As you may know, Walt Disney World is home to dozens of table service (sit-down) restaurants that serve cuisines from all over the world – the real world that is, not just Walt Disney World. However, given the popularity of the Disney Dining Plan, gone are the days when families can walk up to a restaurant and wait for a table. Instead, reservations must be made weeks ahead of your trip – up to 180 days, in fact – to ensure you and your family won’t be left arguing with each other, because you all are hungry and can’t find a single table service restaurant at which to eat.
- Getting the Wrong Kind of Tickets
When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you’ll be given several options for theme park tickets. For the uninitiated, the descriptions of the various ticket options can sound like a foreign language. The type of vacation you are planning will dictate the kind of tickets you purchase. If you only plan to visit one park per day, then you can purchase base tickets for the number of days you plan to visit the parks. However, if you plan to visit more than one park per day, or make a dining reservation for a different park than you are visiting that day, then be sure to purchase the “park hopper” option in order to be able to jump from park to park during one day. If you think you’ll be interested in visiting one or both of Walt Disney World’s two water parks, it is more cost-effective to then purchase the “water park and more” option. Finally, if you plan to park hop and hit up the water parks, the combined park hopper and water park add-on provides the greatest savings. There’s nothing worse than having to waste a day of your ticket, or miss a reservation, because you failed to plan ahead, so be sure to order right!
- Going During Peak Times
There are times during the year that Walt Disney World veterans avoid like the plague – summer, Thanksgiving week, the week before and the week after Christmas, and the weeks surrounding Easter and spring break. These are known as “peak” times, and generally only those who don’t know any better visit Walt Disney World during one of these weeks since the parks are at near capacity during these times. Instead, plan your vacation for one of the low, or “value”, seasons during the year. These seasons are generally found during September to mid-October, early December, and late-January through March – depending on when Easter falls. Visiting during one of the low times will mean cheaper rooms, potentially additional discounts, like free dining, shorter attraction wait times, and fewer crowds, all which mean a happier trip to Disney!
(Taken from DisneyDining.com)