Disney World errors and tips on how to keep away from them
We made a couple of Disney World errors on our first household journey to Orlando. Right now, we share a few of these rookie errors with the hope you could keep away from making comparable errors.
This was not our first Disney park expertise. We visited Tokyo Disneyland a couple of years in the past. Nonetheless, this was our first time visiting the unique Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.
We spent 6 nights at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which is positioned close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a pleasant property. We loved our time right here and would suggest it. We are going to write a separate weblog put up about our expertise staying at this Disney World resort.
Disney World is not like some other theme park on the planet.
It’s THE mecca of theme parks, which suggests it’s very talked-about, very huge and really busy. To get probably the most out of your Disney World trip, it is advisable be strategic and plan forward. It’s not smart to go away issues final minute and count on to stroll as much as the park entrance searching for Disney World tickets.
A aspect observe, for context: we visited Orlando in mid-October as a part of a piece convention. This meant that we didn’t have full freedom over our schedule. Maintain this in thoughts after we clarify our barely uncommon schedule.
1. Not making Magic Kingdom Park reservations in time
It’s not sufficient to buy your Disney World tickets on-line. It’s essential to additionally make a reservation for the theme park and day you wish to go to.
It is strongly recommended to make Disney World reservations instantly after buying your admission on-line. Sadly, we didn’t do that. We waited as a result of we had been not sure about what Disney park to go to and what day(s) made probably the most sense with our schedule.
Thankfully, we determined to get the Disney Park Hopper choice.
This feature provides admission to multiple park per day, beginning after 2:00 pm. There may be a further charge per ticket, however we felt it could be higher to go to two parks in a single lengthy day.
The unique plan was to go to Disney World Magic Kingdom first, then go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios after 2:00 pm. Nonetheless, after we went to make reservations about two weeks earlier than our arrival, there was no availability for Magic Kingdom (it’s the most well-liked Walt Disney World park).
So, we went with Hollywood Studios first. Then we visited Magic Kingdom after 2:00 pm.
We anticipated to spend the night at Magic Kingdom as a result of the park is open till 10:00 pm (usually). Nonetheless, that was not case throughout our go to. We visited in October when Magic Kingdom Park hosts ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Social gathering’.
This meant that Magic Kingdom day passes finish at 6:00 pm as a substitute of 10:00 pm. We had a max of 4 hours to discover Magic Kingdom, which is definitely not sufficient time.
Lesson – make reservations instantly after buying your tickets. Don’t wait. Decide.
2. Early entry for Disney resort company
Do you know that company staying at Disney Resort accommodations get a 30 minute early entry into Walt Disney World theme parks? We didn’t. Of all these Disney World errors, this one nonetheless stings just a little.
As a result of we had been staying at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, we had been eligible to benefit from this early entry. This head begin may have allowed us to go to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
As a substitute, we waited within the common admission line for 45 minutes. Doh! By the point we entered the park, the wait time for Rise of the Resistance was already at 70 minutes.
It will have been good for the Disney resort to tell us of this perk at check-in.
Lesson – when you’re staying at one among these Disney Resort accommodations, go to the early entry gates and benefit from this perk.
Associated put up – Our expertise staying at Tokyo Disneyland Resort
3. Not studying the My Disney Expertise App BEFORE coming into the parks
That is a simple mistake to repair. Quite than wait till the morning of your Disney journey, it’s smart to mess around with the My Disney Expertise app and get conversant in its options.
We left this till the second we had been ready in line to enter Disney Hollywood Studios. This was not a good suggestion.
It’s a comparatively simple app to navigate however there are some things to be taught. Additionally, you will want to verify your Disney tickets are within the app. We left this till final minute and, thankfully, one other visitor confirmed us tips on how to pull up the QR codes for the tickets. Extra data on that right here.
Lesson – obtain the Disney app and get conversant in it BEFORE your Disney expertise.
4. Not buying Disney Genie+ early within the day
Disney Genie+ is paid add-on characteristic within the My Disney Expertise app. It permits company to skip the final traces and use the Lightning Lane (beforehand referred to as the FastPass). The price is $15 USD per particular person, per day at Walt Disney World Resort. For our household of 4, the price is $60 USD plus tax.
At first, we didn’t see worth in paying for this add-on characteristic.
Nonetheless, after experiencing a couple of very lengthy wait instances, we determined to buy the Disney Genie+. It was the fitting transfer. Having the ability to use the Lightning Lane for a couple of rides allowed us to have extra experiences at Magic Kingdom. This turned extra precious after we realized that Magic Kingdom was closing at 6:00pm for the Halloween occasion.
The error was not buying Disney Genie+ as quickly as we entered the park.
We might have skipped a couple of extra traces throughout our time at Disney Hollywood Studios. We misplaced precious time by not making the choice earlier within the day.
Lesson – buy Disney Genie+ early. It’s value the additional charge.
5. Not making dinner reservations on the resort
We realized the arduous approach you could’t simply present as much as eating places and count on a desk. That’s not how issues work at Disney World accommodations.
I bear in mind feeling very sad on our first night at Disney Coronado Springs Resort. The resort has a number of eating places, so we thought the method can be just like different eating places. We are saying to the host, “Desk for 4, please” and we’re seated or given a wait time.
Not at these Disney eating places. They had been closed to ‘stroll in’ company. It’s a must to make a reservation so as to get a desk.
This was very disappointing and irritating. We needed to eat on the cafeteria and pay comparable costs to the eating places. It didn’t really feel like magic.
Nonetheless, as soon as we discovered the reservation system on the Disney app, it’s really fairly simple. The next nights we had no downside eating on the eating places.
Lesson – make dinner reservations as quickly as you arrive. Or, if potential, earlier than you arrive on the resort. The identical factor applies for eating places contained in the Disney theme parks.
Above is the Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
6. Not buying the free re-fill cups at Disney resort
On our first day at Disney Coronado Springs, we bought a number of gentle drinks for our boys. Whereas on the pool, we seen a number of company had these plastic Disney cups with them (pictured above).
After seeing a household refill these cups with fountain drinks, we did some investigating. We realized that these particular Disney cups provide you with limitless free refills throughout your keep. The value is $20 USD per cup. Comparatively, a single gentle drink prices about $5 USD.
It’s an excellent deal, particularly as a result of we stayed on the resort for six nights.
The error we made was not buying these cups till Day 2. It wasn’t an enormous deal, however we in all probability spent a further $30 USD that we might have prevented. Earlier than returning to our room within the evenings, we’d refill the cups.
Lesson – while you arrive at a Disney resort, search for these free refill cups. It might prevent some huge cash, relying on what number of days you’re on the resort.
7. Not bringing meals and drinks to the Disney resort (and lunches for contained in the theme parks)
Staying at a Disney World resort shouldn’t be low-cost. Meals and drinks are priced at a premium and there’s restricted choices accessible. As a result of many of the the Disney accommodations are positioned inside the larger Walt Disney World Resort, there’s not plenty of eating places or shops which are “non Disney”.
We used Ubers to get round Orlando, making it difficult to cease at a grocery retailer.
If we might rewind and do it over once more, we’d put money into an Uber journey to a grocery retailer and refill on our first day. Not solely is that this extra finances pleasant, it lets you buy objects that your children will really eat.
Our boys ate so many hen tenders and fries throughout our time in Orlando as a result of most eating places have restricted kid-friendly choices, which is shocking as a result of Disney World is constructed for youths.
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8. Not consuming breakfast earlier than coming into Disney’s Hollywood Studios
We had been nonetheless battling just a little jetlag on the morning of our go to to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The objective was to be on the gates by 8:00 am, which meant getting up at 7:00 am. Our inner clocks felt prefer it was 4:00 am at the moment.
Due to this, none of us had been hungry after we left the resort. We skipped breakfast.
As quickly as we entered Hollywood Studios we hustled to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge to get in line for Smuggler’s Run. The road was about 45 minutes. By the point we completed the experience, we had been getting hungry. We wandered across the Star Wars world searching for meals choices. It has restricted choices for younger children, which is form of annoying.
We spent $60 USD on breakfast at Ronto Roasters (pictured above). It’s serves quirky meals choices. Our boys weren’t proud of the menu. They barely ate their meals and had been nonetheless hungry afterwards. It was one other costly Disney World errors.
Lesson – deliver snacks and meals to keep away from hangry children. Disney eating places are notoriously busy and the meals choices are deliberately bizarre.
I ordered the breakfast wrap, however acquired the Rondo Wrap as a substitute. I believed it was fairly good. Our boys acquired the plain wrap with simply the sausage. They ate a number of the bread however didn’t benefit from the sausage.
9. Spending an excessive amount of time on the different Orlando theme parks
When researching Walt Disney World and Common Studios Orlando with our boys, they felt that Common Studios had extra rides and sights that curiosity them. See the Common Studios Orlando map right here.
On the time of reserving, Common Studios was providing 2 free days while you buy a 2 day, 2 park go. It appeared like a no brainer. We deliberate to go to each Common parks, so why not get two extra days included?
Nonetheless, after spending three days at Common Studios and Islands of Journey, we didn’t really feel the necessity to return for the 4th a day. In reality, we in all probability would have been effective with solely the 2 days at Common.
It’s costly and inconvenient to journey from Disney World to Common Studios. It’s a couple of 30 minute drive, with mild visitors. The Uber worth is between $35-$50 USD every approach, relying on visitors and time of day.
Above photograph is from Jurassic Park at Common’s Islands of Journey in Orlando.
10. Not spending sufficient time at Disney theme parks
By selecting to spend extra time at Common Studios, we spent much less time at Disney World. We made the choice to skip Epcot and Disney Animal Kingdom as a result of we bought the 4 day go at Common Studios. This was a mistake.
We had been staying at a Disney World resort, which offers simple and free transportation to Disney theme parks. There’s a bus cease 100 meters from our resort room!
After we researched the space between Disney World and Common Studios it didn’t appear too far. However we didn’t account for visitors and we didn’t understand we’d be spending a minimal of $35 USD every approach. It begins so as to add up.
We remorse not spending time at Epcot and/or Magic Kingdom within the evenings.
Lesson – when staying at a Disney World Resort resort, spend extra time on the Disney theme parks and fewer time at Common Studios parks.
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Issues we did proper on this Disney World trip
Though we did make a couple of Disney World errors on this journey to Orlando, we additionally did a couple of issues that we’d suggest to others.
1. Staying at a Disney World resort
We loved our time at Disney Coronado Springs Resort and favored being so near Disney World theme parks. Having free transportation inside steps from our resort room was nice. And the early entry is a pleasant characteristic, too (assuming you really benefit from this perk).
There are ‘non-Disney’ accommodations close to the parks, however you’re spending not less than $15-$20 USD every approach, which provides up.
A number of the Disney resorts are costly, nonetheless some are affordable. Do your analysis months upfront, when there’s extra availability. If potential, attempt to go to within the shoulder season. There’s extra rooms accessible and costs are cheaper.
Once you think about transportation, you really may not be saving as a lot by staying outdoors Disney World.
2. Having a pool day in between theme park days
We’re glad we scheduled two stress-free pool days in between theme park visits. It’s unattainable to do every little thing when visiting Orlando. It’s the theme park capital of the world, with over a dozen theme parks inside a 20 mile radius.
Certain, we’d have favored to go to Disney Animal Kingdom, Sea Life Orlando, and SeaWorld Orlando. However we’d in all probability be cranky if we spent our complete Orlando trip inside theme parks.
Our boys take pleasure in swimming and taking part in within the arcade. We slept in late and switched into chill mode. It was the fitting name.
Lesson – spend a day on the pool. You’re on trip, in any case!
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