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I love talking and reading and breathing and everything Disney. I am married to an amazing man who also has a love for Disney. I love Walt Disney World and we try to visit as often as we can. I am thankful for a mom who raised me to have such a love for Disney and of course for Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse! My favorite characters are Minnie Mouse and Belle. I have an English Degree and I love to write so I am so excited that I am able to put my love of writing and Disney together. Thank you for reading my articles and sharing in my love for Disney!

10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

4 Disney Parks

10. You Will not See it All The top rookie Walt Disney World rookie mistake I see time and time again are travel groups bummed out because they cannot see it all.  Worse still, are groups wearing themselves out while trying to see it all.  Walt Disney World is a huge place filled with more attractions, food, shopping, and shows ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Shopping

9. Crazy Shopping Options Rookies that imagine the only the usual t-shirt and plush theme park souvenir options will be stunned at the souvenir selection at Walt Disney World.  Clothes, décor, gourmet foods, books, films, and toys are just a few of the many incredible souvenirs available for purchase in the parks, resort shops, and of course at Disney Springs. ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Disney Castle Sunbeam

8. The Intensity of the Heat Even those used to hot days will be surprised by the intensity of the Florida sun.  Disney rookies may mistakenly underprepare for the heat of the parks by skipping sunscreen and other sun protection.  Please do not make the mistake of under hydrating or not protecting yourself from the rough rays.

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Mickey Mouse And Toddler

7. Character Line Cut Offs Character meets have a start and end time, just like a ride does.  Unfortunately, it can often be frustrating for guests to learn that a character meet line has been cut off in the interest of ending the character meet at the scheduled time.  Character line cut offs often have a cast member standing at ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Mickey Mouse Characters

6. No Free Roaming Characters I’m not sure if it’s the Walt Disney World television commercials that feed this myth or some other reason.  Regardless, Disney rookies are often surprised to learn that there are no characters walking freely around the park.  The closest thing to a free character you will see is perhaps a character headed out to meet ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Disney Monorail

5. Disney Transportation Complexity The Disney transportation system is fantastic.  All methods of transportation are clearly marked and have plenty of cast members available to answer questions.  However, the sheer number of buses, monorails and boats coming and going all the time may surprise Disney rookies.  With so many Disney resorts, the bus banks at parks can indeed seem quite ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

height

4. Rider Height Policies Some rides do have a height requirement.  Disney takes these policies seriously and will not allow exceptions to the rules out of concern for guest safety.  Please do not ask cast members to bend the rules for your children, there are plenty of fun rides smaller kids can enjoy safely.

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Standing In Line

1. Long Wait Times A Disney rookie may be surprised at attraction wait lines.  The truth of the matter is, standby wait lines in the middle of a park day are crowded and you will be left waiting for almost any ride.  The key to overcoming this rookie mistake is to limit your wait times by arriving at rope drop, ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Balloons and Castle

Every seasoned Disney fanatic had to start somewhere and chances are, we all made our share of rookie mistakes when doing Walt Disney World.  Not to worry, this list will serve as a planning starting point for all Disney newbies planning a vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn from our experiences and arrive for your vacation prepared to enjoy the ...

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10 Things Rookies May Not Expect When Visiting Disney World

Counter Service Food

2. Dining Option Confusion There are so many quick service options alone in parks that you will end up walking quite a while if you are looking to compare options the old-fashioned way. Do not make this rookie mistake.  Decide on your lunch choice based off the menus listed on the myDisneyexpereince app.  This will save unnecessary walking and time ...

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