8. Height Restrictions
A great cause of upset for kids, parents, and cast members are ride height restrictions. Be sure to check your child’s height BEFORE you wait 120 minutes in line for Space Mountain! Height restriction information is readily available on the WDW website and the My Disney Experience app, as well as on signs at the ride entrance. If you are unsure if someone is tall enough, check with the cast member at the front entrance of the ride. They should have a height guide and can ensure that everyone in your party is tall enough. Remember that ride height restrictions are about safety; the ride’s restraint system might not work properly if riders are not tall enough. Trying to cheat the system puts your child in danger, so just don’t do it! Also, if a cast member says that your child is too short to ride, please don’t argue. Yes, it’s disappointing, but you are arguing against safety and you aren’t going to win (and it doesn’t set a good example for your kids!).
9. Pushing Kids (and Adults) Too Hard
Disney Veterans know that “getting the most out of every minute” doesn’t mean pushing yourselves to the point of exhaustion. Disney vets have all witnessed meltdowns from guests who are hot, tired, and over-stimulated. To avoid the meltdown, take frequent breaks to snack, hydrate, and relax. Especially during the summer months, considering going to the park in the morning, taking an afternoon break to swim or rest at the hotel, then return in the cooler evening hours. And if you can, consider taking a day or two off from the parks during your stay. Wander around some of the resorts, shop at Disney Springs, and swim in the resort pool. You’ll be refreshed and rested for the next day of park fun.
10. Trying to Do it All
Walt Disney World mind-blowingly big. You simply cannot do it all in one trip (or even two or three!). The sooner you make peace with this idea, the happier your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth will be. Instead of trying to do everything, think about the age of your group members, their interests, and the kind of trip you want to have. Decide what your biggest priorities are and plan your trip accordingly. If you try to do everything you're going to end up exhausted, frustrated, and disappointed. It's OK and essential to skip things! Then you'll have new things to do on your next visit!
A trip to Walt Disney World should be an incredibly fun experience. While no vacation can be perfect, you can maximize your chances of a great trip by being prepared. Do plenty of research, make those dining reservations and FastPass+ reservations, and come up with a game plan for each day. But if things come up, try to be flexible. You can still have fun. Watch out for these pitfalls and you should have a great time!