Mistakes Rookies Make At Walt Disney World

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10. Going over budget

Any vacation is expensive, and a Disney vacation is no different-- and of course no one wants to go over their budget. I always save money throughout the year on Disney gift cards, then when I’m on vacation I use up the gift cards before I start using any of my other money.

11. Eating the same food over and over

Buffet Cape May Cafe

I’m always surprised when other guests talk about how they’re tired of burgers and hot dogs after a Disney vacation. There are so many other options at quick service restaurants, that you should by no means feel limited to the safe places for picky eaters. Check out some different locations, and ensure that you won’t be eating the same thing all week!

12. Purchasing the dining plan when you don’t need it

The dining plan’s value really depends on your own eating habits. Do some research ahead of time to see if it’s worth it for you-- but be sure to do this, because if it turns out to be more food than you would eat, or the places you’re eating at aren’t a great value on the plan, it may not be the best deal.

13. Taking photos at undesirable times

I assume if you’re reading this website you understand why flash photography on a dark ride is a no-no, but I honestly also wouldn’t spend my time going overboard with fireworks pictures either. Unless you’re an aspiring or professional photographer, your photos probably aren’t going to come out good anyway, and remember: friends don’t let friends take crappy fireworks photos. Just sit back and enjoy the moment without looking through a screen.

14. Being unprepared for what taking young kids entails

Toddler Enjoying Magic Kingdom
Toddler Enjoying Magic Kingdom

Whenever someone asks when you should bring your kids to Disney for the first time, it’s really hard to answer because it does depend on each individual kid. If you do decide to bring them young, be prepared for a different kind of trip. They can’t walk like you can, and they’re going to get tired, and probably a little cranky especially if it’s hot. If you’re planning on the going non-stop sort of trips you might have had before the kids came along, understand in advance that your next trip will be different.

15. Purchasing water

soda and water

Rather than buying water bottles in the parks, which do really add up, simply ask for a cup of tap water at a quick service restaurant. It’s free, and you won’t be stuck carrying warm water around in your bag all day.

By Brittany DiCologero

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