As a writer for a site called DisneyFanatic.com, I am expected to be able to provide some tips about how you, my dear readers, can attack a Disney vacation like “a professional,” and I like to think that I am able to provide some solid tips on how to be proactive with your vacation time, especially during a Walt Disney World Vacation in Central Florida. But just as there are things I advise you to do, there are other things that I feel like I need to advise you never to do.
On my most recent visit, I brought a first time visitor, so I was once again faced with things I automatically never do when visiting Disney World and why I never do them. So, while those reasons are still fresh in my mind, I want to share them with you for your consideration on your next trip.
Never Take the Bus
I go into this further in a separate article, but it is definitely one of my top three nevers. I understand that not every visiting family can do this, but at every possible situation, I highly recommend never relying on the Disney Bus Transportation. Ferry boats, Monorail, and even the Disney Skyliner offer more efficient–and honestly far more enjoyable–transportation two and from the Disney World Resort Hotels and Theme Parks. Even order a Minnie Van or drive yourselves if you can. Not only does Disney Bus Transportation drive slower than the normal speed of Disney World traffic and sits vulnerable to traffic, but the human element of driving, boarding, and deboarding can cause massive delays in your travel time around the Resort. Use this as a last Resort option.
Never Sleep in on Park Days
If you are spending the day at Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and/or Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then fully commit. The lines are only going to get longer, and the Parks are only going to get more crowded the higher the hot Florida sun gets in the sky. Resort Hotel Guests get Early Theme Park Access to select Resorts on Select days, and the cooler air and lower crowds also allow for certain special activities. For instance, most outdoor Magic Kingdom character meet and greets occur in the morning.
Never Spend Every Day at the Parks
You are staying at a luxurious and magical Walt Disney World Resort Hotel for a reason, right? The Parks can be extremely exhausting, so it is important to take your time and let your vacation feel like a vacation. I always make sure to spend at least one day outside the Theme Parks, sleeping in, exploring my hotel (and its bars), and cooling off in the pool. This is also the day where I usually visit Disney Springs or go Resort hopping to check out Disney’s BoardWalk Inn (which is open to non-Resort Guests), and do a Monorail Crawl. There is a time for the Parks, but there is also a time for yourselves. There is plenty of Magic waiting on the other side of tomorrow.
My final piece of advice: never let the crowds bother you. Accept that they are there and adapt to them as you see fit to make the most of your day.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s and may not reflect the sentiment of Disney Fanatic as a whole.