Planning a Disney World trip can be downright OVERWHELMING sometimes.
There are lots of things to consider like where you’re going to stay, how many days you’ll visit, whether or not you want to make dining reservations, and more. When you’re in the thick of planning, it can feel like there’s advice coming from every direction. We wanted to know the worst advice our readers had gotten while planning a Disney World trip, so we went over to our Facebook page and asked. Here’s what you said!
One of the most common responses was readers saying that the worst advice they received was from people telling them that trips to Disney World don’t require that much planning and they should just wing it. While a trip to Disney World doesn’t need to be planned down to the minute, it does require at least a little bit of thought as to which park you and your group are going to go to each day, as you’ll need to make Park Pass Reservations for each day you’ll be in the parks.
“It doesn’t have to be a minute to minute itinerary but a bit of planning is required,” one of our readers said.
Conversely, some of our readers said that the worst piece of advice they’ve ever received was people telling them to plan their entire trip! One of our reader said the worst piece of advice they received was: “Make sure you plan everything, or you’ll miss something. Some planning is necessary, but being handcuffed to a schedule can put a damper on your trip.”
This just proves that what works for some families isn’t guaranteed to work for others. For some, planning the trip more intensely is what will ensure a happy time, and for others, just making sure they have a Park Pass and then seeing where the day takes them is good enough. Luckily, there is no “right” way to do Disney. You can still be spontaneous if that’s what you want, no matter what people are saying, and you also have the freedom to plan a more in-depth trip, as well, if that’s what’s going to make you happy.
One reader said that the worst piece of advice they got was to go to Disney World in August because it won’t be that hot. While there are definitely ways to manage the heat on your Disney World trip, unfortunately, Orlando is still very hot in August and it is still the middle of summer. If you’re wanting to be in the parks when it’s cooler, we recommend going in the winter months, with January tending to have some of the coolest weather that Orlando will see.
In the same vein as the August advice, one of our readers said that someone told them to visit on Christmas Day because the parks wouldn’t be that crowded. Unfortunately, that is just not the case. Christmas Day and the holiday season in general is one of the busiest times of year for Disney World. If you’re wanting to avoid the crowds, do not go near the holidays.
Several of our readers said that they’d received bad advice regarding dining. One said that they were told by several people to eat a big table service meal for lunch rather than dinner, but they found that it just made them feel sluggish for the rest of the day. If you’re planning a big table service meal, but are worried that you’ll feel sluggish, you can make a reservation for a later dinner slot, or maybe consider having a lighter breakfast as your sit down meal. Lunch will tend to be cheaper at sit down restaurants, but if you worry about feeling sleepy or bogged down, you may want to opt for dinner reservations instead.
Another reader said that they were told they should make dining reservations at table service restaurants for every day of their vacation. They said that “A few days are fine but it really locks you in and we found it more stressful!” We generally agree that you may not want to make a dining reservation for every single day of your vacation for a few reasons. Firstly, you don’t want your day to feel rushed, and having lots of dining reservations can make you feel rushed. Additionally, there are lots of great quick service options in the parks that you could be missing if you choose to eat all of your meals at table service restaurants. We recommend choosing a few table service restaurants that you absolutely don’t want to miss and sticking to those so you don’t overdo it and feel rushed. But as always, this will depend on you your groups wants and needs!
Another common response was readers saying that they were told not to bring their kids when they were too young because they wouldn’t remember it. In response to that, one of our readers said that that was “terrible advice” and that her daughter still remembers some of the trip she took when she was younger, even years later. There’s no “right” age to bring your kids to Disney World, the best advice is to just do what feels right for you and your family.
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What’s the worst piece of Disney World advice have you received? Let us know in the comments!
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