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Your first visit to Walt Disney World is one that you will remember for the rest of your life. It’s a big trip to plan, so it’s not surprising that Disney World mistakes are pretty common among first-time visitors.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of potential pitfalls and mistakes that you can make while planning for your trip to Disney. Arming yourself with these tips can help you plan ahead.

Learn what about these first time Disney World mistakes so that you can avoid them and have the magical Disney vacation that you have always dreamed of.

Disney World mistakes

Booking the Wrong Hotel

The first and most disruptive first-timer mistake is booking the wrong hotel. You may still have an amazing time even if you stay in the wrong place, but your choice in hotel impacts how you can experience Walt Disney World in a variety of ways. At worst, your hotel stay will go terribly and you will be too far from all of the Disney fun. Consider the pros and cons of staying at a Disney owned resort vs. a Good Neighbor hotel and keep the proximity of the hotel to the parks in mind.

Disney World mistakes

Making Reservations Too Late

The most common of Disney World’s first-timer mistakes is missing your window to make dining reservations. There are plenty of places to eat at Walt Disney World, so you won’t go hungry even without reservations. However, if you want to try one of the high profile dining experiences at Walt Disney World, you will need a reservation. Whether it’s a popular signature restaurant, a character dining experience, or a magical breakfast before the park opens, the tables fill up quickly. You can make Disney dining reservations up to 180 days before your arrival date.

Disney World mistakes

Planning Too Much

When it comes to the overall impact of your experience at the Disney resort, this is a common Disney World first-timer mistake. Many people feel that this is the vacation of a lifetime, and they try to cram too much into the trip. It won’t be fun and it’s not possible to do everything in one trip. Keep your daily plans simple and flexible, but do plan ahead, because not having a plan at all is no good either. 

Disney World mistakes

Not Enough Time

You need to give yourself plenty of time when you visit Walt Disney World. There is so much to do, and you will need to take some time off to rest. First-timers underestimate how much time everything takes to do and how large Walt Disney World actually is. It is more difficult to cover than you would think.

Disney World mistakes

Underestimating Distances

Part of managing your time in Walt Disney World is understanding the distances you will have to travel. Even if you have a prime hotel location right outside of the Magic Kingdom, it will still take some time to get to the other parks and amusements. Getting around is not always fast so you need to plan your mornings accordingly if you want to get to the theme parks at rope drop.

The biggest thing to remember on your vacation that even if you make some of these Disney World mistakes, you’re on vacation. Give yourself a pass and enjoy your time. Planning ahead of time for these things can help your trip be less stressful and more magical!

To get more tips for planning the perfect Walt Disney World vacation, visit the Disney trip planning page.

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