7 Common Rookie Mistakes You Should Avoid At Walt Disney World
by: guide4wdw – Caitlin

Planning a trip to Disney can be overwhelming, especially if
you’ve never experienced the Disney parks before. I’m here to share some
choices you should definitely avoid in order to make the best of your Disney
Vacation. From bottled water decisions to navigating long wait times, take a
look at some classic, rookie moves.

1. Over packing
Most people go to the Disney parks with the
philosophy of needing to take everything they own. While I am completely an
advocate for being prepared at the parks, you may not need that extra set of
sunglasses, 3 flashlights, and a protractor for the Magic Kingdom. Of course,
I’m exaggerating. But, be sure to take only items you will truly use during
your time in the park. Trust me, those bags get heavy in a hurry (and oh so hot
if you’re arriving any time between now and September)!

2. Bottled Water (Don’t Buy It!) 
Buying water at Disney is a
huge waste of money. When in the Disney parks, you can go up to any counter
service location that serves fountain drinks and receive FREE ice water. If you
just can’t bear the Florida tap water taste, pack a few drink flavoring mixes
in your park bag. Plus, this will stay much colder that a water bottle. On a
related note, do not, do not, do not be those people with horribly heavy
refillable water bottles shoved in your backpack. You can thatk me later.

3. Lugging Around Purchases
So you and Grandma got a little
carried away in Mouse Gear? We’ve all been there! Do not lug your new Disney
tees, spinning tea cup coffee mug, and giant Stitch plush from Mexico to
Morocco! Disney offers a service that allows you to pick up purchases at the
front of the park as you exit for the day. If you’re staying on property, they
can even be sent directly to your resort! This takes away the heavy bags and
also eliminates the risk of breaking your new treasures!

4. Walking the Entire Park
Disney World is a very, very big
place. When walking around the famous parks, your toes will get tired in a
hurry. Be sure to utilize the in-park transportation available at both Magic
Kingdom and Epcot. At Magic Kingdom, you can take a ride on the railroad and
enjoy a relaxing trip to the front of the park, Frontierland, and Storybook
Circus. In EPCOT, water transportation is available via Friendship Boats from
two areas within the World Showcase.

5. Wearing Flip Flops 
This mistake goes right along with the
one above. Do not, under any circumstances, wear flip flops to a Disney park.
If you’re concerned about fashion (and I always am), opt for Toms or sandals
with arch support. It is not uncommon to walk upwards of 10 miles in a typical
Disney day.

6. Finding Your Fireworks Spot Last Minute
While this is
tempting, do not wait until 8:55 to find your spot to watch “Happily Ever
After.” Not only will you make some major enemies as you squeeze your way onto
Main Street, but you will most likely not be able to see and/or take quality
pictures. We suggest scoping out your spot about 30 minutes ahead of the
fireworks show. Pay close attention to areas that are taped off as acceptable viewing

7. Showing Up at 10:00 AM 
This may be my biggest warning to
ensure a magical day in the Kingdom. It is extremely important to check your
park hours and arrive as close to the rope drop as possible. Early mornings are
the very best bet to ensure you are able to visit all of your must-do
attractions. Please, do not come to Magic Kingdom 2-3 hours after opening and
expect to see short wait times. This simply does not happen anymore. WDW has
reached quite a peak in popularity and have consistently busy days almost all
year round.

There you have it, a list of the biggest Disney mistakes.
Don’t be a rookie! Promise me you won’t buy any water bottles or wear flip
flops to Animal Kingdom.

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