7 Choices You’ll Regret Making in Disney World

by | May 21, 2024 | WDW Blog

There are so many Disney World choices to make in the parks. But these are the ones you’ll regret making on your trip.

There are quite a few choices you need to make when visiting Disney World. From where you’re going to stay, to how many days you should plan for in your vacation, making your trip is filled with constant considerations to make. And when it comes to planning out your Disney World trip, we’re sharing a few of the Disney World choices that you will regret making.

Wearing the Wrong Shoes or Clothing

There are some choices that can fully make or break your Disney World vacation, and not wearing the right things can be one of them. There are a few considerations here: first and foremost is shoes. Wearing the right shoes (and making sure you break them in ahead of time) is incredibly important. At Disney World you will be walking a lot, so make sure to pick shoes that are comfortable with a good amount of support so you can avoid both blisters and injuries.

Wearing the right clothing can also be important. The weather in Disney can be unpredictable, starting off cold in the morning and getting boiling hot by mid-day. Oh, and add in some rainstorms throughout the day! With that in mind, make sure to look at the weather for your vacation and pack accordingly. Also pack comfortable clothing that you can plan on getting sweaty in without feeling uncomfortable.Finally, sunscreen is a must. Make the choice to wear sunscreen, and bring it with you to reapply throughout the day. You’re getting more time in the sun than you may expect, and getting burnt can make a major difference in your trip.

Not Making Advance Dining Reservations In Time

When you’re staying on-site at Disney World, you can book your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) beginning 60 days pre-arrival for the entirety of your trip (up to ten days). While this may seem early, certain restaurants book up quickly, especially for prime dining times.

For example, restaurants like Cinderella’s Royal Table, Be Our Guest, and ‘Ohana are all ones you’ll want to book at the 60-day mark to make sure you get the time you want for your party. ADRs typically open at around 6 AM EST at your 60-day mark, so make sure you have your reservation linked to your account so that you can book. Read more about Advance Dining Reservations here.

Not Researching Genie+ Ahead of Time

Visiting Disney World now requires quite a bit of research ahead of time. Specially, the rules of Disney Genie+, Individual Attraction Selections, and Virtual Queus. Disney Genie+ is the paid replacement to FastPass+, allowing you to choose Lightning Lanes throughout your day to skip the standby lines of your favorite rides. Then there are Individual Attraction Selections, which allow you to pay to skip the line on individual popular attractions. To add to the mix, you have virtual queues that can be joined for certain rides, including TRON Lightcycle / Run and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind.

Knowing when you can book your spots and what your best options are can make or break your day, so we recommend reading up ahead of time and familiarizing yourself with all of the rules. Luckily, we’re here to help with that! Make sure to read our guides on Disney Genie+, Individual Attraction Selections, and Virtual Queues.

Overbooking Your Meals

With the return of the Disney Dining Plan, guests are again able to budget their meal spending ahead of time. With credits for a table service restaurant per day (in most cases), it can be easy to try and fill up your day with reservations to all the restaurants you want to try. But, make sure you don’t overlook your day too much when eating, especially at restaurants that will take some time to travel between.

For example, if you start your day with breakfast in Magic Kingdom, with lunch plans at EPCOT, and dinner booked at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you’ll end up spending most of your day traveling or sitting to eat. While all that food sounds delicious, it can be stressful to then plan the rest of the day at the parks when you’re spending so much of your time going from meal to meal.

Booking EPCOT Table Service During a Festival

There are so many great places to eat in Disney World, from quick service and snack spots to sit-down table service restaurants. While you should ultimately choose spots to eat that fit best for you and your group, there are some considerations you’ll want to make. One is whether you plan to take advantage of one of the four EPCOT festivals that happen throughout the year. Throughout much of the year, there’s one of these festivals: the EPCOT Festival of the Arts, the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, or the EPCOT Festival of the Holidays.

Each festival features entertainment, merchandise, and lots of food, with kiosks set up throughout the park. While it can be tempting to book a table at one of EPCOT’s table service restaurants, if you want to also enjoy the food at the festival, you may want to reconsider. It’s easier than you’d think to fill up on the food at the festival booths, leaving you full as you head to one of the table service restaurants. Choosing one or the other for you day’s meals can save you from wasting money on a meal you aren’t hungry for.

Getting Caught in the Magic Kingdom Fireworks Crowd

This is a choice we recommend against from experience. At the end of the night, there’s often a mass exodus from Magic Kingdom as everyone leaves after the fireworks. And because the parking lot (the Transportation and Ticket Center) can only be accessed by a boat or the Monorail, you’ll find quite the crowd at the end of the night as everyone waits for transportation back to their hotel or vehicle. While much of this is unavoidable, there are ways to make the wait a bit less painful.

If you are okay starting to head out before the fireworks are fully over, you’ll have some luck beating the worst of the crowd. Alternatively, waiting a bit until after the fireworks can be helpful. Typically the park will remain open for just a bit after the fireworks, so take in another ride, or simply wander around until much of the crowd clears out. If you are planning to brave the crowd, the type of transportation you choose can be helpful. If you’re staying at a Monorail area resort, taking a boat to your hotel or using the walking path can be your best option.

Not Preparing for Motion Sickness / Forgetting to Pack a Motion Sickness Band

If you’re someone who gets motion sick, you know that experiencing that awful feeling can ruin your entire day. While there are many gentle rides at Disney World to choose from if you are prone to motion sickness, it’s still always best to prepare. Bring some preparation along, including a motion sickness band or an over-the-counter option for helping curb the effects of motion sickness. We recommend this for anyone who has experienced motion sickness in the past or anyone who hasn’t been on rides before and is unsure how they’ll react. It’s always best to overprepare instead of finding yourself unprepared if a reaction happens.

It’s also a good idea to do your research ahead of time to know what rides may cause motion sickness. For example, over in EPCOT, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and the orange version of Mission: SPACE are both well known for causing an upset stomach in folks who are prone to motion sickness. Knowing this in advance can help to plan (and avoid!) an unpleasant situation.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.

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Morgan Flaherty

Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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