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Top 7 Pitfalls to Sidestep for a Smooth WDW Vacation

Top 7 Pitfalls to Sidestep for a Smooth Walt Disney World Vacation: Start here to learn how to avoid these planning mistakes.


Welcome, fellow Disney adventurers! As we gear up for another year of magical moments and thrilling rides, it’s time to equip ourselves with the knowledge to tackle the seven Disney mistakes that might just throw a monkey wrench into our plans. So, grab your mouse ears and get ready to dodge these pitfalls like a pro!

The FastPass Fumble

Ah, the FastPass, a Disney-goer’s golden ticket to skipping those long lines and hopping straight onto your favorite rides. But wait! As of October 2021, the FastPass system has been replaced by Disney Genie+, a digital service that lets you make lightning-fast reservations for select attractions. The fumble? Forgetting to budget for Genie+! Yup, you heard right. You need to budget for Genie+ because it now costs per person/per day to use. But it’s worth it! Don’t be left twiddling your thumbs in the standby line—snag those Genie+ reservations as soon as you enter the park and glide effortlessly from one attraction to the next.

Learn more about Genie+ here:

The Food Fiasco

Disney is a foodie’s paradise, with tantalizing treats around every corner. But beware the food fiasco! Picture this: you’ve been dreaming of sinking your teeth into a Dole Whip or chowing down on a Mickey-shaped pretzel, only to find yourself stuck in a never-ending line (a Mickey pretzel is my all-time favorite Disney snack!). The horror! Avoid this pitfall by utilizing mobile ordering like a pro. With just a few taps on your smartphone, you can skip the lines and have your favorite snacks delivered right to your fingertips with very minimal wait. Bon appétit!

Learn more about mobile ordering here: Mobile Order & Top Quick Service Picks

The Parade Peril

There’s nothing quite like watching Disney’s spectacular parades, with colorful floats, beloved characters, and toe-tapping tunes. But here’s the catch: snagging a prime parade viewing spot can be a real challenge, especially during busy times! Don’t fall into the parade peril trap by arriving at the last minute and finding yourself craning your neck to catch a glimpse of the action. Plan ahead, stake out your spot early (30-45 minutes should be plenty of time), and prepare to be dazzled by the magic unfolding before your eyes. Visit here for Walt Disney World parade times.

The Character Chaos

Meeting your favorite Disney characters is a highlight of any trip, but navigating the character chaos can be downright daunting. Imagine standing in line for hours, only to find out that your chosen character has whisked away to attend a royal ball. Yikes! Dodge this pitfall by doing your homework ahead of time. Consult the park schedule to find out when and where your favorite characters will be making appearances, and plan your meet-and-greets accordingly. Oh, and don’t forget your autograph book! There are so many character meets across all four Walt Disney World parks, you’ll never leave wanting more! Learn more about character meet times here.

The Merchandise Mayhem

Disney merch—it’s irresistible, it’s adorable, and it’s everywhere you look. But beware the merchandise mayhem! With so many shops and souvenirs to choose from, it’s easy to get swept up in a whirlwind of spending. Before you know it, you’ve blown your budget on mouse ears, t-shirts, and plush toys galore. Avoid this pitfall by setting a souvenir budget before you arrive and sticking to it like glue. Remember, it’s the memories that count—not the size of your Mickey-shaped haul. I need to tell myself this 1000x over! I love Disney merch!

The Over-planning Overload

Planning is key to a successful Disney adventure, but beware the over-planning overload! It’s tempting to schedule every minute of your day down to the second, but trust me—you’ll thank yourself for leaving a little room for spontaneity. Don’t be a victim of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)! Embrace the unexpected, go with the flow, and savor those magical moments that can’t be found on any itinerary. I learned this firsthand over the years. And the trips I allowed spontaneity and rolled with the punches turned out to be the most magical!

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The Transportation Tangle

Getting around Disney can be a breeze—or a nightmare, depending on how you navigate the transportation tangle. Picture this: you’ve just finished a magical day at the parks, and now you’re faced with the daunting task of figuring out how to get back to your hotel. Monorail? Bus? Boat? It’s enough to make your head spin! Dodge this pitfall by familiarizing yourself with Disney’s transportation options ahead of time. Whether you’re hopping aboard the monorail or catching a ride on the Disney Skyliner, knowing the lay of the land will save you time, stress, and sore feet.

Learn more about Disney transportation here:


And there you have it, fellow Disney adventurers—the top seven pitfalls to dodge for a smooth and stress-free Disney adventure! So go forth, explore the magic, and make memories that will last a lifetime. After all, as Walt Disney himself once said, “Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever.”


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Marnie Raimondo
Marnie Raimondo
Hi there! I'm Marnie, Disney blogger and writer. My passion is helping people plan magical Walt Disney World vacations. I love sharing Disney tips and advice based on my personal experiences from many, many magical trips over the years. I hope through my writing I can help you navigate your way through Disney news, the parks, dining, resorts and so much more! Happy planning!


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