One of my favourite blogs to read is The Mini Millionaire, Cora started blogging as a way of documenting her journey to becoming a millionaire. She wanted to share her experiences and provide support to others who dream of becoming financially independent. Cora and her girlfriend Helen quit their jobs to work full time on restoring their house and building their portfolio career.
They decided happiness was more important than money. So they are happy living on less if it meant being their own bosses. Two years later they live on less but enjoy life to the fullest with trips to Orlando, Thailand, New York and more.
Today Cora has written a guest post on visiting DisneyWorld and the mistakes it is easy to make. I couldn’t agree more with her after going twice. We had a blast in Disneyworld and I can’t wait to go for a third visit!
A couple of years ago my girlfriend and I managed to get an amazing deal to visit Walt Disney World, Florida. Luckily this wasn’t my first time and I was able to plan and prepare for our trip to ensure we had the very best experience possible. If you’re planning your first trip to the sunshine state to visit Mickey and his friends then here are my list of first timer mistakes and more importantly, how to avoid them!
- Sleeping In: This is without a doubt the most common and yet most easily avoidable mistake. While sleeping in maybe the case on most holidays a trip to Walt Disney World is different. That’s because your first two hours at the park are going to be your most productive hours of the day. You’ll be able to take advantage of short lines, lower crowd levels and tackle all the big attractions first. If you’re staying on-site then you’ll also be able to take advantage of the extra magic hours in the evening, giving you plenty of time for a midday nap.
- Not planning: Much like sleeping in you maybe used to simply ‘winging it’ on 90% of your holidays. However, a trip to Walt Disney World is different. You’re going to need to plan. Downloading the Disney experience app to your smartphone is going to make life much easier both before and during your trip. The app allows you to see estimated wait times, make dining reservations and much more.
- Trying to see it all: Whether you’ve booked five days, seven days or two weeks at Walt Disney World you’re not going to have enough time to experience it all. Which is why my previous tip is so important. Get yourself a copy of the free Walt Disney World DVD and a map. Make a list as a family of the top rides and attractions you’d like to see and do. This will ensure that everyone gets to their favourites.
- Not planning rest days: You are going to need some time off. If you try and see it all and visit the park every single day of your holiday then you’re going to need a holiday from your holiday. Instead make sure you plan in some relaxation time this could include a round of golf, shopping or simply lounging by the pool.
- Visiting at the WRONG time of year: I’m not saying you should never visit Walt Disney World at these particular times in the year. However, for your first trip I’d really advise you to avoid them. These times include;
- Special events such as May The Force weekend.
- During the US school holidays
- During spring break
- Over Christmas
- During any other holiday i.e. Halloween
While you’ll find that there are extra activities taking place during these times you’ll not need them. Because remember you’ll never be able to see everything from the park even when it’s not a special event or season. Instead you’ll be faced with even more to do but tens of thousands more people to compete against when it comes to queuing for rides, getting food or seeing the parade.
- Wearing improper clothing & shoes: Nothing is ever too comfortable when visiting the parks. Even on my third visit I thought I’d dressed in something comfortable (shorts and an oversized t-shirt) but even that felt like I was wearing a suit to the office. Avoid heavy items that trap in heat or take longer to dry so you can enjoy the water rides. I even make my sophisticated 60-year-old mother wear trainers (despite how silly she thinks she looks) because whilst other shoes may look great the lack of support when walking the average of 20 miles around a park is going to make you miserable.
- Not keeping hydrated: I keep saying it. This holiday is different. I mean how many holidays do you go on as a family where you spend hours walking tens of miles in blistering heat. Not many right? Which is why it’s important to keep hydrated. Bring your own water bottle wherever you can. There’s hundreds of spots across the park where you can fill up your water bottle for free. However, should you forget your water bottle simply request a cup of water from any of the counter service stations around the park.
I hope these list of first timer mistakes and how to avoid them will help you and your family have the very best experience at Walt Disney World, Florida. If you’ve any suggestions on how to improve a trip to the sunshine state then be sure to leave a comment below.