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10 Misconceptions about a Walt Disney World Vacation

Walt Disney World is one of our favorite vacation destinations.  It is an extremely popular vacation spot, and there are many misconceptions about what a Walt Disney World vacation is like.  Here are 10 of the top misconceptions you may have heard about vacationing to Walt Disney World:


10 – Walt Disney World is only for kids.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. All of the rides, shows, and attractions at Walt Disney World are just as fun for adults. Not only that, there is a wide variety of nightlife and other events that are more geared toward adults to enjoy while on vacation.

9 – You need to stay in the park from open until close.

If you are superhuman, you might be able to do that every day of vacation, but it is more likely that you would tire out pretty quickly going at that pace. Don’t think that you have to get there at open and stay until close every day. We typically recommend taking a break midday so that you don’t tire out, and you avoid the hottest and most crowded parts of the day.

Dig Site Pool at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

8 – It’s too expensive to stay on Disney property.

Many guests believe this as some of the resorts can be quite pricey. A resort stay at Walt Disney World doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. There are a variety of different resorts at different price points to meet every budget. Guests staying on property also get a range of extras like free transportation around Walt Disney World, free airport transportation, Extra Magic Hours, etc.

7 – The experience is the same regardless of when you visit.

This is definitely not the case! Depending on the month you visit, you will get to experience a variety of different events and festivals. There is always something exciting going on at Walt Disney World, and it changes up depending on the season or holiday. All of the events are amazing, and you will want to experience them all.


6 – You don’t need sunscreen or to prepare for the Florida heat.

Guests often underestimate the Florida sun and heat. It can get very hot, and the sun is extremely powerful. Even in the winter months, guests should plan ahead with sunscreen, breathable clothing, and comfortable shoes. Guests should also be sure to hydrate very well and drink water throughout the day while in the parks.

5 – Think you don’t need to be at the park early.

It may not be a necessity to be at the park early, but it is definitely recommended. If you get there early, you can get through security ahead of park opening and be inside the park and ready to go. You can enjoy fewer crowds and likely fit in a couple attractions that typically have the longest waits. You can get one of the super early dining reservations at the parks and get in before park opening, too!

4 – You can bring your own food and snacks into the park.

If you like to save money or have your own dietary needs where you feel more comfortable bringing in your own food, you can definitely do this at Walt Disney World. Disney allows guests to bring in their own food and even allows certain coolers as long as they meet the size guidelines. This can be a huge money-saving tactic for many families. You can also bring in beverages as long as they are non-alcoholic.

3 – Magic Kingdom = Disney World

When guests say Disney World, they are often referring to the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is just one of the theme parks within Walt Disney World. There are 4 total theme parks, 2 water parks, Disney Springs, golfing locations, and many other resorts and recreational activities. It is so much more than just a single theme park.

2 – You can just wing it when you get there.

Editor’s Note: During the phased reopening of Walt Disney World, FastPass+ is temporarily suspended.

If you don’t mind waiting in lines and don’t care where you dine, then winging it may work for your group. We definitely recommend that you spend time in advance doing some planning and make all of your dining reservations and FastPass+ selections as early as possible. This helps you get everything you want and at the best times. You will be able to just show up and enjoy your vacation!

1 – Expecting everything to be super close together.

Walt Disney World is huge! Everything is spread out and can require a 20-minute bus ride to get to your destination, depending on where you are leaving from and where you are going. You won’t be able to simply walk from location to location or be there within a few minutes. You will have to plan time for travel between different locations that you are going to.

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About Christy Caby

Hi! I’m Christy, and I am a wife and mother of 2 young boys (ages 5 and 2). I first fell in love with Disney when my mom took me when I was a child. After that I proceeded to go to WDW for my senior trip with my friends, and I completed a year in the Disney College Program (working in merchandise at Mickey’s of Hollywood at Disney’s Hollywood Studios). I shared my love of Disney with my now husband and sucked him in. He proposed at Disney, we honeymooned at Disney, we started bringing our boys before they were born and then as early as 8 weeks old. We then continued to vacation to Walt Disney World 2-3 times per year. We decided that what makes more sense than just moving to Orlando so that we could live the Disney life and be here for all of our favorite events and seasons every year. That is exactly what we did! Now we are at the parks a couple times a week and go for most events and major holidays. We can’t get enough and get to experience Disney in a whole different way. I love to share this love and passion for all things Disney with the world and hope that I can help others appreciate the magic that Walt Disney World has to offer!