10 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid on Disney Vacations

10 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid on Disney Vacations

Your trip will be even more magical if you avoid these rookie moves.

Not taking into account the weather

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If you're still in the planning stages of your Disney vacation, don't make the rookie mistake of underestimating the weather. Kristen Heptinstall, a Disney writer and travel agent with Sager Fairytale Getaways, says that the heat and rain in Orlando are especially oppressive. And while Disneyland is more temperate, Southern California can get hot too! For families that may not be as heat tolerant, look up average highs and lows for the dates you are thinking of traveling, recommends Heptinstall. "Consider a different time of year, especially if you have elderly family members or very young children in your group," says Heptinstall. "Heat and humidity can really ruin a fun time." 

Going during peak seasons

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Sometimes it's impossible to avoid going to Disney during peak seasons, but you should always take into account how the huge crowds could impact your trip. "At certain times of the year, Disney parks are absolutely packed and completely miserable," says Heptinstall. The busiest times are the week between Christmas and New Years, and the week of Independence Day, according to Heptinstall. Angela Rice, the co-founder of Boutique Travel Advisors, adds that summer is also relatively busy for Disney vacations, whereas there are typically fewer crowds in the fall. There are a few apps and websites Heptinstall recommends that can help predict crowd levels including touringplans.com and magicguides.com. No matter when you plan your trip for, don't waste precious suitcase space on these 18 everyday items that are banned from Disney parks.

Only planning the basics

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OK, you have your plane tickets, your Disney passes, and a hotel booked. These are big steps in the process, but don't forget about planning beyond the basics. Heptinstall says a rookie mistake is not pre-planning for dining and attractions. "Dining can be booked 180 days out and attractions 60 days out," she says. "If you fail to do so, you'll be left waiting in very long lines for new and popular attractions, or missing out on dinner at your restaurant of choice," adds Heptinstall. Instead, spend time with the Walt Disney World app, or enlist a travel agent to book your trip and make the dining and attraction bookings for you.

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