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Disney can be an overwhelming place for any family to plan a vacation to, especially if you are planning on making a trip to see the Mouse for the first time ever! The Walt Disney World Resort is 47 square miles of packed-in fun – and while our first tip of advice is to know that you are not going to see it all in your first trip, we would like to help you prepare for your rookie journey through Disney by uncovering common mistakes that Disney first-timers often make. Read on – and consider yourself warned!

  • Over preparation – We have seen it time and time again. Moms and dads walking into the theme parks with their maps, times guides and notepads handy. They want to hit up Space Mountain at 9:40, break for lunch at 12:15, ride Big Thunder Mountain at 8:43… word to the wise: it’s not going to happen! You can never predict lines, the size of the crowd or other things that will come up during the day (i.e. a ride closure for a technical malfunction, bad weather, etc). To avoid making the common mistake of over preparation, we suggest that it is best to be prepared and to do your research on things that you would ideally like to see and possibly even a method on how you would like to accomplish everything. But, setting a rigid schedule only sets your family up for failure and many arguments throughout the day. If someone wants to get back in line after having a great time on a ride, it is ok! The parks are full of things to do and see that will not be a part of your itinerary, such as street performers and character meet-and-greets, so our best advice is to go into the parks with a goal in mind, but be ready to be flexible!
  • Under preparation – Just as many times as you see the over-prepared family, you also see the under-prepared aimlessly walking around as well. As we mentioned above, there are countless attractions, shops and restaurants in the four Disney parks, and it is a good idea to do your research beforehand, whether through online sites like or by purchasing a Disney vacation book. But, if you have no agenda whatsoever and no idea what any attraction is, you could waste valuable time and miss out on the things that your family would truly like to do and see.
  • Forgetting to set a budget – Just because a hamburger and fries may cost you in your hometown does not mean it will cost the same in the parks! Families go over budget all the time while on vacation, and it is easy to see why! Theme park food and merchandise can be very expensive, with a fast food meal easily costing your family the same as a sit-down back home. You can avoid this common mistake by setting up a realistic budget for your family ahead of time – allow each person in the family a certain amount of money per day to spend on snacks and souvenirs, and plan to be shelling out extra cash if you are eating in the parks. Or, better yet, you can plan ahead even more so if you take an afternoon break from the parks to have lunch at your hotel, or even bring food from home to have breakfast in your room each morning before you leave for the day. And, because Disney is in the heart of the tourist section of town, you can find countless restaurants within just a few miles of Disney outside of the property that are more affordable dining options.
  • Not planning for the weather – Because visitors are traveling to Florida, most assume it will be sunny and warm no matter what day of the year they are planning to visit… wrong! The summer months will almost always bring an afternoon thunderstorm (don’t worry, they leave just as quickly as they come), and the winter months can actually be quite cool at some points. To avoid this common mistake, be sure to bring your umbrellas and ponchos if you are coming in the summer, and check the forecast if you are coming any time between October and March for the most accurate forecast. While it very well may be in the 70s in the first week of January, it could just as easily be in the 50s the next week. The cold doesn’t last for long here – usually only a few days – but families who pack only shorts and T-shirts end up having to spend most of their precious vacation money on long pants and sweatshirts instead of Mickey Mouse ears; not exactly the souvenirs they had in mind when they came.
  • Buying tickets – One of the biggest mistakes that first-time Disney guests make is in buying their tickets. Not only do most wait to get theirs until they get to the theme park that way, they also do not understand the complexity and variety of ticket options that Disney offer their guests. Park hopper tickets are the best option for families who want to see all that Disney has to offer, and you can get special add-ons to enjoy the Disney water parks and other entertainment options on property. The best way to avoid making the mistake of paying too much – and not getting enough out of your tickets – is by purchasing them right here at We are your No. 1 online source for discounted Disney tickets, and we have a variety of ticket options for you to choose from. Not only will you save valuable money with us, you can also have your tickets delivered right to your door at home or have them set for pick up here in Orlando. Whichever way you choose, you can save time at the parks in the mornings and use that extra cash to have even more fun on your vacation! Click here to get started on your vacation planning today with! 

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