So you’ve finally decided to take that big family vacation to Disney. Your kids are overjoyed, but you likely have some concerns. For one, a week at Disney World or Disneyland doesn’t come cheap. Four days at one of the parks, plus flights and lodging, could cost a family of four anywhere from $2,300 to $4,500, depending on where you’re traveling from and whether you choose to stay at a Disney hotel, an analysis by travel website Hipmunk found. With a few grand on the line, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure the vacation measures up.
Fortunately for you, Disney veterans who return to the parks time and again have figured out the secrets to making a trip to the Magic Kingdom feel like, well, magic. We’ve rounded up some of their best tips, so you can avoid critical errors that lead to a meltdown at Space Mountain. Take it from the pros: You definitely don’t want to make these 12 big Disney vacation mistakes.
1. Planning too much — or not enough
Disney vets tend to agree there’s a happy medium when it comes to planning your vacation. Completely winging it is rarely a good idea because you might end up frustrated by long lines and missed attractions. But overplanning can backfire, especially if you don’t build any wiggle room into your schedule for contingencies.
“Planning an itinerary is a big deal, even for some frequent Walt Disney World guests. Some people create binders, spreadsheets, and schedule every step of their day. People get serious and obsessive about this. We are not those people,” noted the Disney Tourist Blog. “You don’t need to plan every movement so that there’s no spontaneity in your trip, just make sure you have at least a loose plan of what you’re going to do.”
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