8 Misconceptions about Visiting Walt Disney World

Avid Disney fans know that are some common misconceptions that people make about the Happiest Place on Earth that just aren’t true. And when people mention those misconceptions, it makes us Disney lovers cringe. Here are 8  misconceptions about visiting Disney that I am here to clear up!

1. Disney is only for Kids.

The last time I checked I was in my mid-twenties and completely in love with Walt Disney World. Yes, there is tons for kids to enjoy at Disney World but there is also tons for adults to enjoy. Whether you want to drink around the world, wear Minnie ears or take some character photos, adults can have just as much fun as the kids. As an adult, it’s a blast to walk around and experience the magic. Walt Disney did say, “Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.”

2. I’ve been to Disney already. I don’t need to go back.

There is so much to do and see at Disney that you can totally go back and have a completely different experience. Besides missing things you didn’t see during one trip, Disney looks different based on the season. Depending on the time of year, you can see Disney decorated for Halloween or ready for Spring. It makes your visit different and allows you to determine your favorite time to visit.

3. Staying at a Disney Resort will cost too much.

While there are resorts on Disney property that are expensive, you can definitely find resorts that are more budget friendly. The All Star resorts are great for those on a budget that want the experience of staying on Disney property. Besides this, Disney often offers promotional deals during specific times of the year that allows you to save big!

4. I Need to Rent a Car to get Around.

monorail

Monorail Service to Epcot

You do not need to rent a car if your staying at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney offers complimentary transportation from their resorts and parks, making getting around easy. There are options such as the monorail, boats and buses. Plus, Disney is in the process of adding another means of transportation for guests, the Skyliner. If your worried about getting to and from the airport, Disney has you covered. They have a service called Disney’s Magical Express that will pick you up and drop you off at Orlando International Airport and even the Disney Cruise Line Terminal in Port Canaveral. Plus, the rides on Disney transportation can offer some pretty spectacular views!

5. I don’t need to plan, I’m only going to Disney.

If your going to plan any trip, it should be a Disney one. With so much to see and do, you definitely need to prioritize and determine what you want to see. In addition to planning where you’re going, it’s important to have an idea of which attractions you would like to visit, since Disney offers FastPass+ service. This service allows you to essentially cut the line for attractions that you make “reservations” to. Disney also allows you to make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance, so if you want to get a coveted reservation, make sure you do it ahead of time.

6. There is nothing else to do but visit the parks.

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

That is completely untrue. Besides the parks, there are tons of things to do on Disney property. You can spend a day at the pool or visit  the resorts, which are destinations in themselves. Whether you want to try a new restaurant or visit some shops, a day of resort hopping can keep you busy. In addition to the parks, there is also Disney Springs, which is a shopping and entertainment mecca. You can easily spend a full day roaming around Disney Springs and trying all of the delicious restaurants that have recently opened there, like Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming (see review here).

7. All I am going to eat is typical theme park food.

Table Service

Table Service Dinner at Tutto Italia

Once again, this is completely wrong. Whether you want to grab something quick or you want a full service meal, you will have anything but typical theme park food. Disney is known for having some of the best table service restaurants in Florida. And there are plenty around that you never have to get typical fast food if you don’t want it. Of course, those options do exist, such as hamburgers and hot dogs, but quick service locations also feature really unique food options.

8. I don’t want to pay for photos, so I will just ignore the photographers.

Yes, the photos that the photopass photographers take are linked to your account and you do have to pay for them if you don’t have the Memory Maker add-on. Here comes the but….. You can ask them to take the pictures on your phone or camera, so that you have those memories as well and everyone can get in the shot. Most photopass photographers will take them for you on your device if you ask really nicely. 🙂

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