The Five Fastest Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation


You may think you have read every Disney vacation prep list out there. There are packing lists, best ride lists, favorite snack lists, character meet and greet lists. There are enough lists to make you crazy. But this list is more important than any other! Sometimes knowing what NOT to do is more important than knowing what to do.

5. Spend like your related to Walt. Lucky us our family gave the kids gift cards for their birthday and Christmas . We went to Disney with a pretty penny. Normally I am a stickler about spending a lot. But this trip with all of the extra money, I was much more free. Two days in and we were just about tapped out! I was worse than the kids!

4. Act like the portrait police. Its great to capture the memories on video and in pictures. But c’mon stop living behind the screen. I kept stopping my kids to turn and smile and I should just get more shots of them in action. I was so set on getting that PERFECT family photo. I was annoying (gasp!)

3. Ride like your a Five year old. You want to have the best time ever so know your limits. If you can’t handle the fear or movement of the ride, do yourself a favor and skip it. If you don’t, you may end up puking in the moat while a hundred people on the Tangled meet and greet line watch. Apparently someone couldn’t handle the Tea Cups, and their children forced said person on and spun it like their lives depended on it. The rest of the week I, I mean that person, got motion sick on everything including the bus.

2. Dress like a rock star. When you go to WDW remember you are not at a club, or the beach, or your bed. If I had my cell (see #1) I would have loved to make a photo collage of people with black rectangles across their faces. I can’t tell you the ridiculous getups I saw while I was on vacation. You do realize you are walking all day long, in a family theme park right?

1. Be a regular at Lost and Found. Day 1 on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, as I was stepping off the ride, my cell fell below. Gone went all my facebook update opportunities. Gone went my ability to call my husband from another area of the park to meet up. A few days later my son loses “Cheets”, his Cheetah, while we were in Epcot. We practically put an AMBER alert out for that stuffed cat! Do yourself a favor don’t keep your phone in your pocket and put doggie tags on your child’s favorite stuffed friends.

2 comments for “The Five Fastest Ways to Ruin Your Disney Vacation

  1. Raina
    18 March, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Loved this again! Fantastic list, and made me smile:) Lucky me to have gotten this advice from you before we went.

  2. Lauren
    18 March, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Great advice Joelle! I’ll have to keep this list in mind when we go to any theme park.

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