What Would You Tell People To NOT Do At Disney?

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What Would You Tell People To NOT Do At Disney?

People in general have a lot of misconceptions about Walt Disney World and the Theme Parks that are part of it. I'm wondering if when you talk to people about Disney travel, you have a list of "Don'ts" that you include? I have a couple, but would love to hear yours!

My Walt Disney World Don't List

1) Don't assume you can "do it all" in one trip. You just can't, period.

2) Don't assume you don't need ADRs. Especially during busy seasons you really do need to get your dining reservations in order early if you want a leisurely sit down meal.

3) Don't get caught up in "getting you money's worth." Cost is what it is, but once you are there you really need to let go and just enjoy yourself. I'm not saying that you shouldn't budget, but worrying about the cost of things during your whole trip can really ruin the magic. This is one of the big reasons I'm a plan of using the dining plan.

4) Don't compare it to any other Disney Resort you have been to previously. Each and every Disney destination is unique, they may have similar themes in certain areas, but all need to be taken on their own merits.

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Don't go without me! biggrin

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Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

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JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

This bothers me too. If you listen to every bad review, you will starve! Because EVERY restaurant will have some bad reviews.

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JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

This bothers me too. If you listen to every bad review, you will starve! Because EVERY restaurant will have some bad reviews.

Right?

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Spook wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

This bothers me too. If you listen to every bad review, you will starve! Because EVERY restaurant will have some bad reviews.

So true!! "Bad" is so subjective.

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Spook wrote:
Don't go without me! biggrin

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Kristen K. wrote:
Spook wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

This bothers me too. If you listen to every bad review, you will starve! Because EVERY restaurant will have some bad reviews.

So true!! "Bad" is so subjective.

Someone just asked about Coral Reef again. So far it has been tame. I'm waiting for the haters to jump in.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Spook wrote:
JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

This bothers me too. If you listen to every bad review, you will starve! Because EVERY restaurant will have some bad reviews.

So true!! "Bad" is so subjective.

THIS, so much this!!! I can't stand that. "I really want to try but I've seen bad reviews, what do you all think?"

Yes do it
No, don't eat there
You can get better at
It's my favorite
The water was warm last time, I'm NEVER going back

Just try it. If I listened to all of the Mama Melrose reviews I would have never fallen in love with it.

My don'ts
Don't wait until the last minute to decide you want to see the fireworks "up close" Find a spot early!

Don't assume the Value resorts are going to be terrible. I LOVE Pop and All Star Music the times we stayed!!

And I agree with the Don't think you can do it all mentality!

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JoAnn C wrote:
Don't take restaurant reviews too seriously. if you are interested in a restaurant, try it and form your own opinion.

I cringe when someone asks for restaurant opinions on Disney Facebook groups. Everyone has different experiences. It seems those who have what they say are bad experiences are overly dramatic about it.

As soon as I read the question this is immediately where my head went, too. And honestly, I think it goes both ways. Yes, still try a restaurant you are excited about even if you've heard bad reviews. But also don't get too overly hyped about a restaurant you've read good reviews on. I've been disappointed at restaurants that I've heard are just out of this world amazing because I think it raised my expectations to an unattainable level and then I left thinking it was just ok. It's fine to read reviews, but take everything, good and bad, with a grain of salt.

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Just try it. If I listened to all of the Mama Melrose reviews I would have never fallen in love with it.

I completely agree with Mama Melrose. I had heard nothing but bad reviews about it, but I booked it anyhow because I had never been there. While we got off to a rocky start, the entrees we had were AMAZING!

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And honestly, I think it goes both ways. Yes, still try a restaurant you are excited about even if you've heard bad reviews. But also don't get too overly hyped about a restaurant you've read good reviews on.

So much THIS. I was so excited about Frontera Cocina, and it was a huge disappointment to me. I think a good part of that was because I went in with unrealistic expectations.

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Allie wrote:
And honestly, I think it goes both ways. Yes, still try a restaurant you are excited about even if you've heard bad reviews. But also don't get too overly hyped about a restaurant you've read good reviews on.

Yes! I feel this way about Le Cellier. I ate there once. My meal was good but it didn't wow me.

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I agree- don't rely on restaurant reviews- try whatever looks fun.
And don't make plans for every second of the day. Leave some room for unexpected hidden gems. Some of my best memories are things we stumbled into- like The Wave.