The Biggest Misconceptions about Travel to Walt Disney World

Biggest Misconceptions about Walt Disney World

The Biggest Misconceptions about Travel to Walt Disney World

Don’t let misinformation or false pretences keep you from enjoying a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth

To the uninitiated, Walt Disney World may seem like it’s one big, fancy, overpriced theme park or day care centre.

But the reality is that that characterization couldn’t be further from the truth. I hear comments now and then from people who have major misconceptions about what’s really available to do across the 43 square miles of Walt Disney World property.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d cover some the biggest misconceptions that I hear about Walt Disney World Resort and help to set the record straight.

The Top 5 Misconceptions about Travel to Walt Disney World Resort

Dangerous Animals sign at Tusker House.

Don’t worry, this sign isn’t serious. Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

1. It’s just for kids.

Obviously there are a ton of things to do at Walt Disney World for kids of all ages. But where many would-be Disney travelers get it wrong is in thinking that there are only things for kids — and nothing for adult guests. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Did you know that one of the top restaurants in the U.S. is located at Walt Disney World and that kids under 10 aren’t even allowed in the door. There are also a wide range of things to do that are specifically geared to adult guests, including VIP tours and experiences, spa treatments, golf outings and much more.

In fact, I wrote an entire blog post dedicated to the adult experiences at Walt Disney World, which will help to give more examples of exactly what awaits you at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Trail Rides at Fort Wilderness.

Saddle up for a 45-minute trail ride through the woods at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Just one of many activities you can do outside the Parks at Walt Disney World.

2. There’s nothing to do outside of the theme parks.

The four amazing theme parks at Walt Disney World are clearly a major draw for the majority of guests who visit. But the theme parks alone are not the only thing to do here — not by a long shot.

This is one of the biggest misconceptions that I come across when chatting with people about Walt Disney World vacations (people who have never visited for one reason or another). Once I start to list all of the things that we do outside of the parks, their opinion starts to change and it dawns on them that their limited view of Walt Disney World may not be accurate.

After having this discussion with a friend recently, I wrote an entire blog post about 10 fun things to do outside of the parks at Walt Disney World, which will give you some good insights into a few of the things that are available to you on a Walt Disney World vacation.

Lobby Ceiling at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

The majestic lobby ceiling at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

3. There’s nowhere nice to stay.

In case the name of my blog didn’t give it away, there is no shortage of upscale properties located in prime locations right on the grounds of Walt Disney World. This includes the Four Seasons Orlando Resort, a non-Disney luxury resort hotel that will meet the needs of the most discriminating of upscale Disney travelers.

In addition, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa (along with most of the other Deluxe Disney resort hotels) is ready and waiting to provide any guest with an upscale Disney vacation experience. You’ll be able to enjoy all the travel comforts that you are used to while being the closest that you can be the magic of Walt Disney World Resort.

Late night at Disney Springs.

Walt DIsney World has a great range of late night activities, including the burgeoning nightlife at Disney Springs.

4. There’s no nightlife.

When it comes to nightlife, Walt Disney World has some great options — and the list keeps getting longer and better all the time, especially as new venues continue to open at Disney Springs.

You’ll find fun events after dark in the parks, but most Disney Deluxe Resort hotels also feature adult bars and lounges where you can kick back and relax with a cocktail or nightcap. If you’re looking for more of a club-like atmosphere, then make your way to Disney Springs where the over-21 crowd tends to congregate at fun venues that will keep you going well past the midnight hour. So it’s a big misconception to assume that everyone is tucked into bed by 10:00 p.m. on a Walt Disney World vacation.

Disney Ursula Map of the World

Walt Disney World is much too big to see in one day.

5. I can see it all in one trip.

This misconception is very common and I’ve added it here to help manage expectations for first time visitors. Walt Disney World is a big place, approximately 43 square miles in area. While there is an impressive Disney transit system to help guests move from place to place, there is still much more to see and do here than one could possibly cover in a typical week’s vacation. Sure, you will be able to visit each of the four parks, and possibly a Disney water park and Disney Springs, but you simply will not be able to cover everything in a week’s time. And that is part of the charm of Walt Disney World. There will always be something new for you to see and do on your next Disney vacation.

I have been traveling to Walt Disney World for multiple weeks each year since the resort first opened in 1971. Without fail, on each visit there is still something new for me to see or do that I haven’t done before. That should give you an idea of what I mean. So plan well, know what’s most important for you and your family to see and do, and then get ready for the most magical vacation of your life. Don’t over stress about trying to do it all.

For a more detailed guide to planning your vacation, be sure to visit my Definitive Guide to Planning a Walt Disney World vacation.

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Mike Belobradic: The Finer Side of Disney Travel
Luxury Travel Blogger – Deluxe Disney Travel Specialist