Making Magical Disney Memories often starts here.
Making Magical Disney Memories often starts here.

Hello everyone, and thanks for stopping by today as we talk about how YOU can make Magical Memories that will last a lifetime!  You’ve thought it all out, you decided to take the plunge and plan your trip, you’re going to Walt Disney World! Now that you have done all the research, made your dining reservations, paid for it all, it’s finally time for your trip to start!  But how do you make sure that you don’t experience the worst thing possible — Disney Letdown?  Hopefully this post will help you to see the beauty of your trip for what it is, and help you experience all the magic that Walt Disney World is known for!

Making Magical Disney Memories

Tip #1: Don’t try to do everything

In my mind, there are some very simple things to keep in mind that will help you to not experience a Disney Letdown when you are at Walt Disney World.  It can be hard for some people because one of the thoughts that can go through your mind is that you are spending a lot of money to go to Walt Disney World, so you have to experience it all to make sure you get your money’s worth.  For most people, this is not a very realistic goal, so you might want to consider putting it out of your mind right now.

Most Disney vacations are one week in length, and with all of the things that you can do — all the parks, the water parks, the shopping, the dining, the resorts, the list goes on and on — trying to get everything done in one day just isn’t a very realistic goal in my opinion.  The moment you realize that you don’t need to see everything but can still have a great time — and see a ton of great things, too — the better your vacation will be.

To help you accomplish your goal, there are many things that you can do.  For starters, go visit a site like TouringPlans.com; they have special trip planning apps that you can use to get the most out of your vacation.  The service is a paid site, but if you work with a travel agent like myself, this is one of the things that we do for you for free to help you get the most out of your trip!

Tip #2: Take time to stop and smell the Roses

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A rose from the Magic Kingdom Rose Garden

Taking an easier approach to visiting Walt Disney World will give you some incredible memories; so many times we have had a magical moment just because we were taking it easy and letting the day come to us.  For example, one time we decided to browse through Morocco over in Epcot’s World Showcase – something we almost never do, by the way – and as we came around a corner we came upon Princess Jasmine and the Genie practically by themselves.  I was able to get this shot, and Sophie was able to spend about 10 minutes talking with them!

Sophie and Princess Jasmine at the Morocco Pavilion
Sophie and Princess Jasmine at the Morocco Pavilion

Tip #3: Enjoy as many of the Classic Disney attractions as you can.

It’s a Small World.  The Jungle Cruise.  The Country Bear Jamboree. Dumbo the Flying Elephant. These represent just a handful of the original attractions at Walt Disney World, and in my opinion, the classic Disney attractions are among my favorites because they take us back in time a bit to what the park would have been like when we first went there.  In addition to these classics, check out the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Carousel of Progress, and other great early attractions that will not only thrill you with their details, but they will also delight you with their nostalgia.

Tip #4: Enjoy the sights and sounds and smells of Main Street, U.S.A.

Unlike Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland, there isn’t any attractions on Main Street, U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom except for the stop for the Walt Disney World Railroad.  However, the activity is vibrant, the smells of the food is incredible, and the sounds that you hear coming down the street, especially children laughing, will take your cares and through them right out the window.  And then, seeing Cinderella Castle at the end, calling to you, you can’t help but walk towards it.

Tip #5: Find your Inner Child, and let him out.

It is my belief that inside of all of us is that inner child, that 6 year old that remembers what it was like when you were a kid, just waiting to be set free for a while.  In my opinion, no place in the world does a better job at releasing that inner child within us all than Walt Disney World.  There are so many things to do and see, so many things to take you back to your childhood, so many things that just scream for you to be a kid again — like a grown man walking around with Mickey Ears regardless of how ridiculous he looks — that it is almost painful to try and keep that all in.  Don’t fight the urge.  If you feel like you are becoming yourself as a kid again, it’s okay — let it out, and savor the feeling you’ll have remembering what it is like to just be a kid once again.

Mike and Shane
Mike and Shane

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6 Replies to “Making Magical Memories and avoiding Disney Letdown!”

  1. Great tips, Mike! Especially #1 and #2. I think a lot of people make the mistake of getting as much in as they can, which in turn causes them to miss out on some of those things have been very magical for us.

    1. Thanks, Beth! I hope that some in the Disney community that haven’t been as often as we have will be able to use these tips to their betterment! Have a great day, and good luck in the TA business!

      Mike

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