Disney goes by many names but many people choose to call it “The Happiest Place on Earth”.
That being said, it is not out of the question to have some misery along the way as well.
Why are there so many arguments at Disney?
The most common reason why people argue when visiting Disney is that they are on vacation. We try to pack as much as possible into our trip but we are out of our normal surroundings and tensions can run high from time to time especially when the temperatures are high and young children get tired.
When we are not in our normal surroundings, it is not out of the question to blow a gasket on occasion. This can happen between a married couple or the kids may act up in some way or another.
Perhaps you have seen some other people experiencing just a little bit of misery while they are on vacation as well. Some people find this to be a little refreshing, realizing that they are not the only ones who suffer in such a way.
Regardless of whether the misery we experience results in a shouting match or if it is just some uncomfortable moments as tensions run high, it’s important to recognize why we have these problems and what we may be able to do to deal with them successfully.
How To Have A Good Time At Disney
Before you came on vacation at Disney, you probably looked at some tips and tricks on how to make the most out of your vacation. This list of tips is a little different because it covers several different ways of how you can avoid losing your cool at Disney.
Plan Ahead – Although it is impossible to plan for everything, the more you plan in advance, the more likely it will be that you avoid frustrations as a result of poor planning.
You want to choose everything that you possibly can ahead of time, including the resort where you will stay and what days you will be going into the park.
When you plan ahead in this way, it makes it much easier for you to enjoy your stay. One personal thing I will add to this is not to over plan, this can lead to disappointment and frustration if you don’t “tick all the boxes” just try and remember to be flexible, you are on vacation after all.
No one enjoys the rides when they are exhausted too hot hungry or have feet that are worn out, plan some time to take it all in and admire the beauty of the parks rather than racing from ride to attraction and constantly being on the my Disney experience mobile app!
Be Flexible – Undoubtedly, you want to get the most out of your trip to Disney. This is a vacation of a lifetime for many families, so they often plan things down to the nanosecond.
Unfortunately, there are going to be issues that occur at the parks, including longer lines than expected or perhaps a member of your party that needs a break.
If you have your schedule packed so full that you can’t account for some of these issues, you are likely to experience problems. Save a little time in your schedule for the unexpected.
Napping – One of life’s great pleasures is taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon. I realize that it isn’t to everyone’s liking but if you can fit a nap into your day, you will find that it tends to go much more smoothly.
Try to plan your nap so that you are only closing your eyes for about 10 or 15 minutes. A nap that is too short will leave you wanting more but a nap that is too long will leave you groggy.
Reservations – One other option is to set some reservations in advance. Get in touch with Disney Dining so that you get the most out of the experience.
If you can set up reservations for anything, try to do so. You should also be cautious that you don’t plan your reservation so tight that a little hiccup in your schedule is going to cause frustration.
Use the App – Disney has an app that should be used by everyone who goes into the park. It can help you to take advantage of everything that the park has to offer, from meeting up with characters to getting some quick access to a ride or two during the day.
If you take the time to learn how to use the app in advance, you can quickly become a master at it and use it to your advantage.
Will now consider some of the specific issues so that you can prepare for them in advance.
You Won’t Get To Ride Every Ride
Most people want to get on as many rides as possible while they are at Disney. It’s a good idea to choose the ones you want to ride because you won’t be able to get on all of them during your stay.
Choose the rides that are most important to you and then map your way through the park so you can visit the most important ones early. You may be able to miss some of the longer lines if you do so.
You can also try hitting the rides at the end of the day. If you get in line just before closing, you are less likely to wait a long time in the queue.
Be sure to do the “attractions” as well as the rides. My favorite “experience is the people mover at Magic Kingdom.
I could ride this attraction all day long! A nice chance to sit and take a tour of tomorrow land. There’s even a little bit of darkness where you can close your eyes!
The Children Will Get Hot And Tired
Adults are going to get hot and tired so imagine what it would be like to be a child at the park. This is often a bone of contention and it is one that can make your stay miserable if you don’t plan for it in advance.
Keep your children in mind when you are making the schedule.
They would be much happier to hit some of the highlights rather than trying to see absolutely everything and being miserable in the process.
It’s not much fun tanking exhausted children around anywhere never mind a Disney park.
One personal tip I will share for taking young children to the Magic Kindom is to use the Walt Disney Railroad that runs around the park.
You can take young children on here to save the walk straight down main street and exit the train at various points of the park. Areal time (and feet) saver!
You Are Going To Pay A Small Fortune
One of the frustrations that many people experience at Disney is how much they are spending. If you don’t plan for this in advance, you could find yourself trying to get through the parks on a budget and it is practically impossible to do so.
Go into your Disney trip with your eyes open as far as your budget is concerned. Look up how much you will spend on everything from food to trinkets and then add an extra 20% or more.
You don’t want to break the budget while you’re at Disney but knowing ahead of time that you will spend a small fortune at the parks can help to ease the tension.
One thing to consider is water.
Bottles of water are expensive in the parks so consider freezing some the night before and taking them with you the next day! The water thaws out during the day and you always have a nice cold drink to hand!
Watch out for the bottles of Dasani water sold at the park that somehow manage to make you feel even thirstier. Check out my article on why this happens here.
Get Organized To Make The Most Of Your Disney Visit
Finally, be as organized as possible to make the most out of your Disney visit. Plan for the most important things that you want to do while you are visiting but leave enough time that you can have a free moment here or there.
The Disney app can help you to get organized in more ways than one. Get familiar with the app before you go into the park and use it to your full advantage.
Don’t spend all your vacation on your phone. There’s so much to see and it should be family ( or partner) time after all!
In the end, it’s impossible to avoid every issue that could cause an argument at Disney.
If you take the time to plan in advance to avoid some of those mishaps, you might find that you have a better vacation overall.
Set out your bucket list before you arrive at the parks though and be sure to get on the rides that mean the most to you and your family.
Above all be flexible and don’t get frustrated when things don’t go to plan. It’s not a military operation! It’s a vacation.