Disney World: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Here's what our readers have to say about vacationing in Walt Disney World.
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Mickey Mouse at a Disney Parade
Mickey Mouse at a Disney Parade  (Richard Stephenson/Flickr)
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Love it or hate it, there is no doubt that Orlando's Walt Disney World is quite the operation. Over its sprawling 25,000+ acres, 270 buses shuttle guests, 62,000 cast members entertain, and 13 million bottles of water are sold annually to ensure the magic stays alive in the temperamental Florida heat. There are enough of the famous Mouse Ear hats sold every year to stretch across the widest point in Florida, and enough T-shirts to clothe the entire state of Wyoming twice. And based upon the hundreds of comments we received on a blog post by an Away.com editor about the perils of a Disney excursion, some will intensely defend the resort’s long lines, high prices, and magical memories, while others are content to do without. Here are some of the highlights from the comments that Away.com readers left on our site. Agree/disagree? Leave us your own takeaways and lessons learned from your time at Disney.

First-time Disney-goers, take the advice of veterans!
“We have learned to get up early and go to a breakfast buffet at the Sizzler or someplace like that and eat a bunch. The night before, freeze juice boxes so you can put them in your backpack along with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The juice boxes will keep things cool for a short while. Go back to the room around 2:00 till 5:00 for nap and shower. Eat again in room. Use the same parking pass that you used in the morning. Stay in park until parade. By doing this we have kept from killing each other for 42 years." -Dyan

“Don't just think you can drop in and handle everything on a moment by moment basis, and get the deluxe meal plan. Our meals regularly came out to $100-$150 for the four of us, but our cost with the meal plan was nothing. Dividing the cost of the meal plan up each meal only cost about $40-$50 for the four of us.” -Adam

“The best time we found to visit was mid-October. The crowds are manageable, and the weather is great. If you must visit during the holidays or busy times, remember that the parks usually open earlier and close later. Save the busy rides and attractions for meal times, parade times, fireworks times, or just early or late in the day… If you can, go on or near your birthday and tell them about it. You get a special name tag, and everyone is especially nice to. You may even get a special message from Mickey or one of his friends." -Been2Disney

“Winter is your friend except Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks… If you live close, go immediately after a hurricane… park will be mostly empty. I arrived two hours after opening and still parked in the front row. Rode three mega rides in an hour.” -Bill

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Published: 29 Aug 2012 | Last Updated: 13 Sep 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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