My last vacation to Walt Disney World didn’t exactly go as planned – I was sick the whole time, and it made it really difficult to enjoy myself. We did the best we could to have fun, and I realized there are some ways to make the most out of even a less than ideal vacation:
1. Take a lot of pictures: Make sure you are capturing the good moments, and making memories while you have the chance (for me, there were definitely times where I was feeling better, so we made sure to take a lot of pictures during those times). If you’re the type of photographer who always puts their thumb over the lens, or your photos always come out blurry – leave it to the pros, and utilize Disney’s PhotoPass service – you can read more about that here
2. SLOW DOWN: Don’t try and rush through the parks or let yourself be distracted by whatever else might be going on in your life, just remember to slow down and take a look around you, you’re in the most magical place in the world, and you paid good money to be there, and you should get the most out of it, so make sure you take the time to soak it in, and enjoy all that is surrounding you
3. Be Prepared: No one wants to get sick or get hurt on vacation or to have anything else bad happen, I know I sure didn’t, so make sure you have prepared yourself for the possibility that you might not be at your best while you’re away – for me this meant packing a bunch of different over the counter medications, making sure my cell phone was charged at all times, having my ID/credit cards/insurance information on me at all times, and overall just being aware of where things were within and outside the Resort, just in case there was any type of emergency (you can always do some research online before your trip too, it never hurts to know where the nearest doctor/pharmacy/auto repair shop/grocery store is when you’re going on vacation, chances are good you won’t need any of those places, but just in case, you should know where they are and how you can get to them in a hurry if necessary
4. Let Disney Help You: The Cast Members at WDW really do want you and your family to have an amazing time at Walt Disney World, and they will go out of their way to make sure that happens. They helped us out by reimbursing us for a $60 cab fare back to the Resort from the emergency room. When I was leaving the hospital and had the receptionist there call us a cab, she told us to make sure we stopped at our hotel concierge upon our return to Disney and got the fare reimbursed. I asked her why they would do that and she said “Because it’s Disney”. So anything you need, just ask them. If they can’t give it to you, they can find someone who can
5. Don’t beat yourself up: If something happens that affects your vacation in a negative way, chances are good you will be stressed out. Don’t let that stress spiral into something that will ruin your whole trip, and more importantly don’t blame yourself for ‘ruining your trip’. In most cases, its no ones fault, things happen, and we just have to cope the best we can. Remember what you love about Disney, and try and make as many special memories as you can during your trip, and always remember – there WILL be other vacations, and other chances to enjoy Walt Disney World to the fullest!