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Taking a trip to Disney World is a right of passage for many families. But, lots of others shy away from it because they believe in one or more myths. And some families miss out on the best parts of a Disney trip because of these myths. So, to help you have a better Disney World experience, today we are debunking some of the biggest Disney World myths out there. Here is the truth regarding these popular rumors.
Myth #1: Disney World is just for kids.
TRUTH: While families are the primary audience for Disney, Disney World was created for people of all ages to enjoy. There are many restaurants, activities, and resorts on property that appeal more to adults than to children. Disney World has four golf courses and multiple spas on property. You must be at least 16 years old to take some of the tours that are offered. And the Boardwalk Resort offers a night club for guests 21 years of age and older. So, contrary to popular belief, there are many things in and around Disney World property that are aimed at adults. See our list of things to do outside the parks for more of these offerings. You just might consider taking an adults only trip to Disney!
Myth #2: You can only enjoy Disney World if you like cartoon characters.
TRUTH: Because most people immediately think characters when they hear “Disney,” they assume that Disney World is simply an amusement park with rides about those characters. But, this is far from the truth. Yes, you will see characters, but Disney World offers many experiences that have nothing to do with animated animals. In fact, many of the most popular rides on property, including Test Track, Soarin’, Expedition Everest, Flights of Passage, and Space Mountain, have nothing to do with cartoons. You will also find that most of the restaurants on property have no characters. And while most of the resorts have some characters woven into their themes, they are included in subtle ways so you don’t notice them unless you are looking for them.
Myth #3: I can get the same experience at my local amusement park for much cheaper.
TRUTH: One of the biggest Disney World myths out there is that you can get the same experience at your local amusement park for a much cheaper price. Yet, people who say this don’t quite grasp the Disney Difference. Unlike most amusement parks, Disney doesn’t just give you rides and shows. Disney attractions are about telling a story. And everything about the parks is part of that story. So, at Disney World, you get exceptional theming and attractions that engage all of your senses. You also get experiences that are completely immersive. While most other amusement parks are cheaper, they can’t come close to this level of detail.
Myth #4: You don’t need to go to all the parks. They are all the same.
TRUTH: Disney World has four parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. People who do not know much about Disney World incorrectly assume that the parks are all enough alike that you can do one or two of them and get the experience of them all. However, this is just not true.
The four parks are all very different from each other. Magic Kingdom is truly a land of fantasy where you can feel like a kid again. Epcot is undergoing a transformation into a celebration of the world and all its components: countries, cultures, discoveries, technology, and nature. Hollywood Studios gives you the chance to walk into the movies and become a part of the story. And Animal Kingdom is all about animals, nature, conservation, and the relationship between people and the planet. Each of these parks offers unique rides, shows, themes, and restaurants. The only way to experience them all is to actually visit them all.
Myth #5: Animal Kingdom is just a glorified zoo.
TRUTH: And speaking of Animal Kingdom, many people don’t want to visit it because they believe that it is nothing more than a glorified zoo. This is somewhat understandable for someone who hasn’t ever been to Animal Kingdom. It is hard to understand exactly what it is unless you have seen it for yourself. Yes, Animal Kingdom has animal exhibits and it has rides and shows, but as a whole, it is much more than the sum of its parts. Animal Kingdom boasts some of Disney’s best theme and design work. It seamlessly combines music, culture, and storytelling with live animals, theme park attractions, and a conservation message with an overarching importance of the relationship between humans and the natural world we live in. Animal Kingdom is anything but just a zoo.
Myth #6: Animal Kingdom is only a half day park.
TRUTH: Even among Disney World fans, many believe that Animal Kingdom is only a half day park. And, to be honest, this may have been true at one point but not anymore. In the last few years, Disney has really upped their offerings at Animal Kingdom. The park now has a nighttime show called Rivers of Light. It also has the Tree of Life Awakenings, which is a short light show that occurs a few times a night. Additionally, with the lightening in Pandora and the night safaris at Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom is now a full day park.
Myth #7: There is nothing to eat at Disney World but burgers, chicken nuggets, and pizza.
TRUTH: One of the Disney World myths is that the only food served across property is burgers, chicken nuggets, and pizza. However, this is only part of the picture. If you or your kids will only eat chicken nuggets, then you will have no problem finding a list of restaurants that serve them. But, if you would prefer a wider variety of meals, you can easily find them too. Between the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs, there are restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines including French, African, Japanese, and more. Disney World also has an impressive list of restaurants ran by world class chefs. For a look at the menus of all the Disney World restaurants, see allears.net.
Myth #8: Disney World means constantly standing in lines.
TRUTH: It is no secret that Disney World is crowded much of the time. And you will spend time waiting in lines during your vacation. However, it is possible to minimize the amount of time you spend in lines if you do your research and plan your trip in advance. By using fastpasses, making advance dining reservations, and being smart in how you choose to tour the parks, you can spend less time waiting in lines and more time having fun. For instance, we rarely wait in line for more than 20 minutes for anything at Disney World. For tips on this, see how to save time at Disney World.
If you have never been to Disney World, you may be tempted to believe some of the Disney World myths that are floating around out there. However, they are just that: myths. I hope the above information gives you a better view of the truth about Disney World. For more information on visiting Disney World, see how to do Disney on a dime, our step-by-step guide to Disney World, and the secret to a great Disney World trip.
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