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Disney isn’t all Pixie Dust and Magical Memories people! I know, Disney and all the Disney bloggers, pages, and travel agents want you to think it is, but it isn’t. There are some disappointing moments that can happen on your Disney vacation. Today I am sharing 7 that you might come across (and how to handle them with kids).
1) Getting sick on your vacation. This is just awful! Nobody wants to be sick on their Disney vacation, but it happens. If you are on a Disney vacation, especially with a Disney package- and this happens to you, and if it is bad enough to need to cancel vacation, or miss several days on your park tickets- please talk to Disney management. While I can’t promise they will do anything for you, Disney tries their hardest to help out guests who fall ill during their Disney vacation.
2) Your child’s balloon pops or deflates or their souvenir breaks. This is such an easy fix. You paid good money for that balloon or souenir, and Disney knows it. Just return your Disney balloon to any balloon vendor, and they will replace it- Free of charge! So maybe the balloons are expensive, but they last a super long time, and if they don’t, Disney replaces them. (We love Disney’s balloons- here are 5 reasons why we think you should buy them.)
Souvenirs- Simply take them back with a receipt for a replacement or refund.
3) A favorite ride is closed for refurbishment. So, in case you didn’t know this, you can check out the Disneyland and Walt Disney World park schedules online, and you can even see what rides are scheduled for refurbishment. However, that doesn’t always help prepare a little one for this sad sign. Be sure to prep your party for what rides will be closed. Get little ones excited about all the other rides that will be open during your visit.
4) A favorite ride is closed unexpectedly. (This goes along with number 3.) It happens. Especially to rides like Radiator Springs Racers. They seem to close unexpectedly, sometimes just for an hour or two, and sometimes for a few days. If you are in line for a ride (especially with a fastpass) and it needs to close, Disney will often offer you a fastpass that is good for any, or almost any, attraction. This happened on our spring visit, and we got one good for any ride except The Matterhorn. Luckily, Space Mountain (where we got it) re-opened and we just used it there.
If a favorite ride is just down, and a little one is disappointed, explain that they have to make sure the ride is working properly and that rides need time to rest, just like humans. Get them excited about rides that are open, and maybe try to avoid the area of the closed ride for a few hours.
5) Missing a height requirement. So you got your 4 year old all excited to go on Tower of Terror…only to realize, you misread the height limit and they are too short. Or maybe you didn’t realize when you measured little Johnny at home that he was standing on his tip toes, or the measuring tape wasn’t clear to the ground. Or maybe, you just forgot to check height requirements all together. A kid being told they can’t ride a ride is quite devastating. A few thoughts on this- Please do not try to “beat the system” on height requirements. They are there for a reason. Second, Disney has listed height requirements, and then they have the rulers they measure by. Often times Disney’s actual rulers are a tad bit shorter then the requirement. We thought the Goof would be a 1/2 inch too short for Autopia on our October 2012 visit, only to find out he hit the height limit. Prep your kids for the fact that there may be some rides they are not able to ride. Also be sure whoever sits out with them is willing to go do something with them while they wait. Almost all the rides with height requirements have kiddie rides near them. (We have a complete list of Disneyland height requirements HERE in our Disneyland 101 series)
6) Bad weather. Sometimes you can’t stop it from raining on your parade. Know the weather forecast for your vacation. Heading to Florida? Bring some rain gear and sunscreen. California- sunscreen (and depending on forecast, rain gear). Understand that there are shows, attractions, and parades that may not run depending on weather. Explain this to your kids if there is rain in your forecast.
And finally, what I consider the most disappointing moment of your Disney vacation-
7) Having to end your Disney vacation! Nothing is sadder than saying goodbye to that magical place and heading home. For us Disney addicts, it is like leaving home. But the good news is, you get to start planning your next vacation (if you haven’t already).