Disney World – Dream Vacation or Stressful Nightmare?

I was chatting to a friend yesterday who had just returned from a 2 week break at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and I was asking them if they’d had a good time? Their answer was interesting.

I was expecting them to be raving about the place and how good it all was but, while they said that they had a great experience, they also said that it was a lot more stressful than they had envisaged it would be.

They went to Disney World during the time period when they were having ‘Spring Break’ in America, and they said that the place was so crammed it was just hard to relax at all! Obviously the first couple of days were great because of the novelty but once that had worn off, they really did start to feel the stress and it turned into a bit of a military operation each day just to keep up with everything that was going on. They also went with family but as the days went on, they found that they ended up splitting up most of the time as it was difficult to all stay together.


One feature that they did like was called the ‘FASTPass’ option that Walt Disney World have, where you can choose up to 3 different attractions per day and book in for certain times, so that you don’t have to queue up for hours for your 3 chosen things.

Disney World Fastpass

Apparently there was also a mobile app available to send you reminder alerts, so that you didn’t miss your fast pass bookings.

Worth the Stress?

This conversation got me to thinking about whether going to Disney World is worth all of the money people pay to go there, especially if you come back from the holiday feeling like you need to have another one just to recover from the stress of the experience?

Disney World Display

Call me boring if you like but I prefer to get out into the countryside when we’re on holiday and really explore with the kids in a more relaxing atmosphere. While I know that the the kids would love to experience Disney World, I don’t know if even they could hack 2 weeks of the place without stress and exhaustion starting to get the better of them. If we were to go one day then I think I’d be inclined to make it a part of a more general holiday to the states, rather than staying at the resort itself.

Have You Been to Disney World?

Since chatting with my friends, then, I’ve been intrigued as to how others who have been to Disney World, Florida found the experience. Was it one of the best holidays you have ever had? Or, did you find it to be more hassle than it was worth? Please feel free to share your experience below for the benefit of others.

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