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The ONE BIG TRUTH about going to Walt Disney World

by Dad
(Middle America)

 1926  1  30  1966  7


Are you going to Walt Disney World? This is for you.

If you're going to Disney World you HAVE to see the Hoop Dee Doo Revue!

The Hoop Dee Doo Revue is part of the One Big Truth– Photo by Brett Svenson

There’s a lot of chatter around the Disneysphere about how hard it is to plan a vacation to Walt Disney World. If you listen to some people you’d think planning a WDW vacation was like performing brain surgery. (It’s alive…)


Try this…

A few weeks ago, at church, our preacher was talking about some topic that I didn’t pay attention to (I really did Phil, I’m just saying that), but he mentioned there is always one big truth that you have to remember. That really hit home with me. The One Big Truth. In fact I wrote it right down, right there on my bulletin. I did change it up just a little. I wrote The One Big Truth about going to Walt Disney World…

I probably quit listening to the preacher and thought about the One Big Truth about Walt Disney World.

What could it be? Then the light came on. Duh, I got it. I figured it out. There is One Big Truth when you talk about a Disney World Vacation.

Dad is such a great guy, I’ll share the One Big Truth about going to Walt Disney World right now. Here it is. Are you ready? This is big…

The One Big Thing about going to Walt Disney World is…

You are…


Did you get that? You’re going to be at Walt Disney World. The Most Magical Place on Earth.

So when you hear the Brain Surgery chatter about how hard it is to plan a WDW vacation, or how bad the changes to the menu at (insert your favorite restaurant here) are. (Except when Dad complains. When Dad complains about a menu there’s really a problem.)

When you hear about a ride closing, it’s not the end of the world! Really. YOU ARE GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD!

Brain Surgery? Really…  Let’s get real. A WDW vacation is not supposed to be brain surgery, or rocket surgery, or any other kind of surgery. It’s really not all that hard. In fact Dad thinks a WDW Vacation is SImple, it’s Fun and it’s truly Magic.

Dad talks about Simple, Fun, Magic



Dad’s Bottom Line

Yes, the One Big Thing is a big thing. It’s something to remember when things don’t go exactly the way you expect.


OK, I’ll stop shouting.

Comments for

Jul 23, 2019 Bigger Truth
by: (optional)

Coming here after your lovely ‘9 by noon’ post, it occurred to me a Bigger Truth is that all WDW vacations are not built the same. Some guests get much less bang for their buck, decreasing the value of the $1000s spent as is evidenced by your 9 ride challenge. Or choosing inferior meal locations, not optimizing FPs, park flow, rest time, etc.

YOU’RE AT WDW!!! is true but I think people should worry about mucking it up. Maybe that’s harsh so let’s compromise at you can have a much richer experience by A) Getting a clue before arrival, and B) Worrying yourself over the best plan.

Haha, love you Dad!

May 24, 2019 Agree
by: Tmarie

Fast passes and dining reservations. For me Everything else works around those.

Oct 11, 2018 Plan, Plan, forget Plans
by: Sandy

I couldn’t agree more. Planning helps pass the time from one trip to another. Changing plans while at the parks, keeps everyone happy. Only plan that didn’t change was dining reservations. I didn’t eat everything I planned, didn’t ride everything I planned, or see every shoe I planned. We did walk around and enjoyed the parks, seeing my grandsons face light up meeting Mickey, Minnie and Donald. It was the perfect trip. Why, “Cause we were at Walt Disney World!”

Sep 23, 2017 Plan but be flexible
by: Annette

I am a detailed planner with regard to dining but we always are open to changes as these often can occur. Sometimes this can lead to the best experiences and great memories. Disney should be fun and worry free.

May 16, 2017 All the way from NZ
by: Anonymous

You are a Godsend….I was panicking…worried…making list after list and then another list, cross referencing, …..and we haven’t even finalised dates!!!
I forgot to remember that this is a trip of a lifetime!
I will be cautious and apply common sense but I am going to enjoy this!

Apr 20, 2017 For Us For the One Big Truth of Disney!
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the smile DAD,

Plan, Plan Plan yet Plan to be flexible as life happens.

I agree if you don’t love planning and it is not part of the fun for some get a Authorized Disney Planner that won’t charge you but is paid by Disney.

Me planning is all a part of the excitement.

Feb 14, 2017 do it well
by: sandy

the ONE BIG THING AT WDW is what u do, ENJOY! Don’t try to do everything or it will not be fun. But what u do, enjoy!

Jul 23, 2016 The real OBT
by: Anonymous

I bet the ONE BIG TRUTH your preacher mentioned was that you are SAVED!!!!

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