Nasty Disney World Problems You Aren’t Prepared For

Disney World can be magical and fun and exciting, but it can also be NASTY.

Magic Kingdom Crowds

Umm…what? Well, there are some very gross problems you might encounter when you’re in the parks, and we want to make sure that you’re prepared. (No matter how disgusting they may be!) So grab that hand sanitizer and those disinfecting wipes, because we’re diving into the list of nasty Disney World problems that you aren’t prepared for.

Sweat. Lots of Sweat.

Florida is HOT most of the year, and humid for just as long. Let’s be honest here — you will sweat like you’ve never sweat before (unless you literally live in a rainforest). And if you’re not prepared for that reality, it can be a little jarring.

A sunny day in Hollywood Studios

You’ll want to make sure that you pack your best antiperspirant, and wear clothing that is light and breathable. (Now is not the time for the heavy fabrics or the colors that show sweat stains!) Take plenty of breaks in the air conditioning throughout the day, and drink lots of water…and we mean LOTS. It’s very easy to get dehydrated when you’re sweating so much.

Please Don’t Say These Three Things in Disney World


And speaking of problems caused by the Florida heat and humidity, we have to mention everyone’s worst friend — chafing. This is one of those issues that will get uncomfortable VERY quickly if not handled properly, so come prepared with clothing and shoes that fit well and can handle a lot of steps.

That sun can be brutal!

We also like to recommend anti-chafing sticks for those who are prone to this issue, and if you’re wearing a skirt or dress, it’s probably not a bad idea to wear slip shorts or biker shorts underneath. That’ll save you a lot of misery at the end of the day!

Read THIS Before You Bring a Car to Disney World

Germs, Germs, and More Germs

Oh buddy, there are germs EVERYWHERE in Disney World. We’ve come home from the parks with a little bit of sickness more than once in the past, and that’s likely due to the sheer volume of people and the proximity in which you will encounter those people.

COVID-19 Warning Sign

If you’re concerned about sickness, bring along your chosen vitamins (including that Vitamin C!) and wash your hands often with soap and water. It’s also probably a good idea to keep hand sanitizer in your bag at all times.

10 Rides to AVOID in Disney World if You Struggle with Motion Sickness

Everything is Sticky

There are a lot of sticky foods in Disney World and there are equally as many sticky guests. Especially children! Combine sugary sweets with sticky fingers that want to touch every surface imaginable, and you get sticky handrails, tables, doorknobs, and much more.

Tables in Magic Kingdom

If you don’t want to continue asking the question “ew, what is THAT?” every time you sit down at a table, we suggest packing some wet wipes to swipe those surfaces clean before touching. They’ll also be good for keeping your family’s hands clean after those melty Mickey bars.

The BEST Snacks to Carry in Your Disney World Park Bag (And What to Avoid)

The Disappointing Toilet Paper

Time to talk about something we’re all thinking but nobody will say…the toilet paper in Disney World leaves much to be desired! It’s thin, wispy, rips too easily, and isn’t great at umm, doing its job. (If you know what we mean.) We suppose that when you’re buying TP for as many bathrooms as there are in Disney World, the price point makes a big difference, but that doesn’t mean that we like it.

Toilet Paper in Pop Century

So what should you do? Well, for your hotel room, it’s pretty easy to pack your own or have it delivered with a grocery delivery service. And if you’re really dedicated, you can keep a roll or some wipes in your park bag as well.

7 Strange Facts About Disney World Meet-and-Greets

Sunburn and All Its Horrendous Consequences

What’s one of the consequences of spending all day in that Florida sun? The dreaded sunburn! And if you find yourself turning pink partway through the day, you may later discover that you’re peeling, blistering, and quite uncomfortable for the rest of your trip. Nobody wants that!

Sunscreen for sale in EPCOT

Thankfully, the solution for this one is obvious. Make sure to apply (and re-apply!) sunscreen anytime you go outside, and you might want to pack some aloe just in case. That way, if the sunburn sneaks up on you, you’re still prepared with a solution. If you forget these products, you’ll also be able to find them in select gift shops and at First Aid locations.

3 Terrifyingly Easy Ways to Ruin Your Disney World Vacation

Wet Socks

One of the most absolutely uncomfortable things we’ve encountered during our many visits to Disney World is a pair of wet, squishy socks. If you’re the type to wear close-toed shoes to the parks, you may run into this issue frequently after those midday rainstorms or a ride on Kali River Rapids.

Star Wars Socks

For those days when the weather forecast is showing cloudy skies, bring a backup pair of shoes to wear during the rain or the water rides. It might also be helpful to carry a dry pair of socks just in case. You will be surprised at how refreshed you feel once you change!

We Wore Crocs in Disney World All Day. Here’s What Happened.


Speaking of socks and shoes, let’s talk blisters! If you can help it, avoid wearing new shoes in Disney World at all costs. Breaking in those new kicks on a 20,000-step day will probably lead to some pretty nasty blisters!

Hopefully you won’t need too many of these on your next Disney World vacation!

And if you’re unsure about your shoes, pack some bandaids or moleskin to fix any problems. This is another instance where a bonus pair of socks will come in handy too!

5 Places You Don’t Want to Walk After Dark in Disney World

Stomach Problems

Finally, we’ve got to talk about the most dreaded issue — getting sick! You’re probably eating a lot more fried food and a lot fewer vegetables during your vacation. Couple that with rides that may make you sick, and you might encounter some stomach problems. Have some solutions handy, drink lots of water, and be careful about what you eat and ride if you’re susceptible.

Cheeseburger and French Fries

And for other sicknesses, don’t be afraid to visit First Aid or a nearby Urgent Care center if you’re truly feeling bad. In that case, you definitely shouldn’t be visiting the theme parks, and some rest in the hotel room will do you a lot of good!

Baby Care Center and First Aid signage

There are some great ways to prevent dealing with most of these problems (sorry, we can’t do much about the sweat!), and as long as you think ahead, you should be able to minimize the nastiness. And if you have any medical-related issues in the parks, you’re always welcome to visit First Aid or the Baby Care Center to get the necessary supplies and care.

We’ve got a great resource for you when you plan your NEXT Disney World trip – our DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining.

Take the DFB Guide with you to Disney World!

We wrote our ebook after decades of visiting Disney World, so that we could help you have a stress-free vacation! Click here and use code WDW2022 to get 25% off!

For more tips on how to navigate the parks and solve problems that arise during your vacation, stay tuned to DFB. We’ve got you covered with the latest updates and advice, and we’re here to help you have the best trip possible.

7 Problems You Definitely Didn’t See Coming in Disney World — Click Here!

Join the DFB Newsletter to get all the breaking news right in your inbox! Click here to Subscribe!

Don’t Miss Out on Any Disney Fun!

Order Your Copy of the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining Today!

With more than 750 pages, the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining is full of tips and planning tools developed by Disney World experts over 30+ years of visits. We’ve done the research for you, so you’ll know just which spots will uniquely suit your family’s needs!

With mini-reviews of every single restaurant, bar, lounge, kiosk and more; an entire chapter on the best snacks in Disney World; full Disney Dining Plan analysis (and how to get FREE dining); and a full chapter on discounts and deals; you’ll have everything you need to plan your best vacation yet.

Click here to order your copy of the 2022 DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-book with code WDW2022 to save 25% off the cover price today!

Use code WDW2022 at check-out for 25% off the cover price today!

Our guides are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose. 🙂

Which of these problems have you dealt with in Disney World? Tell us in the comments!

The post Nasty Disney World Problems You Aren’t Prepared For first appeared on the disney food blog.