Disney World is a magical place. If it weren’t, I wouldn’t have been there so many times and I wouldn’t want to continue to go back. I am one of those people that loves to go to new places and explore destinations that I haven’t been to, but Disney? I’ll never stop going to Disney. However, I do recognize one aspect. It’s a theme park. A very large, immersive, wonderful theme park, but still a theme park at the end of the day. And what is the worst thing about theme parks? The people. Straight up, people at Disney can be obnoxious. I’m not talking about the people who are overly excited to be there or the people that have a strategy on how they’re tackling the park that day – that’s me. I’m talking about the people that feel entitled. The people who come with the “it’s MY vacation” mentality and don’t care about the people around them. The people that push people out of the way as they run to the next ride or try to cut in line because they can’t stand to wait their turn like the rest of us. I have developed a few pet peeves from going to Disney so many times. I see the same things over and over that people may just not realize they’re doing. So if you plan on going to Disney World sometime soon, listen to these next things that I am going to talk about. It’ll make it way less annoying to deal with the crowds and allow everyone around you to have a more magical day.
Don’t yell at the cast members. I don’t care how frustrated you are with whatever inconvenient thing that is happening to you, the cast members do not deserve to be screamed at. We have witnessed it so many times where a very angry guest approaches a cast member and proceeds to yell at them about something that they had nothing to do with. First of all, you will only embarrass yourself by doing this. Second of all, the cast members are there to help you and screaming at them is just mean. Don’t be mean. If you need help with something, it’s so much easier to politely approach a cast member and calmly explain the situation. More than likely, they will be able to help you if you treat them like another human being. Disney is very good at compensating for things that go wrong – the weather causing a show to be canceled, for example – and will usually go above and beyond to make sure that you still have a great day. That is not to say that you should expect compensation for every minor inconvenience that you have, just be nice.
Don’t block someone’s view of a show with your iPad, mickey ears, child, etc. It never fails that we will be standing at Cinderella’s Castle waiting for the fireworks when the person in front of me – a nice well rounded 5’3” – puts up their iPad to record the show. Look, I know you want to get as much footage as you can to preserve the memories, but like, can you not? I know that it’s important for you to take pictures or record things, but please be aware of the people around you. It is not okay to put up your iPad to record a show with people behind you that can’t see. And that goes for mickey ears too. I have lost count of the number of times that I’ve asked the person in front of me to please take off their ears because I couldn’t see over them. If the person behind you is seven feet tall then fine, by all means, leave them on. Again, be aware of the people around you. If there’s a child behind you at a show, take off your dang ears so that they can enjoy the show too. And that brings me to children. I know that children realistically can’t see fireworks/castle shows very well because of their size – or the person with the iPad in front of them – but if you’re going to put your child up on your shoulders, at least make sure that there is no one behind you. They can easily be held on your hip so their head is in line with yours if not. But it’s super frustrating to be waiting to watch a show, thinking that I’ll have a decent view, only to have a child go up on the shoulders in front of me when the show starts. I know that you want your child to be able to see, I do too, but please either just hold them on your hip or tell me before the show starts so that I can move and find another spot.
Give up your bus seat for the small child, pregnant woman, or person holding a baby. This literally drives me mad. It amazes me that grown able bodied adults will sit there on the bus and not give up their seat for someone who definitely needs it. I’ve seen three year olds stand, desperately clutching the legs of their parents as the bus goes around curves and over potholes. I’ve seen a woman who was clearly in the third trimester of pregnancy hang on for dear life as the bus went over speed bumps. I think my favorite instance ever was a man holding his very small baby – maybe six months old – and was holding on to the baby with one arm and trying to grip the rail with the other. The group of people sitting next to him kept commenting on how cute the baby was, but no one thought it was odd that this man was desperately trying not to fall or drop his baby as the bus kept moving? If you have two arms to hold on with and are not worried about the baby in your arms, please give someone holding a baby your seat. And I know your feet hurt, mine do too, but making a small child stand instead of you is a safety issue. You can hold on tight and brace yourself when you see the bus taking turns or coming to a stop. A two or three year old is already unsteady on their feet and can’t see out the window to prepare for what is coming. It’s such a small and simple courtesy that I feel people don’t realize they’re not doing. It won’t hurt you to stand up on the bus and it will make another family very grateful.
Keep these things in mind when you go to Disney World. Don’t get me wrong, annoying guests don’t ruin the experience for me. But if you are mindful of other people, you can help to make everyone’s trip as magical as yours. What do you think? Does anyone else have any other Disney pet peeves that I didn’t mention? Let me know in the comments below!