Disney is filled with magical moments and great entertainment. Rarely does a Cast Member create a bad taste in my mouth; rude guests do. As an annual passholder, I consider Disney World parks my home. Please show my home some respect. Here are my Disney World Pet Peeves.
Disney World Pet Peeves
Usually my posts about Disney World are very positive, so this post is a little bit out of character. When you go to Disney World you are joining thousands of others and common courtesy for others seems to have disappeared lately. I share these tips so you don’t become “one of those people” and so that everyone can enjoy their vacation.
People who litter all over the Disney parks annoy me. There is a trash can about every 30 feet so you are never far from somewhere to throw your trash out. Disney Cast Members do an excellent job making sure the cans are never overflowing. Trash all over is so saddening after watching the Happily Ever After fireworks. You have to be careful where to step because guests leave whole trays of food and garbage everywhere.
There are signs all over that say Do Not Feed the Birds. Disney World is not being mean when they post that warning. It is for the animal’s safety and yours. Ducks, birds, and squirrels are so used to being fed by people that they are beginning to steal food from stores, strollers, and even children’s hands. Not only are the animals being more courageous when approaching humans, animals health is being affected because rather than getting needed nutrients from natural food they are filling up on fries and Mickey pretzels.
Remember the thousands of people that are joining you in Disney World? They all have somewhere to go, a dinner reservation, a Fastpass timeslot, or meeting family or friends. While the walkways are wide they are only so wide. If you need to check the park map, take a picture, or anything else please step to the side. It takes just a second to step to the side. This is especially important at night during high traffic times like after fireworks. Cast Members are trying to get the walkways moving and stopping disrupts the traffic flow.
You are free to take pictures on rides. If it is a dark ride please avoid using flash. It blinds those in surrounding cars and ruins the ride experience for others. If the ride was supposed to have that much light, Disney would have put more light in the ride. It is dark for a reason.
Want an awesome seat for the Festival of Fantasy parade, like a sitting on the curb seat? Do some advance planning and get there early (30-40 minutes is early enough during nonpeak times, an hour or so during peak times). I can’t tell you how many times I have been bumped from my parade spot because someone planted themselves in front of my front row seat. When a Cast Member comes by to have everyone go back a bit for the safety of the performers the person in front of me now has my spot. I have seen adults do this in front of children as well. As Stephanie Tanner would say, “How Rude”!
Shoulder Seat Providers
Unlike Wishes, the Happily Ever After fireworks show requires you to have a view of the castle to really enjoy it since there are so many projections that go along with the show. The other day I was in the castle hub section and I was behind a family and surrounded by people. I had a great view. As soon as the show started the guy in front of me lifts his kid on his shoulders. My view then became his kid’s butt. Thankfully, I was able to scoot over a tiny bit to see the castle. This tends to happen for any type of show or parade in the parks. If you want to provide a shoulder seat for your child, please stand somewhere where there are not people behind you.
Phone/Tablet High Holders
Similar to shoulder seat providers, phone high holders block the view of shows from those behind them. If I wanted to watch the show from behind a screen I would stay home. Record and take pictures all you want, just make sure to keep your phone or tablet at your face level.
Final Thoughts about My Disney World Pet Peeves
I am sure there are other things that get on my nerves while at Disney, but these are the main things. One thing you cannot forget to pack for your trip to Disney are your manners, Common courtesy for those around you and the Cast Members making the day as magical as they can will make your trip go so much smoother.
The heat and crowds tend to lower our tolerance level for things not going our way. Just take a second, remember that you are on a magical Disney vacation. Breathe deeply. get a drink (alcoholic if you wish), and like Elsa would say, “Let it Go”.
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So, what are some of your Walt Disney World pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below.