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Disney Parks Pet Peeves – Disney Vacationer Weblog


Within the immortal phrases of Frank Costanza, I’ve received plenty of issues with you folks, and now you’re going to listen to about it! This weblog is often sunshine and rainbows, but it surely’s time so that you can hear what I actually assume. It’s time for my annual “Airing of Disney Parks Visitor Grievances” in honor of Festivus. (Up to date December 23, 2023.)

This can be a companion piece, of types, to our new Prime 10 Visitor Complaints About Walt Disney World. These are the entire grievances that you’ve in regards to the parks. Right here, it’s time for the entire points the parks have with you. Nicely, not “you” as a person, and theme parks are inanimate objects so that they don’t actually have grievances to air. I feel you get the thought, although. That listing was grievances of company; this one is grievances about company.  

In our Essence of the Disney Magic put up that discusses what makes the parks so particular, we share a Walt Disney quote about it taking “folks to make the dream a actuality.” Clearly, he was referring to the distinctive Solid Members, as all different company do at Walt Disney World is clog up walkways, hinder views, make noise throughout sights, and result in longer wait instances. 😉

Honest warning: this put up is under no circumstances useful to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, or different park journey planning. Truly, it’s probably not useful to anybody, wherever in any respect. Consider it as a junk meals weblog put up that you just shouldn’t waste your time studying. That’s, except you don’t actually care about losing your time on the web, wherein case, learn away!

I need to underscore that that is meant in good enjoyable and with a lighthearted sense to it. Nobody is excellent. Whereas these items do bug me, I’m certain I do loads of issues that bug others, and I definitely don’t have any malice in the direction of anybody who does these items. We’ve each been responsible of a few of the “offenses” right here!

More often than not, I don’t assume persons are doing any of these items deliberately, or not less than with the specific objective of inconveniencing others. Whereas this may very well be a useful heads as much as let what habits could be unintentionally obnoxious, it’s principally just a few lighthearted venting.

With these caveats out of the way in which, I’ll let my interior Frank Costanza (I’d prefer to assume he’d be pleased with this listing…however on the similar time can be its largest offender) take over and share just a few of my Disney theme park pet peeves…

Screens Up! – I don’t know who wants to listen to this, however YouTube exists. Joking apart, it’s such an odd phenomenon to see the fireworks begin and lots of of screens go up over heads. Desirous to seize a small snippet to share on social media is one factor, however some persons are on the market recording the total present with shaky fingers from an off-center angle behind a shoulder child (see beneath) on a telephone with a busted display. There’s a 100% probability that video might be worse than 100,000+ movies already on YouTube, freely accessible to all.

Don’t get me mistaken: having your personal images and movies–even subpar ones–is necessary. Documenting experiences and having tangible reminders of lasting recollections is much better than any memento you should purchase. What’s key’s making them your personal. Don’t take images or video of JUST the fireworks or JUST the stage present or JUST the meals.

After recording just a few seconds of pyro, pan again to seize the wide-eyed surprise of your little one because the glow of the fireworks washes over their face. Take a snapshot of your vital different about to devour a dessert the dimensions of their head. Acquire photographic proof of grandpa falling asleep throughout MuppetVision as a future reminder of their distinctly unpatriotic gaffe.

Flaunting Disney Data – Let’s stage with each other: I write a Disney weblog and also you learn not less than one. We each clearly have an excessive amount of free time on our fingers and possibly know rather more about Disney than John Q Public.

That is neither a Scarlet Letter, neither is it a badge of honor. Some Disney followers don’t appear to know this. They share their Mad Park Smartz with their pals within the parks. There’s nothing mistaken with this by itself, however when it’s completed in painfully loud voices which might be clearly for the advantage of these round them in a queue, that’s the place I draw the road. what I’m speaking about.

I’ll be trustworthy with you: it’s attainable I’ve grow to be a part of the issue. As a frequent photographer of building partitions on each coasts, I very steadily overhear different company wonder if Splash Mountain is being transformed right into a restaurant. If they appear the pleasant sort, I’ll reply: “I don’t know when you had been kidding or not, but it surely’s really going to be an analogous experience based mostly on The Princess and the Frog. Kinda humorous and complicated that they’ve indicators that say ‘Tiana’s Meals’ and nothing a few experience, however that’s what it’ll be.”

That’s the script I’ve “perfected” in my head that’s, in my view, a great combination of disarming and never too know-it-all-y. At the very least, that’s my hope. I’ll allow you to be the decide as as to whether I’m being useful or have grow to be a part of the issue!

Rudeness to Solid Members – Don’t like the standard of the meat patty in your burger at Cosmic Ray’s? Having one more challenge attempting to ebook Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations? Suppose traces for every little thing are too lengthy? Yelling on the nearest Solid Member looks like a completely affordable resolution that can completely repair the issue.

Oh wait, no it doesn’t. In any respect. Frontline Solid Members are about as a lot in charge for these issues and selections because the McDonald’s burger flipper is for Hamburglar’s many crimes. The Solid Members you see in parks don’t create the unpopular insurance policies, even when they’re tasked with imposing them. Yelling at any of those folks is wholly unreasonable. What precisely are company anticipating to perform?

Spending some huge cash on a Walt Disney World trip doesn’t entitle company to be jerks to anybody who will get of their method or prevents them from having a “excellent” journey. Solid Members exit of their option to put a smile on children’ faces and make magic for company, and needs to be handled accordingly.

That is very true now. Solid Members are beneath elevated stress, having needed to play babysitter and rule enforcers to adults for the final yr, whereas additionally seeing hundreds of their colleagues misplaced throughout mass layoffs. On high of that, in addition they bear the brunt of ever-increasing visitor complaints about decreased leisure, Genie+, and different coverage adjustments and cuts made by folks at a method larger pay grade. None of that is their fault–being impolite to Solid Members solely exacerbates issues and degrades the visitor expertise for individuals who go to later, as Solid Member burn-out worsens.

A great rule in life is to observe Wheaton’s Legislation. If that’s too robust to observe, a decrease normal is: “don’t be impolite to folks concerning conditions which might be out of their management, particularly when they’re doing their greatest to be good and enable you to.”

Strolling Etiquette – I stroll at an especially brisk tempo. I’ve no time for shenanigans corresponding to meandering aimlessly. Nonetheless, I perceive not everybody needs or can keep my tempo, and I definitely don’t count on it.

What I additionally don’t count on is a convoy of 4 double-wide strollers strolling aspect by aspect taking on your entire walkway so nobody can move. As an alternative, observe the principles of the street. Permit enough space for oncoming visitors. Go away open house subsequent to you for a “passing lane.”

On a freeway, you wouldn’t aimlessly zigzag from lane to lane with out regard for visitors behind you, so don’t do the identical in walkways. Likewise, simply as you wouldn’t come to a useless cease in the midst of your lane when driving 70 MPH, don’t cease in your tracks to have a look at a map in the midst of a walkway. Navigate the parks prefer it’s not your first time strolling in public.

Filling In All Obtainable House – I hate to be the bearer of dangerous information, however when you’re on the finish of the prolonged queue in Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the wait time is 180 minutes, standing as shut as attainable to the particular person in entrance of you gained’t make the road transfer any sooner. Spacing method again in line has no bearing on effectivity at load, which is the one factor that basically issues. You’ll be able to depart just a little respiratory room for consolation farther again within the line.

To make certain, there are occasions when filling in all accessible house is important. If a Solid Member makes the request, do it–there’s probably an operational purpose for it (like getting sufficient folks into the Haunted Mansion Stretching Room to make sure a gradual move within the queue afterwards). Furthermore, nobody ought to count on 6′ in all instructions at this level. However more often than not, there’s no purpose to invade the private house of the strangers round you. There’s a contented medium.

Disproportionate Line Leaping – I’m an affordable man. Should you’re a big household with a herd of babies, I get {that a} journey to the parks is a veritable Detrol industrial. Toilet breaks are a frequent, time-consuming a part of the theme park expertise. One dad or mum taking a baby to the toilet whereas the opposite jumps according to the remainder of the pack is totally affordable.

What I don’t admire is when one member of a multi-generational celebration of 27 jumps in line, after which slowly the opposite 26 members trickle forward of me. That’s not assembly the “relaxation” of your celebration, it’s thinly-veiled line-jumping. I by no means say something to those folks, however you higher consider the again of their heads obtain a contemptuous glare.

A good rule: except 51% of your celebration is farther ahead, the remainder of the celebration strikes again. Honest sufficient?

Speaking on Sights – Once more, I’m affordable. I perceive that parks are a social atmosphere. They aren’t a library or a movie show. Some small, quiet feedback right here and there are completely wonderful.

Now it’s everybody else’s flip to be affordable and perceive that the remainder of us waited 45 minutes in line so we may take pleasure in an immersive attraction, not so we may hear you discuss that epic celebration from final night time in excruciating element as if it has all of the drama of the Iran-Contra Affair.

Quoting Sights – Persevering with on the ‘speaking’ topic, right here’s my largest pet peeve: quoting traces from sights within the attraction proper earlier than the road is alleged within the attraction. This can be a variation of Flaunting Disney Data, but it surely’s so annoying that it deserves its personal spot.

I don’t thoughts folks quoting sights usually. I’d prefer to assume the knowledge gleaned from Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree could be utilized to all aspects of life. What I thoughts is folks beating the attraction to the punch, exhibiting off their very own data as if this provides them some type of ill-gotten avenue cred. It doesn’t.

Simply try to go on the Jungle Cruise with out somebody saying the phrases ‘bottom of water’ earlier than the skipper, or to the Haunted Mansion with out somebody saying ‘there’s at all times my method’ earlier than the Ghost Host. A number of phrases is mildly annoying however comparatively innocent–let’s simply keep away from attempting to cite whole paragraphs of the attraction script.

Stroller Etiquette – This has grow to be much less of a difficulty within the final couple of years as a result of a rule change final yr. There was a short interval when Walt Disney World became the wild west for strollers, with big wagons, royal carriages, and Star Wars spaceships. No joke–there have been companies renting out “themed” strollers!

Should you function a stroller, please be aware of the heels in entrance of you. Let’s once more use the roadway analogy: strollers are like vehicles–yield to pedestrians. Don’t use your stroller as a battering ram that can assist you plow by way of crowds when Walt Disney World walkways are a bit congested with visitors!

Shoulder-Kids – Are you 6′ tall and need to put your children in your shoulders for the fireworks? No drawback! It’s not as if there are lots of of individuals behind you who additionally need to see the present or something. I actually am curious as to what line of thought can justify this?

Youngsters have a tricky time seeing a present from the bottom and fogeys have a troublesome time holding them at regular eye stage. This leaves mother and father with a conundrum: put them on shoulders or don’t. Should you put them in your shoulders, they will see however you’re blocking the view of numerous folks behind you. This successfully says, “my kids seeing the present is extra necessary than anybody behind me seeing it.”

Honest rule: if you wish to put your children in your shoulders, do it from a location the place there should not folks behind you. Alternatively, select a viewing location the place there should not obstructions in entrance of you. Each exist, notably in terms of Fortunately Ever After in Magic Kingdom or Luminous: The Symphony of Us in Epcot.

Shoulder children may actually fall beneath a normal penumbra of “Egocentric Company” that may embody every little thing from sitting within the center seats of what clearly might be a packed theater (regardless of instructions from Solid Members to maneuver all the way in which down), throwing trash on the bottom or not cleansing up the trash at your desk for counter service meals, smoking wherever you’re feeling like, waving round your selfie stick with out regard for others, and a myriad of different issues. Once more, that $100+ per day ticket just isn’t a license to do regardless of the heck you need as a result of, “YOU PAID A TON OF MONEY FOR THIS VACATION.”

Have you ever steered away from my airing of Disney theme park grievances to date? Nicely, I’ve much more that you are doing! You couldn’t easy a silk sheet when you had a sizzling date with a babe…ah, I misplaced my prepare of thought. 😉 (I’m sorry, plenty of the references on this weblog most likely don’t make sense when you’re not a Seinfeld fan. Then once more, I’m not so certain I need folks studying this weblog who aren’t Seinfeld followers.)

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Your Ideas

What are your Disney theme park pet peeves? Are you so excessive on the magic of pixie mud whenever you go to the parks that nothing annoys you? What do I try this annoys you (that is the airing of theme park grievances, in spite of everything)? Be happy to vent within the feedback. You gained’t change something about how different company behave at Walt Disney World, however not less than it’s therapeutic!



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