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Dealing With Other Disney Guests During Your Trip

If you have been preparing for a Walt Disney World vacation, you are probably aware that crowds are back at the Walt Disney World Resort.  The days of walking onto rides and having the Disney Park to yourself seem to be over.  Although we wish we could grant everyone this magical wish, it just isn’t going to happen.  There are going to be other people, probably lots of others, in Walt Disney World during your vacation.

So the question is, how do you deal with those frustrating Guests so they don’t ruin your magical time?  We are going to take a look at some easy ways that you can stay calm and not let other Guests impact your Disney vacation.

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Be Patient

The biggest tip we have for detailing with other Guests in Walt Disney World is to be patient.  Getting frustrated with them isn’t going to get you into Magic Kingdom, onto the ride faster, or help you have a better time in the Theme Park.

Know that there will be crowds in Walt Disney World.  Crowds mean that you are going to have to wait.  You will probably get stuck in a bottle-neck at some point where you just can’t move and everything might just take longer than you expected.

If you go into your vacation being aware of this, you will be more likely to pack your patience along with your sunscreen and everything else for your Walt Disney World day in a Theme Park.

When you find yourself getting frustrated with other Guests, take a moment and access if it is really them or do you need a break.  Everyone needs a break from the magic.  You can check out our favorite places to take breaks HERE.

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Find Help

When you come across Guests that don’t know what to do or are struggling, help by pointing them in the right direction.  Let them know that a wonderful Disney Cast Member can help with their concern or issue.

Throughout the four Disney Parks, there are numerous Guests Relations Cast Members (look for the big blue umbrellas) that are there to help.  They are stationed around the Parks to offer help with Guests become frustrated.

If you come across a fellow Guest who just isn’t having a magical time because of something that could be adjusted, nicely help them find a Cast Member that could provide a solution.  Sometimes Guests just don’t know what to do.

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Be Kind

This sometimes might be hard when it is hot, humid, and crowded, and you are on day seven of your trip which means you are Disney tired, but try to be kind to your fellow Disney Guests.

Even if you come across another Guest that isn’t magical, adding to that issue isn’t going to help anyone.  Offer up kindness and compassion instead of frustration.  Doing this can go a long aways for that Guest as well as for your experience at that moment.

Pushing and shoving your way into a line isn’t going to help anyone get there faster.  Be kind and know that everyone else is trying to have a magical time as well.

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Be an Example

As you come across frustrating Guests, make sure that you are providing a good example.  A lot of times if other Guests see what they should be doing, they will adjust their behaviors accordingly.

A lot of us get irritated when it comes to entering a Park.  We are all excited and ready to go and it seems like you have been waiting forever for the Park to open.  It can become easy to get frustrated with other Guests that slow down your process.  Instead, make sure that your party knows how to use their MagicBand, ticket, or even the app to enter the Park.  This can help others around you figure it out as well.

When it comes to using Disney Genie, Genie+ and mobile order, a lot of Guests might know to use these features, but might not be 100% sure how to use them.  Set an example by having your phone and MagicBands ready so you can keep the process moving smoothly and get to your ride or Disney World Resort faster.

On the buses and other Disney transportation, set an example of offering up your seat if you are able.  Help those that are holding little ones or those that might have trouble standing by giving them your seat.  Setting this example can really set the tone for the whole bus.

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Avoid Crowds

This might seem like a logical way to deal with other Disney Guests, but the concern is how do you avoid crowds.

If you are able, think about when you are traveling to Walt Disney World.  Those that have the ability to travel at non-peak times staying away from Christmas, New Year, and Spring Break, will have a better chance of avoiding other Guests.

For those that aren’t able to avoid those busy times, we have looked at ways to avoid crowds HERE.  Consider getting to the Parks early or staying late as a way to beat the main crowds.

You can also make sure you schedule some pool time or meal time in the afternoons when the Parks get the busiest.  Doing this can really help avoid those busiest times in the Park.

For most of us, the reality is that we will have to deal with other Guests during our Walt Disney World vacation.  Because of this, make sure you go in with the correct mindset so you are able to still have a magical time.

Don’t let other Guests ruin your magic.  Be kind and patient as it can go a long way.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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