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DO NOT Be THAT Person At Disney-How Guests Ruin Trips For Others

Everyone wants to have a magical time at Walt Disney World. We have all saved, planned, and dreamed about our vacation and how wonderful it will be. Even though you have spent all that time and effort on your vacation, you don’t want to be the person that ruins trips for others.

When traveling to Walt Disney World, there are some general rules that we all have to follow to stay safe in Disney Park, but there are also some public expectations and kindness that we should follow.

We will share some ways that Guests can ruin trips for others so you can make sure that you don’t get caught doing it during your Disney vacation.

Space Mountain at Night
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Not Following the Rules

Walt Disney World has some basic rules that Guests must follow. These rules are in place, so you and others remain safe. Make sure you follow those rules and don’t try to sneak past or ignore them.

We know how much you want your little one to experience Splash Mountain or Space Mountain, but Disney has the height requirement for a reason. Don’t try to lie or sneak your kid past those Cast Members trying to keep everyone safe. Follow the rules posted for the ride to make sure you and everyone else remain safe.

Disney also has a no-smoking or vaping rule throughout Disney Parks. This is to help ensure the safety of those with asthma or other medical concerns that these elements could impact. Respect those rules and use the designated smoking areas that Disney has provided.

Frights and Spooks
Frights and Spooks

Pushing Kids Too Far

You have watched all the videos, talked about the ride, and prepared your little one for how wonderful it will be to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They melt down and refuse to get in line when you show up to ride it.

Although it can be frustrating, don’t push your little (or big) kids to do rides or experiences they aren’t prepared for. This can result in them having a miserable time and ruining the ride for others around them.

Let kids set the tone for what they are comfortable riding and be willing to allow them to say no. Giving them a voice can make them feel more confident and more apt to try the ride out later.

No one wants to experience a ride where someone screams and fusses the whole time. It ruins that magic and excitement. Be aware of this and be okay with skipping out on something.


Cutting Lines

No one likes waiting in line. There is nothing magical about waiting for rides and attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort, but it is part of the vacation if you are going. Be prepared for those waits, and don’t try to skip the lines.

We understand that sometimes little ones need to use the bathrooms at the most inopportune moment, but that doesn’t mean they should come back with ten extra people to get in line. Be respectful of those waiting around you, and plan on getting in line when everyone at your party is ready.

If you do happen to split up, consider stepping off to the side and waiting for the back of the party to catch up to you. It won’t add that much more time to the wait, and it is kind and respectful to do in the situation.

Ariel's Undersea Adventure
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Flash On Dark Rides

You hear it a handful of times on every dark ride and in every dark show that your experience at Walt Disney World- do not use flash photography. This ruins the experience for all of those around you.

Not only will your photographs not turn out well, but you are also lighting up a scene that Disney Imagineers don’t design to have light. This can ruin the overall experience of the ride, as the extra lighting can reveal aspects of the ride that aren’t meant to be seen.

Put the phone away while on dark rides and enjoy the magical storyline that unfolds before you. Those memories will stick with you longer than a poorly taken picture.

Haunted Mansion
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Reciting Lines

If you have been able to visit Walt Disney World enough times to recite the lines from The Haunted Mansion, that is amazing. Please remember that there are many people around you on each ride it is probably their first time experiencing the ride or attraction.

Because it is their first time, they probably don’t want to hear you recite the lines, sing the song, or give away the joke on the Jungle Cruise. Be respectful of those around you on the rides and allow them to experience the magic firsthand from Disney, not through you.

magic kingdom castle
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Ruining the Magic

Disney is full of magic which is why we visit year after year. As you travel through the Parks, remember that little ears always listen. If you know how some magic and pixie dust are created, keep that information to yourself.

You don’t want to be the person the ruins the magic for a little one, so be aware of your comments and discussion as you wait in lines and travel throughout the Disney Parks. Help Mickey Mouse and Tink keep the magic and pixie dust alive.

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Being Mean to Cast Members

One of the worst things a Guest can do at Walt Disney World is the be mean to the fantastic Cast Members. These men and women work daily to bring magic to Guests, rain or shine. Because of their hard work and dedication, we can all experience the magic of Walt Disney World.

Regardless of your Disney trip experience, remember that it is not the fault of the Cast Members. They are there to help you have a great time. Go in with kindness, which you will receive from them.

We know we never go into a Disney vacation thinking we will ruin the trip for others. Sometimes we just get so caught up in our bubble that we forget that we are impacting others around us. We hope that by bringing these concerns up, you will be able to navigate around them during your Walt Disney World vacation.

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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