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DO NOT Be the Guest That Makes These Mistakes in Disney World

We have been to Walt Disney World a lot and are grateful for the opportunity each and every time.  Because we have been so many times, we are also well aware of the mistakes that Guests make during their trips.

Although we have spent time on mistakes that Guests make on their Walt Disney World trip when it comes to not planning or sleeping in or even booking the wrong Resort, we are going to focus on the mistakes Guests make that can ruin it for others around them.

Don’t be the Guests that make these big mistakes while in Walt Disney World.

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Reciting the Lines

We all have our favorite lines when it comes to Walt Disney World attractions (backside of water anyone), but people don’t come all the way to Walt Disney World and spend all that money to hear you give away the punch line or to hear you say the lines instead of the Cast Member.

It is great that you have the lines memorized, but don’t feel like you need to share them with everyone around you.

This also goes for having loud conversations during a ride.  If you are sharing a vehicle with other Guests, be aware that your conversation is going to be taking away from the magic.  We know that making your next Genie+ or mobile order is key, but try to keep the conversation quiet enough that you don’t take away from the ride experience overall.

We aren’t saying that you should scream as loud as possible on Dinosaur or point out the animals on Kilimanjaro Safari, but if you are sharing a space- either a queue, preshow, or a ride vehicle- be aware that other Guests might not have experienced the ride yet and you want to make sure that they have a magical time doing so.

Meeting Mickey Mouse
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Ruining the Magic 

Most of us are aware of how Walt Disney World is able to bring our beloved characters to life throughout the Parks; however, keep in mind when you are in Walt Disney World that there are little ears everywhere and they don’t need you spoiling the magic for them.

We know as adults you might have questions about how the magic is created such as who might design the wigs for certain friends or how tall others have to be in order to appear but please or please don’t ask those questions out loud in Walt Disney World.

Little ones are everywhere in Walt Disney World and even though you might not think that they can hear you ask these questions about the magic or understand them you don’t want to be that person who ruins the magic for them.

We highly encourage you to take a moment and step away from reality and just enjoy the magic itself as well.  Think back to your childhood and be swept away once again by the magic all around.

Haunted Mansion
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Use Flash

First and foremost flash photography isn’t allowed and Guests know that as they are reminded a million times throughout their visit.  Whether it be on a dark ride like Pirates of the Caribbean or at a show at For the First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing-Along, Guests are well aware of this no-no.

Next, if you are taking flash photos on a dark ride not only will you be told- over the loudspeaker- to stop (which interrupts the whole ride flow) it also completely ruins the whole ride for others around you.  Rides such as Under the Sea- Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Haunted Mansion are designed by Disney’s outstanding Imagineers to be in the dark.  By using flash you are lighting up areas of the ride that aren’t supposed to be.  This can show parts of the ride that aren’t supposed to be seen by Guests or even distort the ride overall if projections are used.

Finally, be aware that your photos more than likely won’t turn out great anyway.  They will probably be blurry, everyone’s eyes will be red and you probably won’t capture what you are hoping for anyway.

Take as many regular photos as you want, but please oh please turn that flash off.

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Being Rude to Cast Members

The biggest mistake that Guests make in Walt Disney World that you do not want to do on your Walt Disney World vacation is to be mean to Cast Members.

Please remember that these people are hard-working individuals that are trying as hard as they can to help you have a magical trip.  They don’t want the ride to break down any more than you do so taking your frustration out on them isn’t going to solve anything.

We all have not-so-magical moments in Walt Disney World, but that doesn’t give us the right or need to yell at a Cast member.  These are the people who can help us solve the issue, but if we go in yelling they might not be as willing to help.

When Genie+ doesn’t work right or a ride breaks down after you have been waiting for an hour, we get that you want to talk to someone about your options, but do not go in yelling.  We highly recommend taking a deep calming breath and explaining the issue and seeing what the Cast Members can do about it.

There is nothing, nothing, good that can come out of yelling at a Cast Member.  These are humans who are working hard and want to help you have a magical trip.  Take time to be kind and caring and see where that can get you in the magic.

If you are heading down to Walt Disney World, please do not be the Guests who make these mistakes during their vacation.  Be the ones who spread magic and happiness instead.

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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