Don’t Be The Disney Parks Guest That Does This!

Visiting the Disney Parks is a magical experience for all Guests. However, the heat in Lake Buena Vista, the tiredness that can be expected from a Disney vacation, and the patience worn due to your kids, spouse, or other Guests can be challenging. As such, you may find yourself or other Guests becoming a little less considerate. But this has an impact on the Disney experience.

Walt Disney World Entrance
Credit: V Mills

Having visited the Disney Parks many times, there are some frustrations that we have witnessed and experienced ourselves. Next time you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, don’t be the Guest doing these things. Let us explain why!

Putting Children on Shoulders

Honestly, we all want a perfect view of the Disney fireworks. Whether you plan on taking an hour out of your Disney day to secure the best spot for Happily Ever After in Magic Kingdom Park, get in line for Fantasmic! in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or find your place around EPCOT World Showcase from EPCOT Forever, you do so to guarantee you the best viewing place. However, a common action by many Guests with younger children is letting them sit on their shoulders.

The Disney experience is for everyone, no matter what your age. While we understand that it’s often difficult for young children to see the Disney fireworks, especially Happily Ever After, if you are standing on Main Street, U.S.A., placing them on your shoulders heavily impacts the viewing experience of many Guests behind you. It’s also uncomfortable for you to have to carry them. Of course, there may be a need to do so, but please check behind you before you do to see if you will affect another Guest’s view.

Cinderella Castle Show, Magic Kingdom
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Leaving Mouse Ears on During Shows

Mouse ears are a classic accessory to wear in the Disney Parks. Many different designs can complement your outfit perfectly. However, we recommend taking them off when watching a Disney show. Firstly, it gives your head a break. If you’re a mouse ear wearer, you’ll understand the pressure you can feel behind your ears when wearing them all day. Secondly, removing them during shows will make for a better viewing experience for Guests behind you. The Disney shows that we’d recommend taking your Mickey ears off for are:

Magic Kingdom

  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Happily Ever After

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Fantasmic!
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Walt Disney Presents
  • For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Vacation Fun
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Muppet*Vision 3D


  • Impressions de France
  • Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
  • The American Adventure
  • Awesome Planet
  • Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360
  • Disney and Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Reflections of China
  • Turtle Talk With Crush
  • Voices of Liberty

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… And Beyond!
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
Mouse Ears, Walt Disney World
Credit: M Cannioto

Holding Their Phone in the Air for the Entire Fireworks Show

Like children on shoulders, holding your phone in the air during an entire nighttime spectacular is frustrating for other Guests around you. It also heavily impacts their viewing experience, as it can block their view and distract them too. We understand the need to capture particular moments and snap the perfect fireworks photo. However, is there a need to record the entire performance when you have no intention of watching it again? We appreciate Guests who choose to live in the moment and experience the magic for themselves rather than through the lens of their camera or phone. Consider doing that yourself next time you watch Happily Ever After, Fantasmic! or EPCOT Forever.

Happily Ever After Fireworks, Magic Kingdom
Credit: Disney

Not Moving to the end of Disney Buses

The Disney Buses are a benefit of being a Disney Resort hotel Guest. You don’t need to worry about parking the car or finding it at the end of the day. Instead, you just need to find the stop for your Disney hotel at the bus station. Similarly, when beginning your Disney day, the bus reduces the need to drive in a car around the Walt Disney World Resort.

Mornings and evenings are hectic times at the bus stations and stops. Many Guests want to get to a Disney Park for Park open or back to their Disney Resort hotel after a tiring yet magical day in a Disney theme park. When boarding the bus, it’s tempting to stop in the first seat that you see. However, doing so can make it difficult for the many Guests who are also loading and are hoping for a seat. If you can, may we suggest that you move toward the back of a Disney bus when boarding? Doing so will help to get many more Guests onto the bus quickly. It’ll also reduce the chances of you getting knocked or stood on!

Disney Bus, Disney's BoardWalk Inn
Credit: V Mills

Forgetting Personal Space in Lines

You can expect to wait in line when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Whether you use Disney Genie+, the Virtual Queue or Lightning Lane, or the regular Stand-By Line, you’ll share the line with other Guests. While indoor lines are cooler due to the AC, outdoor lines can be hot and sticky due to the Florida humidity. Therefore, it’s important to remember personal space. We’re all familiar with when you get distracted and forget to move along as the rest of the line does. However, you soon realize. Should the person in front of you do so, be patient and continue giving them some personal space. You won’t get to the front of the ride line any quicker by encroaching on their space.

Walt Disney World Lines
Credit: Disney Dining/Wanderful World of Travel

A little consideration goes a long way for you and other Guests when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Setting a good example will hopefully encourage other Guests to follow your lead, providing a non-compromised experience for all.

Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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