I spent a few days this past week doing some research down by the mouse. I am so full of inspiration I should have at least six months of material to write about along with 2,800+ photos; I was busy. If you haven’t already, be sure to Follow Mouse Maven Travel on Instagram, the majority of the photos taken will make their way to that platform.
This week I would love to jump right into all the fun topics to discuss, but there were some concerning thing I noticed on this trip, and I don’t feel right ignoring them. I witnessed a lot of rude behavior from guests each day. Some behavior was intentional, and some they were completely oblivious. So here is a list of some issues you will most likely encounter and some suggestions on how to handle it when you’re hot and tired along with a few suggestions of what we all should be doing to make our vacation and the vacations of those around us that much more enjoyable.
Be kind to cast members
Pretty self-explanatory. They are hot and have had a long day too.
Be conscious of people in wheelchairs and ECV’s
Do not run in front of people in wheelchairs or EVC’s and cut them off, or step over their feet to get by. I saw this, and it is incredibly rude!
Know your child’s comfort level
I know you spent a lot of money on this vacation, and you want your family to experience all they can; but please don’t push them to do something that makes scared. A picture with a character and your crying child isn’t what you want, and it makes the characters uncomfortable if you force them to stand near and interact with a child who is afraid of them. There are also a handful of rides at Disney that are pretty scary for little ones. If you force them on an attraction that they are afraid of you are risking creating a lifetime fear of roller coasters for them; it’s not worth it. You will also be ruining the experience for those around you making them feel uncomfortable that you are forcing a distraught child on a ride that’s not for them. For these reasons, Disney offers the rider swap option, take advantage of it. If a member of your party is too small or scared to ride any attraction, one adult stays behind with that child while the other members ride. Then they will be given a Rider Swap ticket, and the adult who stayed behind with the child originally can now ride with two other members of their party leaving the child with the adult who has already ridden so everyone gets to experience what they would like.
Don’t stop to take a photo while walking
When walking down Main Street, U.S.A., you are bound to want to stop and take a picture. It is a good idea to check behind you before stopping abruptly. If not you will risk having your ankles attacked by the stroller behind you. I took plenty of photos in crowded areas last week. I was able to step aside and wait for a clearing to get a perfect shot safely, and I never waited longer than two minutes to get each photo.
Don’t stand behind a Photo Pass Picture Spot
Located throughout the parks and resorts you will see signs that say Nikon Photo Pass Spot. At these locations, you will find a Disney Photo Pass Photographer who will happily take your photo in front of perfect photo-op areas. Be conscious of people taking a picture as not to stand in their family photo. I noticed this often while I was there last week, and it slows down the line when the photographer has to wait for people to move out of their view. It is important to keep an eye out for lines at these spots as well if you’d like your photo taken as not to cut in front of families who have been waiting.
You will encounter crowds in Disney and of course everyone follows the rules of the line when entering a distinct queue for an attraction. However, you may wait in an unorganized pop-up line to take a photo or view a restaurant menu posted outside of a restaurant. Take note of your surroundings so you’re not cutting in front of those who have been in the impromptu line.
Arguing with guests is frowned upon
The temperatures are high and our days are long, our patience is running thin. People may do or say things that are unkind, but Disney isn’t the place to start or take place in arguments with other park guests. I stepped into line to get a Dole Whip at the Magic Kingdom to witness an argument between the guests in line in front of me. I had missed the initial interaction of what started this fight between the two mothers, but they were arguing the entire time in front of their children. From a bystander, it looked incredibly childish and wasn’t worth their energy. It set a bad example for all the children and makes for an uncomfortable situation for those around you. Remember to relax and learn to move past annoying things said or done to you; they aren’t worth your time dwelling on during your vacation.
All these suggestions of what not to do in Disney I thought I’d add a list of some things you should do, for the sake of just being nice.
Take a picture of a family
If you notice a family taking a photo, offer to take it for them, so everyone is in the shot. This is such a kind gesture and makes for some good karma for you when you are in need of getting the perfect family photo.
Help a family struggling to keep it together
Hold doors for people behind you. If you see someone struggling such as a parent trying to get their stroller set up with their hands full—help them! It will take you one minute and will mean the world to the other family.
Give up your seat
While riding on Disney transportation be aware of who is around you, if you can give up your seat for parents holding their babies, young children, pregnant women, handicapped, injured, and elderly guests do so; it’s the right thing to do.
I hope these tips help prepare you for your next trip. I am sure you will encounter a few of these situations yourself, and now you will be ready. Stay tuned for next week when we discuss the best places to relax and take a break in the Magic Kingdom.
“See you real soon!”