Today I want to focus on a topic that is a big controversial. We are going to call it “Don’t be that guest” and it really goes for any theme park you are visiting. We all see things around the parks and think “how can someone act this way?” I think it is a mixture of the heat, the crowds, and the fact that people sometimes leave their common sense at home when they go on vacation. Lets take a look at some of the worst offenders you will find at a theme park.
Don’t be that guest that uses flash photography, flashlight, or just your phone or camera screen on an attraction – You guys…this one drives me NUTS! Dark attractions are not meant to be viewed with lights on. It is rude to other guests who are trying to enjoy the attraction and it can take away from the experience. On top of that, if you do not have a good enough camera to take a picture in the dark without the flash, the picture is not going to come out good anyway.
Don’t be that guest that is a Chatty Kathy on rides – When you get on a ride or other attraction it is expected that your conversation be paused for the duration of that attraction. By continuing your conversation it is disturbing to other guests around you. I am not talking a small whisper to briefly point something out to another guest in your party, but having full-blown conversation at full volume is completely inappropriate. This does include Disney experts who feel the need to share their Disney knowledge while on the attractions. It is great that you love Disney and know these special stories and information about the parks and attractions, but share this before or after the ride. Do not take that experience away from guests on the ride who do not want to listen to you give an unofficial park tour.
Don’t be that guest that runs over people with your stroller and scooter – I understand that accidents happen and it can be hard to navigate the parks and crowds with your strollers and scooters. Those are not the people I am talking about. We have all seen them running around the parks, people who think they can use their strollers and scooters to blow over people to get to where they are going faster. It is not cool, don’t do it.
Don’t be that guest that jumps in front or strollers and scooters – On the other side of the previous point, DO NOT jump in front of people with a stroller or scooter. You will get hit and that is your fault. Be conscious of your surroundings and make smart decisions. You are not the only person in the parks!
Don’t be that guest that cuts the line – This is one of my biggest pet peeves. We have all been there, waiting in line and right when you are getting to the front 10 people run ahead to meet the one person they sent in line. NO. This is a big fat NO. The majority of your party needs to be in line when you get in. You are not being clever and do not deserve special skip the line privileges. This is not talking you are waiting in line when one person needs to run to the bathroom, that is fine, do what you have to do. But your group does not get to work around the rules. I could go on about this for so long. Just do NOT do this.
Don’t be that guest who stops in the middle of the row when entering a show – This also drives me crazy. There is not a single show that you go into where they aren’t making the same announcement “PLEASE MOVE ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE ROW BEFORE TAKING A SEAT” but we all know there are going to be THOSE people who just need to stop in the middle of the row leaving half a row of empty seats beside them. First of all, there are no bad seats so there is no reason at all for doing this. Second of all, LISTEN TO THE CAST MEMBERS. Rules are in place for a reason and nothing makes me more upset than people who think the rules do not apply to them. Just do what you are told people!!!
Don’t be those guests who take up the entire walk way with your family – Listen, you are on vacation, and you have every right to take your time strolling through the park. But please be conscious of other people. Don’t take up the whole walk way, give others who may have dining reservations or a fast pass, or who just enjoy walking faster, room to get by you. It is so simple to do.
Don’t be that guest who gets in front of people for parades or fireworks – There are people who wait in a spot for hours to see a parade or fire works show. It is not okay to stroll up for the show five minutes before it starts and push yourself in front of people. If you aren’t willing to wait, stand in the back, plain and simple.
Don’t be that guest that holds things over your head during shows – whether this is a child you have put on your shoulders or an iPad just don’t do it. Kids can see just as well sitting on your side not blocking people’s views, and the iPads are just obnoxious.
These are the biggest offenders if you ask me on guests you just don’t want to be in the parks. If you look it really all boils down to be considerate and courteous to other guests and realizing you are not the only person on vacation. Be polite and think of others and everyone will get a long fine. And for the love of Mickey PLEASE listen to the cast members. What are your thoughts? Do you have any pet peeves in the parks? Let me know in the comments.