I bet you are super excited to go to Disney World with you family and you want to make sure you get it just right. As a self-proclaimed Disney World professional attender, I'd like to offer some tips on how to not be a total jerk during your stay. Enjoy.
Walk on the right side. Here in America, we travel on the right side of the road. Things work more smoothly if you walk the same way.
DON'T: STOP! You wouldn't come to complete stop on the interstate, would you? Theme parks are the same way. There are thousands of people trying to get somewhere. If you have to stop to check your map or stare aimlessly into space, PULL OVER! to the right.
Also, if you have a family of 5 or more- don't all walk next to each other. You are not a parade. You will be blocking the entire walkway because you guys can't pair up and stay to the right.
Clean up your trash if you're not at a fine dining restaurant. People will likely be stalking you for a table to sit at, don't leave trash for them to clean up.
DON'T: Feed the birds! Do not feed the birds or any other animal. I know, Mary Poppins, great movie. You're not the bird lady. Let me explain why this will make you the jerk; If you feed the birds,more of them will start crowding the area looking for food. Other people don't want birds stalking them while they eat. Some kids are afraid of birds- you will be scaring the children! Lastly, it can also make the birds sick. - Not as important as the first two reasons, but still. Disney has the funds to keep them well fed with "BIRD FOOD". Trust me, they do not need that French fry.
Remember that theme parks are a lot to take in. Children and adults will get stressed and exhausted. Try to keep in mind that nothing is the end of the world and you will create great memories, if you try.
DON'T: Spank your kids in public. Come on, now. I'm not here to debate spanking or judge discipline. But, please don't do this at Disney World. If your child is out of control, as hard as it may be, try hugging him and letting them know that this can be a tough day for everyone. You know your kid. If he/she is acting different than usual, it's because they don't do this everyday!
Think about where you are standing. Are you blocking an aisle, a walkway, a door? You'd be surprised how many people are completely unaware of their surroundings.
DON'T: Block a walkway. If you are in a line that is coming out of an entrance that will eventually cross the walkway, curve the line yourself before the cast member has to direct an entire line of jerks to move over. It's easy. Instead of lining up in the walkway behind the last person in line, stand to the side of the last person in line, next to the wall or building. People will start to line up behind you, against the building and Voila! You have done something good for the world!
Be courteous to those around you. Again, this is about being aware of your surroundings. Are you an adult blocking a child's view of the parade? Well, then you are a jerk.
DON'T: Hold up your pompous umbrella when it's not raining. Yeah, waa waa, it's hot and you are blocking the sun. You are also blocking my daughters view of the dancing princesses, that we paid good money to see! Also, Don't hold up your iPad to record the entire show. Seriously? Get a camcorder! I don't want to watch the show through your ipad and neither do my kids!
Be courteous to pregnant women or people in wheelchairs. I mean, do I have to even say this? Let the pregnant woman have your seat on the monorail or any seat. Make space for the person in the wheelchair.
DON'T: Cut in front of people in wheelchairs or cut them off. That's just not cool.
These rules of Disney Etiquette have a common theme. Be aware of what you are doing and don't be a jerk. Have fun!