By: Alexandra Blazevich
Walt Disney created his parks for people. His ideas were brought to life for our enjoyment, experience, and memory making. Even so, there are certain habits of park guests that others may find to be “annoying.” Here are a few park guidelines to follow in order to make your, and everyone else’s vacation fun and efficient.
10) “Loitering” in front of fast pass kiosk before time:
Disney world has recently reached capacity when it comes to how many people are in their theme parks. At a certain point, traffic problems begin to occur because of the overcrowding. One thing that causes confusion and makes stand-by lines less efficient, is when people stand around right in front of a fast pass entrance before their time. When large groups are blocking the entrance, it makes it more difficult for people who have the current fast pass time to get in line. There is a five minute “grace period,” which allows your party to scan your fast passes up to five minutes before your time, but otherwise I recommend that guests stand on the side to keep the entrance as accessible as possible.
9) Not keeping up in line:
We all know that lines in the world of Disney can be quite lengthy. To make your stand-by time as efficient and quick as possible, do your best to keep up with the party in front of you. Many rides are constantly moving, with the exceptions of wheelchair transfer and handicapped guests. If the ride constantly moves, then the line should constantly move. Although that may not be ideal, we as park guests should always dream big, right?
8) Not following walking patterns:
The Walt Disney World Company has recently implemented new walkway directions in order to make theme park guest traffic as organized as possible. This new way of directing traffic helps keep guests safe when the parks are overcrowded. Previously, guests would come close to being trampled by other guests just trying to stay together with their party. (We don’t need a real-life Lion King stampede here.) By following Cast Members as they direct you within the park during parades, low lighting situations, and exits, you’ll be able to make your and other people’s vacations go much smoother.
7) Not moving all the way across in theater shows:
There is one simple rule when entering a theater-like show in Walt Disney World where you are not specifically told where to sit by a cast member. (This includes all 3-D shows and others like the American Adventure in Epcot and Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom.) When entering these theaters, please move all the way across to make room for everyone who needs a seat. If you don’t want to sit on the side, simply wait for others to enter a row first, and then pick a seat fit to your liking.
6) Not understanding single rider lines before vacation:
Single rider lines are a genius innovation that Walt Disney world has used to ensure that everyone can have their fun, even if they’re the only one. These lines are also great for families who don’t mind splitting up in order to significantly reduce their wait time on a certain ride. But know this: you will be split up from your party! Cast members use the single rider line to fill up rides that don’t quite fill up from the stand-by/fastpass parties, so there is only a very slim chance that you might be able to stay with maybe one other person in your party. It does happen occasionally, but I wouldn’t count on it.
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5) Holding places in line:
As a frequent park guest, I often will have someone pass in front of me in line saying, “My husband/wife is further up in line. I’m meeting them up there.” Every time this happens I can’t help but wonder if that person is actually just cutting. I know it sounds like an elementary school issue, but I have seen it happen many times in the World of Disney. Holding places in line will also make your estimated wait time increase. My recommendation: wait for your whole party to be together, (other than in emergency situations), before deciding to get in line.
The Walt Disney Company has made a point of making sure trash receptacles are wide and evenly spread throughout the parks and resorts. They even say that you shouldn’t have to take more than thirty steps to get to the nearest trash can. That’s pretty impressive, as well as an even bigger reason why littering in Walt Disney World shouldn’t be a problem. Cast members do all they can to make your time in the world of Disney magical. Do your part as well to keep Disney World a clean place for everyone.
3) Not following tram rules
The #1 rule of riding in the parking lot trams is keeping your children on the inside and the adults on the outside. No matter how many times they may say it and replay it in the parking tram spheal, there’s always one party who has to regroup and move people around to meet the tram regulations. To save time, know before you go to seat your children properly. Safety first, my fellow Disney addicts, safety first.
2) Not standing behind the yellow safety lines:
Yellow safety lines exist for one single reason: safety. They really were not put there to bother you, I can assure you. With all the people entering and exiting the Walt Disney World parks in just a single day, you can imagine that organization and rules are key ingredients to keeping up with the magic. Also, trams are not allowed to move until everyone waiting for the next tram is behind that line. Rules mandate that they must wait for everyone to do so. In order to stay safe and save time when boarding trams and ride vehicles, please stand behind the yellow safety lines.
1) Smoking in non-designated areas:
If you’re a non-smoker in any public place and you suddenly breathe in a whiff of smoke, it’s not pleasant. Walt Disney world is no different. Around all parks and resorts there are designated smoking sections. For the comfort of others, and to follow the rules of the Walt Disney Company, please smoke only in those designated areas.