13 Things That Drive Us Crazy at Walt Disney World


4) Cast Members Who Ignore You

Most Walt Disney World Cast Members are fantastic. They love what they do, they adore all things Disney, and they take seriously the fact that they are responsible for creating magical vacations. That said, there are a few who don’t quite meet the same standards. They appear bored, they look away if they think you’re about to say something, and they check their cell phones while at work. For the most part, this is something that you should just ignore. Find a different Cast Member to ask your question to or to help you out. If a Cast Member is incredibly rude, head to Guest Relations to let them know. Disney wants to know what is going on with the people who work for them, and they would like for you to share your experiences with them, even if you need to complain. Don’t hesitate to report someone who was not doing his or her job, or who insulted you. The opposite is also true, if a Cast Member makes your day make sure that you leave him or her a compliment. These are taken seriously, and Disney loves to hear about someone who spread a little bit of extra pixie dust.

3) Guests Who Are Rude to Cast Members

Cast Members work long hours on their feet in the sun. They do their best to keep smiles on their faces, even if they are having a bad day. There is never a reason why you should be rude to a Cast Member. If you have a problem, explain it to someone, and he or she will do their best to assist you. Remember that the Cast Members that you come across do not set the prices in the stores, they do not decide that a ride needs to be shut down, and they are following procedure when they have you park at the far end of a row. Cast Members are human beings with feelings, sorrows, joys, dreams, and goals. There is no reason to raise your voice, point, swear, or do anything else that would be considered hostile or rude. Instead, try being extra nice to Cast Members. Say “hello” when you walk by, thank the person who checks your harness, and tell the cashier to have a fantastic day. Sometimes a smile and a wave will be all that it takes to turn a Cast Member’s bad day into a good one.

2) Trying to Get a Reservation at Be Our Guest Restaurant

Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat at Walt Disney World. Even though breakfast and lunch are both quick service (dinner is full service), reservations are accepted and needed for all three meals. It can be next to impossible to snag a reservation there, especially if you aren’t trying to book at the 180 day mark. Keep trying, because people will cancel as their plans change. Be flexible on which meal you want to dine there and the time, and you’ll have more of a chance of getting something. A credit card is now required to hold a reservation, and if no one shows up and they didn’t cancel, the card will be charged $10 per member of the party. Email reminders are sent about 48 hours before a reservation, so that is a good time to obsessively check to see if something at Be Our Guest Restaurant has opened up. You might be able to find something as other people cancel. Have a backup meal in mind, just in case. While Be Our Guest Restaurant is incredible, there are other fantastic places to eat at the Magic Kingdom.

1) Leaving

The worst part of any Walt Disney World vacation is leaving! It’s a fact, you can’t stay forever. The best way to keep from going crazy when you’re leaving is to start planning your next trip immediately. If you are staying on property, seriously consider the bounceback offer. Knowing when you will be able to return will make leaving a little bit easier, but it will still be difficult. If possible and you have time, plan a character breakfast for the morning that you will leave. There are some great choices outside of the parks, so you won’t have to add a day to your ticket. If you can’t fit a character breakfast into your schedule, still try to do something Disney related that morning. Pick up a couple of last minute souvenirs in the hotel’s gift shop, or have Mickey Waffles in the food court one last time. Once you get home, download your pictures if you haven’t already. Pick a favorite (or a few) and buy a special Disney themed frame. You may have left Walt Disney World, but the memories that you made will last forever. If you still can’t handle the fact that you left, visit DisneyCareers.Com and see if your dream job is available. You wouldn’t be the first person to pick up and move to Central Florida to be closer to the magic.


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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.