13 Things That Drive Us Crazy at Walt Disney World


There will be some frustration on any Walt Disney World vacation. Annoying things happen, sometimes they happen often. Here are 13 things that will drive most anyone crazy while at Walt Disney World. Some of the things on this list are Disney’s fault, some are because of guests, and others can’t really be blamed on anyone. When something frustrating happens, take a deep breath and let it out slowly. You may not always be able to control the situation, but you can control how you react to it. If something serious happens, make sure that you talk to someone from Guest Relations or Security about it. Otherwise, let it go (overused Frozen pun intended). Don’t let anything ruin your time at the most magical place on earth.

13) Summer Weather

Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but the weather doesn’t always seem to know that. If you aren’t used to summer weather in Florida and take a peek at the ten day forecast before you leave, there is a good chance that you will panic. Most summer days in Florida will have a fairly high chance of thunderstorms. Don’t let the threat of rain stop your fun, the storms usually pass quickly. Throw some ponchos into your bag and plan to eat or browse in the shops when a storm hits. You’ll be back outside again before you know it. Buy cheap ponchos ahead of time and then throw them out when the rain has passed. That way, you won’t be carrying wet ponchos in your bag. Make sure that you also have sunscreen for the rest of the day. This is necessary all year long, not just during the summer. Your skin will burn faster in Florida than in most parts of the United States, and sunscreen can help prevent a lot of pain later on.

12) Sudden Stopping

This isn’t a problem just at Walt Disney World, but somehow it seems to be an epidemic on days that are especially crowded. Chances are you’ll have it happen to you several times a day each time that you’re in a Disney Park. You’ll be walking to your next destination, glancing around a little, when suddenly the people who are in front of you just stop without warning. Often they will have a double wide stroller. It is all too easy to keep moving and end up walking right into them. There are two solutions to this problem. First, if you are walking and need to do something, do your best to move out of the walkway and then stop. This won’t work if an item is falling out of the stroller, but it will if you want to take a look at the park map. Second, if you’re walking, try to keep a little bit of distance between you and the people in front of you, and watch where you are walking as well. If you pay attention, you might be able to avoid the collision.


11) Construction Walls

Walt Disney World is constantly changing. New rides, restaurants, and even lands help to keep things fresh and exciting each time you visit. Unfortunately, construction walls are a must for the progress. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is full of construction walls right now, but you’ll also find them elsewhere. If you let them, the walls will take away a little bit of the magic. What you need to do when you see a wall is to picture what is on the way, and how much fun it is going to be. Thinking ahead makes the construction walls more bearable. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Toy Story Land is set to open Summer, 2018 and it is going to have two new rides. Slinky Dog Dash will be a roller coaster for the family, and Alien Swirling Saucers will feature the Green Aliens and The Claw. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open in 2019. There you’ll have a chance to pilot the Millennium Falcon and also fight the First Order. When you think of what is being created behind those walls, you might not mind them quite as much.

10) Running Out of Merchandise

Special events often feature special merchandise such as pins or T-shirts. These items are sometimes limited edition. It is frustrating to arrive at a park and ask about a limited edition T-shirt, only to learn that they ran out of your size and that they aren’t getting any more. Try checking in another store, especially one towards the back of the park. People tend to shop more in the front of the parks than in the stores in the back, so you might find it elsewhere. You can also check on the Shop Disney Parks App. They sometimes will have limited edition items for sale. If you still can’t find it, look for something else exciting to spend the money on. Don’t let it ruin your day.

9) Bag Check Delays

Bag check is a fact of life in today’s society. It is an annoyance that helps to keep people safe. Banned items are found all the time at bag check, these are things that do not belong in a Walt Disney World theme park. What will drive you crazy is when there is a delay because someone is not prepared. There are a few simple things that you can do to make the bag check line continue to flow smoothly. First, unzip all of the zippers on your bag, not just the main one. Second, place the bag on the table. Third, make sure that you are not wearing the bag at all. It has to have been completely removed from your body. Finally, if you have any banned items (including things such as selfie sticks and most glass bottles), tell the Security Cast Member before he or she gets to your bag. Don’t hope that the item is missed in the inspection. If you let Security know ahead of time, in most cases you will be told what needs to be done to check the item. You will then be able to pick it up when you leave. A little bit of courtesy will go a long way when going through the bag check line.

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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.