Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, is one of the most iconic and beloved theme parks in the world. Every year, millions of guests from all corners of the globe flock to Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a magical experience. These guests come in all ages with a wide range of interests.
While at Disney World you’ll encounter many different types of guests. The first type of guests are the first-time Disney goers. These guests are the wide-eyed novices experiencing Disney World for the first time. Their excitement is palpable as they explore the parks, meet characters, and savor the unique Disney atmosphere. The Disney Fanatics are guests where Disney isn’t just a vacation; it’s a way of life. They know all the songs, characters, and trivia. They’re often spotted wearing matching Disney-themed clothing, also called Disneybounding, and they can give you a detailed history of every attraction.
Other types of Disney guests don’t even go to Disney for the attractions. They are all about the food. These guests prioritize dining at the park’s many restaurants, often planning their entire visit around reservations for unique dining experiences. Or, to the other extreme, guests only go for the most thrilling attractions around. These Disney World guests seek the adrenaline rush of roller coasters like Space Mountain, TRON Lightcycle / Run, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and Expedition Everest, making multiple rides in a row a must.
Solo parkgoers are not the only type of guests. Parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents also all go to Disney World. These guests are often seen pushing strollers, managing snack requests, and queuing for character meet-and-greets. The joy on their children’s faces is contagious. These guests may also seem in a rush trying to get to the next attraction before nap time or timing the attraction time perfectly before the next bathroom break. Disney World parks are troopers due to meltdowns, crowds, and juggling a wild child or more during long lines.
In a social media post, one guest talks about how they dislike the guest who has to plan everything down to the second. This Disney guest is known as the planner. These meticulous guests have itineraries, schedules, and dining reservations down to the minute. They aim to maximize their Disney experience and avoid lines. Some of the planners also will do “rope drop” which is when the park first opens.
“…gonna get flamed for this one but- planning everything down to the second takes the fun out of it and a lot of it is unnecessary”
Many of the comments talk about how the guests are the planners at the start or before the trip and then dislike the issue of pulling their phone out to see the wait times or time for the next parade.
“I love the planning, but once we’re actually there, I wish I could just abandon it all. And I really, really hate taking my phone out to manage that stuff while we’re there.”
Other guests love the idea of planning, and once it needs to be changed they throw the plan out the window.
“I love the planning part, but I also love to be flexible with it. I was there with my husband earlier this month and I’d say we stuck about 65% to the plan. The rest we changed as we needed.”
What type of Disney guest would you call yourself?