Are you considering going to Disney for the first time? Have you been to Disney and cannot wait to go back? Do you just love Disney and will read anything about it because it’s that amazing? Are you tired of me saying ‘Disney’ yet? Well you’re going to love this post. Let’s have a chat, shall we?
I am a Disney local, meaning I live quite near Disney World and it is essentially “in my backyard.” That being said, I have been to the parks many, many times and I’ve seen some shit. As a result, I’ve decided that it is my duty to help fellow Disney goers and lovers in their quest to have a splendid time at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It’s time… for Disney (and theme parks in general) 101.
Bring An Umbrella And/Or Poncho – It rains a lot in sunshiny Florida, which means it also rains at Disney. Now I know looking like a wet dog at Disney World is the epitome of fashion and getting that “I just rode Splash Mountain” look without actually riding Splash Mountain is really edgy, but hear me out. You don’t want to be that guy, the one who slips and slides into a shop to buy a human-sized plastic bag with arm holes for $10. Trust me, you don’t. Save yourself the trouble and bring an umbrella or a poncho to the park. If you open the map app on your phone, you’ll see that there’s actually real stores outside of Disney property that won’t make you sell your kidney to protect you from the rain. You’re welcome.
Say Excuse Me – Bumping into people in a crowded theme park is inevitable. One second you’re just trying to reach for that cute $30 t-shirt you just have to look at and next thing you know you’ve accidentally whacked the person next to you in the face. It’s a mess, but it happens and that’s fine. What’s not fine is bumping into people and not saying excuse me or sorry. The number of times I’ve been bumped, hit, ran over my stroller, and accidentally touched at theme park without a simple “excuse me” or “sorry” is ridiculous. It costs nothing to apologize, even if it’s an accident. And when you don’t say sorry or excuse me, you look like an asshole and it’s NOT CUTE. Don’t be that guy. Be nice and say excuse me.
Be Nice To The Employees – Theme parking can be difficult, I get it. You’re walking around, it’s hot, you want to buy something from a shop but it’s too crowded and the cashier can’t hear you very well. Or, you’ve been inconvenienced in some other way, shape or form, and the only person you feel it’s appropriate to punish is a poor employee. Do not do this. The Disney employees you see in the parks do not make the rules and they don’t have the answer to every obscure question you ask. Be nice to them because they are there to help you and that is hard to do when you’re being an asshole. SO BE NICE TO THEM!
Don’t Complain About The Lines – The lines at Disney are almost always going to be really long. It’s a theme park that thousands of people from around the world travel to visit. For some, this is their dream vacation that they’ll never take again. So yes, it’s going to be crowded and the line for Peter Pan is going to take 90 minutes. Waiting is tedious and annoying, especially in the heat, but what did you expect? I suggest getting a fastpass if you can because no one wants to hear you complain about long lines at a theme park filled with thousands of people.
Wear Sunscreen – This is self explanatory really. Wear sunscreen or you’ll burn. Next.
Invest in small Disney shops on Instagram – The Disney community on Instagram is insanely big and there are new Disney shops popping up everyday. If you’re trying to get some Disney swag that’s both cute and unique, check out the Disney shops on Instagram! It’s a great way to give back to the Disney community whilst looking cute in the parks. And we cannot forget about all the cool Disney ears waiting to be shown off in cliche photos in front of Cinderella’s castle. Check out these guys below to get your shopping on today:
Listen to the employees – If you’re going to a theme park, please bring your listening ears. As I said before, employees don’t make the rules, but they do have to enforce them. They’re not telling you to do something or explaining something to you because it’s just their opinion. The information they’re giving you is probably just to help you or to keep you safe. So listen to them and don’t get upset because they explain something to you but it’s not what you want to hear. And when they tell you to “wait” or “hold on,” just do it and don’t be a brat about it.
Drink water and wear comfortable shoes – Florida is a very hot place and dehydration is a very real thing. Disney water costs a lot of money, but it beats passing out. And if you don’t want to pay for Disney water, then bring your own water. Just please, Stay hydrated! Also, wear comfortable shoes. I literally have seen women go to theme parks in high heels and found myself awkwardly praying for another person’s feet. Walking around Disney is honestly like going to the gym. There’s a lot of walking and standing involved, so wear comfortable shoes! Hurt feet suck.
Watch where you’re putting that damn stroller – Disney is literally the stroller section of any baby store. There are strollers everywhere, at all times. It’s understandable and I’m not stroller shaming anyone, but for the love of mickey mouse, be aware of where you’re putting your strollers, especially if they’re massive!
I might make a part 2 of this because I just have so much advice to give you all (lol). But for now I think that’s sufficient. Let me know your rule of thumbs for theme parks (Disney or otherwise). Thank you all for reading and I hope you found this helpful. Lots of love xx