If you’re heading to Walt Disney World, there are quite a few rules you’ll need to know! You’ll want to check out the list of items not to bring into the parks and familiarize yourself with how to use your tickets properly. There may even be extra guidelines you need to know if you’re traveling with children or those with disabilities.
But today, we’re here to discuss the rules that aren’t written down officially…have you ever broken any of these?
Reciting the Pre-Show From Memory
Okay, we get it: you really love visiting Disney World, and you’re a dedicated fan…but it’ll be okay if you don’t quote the entire ride preshow from memory while it’s happening. The other guests around you will probably be grateful!
Believe us, we’re definitely guilty of doing this one on accident from time to time — it’s so hard to not do it when the writing is so great! (“Welcome, foolish mortals” is such a quotable line!). However, we know you don’t want to ruin the ride experience for other guests, and they’ll be able to follow along much more easily with the storyline if the ghost host (or Dr. Seeker or that random guy from Flight of Passage) doesn’t have an echo.
“Saving” Spots in Line
Okay, seriously. Please, please, please don’t do this one! There’s not an official rule against “holding” spots in line, but it’s not really a polite thing to do, especially when the wait times are long.
It’s only fair that everyone waits their fair share to experience the ride, and it can be very frustrating when a group of eight people cut you in line to join their party after they “went to the bathroom.” (That’s why you should always go BEFORE you get in line!) If everyone saved spots in line for their families, it would make the wait times much longer than necessary, so please do the right thing, and join the line all at the same time.
Wearing Merchandise From Other Franchises
This is one of the less serious “unwritten rules” of Disney World, but it’s one we want to mention nonetheless. Don’t wear your Harry Potter, Despicable Me, Shrek, or any other non-Disney franchise merch to the Disney World parks!
It’s just a little bit strange to see a guest wearing wizard robes when you’re in Galaxy’s Edge, and it always makes us wonder if the person didn’t realize that the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is at Universal Studios, not Hollywood Studios. The one exception is Marvel merchandise, which you can get away with wearing at both parks, since Disney owns it and Universal has the corresponding land!
Blocking Views for Fireworks
Okay, back to being serious for a minute. When it comes time to watch the fireworks at night, please do your best to not block the view of the guests behind you, especially if you’re near all the action.
Many people will line up for quite a while to reserve the perfect fireworks spot, so when you hold up your giant iPad to record, open your umbrella, or throw your child up on your shoulders right before the show, it can ruin the experience for other guests. You don’t want to be That Guy!
Stopping in the Middle of the Walkway
This is more of a minor inconvenience than a major problem, but it’s definitely a bad habit that will interrupt the flow of the theme parks. The main walkways are made just for that — walking — so make sure to step off to the side if you need to discuss plans or make a decision.
Plus, if you stop in the middle of the walkway, you run the risk of being run over by a rogue stroller or ECV. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. 😉
Yelling At Cast Members
If one “rule” on this list is the most important…it would be this one. Cast Members are at Disney World to help make magic for the guests, and they typically love what they do, so please be kind when you’re interacting with them!
If you’re experiencing a major issue, it’s likely not the fault of the person that you’re speaking with, so keep that in mind, and don’t yell at them. They want to help you have an amazing vacation, and when you scream at them for something that’s not their fault, it doesn’t solve the problem and just makes you look like a jerk. (We probably don’t have to tell you that being a jerk isn’t cool!)
Claiming Tables When You’re Not Eating
And finally, let’s discuss table claiming. If you’re not eating at a particular restaurant or outdoor dining area and it’s a particularly busy time of day, don’t claim the tables in a high-traffic zone.
This is an especially big problem outside of Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom, where it’s nearly impossible to find a seat. And even if you do eat your meal in the seating area, try not to linger too long so that the next family has a chance to sit somewhere other than on the ground. It’s the polite thing to do.
So there you have it — seven unspoken rules of Walt Disney World Resort. Have you ever broken any of these? Even if you have, you can move forward now with the knowledge of how to be a more polite guest on your next visit! And if you’re looking for more Disney tips, news, and general excitement, then stay tuned to AllEars!
What “unspoken” rules do you have for Disney World guests? Let us know in the comments!