8 GROSS Things About Disney World I Wish I Knew Before My Trip

Disney World is known as The Most Magical Place on Earth, but sometimes things aren’t so magical!

Not everything in Disney World is magical!

Prices are high, you’ll be waiting in line a lot, and the weather can be a little rough, especially during those hot and humid summer months.

On top of that, there are some gross things that you may encounter during your time in the parks. Let’s cringe together, shall we?

Birds May Poop On You

First of all, we have to talk about the birds! There are tons of them all over Disney World, and to be blunt, they use the bathroom…a lot. In fact, there have been multiple occasions where members of our team have been splattered with bird feces. That was definitely not something we were prepared to handle when visiting The Most Magical Place on Earth!

Watch out for bird poop!

Animals Will Try to Steal Your Food

And speaking of animals, you’ll find a variety of (very brave) wildlife in the parks. You’re not supposed to feed the birds, squirrels, or other critters, but many guests have over the years, leading them to become a lot bolder than they typically are. Nowadays, you may encounter some rogue creature approaching you, even crawling up onto your table and stealing the food out from under your nose. You’ll need to be vigilant!

They’ll definitely try to steal your food!


Listen, we’re not exaggerating when we say that Florida is a literal swamp oven. During your time outside in the summer, you’ll sweat from places that you didn’t know you sweat from! It happens to all of us, so it’s completely okay if you need to take some cooldown time inside, put up your hair, or bring a change of clothes. And whatever you do, don’t forget the deodorant!


Rashes, Chafing, Blisters, and Sunburn!

When you’re visiting Disney World, your skin will have all kinds of unexpected issues! First of all, you can get rashes and sunburn from being out in the Florida heat all day long. On top of that, you could experience blisters or chafe due to the sheer amount of walking and sweating you’re doing in the parks. Nobody wants to suffer all day with those problems.

Pack sunscreen in your Park bag — and don’t forget to reapply!

So what can you do? Well, for starters, come prepared. You’ll definitely want to put on sunscreen in the morning and reapply throughout the day. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing so that you don’t chafe or blister, and bring bandages as a backup just in case you do. You likely know your own personal needs, so bring whatever is necessary to make sure that you can last throughout the day (especially if you’re visiting in summer!).

Disney World Essentials

Lovebug Season Exists

In general, Disney World is home to fewer insects than other places in the southern United States. The parks take cautionary measures to ensure that bugs don’t bother the guests all day long. However, lovebug season hits Florida HARD, and when that comes around, you’ll see them all over the place. They’ll be on walls, outside your hotel, landing on everything. It can be unsettling if you’ve never seen it before, so just be prepared during the spring and in the late summer months to encounter them.

These aren’t the only bugs in Disney World!

Children Do Weird Things

Alright, it’s time to discuss the elephant in the room…the kiddos. We love em’, they’re so cute and fun and precious to watch in Disney World, but they can also be unexpectedly gross! What do we mean? Well, for starters, they put their mouths on EVERYTHING. We’ve seen plenty of videos of kids licking handrails, windows, and anything else in Disney World to know that it’s a pretty common occurrence.

Be careful when touching the railing!

So what should you do? Be mindful of what you touch! It may also help to bring some hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes with you in your park bag, that way you’re prepared for whatever stickiness or germs you may run into.

You’ll want hand sanitizer at Disney World

Interactive Ride Queue Elements

And speaking of kids touching things, let’s talk about interactive ride queues for a second. To make your wait in line more bearable, some rides have interactive games in their queues, and the same kids from the last point are the ones touching all over these things! The interactive games will be touched by thousands of guests all day long, so if you’re hoping to try them out, this is the perfect time to whip out that hand sanitizer and those wipes we talked about.

Seven Dwarfs Interactive Elements

Water Rides Can Be Icky

And finally, water rides! When the whole point of a ride is to get wet, there are some things about the attraction that may make you uncomfortable. First of all, the seats will likely be wet when you sit down. Not just that, but people will step on the seats with their wet shoes to get out of the boats, and you may even find small puddles of water in the bottom where the ride sloshed up over the sides. Basically, just try not to think about where the water has been and enjoy the ride!

Kali River Rapids

Those are 8 gross things that we wish we knew before going to Disney World! Stay tuned to AllEars for more news and updates from the parks, as well as all the advice and tips you need for your next visit.

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11 Replies to “8 GROSS Things About Disney World I Wish I Knew Before My Trip”

  1. Germs are good for you they make your immune system stronger! Its all the darn antibacterial soap we use today that has caused all these allergy and sensitivity issues in our population.

  2. I am starting to think some of these ” negative ” type articles are designed to maybe scare off people in an attempt to have lower crowds . LOL ! Germs are everywhere …………..

  3. I’m not understanding the reasoning for this post. Every place you go there will always be someone or something dirty. People worry about buffets and grubby hands grabbing food items? I was a firefighter for 30 years and we would conduct pre-fire plans at some very popular restaurants in our district. You’d be amazed what we saw in the kitchen. Touching a sticky railing doesn’t bother me one bit even with today’s situation. Just wash your hands. Getting on a ride and sitting on a previous foot print? People have to get into the rides. Unless you’re sitting naked on It’s a Small World, it doesn’t bother me. I’d be more worried about the coughing and sneezing people (cast members included) even if there wasn’t a virus issue.

  4. Let’s no forget other cultures have different sanitary customs. I’ve seem some pretty things going on in the parks over the years. I would never eat from a buffet in Disney. Who knows who did what to the food. Kids grabbing with their hands, adults too, taste it and them put it back and even dipping a finger into the food and tasting it. No thanks!

  5. I really don’t like these negative posts. I have visited AllEars.com for ten years to gain insights, plan trips, look at menus and learn the latest Disney news. I guess some people want dirt or snarky commentary. There are plenty of Disney Hater websites-this should not be one of them.

    1. I don’t think adding a touch of reality makes this a hater site. There are things people don’t consider at the parks and thats why they come here – to learn. The take away from this article is to help people prepare for some of the not so fun things about the parks- that’s not even being negative about the parks themselves.

  6. How about walking through knee deep water in certain areas of the parks during heavy rainstorms. Try to not think about the cut on your foo, or that your kid is now basically swimming in the gutter. It’s amazing how quickly the water dissipates, but pretty gross when you’re in the middle of it.

  7. One of the more ridiculous list on Disney ever. Every gross thing can happen in the average backyard. Writer must be from NYC

    1. 10,000 hands don’t touch handles and interactive controls in your backyard. And consider how many folks leaving the restroom DON’T wash their hands. Come on man !

    2. Wow, going for the ol’ city slicker insult? What is this, 1921? What does New York City have to do with anything here?