Spending Christmas At Disneyland
I feel that what sets me apart from other Disney bloggers and influencers on social media is I think I take risks and talk about not only Disney in a positive light but the negativity as well. I talk about the things that the other Disney Bloggers do not in the context that there are issues that are not pleasant. Yeah, it’s helpful to write line hacks or post restaurant reviews. But it’s also beneficial to know what’s going on in the parks. These issues can affect your experience if you’re not aware of what could be going on.
I try to use my unique advantages, perspective, and insider information to try to make Disneyland a better place socially. I am not someone that just has sources. I spend a lot of time at Disneyland to me it is my second home. When you go to Disneyland twice a week, you do get to know and meet a lot of people in the park.
For example, I wrote about re-sellers buying up the most popular items in the parks and reselling them. It can put a damper on your trip if you're here only for a few days and wanted rose gold ears or the hottest item right now the rose gold Disneyland Jersey. If you travel here and cannot come back the souvenir you wanted being sold out can dimish your experience. There are a lot of items that you can only purchase at Disney parks.
Other Disney bloggers and Instagrammers will post ears are back in stock and not say what needs to be said. Stop buying them up and selling them. Stop paying too much for them on eBay. Honestly, if those who are in the position to stand up and say something do so, it can have a positive effect.
So I am very irritated right now because Christmas was a few days ago and the way people were behaving this week was downright disheartening.
Today I went online for the first time in a few days, and people were complaining about Christmas at Disney, and I was angered by the comments I read.
Let me explain something to you my son is a Cast Member and my husband works at one of the restaurants on property. Half of my family was taking care of other families so that they can enjoy their holiday and make memories.
Disney is one of the few theme parks that are open every single holiday. Knotts Berry Farm which is eight miles away from the Disneyland Resort closes on Christmas.
My husband and son didn’t get to spend Christmas Eve or Christmas day at home with the family because they were working.
My husband had a very unpleasant experience on Christmas Day while taking time away from his family; a few tables did not tip him. He worked on Thanksgiving and was not tipped then either by several tables.
Another server had it worse and was not tipped anything by eight tables in a row!
I don’t care if you believe in the tipping system. Tipping is the norm and if you don't understand it read this. At fine dining establishments like the one where my husband works you can’t get your foot in the door to serve unless you have years of experience as a server.
They don’t hire just anyone off the street. Even someone you might think is not a very good server probably has more experience waiting tables then you would think. It's likely this person had a lot of excellent references even to get hired.
As far as the restaurants in Disneyland and the hotels it is was difficult to get a job serving. Some of the restaurants have a waitlist that is two years long to get your foot in the door there.
A little-known fact is that servers have to give a portion of their tips to other members of the staff the bussers, runners, some places even the bartender or the hostess on the restaurant.
If you do not tip or do not leave a sufficient one, your server loses money waiting for you.
So when you're at Disney on a holiday consider this. All of the cast members and all the people working in Downtown Disney spend the day away from their family.
When people go to Disneyland or Downtown Disney and are not kind and courteous to the cast members and employees, it does affect your experience.
Rude people are using the resources of those helping them. When someone does not tip or is impolite and causes a scene, they take away the time and attention of the person helping them. Time, care, and energy that could be used in better serving those who appreciate them.
To treat a Cast Member or Downtown Disney employee poorly is downright childish.
The number of people I heard complaining online in my Disney groups made me mad. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pass holder or not there is the sense of entitlement. No one is entitled to special treatment or to be mean to other human beings because you are not getting what you want or because it's crowded.
Every single person there this week probably have no idea that those who are working didn’t have a choice. They didn’t volunteer to work. They are there because they have to be there. So to say someone ruined your Christmas or vacation while they are at work not enjoying their Christmas is selfish.
They are there serving you who choose to be at Disneyland at Christmas. One of the busiest times of the year at Disney. Taking a Vacation at Christmas is your choice and a risky one at that. So do not take it out on others when the crowds start to impact your vacation.
It is also wrong to blame Disney's high cost for not tipping. Now you need to understand something if you can’t afford a vacation plus the food that is on you. Either utilize quick-service where you are not expected to tip or go to the grocery store and buy your food.
When you go to Disneyland and expect magic remember:
That means waiting in lines. That means crowding. That means Tipping. That means treating others the way you would like to be treated. I hear complaining, and I am thinking do you know how many people who would gladly brave the crowds and be grateful to be here today but cannot?
It feels like lately there have been a lot of people complaining about Disney yet never admit that they also hold responsibility for their experiences. They like to blame others when they do not get the Disney Magic one thinks they should receive just because Disney is more expensive than other theme parks.
It has to stop. Miserable people who make poor choices like coming to Disneyland on one of the busiest days of the year and then expect to walk onto rides. Or get a table at the most popular restaurant without waiting. It is everyone else's fault but their own. They spread the misery. Meanwhile, there are thousands of people who go there when it is crowded and have the right attitude and have a blast.
Be prepared to wait when Disney is crowded. If you cannot be patient, then stay home. Your choices impact countless others. Many do not consider that when booking a vacation at Christmas means those who serve them will not be with the ones they love at Christmas.
My husband works at the resort as a server. You can read his blog post here on tipping.