I am at Disneyland so much I have considered changing my address with the post office. I spend a lot of time at Disney, so I see and hear a lot. One thing a lot of people forget the second they step foot into the park is to practice proper etiquette. I get it you are excited. We all get carried away at times. You still need to practice some basic etiquette which at Disney can be different from what Miss Manners might say.
Your experience is not only based on how those around you behaved but based on how you act as well. So Disney etiquette is crucial to having a great visit. These tips can make your vacation or the vacation of those around you better.
1. Do not hog the photo opportunities. Photo Pass Photographers and Cast Members sometimes offer photo props; please remember other people want to use them too. If there is a pic wall like the Mint Julep wall you want a pic in front of or you want the perfect castle pic don't forget there are other people who want to take pictures too. Let other guests pass you and please remember it's a theme park, not a portrait studio.
2. Do not overstay your welcome. If you’re the only person in the line for the princess meet and greet at the Royal Hall or the only Guest on Main Street that wants to hang out with Goofy its one thing. It is another thing to spend 5 minutes with a character when there is a line. I’ve seen people ask characters to autograph multiple autograph books and shirts or other souvenirs. Then ask for a group picture and individual pictures. When you have a large party that is rude. If parents want just a quick pic of their child with Mickey, then a family shot that may be ok but remember other people are waiting for a turn. If you think you are talking too long, it may be a sign you need to wrap things up.
3. Stop saving parade spots, please. Annual Passholders are mostly guilty of this. Many will come and sit on Main Street with a tablet or laptop and work and wait for several hours. Some families park a grandparent on the street with backpacks, strollers, blankets, or towels to save spaces. I've seen people taking naps. It's crazy. There would be plenty of parade spots before the parades if people stopped doing this. Disney tried to put the kibosh on this, but it did little good.
4. Please do not block the view of other people. I feel iPads don’t belong if you’re using them to take pictures. They are humongous and can obstruct others views. I’ve seen people videotape an entire ride holding an iPad up ruining it for everyone else. Cell phones apply to this too. If you want to take pictures during a parade stand up behind the front row, please do not stand in front of everyone with your camera or phone out. Do not block the view of others.
5. Stop photobombing or ruining other peoples pictures. When you’re on a ride that takes pictures, do not pose for photographs and block other people. If you want to put your arms up for the drops, ask to sit in the back, please. Want to do something silly? Ask the other people sitting with you if they mind. I get it it's your memories but on rides that take pictures its other peoples memories too. When the people in front of me on Splash Mountain do a stupid pose, they may block my party or worse ruin a milestone like my child's first ride on Splash Mountain I don't want a picture of some random stranger dabbing.
6. Please don’t cut in the lines. Don't use my mom/spouse/kids/friends are over there excuse to push up. I have line tips here. Everyone's time is valuable.
7. Don’t argue with the Cast Members if you miss your FastPass cut off time. It's your wrong, not theirs. Unless the ride was down during your return time pardon the pun, let it go.
8. Don’t monopolize the Cast Members time and be polite to them. I get it you had to ask when Fantasmic is but they don't need to know your here with your 3rd cousin six times removed, and their niece is meeting you and so on. When you tell them the information, they do not need to answer your question you are making everyone else wait. If you are mad because the Rose Gold Jerseys or Popcorn Buckets are sold out, don't lecture the Cast Members either. If you have a problem, go to City Hall.
9. Please be kind to the ducks. Do not feed them bread and popcorn. That is bad for them. Do not let your children chase them. Do not let children throw things at them.
10. No swearing. There are kids everywhere just refrain from swearing.
11. Smoking and vaping in nonsmoking areas. I am furious they allowed smoking on Big Thunder Trail after it reopened. That is bad enough but lighting up or vaping because you cant wait long enough to find a smoking area is just harmful to the health of others.
12. Clean up after yourself. There are garbage cans everywhere. I don't think this warrants any further explanation.
13. Be aware of your surroundings this applies mostly to strollers and selfie takers. It goes both ways if your pushing a stroller pay attention. Don't run or force your way through crowds with one. On the other hand, pay attention to where you are going. I have seen plenty of people walk into strollers and then blame the person pushing it. I have also seen parents not paying attention. Don't stop in the middle of the street or walkway either. Stroller or no stroller. Selfie or to read your map or check your phone. You are obstructing traffic.
14. Do not scream excessively or on purpose. On the Haunted Mansion do not yell on the elevator. Its annoying and scares kids. People yell on the rides to be annoying, and that is not cool. You're ruining the ride, scaring kids, and hurting people's ears.
15. No flash pictures on the rides.
If you want to have a great trip and make magical memories, then remember that being kind and thoughtful will help more than anything else to make that possible. Is there anything else you think should be added to this list?