Theme Park Etiquette And Manners

Walt Disney World is a fantastic and family friendly place to vacation and with friends, loved ones, or even on your own. However - when the temperatures start to go back up and Parks get crowded stressed tourists can tend to get a little grumpy. There are a few etiquette guidelines that everyone should remember and follow in order to keep the experience magical for both yourself and others!

Theme Park Etiquette and MannersTheme Park Etiquette and Manners

Be patient in lines & queues: Everybody has to wait in the queue at Walt Disney World, and whether you have a fastpass+ or you're going stand-by, everyone in your party should get into the queue together. It can be really frustrating to have people going past you in line no matter how polite they try and be. Along with this, once you're in the queue, try to not leave the line to go to the bathroom, grab a drink, etc. If you have a medical condition that makes it impossible for you to wait in the line without leaving and coming back, consider picking up a disabilities access card at Guest Relations before you start your day.

Also while you're waiting in lines, be it for attractions or transportation, please no pushing, allow the people around you in queue their space. Everyone will get where they need to be in due time, and shoving doesn't get you on an attraction any faster.

The Magic Kingdom's Haunted MansionThe Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion

Walkway right of way: When moving down the walkways try to keep to the right hand side, this is the way the majority of traffic flows on the walkways of Walt Disney World. Stopping in the middle of a busy walkway is not only annoying, but it can be dangerous if the people behind you don't see you stop. If you need to take a picture or check your map, be sure to move to the side of the pathways to do so.

Moving over to the side is especially important for guests that are traveling the walkways in a scooter or ECV. Often other guests walking around with their eye level far above people in scooters don't realize when one has come to a stop. This frequently results in the scooters being tripped over, and the user getting yelled out by the person who tripped. When traveling the world on wheels, be vigilant with making sure you come to a stop in a safe area.

Accessible Queues at Disney Offer Plenty of Room to NavigateAccessible Queues at Disney Offer Plenty of Room to Navigate

Civility on rides and attractions: When entering a theater move all the way to the end of your row, especially during peak season. The shows are designed to look great from each and every seat. Be on time for your reservations (be it dining or attraction), and don't expect the cast members to be able to let you in if you are late.

Flash photography is prohibited on rides and in theaters because it ruins the experience, and special effects, for other riders. During the shows it can also be a danger to the performers. Go ahead and take your pictures, just be sure to turn off the flash or floodlight on your camera first.

The theater inside The Hall of PresidentsThe theater inside The Hall of Presidents

Personal Etiquette: First proper clothing is always a good idea...remember Disney is a family destination! The "official" suggested dress is resort casual, but you can read Disney's clothing guidelines here. Next up hygiene is important, deodorant and bathing is always a good idea at Disney, but especially in the high heat and humidity of the summer months. Just be sure that it takes place in the privacy of your room, and not out in the open. Please be aware that there are many children around and you should mind your language. While the thought of little Johnny going home with some new and colorful words may seem funny to you, it's really not. Finally remember that there are designated smoking areas so please be sure only to smoke in the designated areas.

~H2O+ Spa Collection at the Grand Floridian~H2O+ Spa Collection at the Grand Floridian

Walt Disney World is a place of magic and wonder, yet sometimes the stress of being in a crowded, unfamiliar territory while navigating a family can take its toll. Remember to be kind, everyone in the Park has spent a lot of money for to have a wonderful day, and your interactions with other guests will effect both of your experiences. Smile, have patience, and act with kindness.

Denise wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 14:44:

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When pushing a stroller, please remember that it is a vehicle for your child, not a battering ram to clear the way in front of you.

bongo wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 15:41:

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I really wish Disney would hand out a card with these (and others) guides to all of the visitors as they enter the parks.

lizzie wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 16:13:

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I agree with another poster who said they should hand these out to visitors. Even better, these guidelines should be posted in the queue areas as gentle reminders!!

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 17:18:

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Oh! I like that idea of having these on a pamphlet. Perhaps a small section on the Park map!

Mahonedawg wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 17:28:

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Ha!! I think you should have to memorize these suggestions and be tested before you enter any of the wonderful parks!!! Lol!! We are loooooonnnnng time Disney “guests” (now three generations) and are amazed each visit at some of the bizarre impolite/inappropriate/insane things that we now
observe!!! But, we smile, try to be good role models, and just have our good times!!!! Have a Disney day everyone!! :)

bobo wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 18:42:

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Besides handouts I would really, really like to see CM's acting as guides to help people understand the process. You know, like you see moving the crowds along during parades and such.

The parks are getting just to crowded to allow people and groups to obstruct the paths and flows of the crowd.

At Disneyland (of all places) last week, a large group of people had gathered at the area between the teacup and storybook rides. They were slowing down the crowd to a stream of one or two people on either side. If you haven't been there this is the back entrance to fantasyland so it's almost always busy through there.

As we watched the crowds try and get around these people (sitting by the Matterhorn eating Mickey bars) we watched the security people and many CM's walk by the group causing the blockade and none of them made any effort to stop the blockage...

Damfino wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 20:03:

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Don't change your child's diaper anywhere except in a proper changing area, anywhere else is gross and unhygienic. ECV's are no battering rams either ( not just people pushing stroller are guilty of this) Being with children is not a ticket to preferential treatment, so don't pull the 'Disney is for kids' speil to ecuse your own bad behaviour, small kids don't queue jump deliberately, but, their parents do. Don't walk in crowded areas while staring at your phone screen, worse, don't do it while pushing a stroller or driving an ECV. Do you behave so thoughtlessly at home? No? Why do you do so on vacation then?

Christine B wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 20:06:

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The thing I find most annoying: some parents are so intent on giving their children the perfect vacation that, not only do they encourage their children to not follow common courtesy, the parents completely ignore common courtesy too. Yet they want their children to interact and relate with princesses and other characters who display these very qualities... the irony just makes my head hurt. My last few trips to visit the mouse found this attitude becoming more of the norm than the exception - to the point that I've reconsidered future trips... which is sad.

BarbaraB wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 20:23:

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While many people enjoy "Drinking Around the World" at Epcot's World Showcase, please remember that no one wants to see you "falling-down-drunk," getting sick in the flower beds or passed out on a bench.

James wrote on Tue, 03/15/2016 - 20:57:

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Another would be for large groups; don't start singing a big group song in the pre-show areas. I recall a group of about 30 excited Brazillian teenagers singing songs in the lines and pre-shows for every attraction and drowning out parts of the safety spiels and pre-show films.

Lisa wrote on Wed, 03/16/2016 - 12:26:

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I believe that it is unlikely that these issues will improve as any time that I have attempted to have any of these issues addressed by staff (ie. I am now counting the 10th person to push past us in line at the jungle cruise) the staff stands there stumped. When I pressed and asked if they were going to do anything the response was "only if someone complains" I responded that I was complaining and yet nothing was done. What is the staff supposed to do? As long as thet do nothing, nothing will change.

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