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I was thinking about the things I appreciate at WDW today. What's one weird thing you appreciate at WDW? Stuff that usually doesn't get mentioned. I'll start ...

Clean restrooms. I live in NYC, the Disgusting Restroom Capital of the World. laugh

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Clean walkways...even after a parade it is amazing how quickly they clean it up.

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I appreciate the fact that they only use paper straws in AK, in order to protect the animals. clapping

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I really give a crap about a clean restroom.

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I love that everything is so clean, no garbage, no nothing to spoil the beautiful scenery.

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an illuminated lighthouse!

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The Colonel wrote:
an illuminated lighthouse!

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I appreciate the smell, if that's possible? Disney has a distinct smell that brings with it lots of memories mickey

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PhillNYC wrote:
I was thinking about the things I appreciate at WDW today. What's one weird thing you appreciate at WDW? Stuff that usually doesn't get mentioned. I'll start ...

Clean restrooms. I live in NYC, the Disgusting Restroom Capital of the World. laugh

You have obviously never been to Paris laugh

Seriously though, I love the chattiness of the CM, they are never in a rush if you want to chat, they are never rushing you through. I love that everyone seems to have time. Really makes my day Smile

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Let's see. I'll go with the music of the areas. I'm not just talking about the music in ride queues or actual attractions. I'm talking about the background music that plays when you're walking through Adventureland or Liberty Square or something like that. I feel that gets overlooked because everyone is rushing towards a certain attraction that people don't take the time to listen and appreciate the great music.

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Have to agree with jw3 about the music. We are all a musical family and so are the couple going with us for this next adventure. Our world is surrounded with music, so when we are hearing it, it changes how you feel.

One of the most obvious ones that I am sure most people don't notice, is the changes in AK when moving from Africa to Asia to India. Very pronounces and cool. I bought the CD but it's not the same without the visual to reinforce, but still cool.

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Staff that smile at you.... Cause in the uk, not so much

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The genuine smiles and service from all CM's at WDW...If I got this kinda reaction from a shop keeper in Scotland, I'd be checking my change on the way out of the shop.. wink

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I love all of the hidden symbolism. Wdw is like a perpetual scavenger hunt.

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I love the politeness of the CMs, too. I remember one night waiting for Illuminations at EPCOT. They had roped off some sort of elevated garden type thing. (Please bear with me, my memory ain't what it used to be biggrin ) A family had gone under the rope to stand on top of the small retaining wall around the garden. A CM came over and told them that they couldn't be up there, but the way he told them and asked them to get down was so courteous and friendly that the father immediately apologized for being up there. I was simply amazed. Anywhere else the employee just would have said, "Yo...get down from there," but at Disney, it just doesn't happen that way.

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My list would be really, really long but a few of my top things would be......
Their attention to detail and the attitude that's its got to be the best.
The smell....... Wonderland Katie is definetly right about the smells, even going from land to land there are distinct smell.
And the most important one, there's no judgement on a 37yr old guy meeting Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse.

Also, ROOTBEER FLOATS ROCK!!!!!!!!!

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This is going to sound totally bizarre but I appreciate that at WDW even the dirt is clean.

I read a blog post many years ago about someone's little girl playing in the dirt around some landscaping as they waited for a bus. She made a comment about how even the dirt is clean at Disney and it struck me as just a really odd thing to say. But then - then I started to pay attention to "dirt" in public places. Parks, other theme parks, malls, movie theaters and the like and on my next trip I compared it to what I saw at Disney. At Disney when you catch your kid playing in the dirt, they're generally playing in soil and mulch, maybe some sand. What they're not playing in that you find in the dirt of other places is cigarette butts, ashes, disgarded wrappers, glass and general yuck. So when at DIsney I always take time to appreciate clean dirt.

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I appreciated that I could wear a tiara one day, Minnie ears the next, carry a scepter around from lunch at Cinderella's Table. a stuffed stitch hanging at my side and no one looked at me like I was a freak, but rather smiled.

I love this too! I'm planning on looking totally crazy and not feeling weird about it because I'm in Disney World and that's ok!

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I love the fact that there are no "bugs". I appreciate some of you have had a bite, but we have never been bothered or even seen one unless of course we were in It's a Bug's Life. wink

Dh says that he agrees with above statements that you can be a wild as you want and as long as there is a smile on your face and you are obviously enjoying yourself, we all smile with you. awesome

So here's to tiaras and crowns, ears, and pirate head wraps and long may they make you smile! Big smile

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I agree with the music comments. I really like the music you can hear everywhere you are in the parks. It really doesn't often get overlooked from everyone rushing by to do this or that. We never rush around in the parks, so I can appreciate the music as we stroll around.

One night we had late ADR's at Via Napoli and it was raining so we stuck around and actually had a few more "drinks" while everyone was leaving and workers cleaning up. No one minded and our waitress continued to serve us what we asked for as she went about her business. They never asked us to leave though we were last out I can assure you of that.

It was nearly 11:00 o'clock before we made our way out of the park. We were never asked to leave or what we were doing, though we did get "swept out" (their term when we asked) as CM's were walking in a make shift line in one direction as we were leaving. It was really cool to be literally some of the last guests to leave EPCOT that night. Walking around and out it was awesome to hear the music playing with nearly no one around us. One of the coolest experiences I've had at Disney actually. It was like the entire park was open just for us.

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VelcroPooh wrote:
I appreciated that I could wear a tiara one day, Minnie ears the next, carry a scepter around from lunch at Cinderella's Table. a stuffed stitch hanging at my side and no one looked at me like I was a freak, but rather smiled.

This is so true when you are there. Not always the case before you get there. When I fly down to Orlando I put my Minnie ears on as soon as I get through security to wear on the flight. I've had my fair share of "isn't she a little old to be wearing those ears" looks.

Whatever, it doesn't bother me. I wear my ears with pride.

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I appreciate that at Disney. My DH and I can Descreetly be a couple and no body cares or seems to notice. At home that still isn't the wisest of choices. We feel like we fall into the category of couple at Disney instead of gay couple like most places. I hate hyphenation in identifying myself so it's nice when it just doesn't make a difference.

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Eddie G. wrote:
It was nearly 11:00 o'clock before we made our way out of the park. We were never asked to leave or what we were doing, though we did get "swept out" (their term when we asked) as CM's were walking in a make shift line in one direction as we were leaving. It was really cool to be literally some of the last guests to leave EPCOT that night. Walking around and out it was awesome to hear the music playing with nearly no one around us. One of the coolest experiences I've had at Disney actually. It was like the entire park was open just for us.

They sweep out the all the parks at night, it is to make sure no one gets left in the parks over night. I know at Hollywood Studios, they wait for the guests to leave and just follow behind them.

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I appreciate that at Disney. My DH and I can Descreetly be a couple and no body cares or seems to notice. At home that still isn't the wisest of choices. We feel like we fall into the category of couple at Disney instead of gay couple like most places. I hate hyphenation in identifying myself so it's nice when it just doesn't make a difference.

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The ducks. I know they own the place, but I appreciate them. We always take at least one picture of a Disney Duck on every trip. They are happy, healthy, and beautiful. It started on our first trip when every morning we had four or five sleeping ducks in the fern bed right outside our door at CBR. Other than the whole tropical theme, it reminded me of when I was little and the chickens and guinea fowl would be outside our back door in the mornings as I went to catch the bus.

On another trip we were lucky enough to have a momma duck bring her babies right to our feet as we were sitting on a bench at Dixie Landings (now POR) They sort of hung out by us a bit, scrounging around and nibbling on shoe laces. Then off they went - sort of like they had a route to waddle.

It was a bubble in the bubble moment.
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Magic Days wrote:
I appreciate that at Disney. My DH and I can Descreetly be a couple and no body cares or seems to notice. At home that still isn't the wisest of choices. We feel like we fall into the category of couple at Disney instead of gay couple like most places. I hate hyphenation in identifying myself so it's nice when it just doesn't make a difference.

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I love the way the characters interact with each guest! Even Naveen said we didn't have on phony baloney tiaras!

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I love the fact that there are no "bugs". I appreciate some of you have had a bite, but we have never been bothered or even seen one unless of course we were in It's a Bug's Life. wink

I would have said this as well until last Monday. We sat down to wait for the Festival of Fantasy parade around 2:00 and the first half hour or so was fine, but then all of a sudden, these little black bugs started swarming around. We were just sitting on the curb on Main Street. No one around us seemed to be eating anything and the bugs were just out in force for no particular reason. I've never seen bugs like that anywhere at Disney. Of course it was too late to find another seat because the curbs were packed by that point, but luckily the little guy occupying the seat next to me (his name was Silas and it was his 5th birthday--really cool little kid. I talked to him for like an hour) was an expert bug stomper and by the time the parade started they were at least tolerable.

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The ducks.

Ducks are the best. I make a photo album for every trip and each one has a picture of a duck captioned "Donald Duck". It really upsets me when I see other guests do things that are harmful to the ducks. My mom saw someone actually pick up one of the ducks to take a picture with him! NOT COOL! mad

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Squirrels are better !!!

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