Top 5 Ways to Throw a Wet Blanket on Your Disney Vacation

Disneyland is The Happiest Place on Earth. Walt Disney World is The Vacation Kingdom. Both have been making dreams come true for literally decades! So what could possibly ruin your Disney Experience?

Well, here are my TOP FIVE ways to throw a wet blanket on the fun:

Number Five: Rain

OK, this isn’t something you could do to yourself, unless you’ve perfected a rain dance. But attending a Park only to have the heavens open up in an attempt to drown you doesn’t usually make for an ideal day!

But this is only at number five because there are lots of things to do during a cloud burst. Take in one of the longer inside shows. Shop. Eat. Or just take a break back at the Resort. The one good thing about Florida is that if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change! And California is usually pretty sunny, so rain should be the least of your worries.

Number Four: Rushing

If you want to ruin your day at a Park in record time just put on your running shoes and try to break the land speed records to each ride. While you’re at it, you may as well trample some little children and knock over an older person, just to round out the experience.

Sarcasm? Yup. SLOW DOWN! Space Mountain has been blasting visitors into the darkness for decades and it will still be doing so when you arrive. Whether your arrival time is now, later, or tomorrow!

Number Three: Planning

Over or under, either one can ruin your Park experience. Too much planning takes all of the spontaneity out of your day, and too little can find you standing in the Hub wondering which way to go and what to do next!

So plan enough to know where things are, when special events and shows start, and what the average wait times are for the attractions you just have to visit. But think carefully before you FastPass yourself into a straightjacket and book every meal months in advance! Things have a way of popping up and sometimes you just don’t want to eat that burger at exactly 11:34 am.

Leave yourself some wiggle room!

Number Two: Crowds

Sardines. Buffalo herds. Lemmings. What do they all have in common? They travel together. Way too close together, while smelling less than pleasant!

Visiting a Disney Park at peak times is a great way to see the back of thousands of heads as you are pressed between a wave of humanity while simultaneously learning if the woman to your left really has an all-day antiperspirant. She doesn’t. And yes, that is the wheel of a stroller being jammed into your ankle.

Do yourself a favor and NEVER visit a Disney Park at peak times!

Number One: Attitude

By now you’ve probably figured out that I have one. But I’m pretty sure if you visited a Park in peak season, with no plan in place, and started to rush to your favorite attraction, only to have the skies open up and soak you before you got ten steps forward… you’d have an attitude too!

And just like the character Anger in Pixar’s new movie Inside Out, it can be fun to have a bad attitude sometimes! But not at a Disney Park.

No matter what happens, try to keep a positive attitude. How you ask? Remember that being at a Disney Park is better than being almost anywhere else! Think about it: You could be visiting the Dentist. Or at work. Sweating in a gym. Standing in line at the supermarket in the 5-items-or-less line with 10 people ahead of you with 50 items each.

Need I go on? Attitude people. Get yourself a good one!

So there you have it. My picks for the top 5 ways to throw a wet blanket on your Disney Experience. But seriously, don’t use them.

Disney Top Five: Ways to Meet Other Guests

It’s funny that we can be in a place surrounded by thousands of fellow human beings and not give any thought to how we might interact with them! I call it the Elevator Syndrome. Everyone piles in and faces forward and tries not to move, speak, or make eye contact because…

Well, there just isn’t a good reason.

So today we’re all going to exit that elevator and explore ways to move with other people through long line-ups, to actually start up conversations with complete strangers, and treat others like we care if they live or die. Yes, we’re going to learn how to plus the Disney Experience through genuine human contact in this Disney Top Five list!

People to Meet

Number 5

Ask someone where they’re from. Nothing says ‘I’m interested in you’ like inquiring as to where they’re from and how they came to be at Disney. You’ll either establish a common ground or learn about a place you’ve never been.

Number 4

Trade something. Pins. Vinylmations. Germs. Anything! Think of it this way: You get to meet someone new and walk away with a prize for doing so. Win Win says I (unless it’s a germ).

Number 3

Sit down. You’re not going to meet anyone by running from one place to another with only the destination in mind! How you get there and whom you meet along the way will enrich you in ways you never imagined.

Number 2

Share a ride vehicle. This suggestion is best illustrated by attractions like the Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, or perhaps Soarin’ or Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor where the sheer number of people make it almost impossible not to meet someone new!

Number 1

Smile. Nothing draws a person to you like a great big smile that says ‘I’m happy to be here!’ An Oscar-worthy Grumpy performance won’t make you approachable. So whether you’re walking around, browsing in a shop, waiting in line, or relaxing by the pool: Turn that frown upside down and show some teeth!

Bonus Round

Electronic devices. TURN THEM OFF! True story: I was visiting a Disney Park and saw four young girls walking ‘together’ while each was busy texting other people on their cell phones. So… why did they come to the Park ‘together’ if they really wanted to interact with these other friends instead? People, let’s try to live in the here-and-now with flesh-and-blood people, shall we? I’m going to stop now before this turns into a Rant.

I hope this isn’t an exhaustive list. So if you’ve found a great way to interact with other Guests while visiting a Disney Park, please share it with the rest of us in the comments section. And do your part to stamp out Elevator Syndrome once and for all!