A while back we took a look at parade viewing etiquette. At the time it seemed to be a topic which needed to be discussed and critiqued. Even today there are still common-sense rules which are broken by guests who view a parade or even a show. During a recent visit to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando I witnessed the latest trend by theme park guests who are either viewing a show or watching a parade. Not only is it a trend, but it’s a growing trend by guests who see other guests doing the same. Placing a child on your shoulders just as a show starts may seem harmless, but it does little to amuse guests behind you who are trying to watch the show or parade you are watching. The same guests who thought they had a clear view of the stage or street 30 minutes before the show or parade started all of a sudden don’t.
There are plenty of arguments both ways with this type of situation. First off, you could make the case Disney World is for children. They want to see pirates and princesses way more than maybe the adult population behind you. But, keep in mind adults behind you want to experience the show or parade with their children who are not on a parent’s shoulders or just standing like most everyone else.
You could also make the case if you didn’t want to be blocked by a child on an adult’s shoulders you should have arrived earlier and gotten closer to the front. But, what if this situation occurred in the first couple of rows? Basically, whoever is behind the adult and child your view is obstructed.
It should also be mentioned that having your child on your shoulders can be unsafe. With a crowd around you, a simple bump or trip could cause quite a disaster. Keep that in mind when you hoist your child in the air, on your shoulders, and perform a minor balancing act.
What about those cameras, iPads, and iPhones? When you hold up your video recorder above the crowd you are blocking the view of the guests behind you. Suddenly, everyone is moving their head and neck in a different direction. This is another last minute decision by guests that can affect the viewing pleasure of guests behind you who didn’t expect it up until show time. It can be somewhat discouraging and frustrating to see your unobstructed view go to the wayside.
As I’ve visited the theme parks over the past 2 or 3 years, I’ve noticed this issue growing and growing. More and more children are getting lifted onto their parents’ shoulders. I won’t get into my opinion about it, but I will tell you I’ve sighed a few times near the Cinderella Castle forecourt stage.
Do you feel guests own the space above them in a theme park? Is it proper etiquette to obstruct another guest’s view of a show or parade by setting a child on their shoulders or holding up a video camera? Do you feel the guests who do this have no sensitivity to people behind them? Tell us your view or story in the comments section below or on our official Facebook page.
If you are a guest in a theme park and wish to put your child on your shoulders or record a video from above, please remember the guests behind you who have been waiting in their spot for some time. A last second change of view is never enjoyable and can be frustrating. A good rule of thumb when visiting a theme park, you are never “above” the guests behind you. You are only in front of them.
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