This weekend is the start of Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. The event runs from May 15- June 14, 2015. This event draws huge crowds and it is a great time to bring your manners to the park. I would like to make some suggestions to help you have an enjoyable visit to a crowded theme park.
- DON’T wait to purchase your theme park tickets until you arrive at the park- Yes, you can purchase them at a ticket window outside the park but you can save yourself some valuable park time by already having your tickets. If you are an onsite guest, DO select your FastPasses in advance if you already have your tickets purchased.
- DO follow instructions when waiting for the parking lot tram– Believe it or not, WDW cast members are there for your safety. DON’T– I couldn’t believe the number of people that walked out in front of moving cars! The cast member was telling them to stay back and to stay behind the yellow line so the parking tram could pull out. The guests just didn’t listen. FYI- When you get on a tram they do the safety spiel 3 times. Once in English, one in Spanish, then again in English. The cast member had already said no further boarding when a man and woman walked up, pulled open the door and stared at the cast member who is telling them there is no further boarding. When someone gets on the tram anyway they have to start the safety spiel over again, delaying all the guests that paid attention to the cast member. I guess their time was more valuable than everyone else’s. Every time I go to a WDW theme park I see people doing stupid things while boarding or riding the trams. I just wonder what these guests would do if they were injured because they didn’t listen to the instructions?
- DO bring sunscreen all year round. It’s also a good idea to put it on before you get to the parks. Be sure you put it on your children. DON’T start spraying the sunscreen in a crowded area. It does get hot and humid in Orlando and you should reapply it often. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. If you are sensitive to the heat, I highly recommend the cooling towels that are available. They really do help in the heat. We soak ours in ice water and pack them in a ziptop bag so they are ready for use in the park.
- DO pack your patience and your manners! Everyone is looking to have a great time when they visit Walt Disney World. If everyone used their manners and showed a little patience it would make for a much better experience. If you would like to see a parade don’t arrive at the last minute and crowd your way into the area when there are people that have been waiting for a long time for a good spot. If you have small children most people will allow them to stand in front if you ask nicely. Also, if you are up front on the sidewalk DON’T put your child on your shoulders and block the view for the people behind you. I know this is a hot topic but the parades aren’t just for the children. There are many young at heart adults that are seeing the parade for the first time also!
- DO listen to the Cast Members – when you are on the ride listen to the safety instructions. There have been injuries when guests ignored the message to keep their hands inside the boat at Pirates of the Caribbean. DON’T use flash photography if you have been told it isn’t allowed. Nothing ruins the attraction experience more than when some guest insists on taking those flash pictures. I can guarantee that they aren’t going to turn well enough to print them so why bother? Flash photography is only good if your subject is less than 1o feet away. A new trend seems to be using selfie sticks while on the attractions. This isn’t allowed so take those pictures when you get back outside. I also find a smile and a thank you goes a long way when you are dealing with a Cast Member.
If you follow these suggestions I believe you can have a much better time when you are visiting Walt Disney World. ‘Til next time, See you in the parks!
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