Disney Transportation – Giving up your Seat

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Disney Transportation - Giving up your Seat

Have you ever been on a crowded bus or monorail leaving the parks that was standing room only?  I know I have!  After long day in the parks, buses, monorails, and boats carry the tired masses back to their resorts (or cars), leaving people standing and ogling the seated passengers, hoping to get a seat sooner than later.

While many people will willingly offer there seats, I’ve seen more than once people not offer common courtesy to those who, to me, obviously should have a seat.  So, I’m here to give some basic guidelines on when to offer up your seat.

Here is my list of those who should have first priority on seats:

  • Elderly
  • Expecting mothers
  • Handicap/disabled
  • Parents holding young children
  • Young children (teenagers can stand with the rest of us!)

Seems obvious to me, but I have witnessed strong, healthy men sit comfortably while women hold onto squirming toddlers.

Obviously, there are plenty of times anyone can sit:

  • You fall into one of the categories above
  • There is plentiful seating
  • You offer and the people in the above categories decline

Yes, it is your vacation too, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t all be polite.  Whether you’re at Walt Disney World Florida, Disneyland California, or any of the Disney Parks overseas, we should all be considerate.

Disney Transportation - Giving up your Seat

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6 thoughts on “Disney Transportation – Giving up your Seat

  1. Thanks for the article. My husband and myself had several instances on the bus ride back at park closing standing holding two sleeping children and no one offered to let us have a seat. A thirty pound sleeping child gets very heavy.

  2. I also use transit in Vancouver so when I get to WDW I find myself appalled by the lack of courtesy on the buses. Not only do people not give up their seats to those who need it, I have often seen people get on the bus and stop and block the aisle because whoever they are with got a seat and by golly they are going to stand right there with them. The bus is only going to one place with one stop, if you have to separate from family members – you will see them again soon! A pet peeve of mine both at home and at Disney is using a seat for your souvenirs or belongings! I love the bus system at Disney and wish they had a bus etiquette pamphlet included with the welcome package at check-in!

  3. Way to go Jennifer. I’m in one of those groups I guess (Oldie here) and I often get offered seats on the buses. But – there are a lot of folks on each bus who need to sit far worse than I do so I always politely decline!!

    Ken

  4. Way to go Jennifer. I’m in one of those groups I guess (Oldie here) and I often get offered seats on the buses. But – there are a lot of folks on each bus who need to sit far worse than I do so I always politely decline!!

    Ken

  5. Thanks for reminding people of this Jennifer. This is so true!! It really bothers me to see a big strong man seated and a poor mother holding a sleeping child. I have also seen it so bad that the drivers has reminded people to give up their seats to others that are in need.

    Thanks again!!

  6. I use public transportation every day for work, and these same rules apply on the NYC bus and subway system (or they SHOULD, whenever everyone cooperates). As someone who has no health issues and can easily stand up on a bus because I’m used to the jerking and stops/starts, I always give up my seat and encourage other able-bodied folks to do the same!

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