Disney World Quick Tips and Tricks: Dark Ride Etiquette Part Two

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Peter Pan Flight

For first time visitors to Disney Parks, dark ride etiquette may seem confusing. Some rides allow photos with no external lighting, while others are somewhat vague. That’s just the tip of the iceberg concerning Dark Ride Etiquette.

Here is my part 2 of  Top 5Dark Ride Do’s, the sequel to my Don’ts.

  1. Peter Pan’s Flight. With the technology of new DSLR cameras, some striking photos can be captured on this ride without the flash. Timing has to be spot on, but most photographers know that is part of the fun. So, do whip out those crazy expensive cameras, do turn the flash off and do make insane attempts to capture Wendy on the boat.
  2. Great Movie Ride. This is a perfect ride for show interaction. Get involved with the Gangster. Heckle him. See what happens.
  3. Soarin’. In most cases, on this ride, you can leave your cell phone’s ringer on. You’re underground and not likely to pick up signal. However, if by some chance you do have your phone out while you’re over California, hang on to it, and hang on to it tight. Those mountain climbers would likely have better signal than you would at that moment and they may need to make a call. If you drop your phone down to them, you may never see it (in one piece) again.
  4. Livin’ with the Land.This ride is an amazing foreground for discussion. As a home learning family, we’ve found many agriculture discussions can begin with this attraction. Try to keep the noise to a minimum so others around you can hear the overhead speakers, but do discuss this ride, and talk to those around you, point out things that others might not see and watch for the Hidden Mickeys!
  5. Stroller Derby. It’s not an advertised attraction, but after closing out a park, you will understand what the term means. Families with young children attempt to leave the park all at once while pushing strollers, ahem, quite aggressively in some instances. I have found this is the absolute perfect time to carry your children if you must leave with the crowd. If they’re small enough to be in your arms, they’re probably safer. So go ahead and pick those little ones up, hold them tight and join the derby. If you’d rather wait until the derby is over, you can usually meander out of the park at your own pace.

What has been your experiences with these “do’s”? Do you have any other etiquette tips to share?

Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?

Disney World Quick Tips and Tricks: Dark Ride Etiquette Part Two


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One thought on “Disney World Quick Tips and Tricks: Dark Ride Etiquette Part Two

  1. Do know the limits of the tolerance of the dark for the people in your group. I (even as an adult) do not like the dark and feel safest in the middle of the crowd like in the Haunted Mansion elevator. Walking the dark (mostly deserted corridors) of Pirates at Night at night gives me the willies. And although I love Jungle Cruise, it is a whole different (and scary) attraction at night.

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