Confession: I’m a crowd grouch. If the parks are too crowded, I get crabby. But I recognize it and deal with it. And I tend to go at slower times. We all have our moments on any vacation, but the thing about a crowded, hot park is that it can bring out the worst in some people. Take these guys, for example:
1. Your brother-in-law, the one who hates Disney, the one who’s part of your grand gathering. He’s going to spend the whole trip complaining about everything, from the cost to the heat to the rambunctious kids. A shop full of souvenirs inspires a lecture on child labor in Third World countries. He’ll gleefully tell you the exact fat content of that turkey leg you’re eating. And heaven forbid you actually enjoy Disney World; he’s probably going to accuse you of being childish. How to make this guy happy? You can’t. And you really can’t short sheet his bed either, because that will make your mother-in-law mad. Just point him in the direction of the golf course and go to the parks without him.
2. The Line Cutter. Oh, that guy. He gets annoyed when you stop to take a picture of Mr. Potatohead in Toy Story Midway Mania, menacingly sneering at that three feet in front of you that needs to be filled right now! He goes around the side of the bus line at deluxe resorts. He stands in front of you when you’re watching the parade from a spot you’ve been saving for an hour. You know what? It’s not worth it. You’re on vacation. Turn the other cheek and be glad you know how to enjoy your vacation without going completely Type-A about it.
3. The Sweaty Guy. I know The Sweaty Guy can’t help it, but you know the moment I’m talking about: You’re walking in the parks on a hot day and you feel it, that point when The Sweaty Guy brushes up next to you with his clammy, wet skin. Yeessh! I have one word for you: Purell.
4. The Perfectionist. This guest, whose first cousin is “Mr. Free Upgrade Guy,” expects Disney to be perfect and if they aren’t, he’s gonna want to be compensated. He’s not your problem unless you’re at the table next to his or in line behind him, but when he is, he can really mess up your day. Avoid him and his “Happy Birthday” button at all cost. By the way, his birthday was three months ago.
5. The Angry Parent. She’s yelling, he’s reminding the kids how much they’re spending. If we’re honest as parents, we’ve all been The Angry Parent at one time or the other. What to do? Well, if it’s you, step back and remind yourself that no one has to ride Space Mountain and that sometimes, it’s best to leave the parks and go back to the pool. If it’s not you, open the door, offer a seat. Magical moments at Disney can happen at times like this, just by offering a helping hand.
Can you think of any other annoying guests? Let us know in the comment box below.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Top 5 Attractions For Seniors (chipandco.com)
- Disney World Summer Survival Guide (chipandco.com)