Anger within a Disney Park is truly a misplaced emotion. It’s also not nearly as uncommon as it should be. Negativity smolders, most often, within the selfish mind of those who think buying a ticket entitles them to something above and beyond Disney’s already lofty standard. But, it can also erupt within the average visitor who has just had it with people stopping right in front of them.
Here are some of the more typical Disney offenses, and how you can, hopefully, avoid committing them:
Holding up traffic-there is so much going on within a Disney Park. If you do not at some point just stop and marvel, you aren’t showing the proper appreciation. The difference between being appreciative and being an outright menace has to do with location and frequency. Everyone stops at the main entrance to get their bearings and a picture or several. This is also common in front of the castle. Anyone begrudging a family these iconic photo ops is being unreasonable. If you are a member of a party that habitually congregates at the entrance or exit of an attraction, or, Walt forbid, the restroom, you need to develop an appreciation for the strain you are putting on your fellow man.
Losing track of your children-literally, losing a child at Disneyland is frightening and awful. Though here we refer to those who lose sight of their child’s behavior. Perfectly peaceful, otherwise descent people will turn into monsters if a kid steps on their foot one-too-many times in a particularly slow moving Space Mountain line. I myself considered telling a five year old that there was no Santa Claus merely for swinging on the chain in a manner I didn’t enjoy.
Holding up the cashier-this also applies to the real world, but is an especially bad habit at Disneyland where seconds count, nerves can frazzle and a complete stranger would throw you in the moat as soon as wait for you to get your wallet out. Disney concession lines are as efficient as they can be, especially given the constant high volume. But they aren’t fast. When you get into one, there is invariably time for you to wrangle your family, figure out what everyone wants and get prepared to pay for it. Only the most dismissively impatient person expects you to have exact change in hand. But, it is not too much to ask for you to at least remain aware since you are intentionally placing an order for a good and/or service, at one point in the process the person with the name tag is probably going to ask you to pay for it. This is an inopportune moment to remember your children have departed to the arcade with all your money.
Flash photography-many of us remark how tired we have become of “it’s a small world” and The Enchanted Tiki Room. One can gauge the validity of such sentiment by how often we return to attractions we supposedly no longer enjoy. An even more contradictory measure is how we react when someone violates the flash-photography restriction. So, you’re sick of these crooning birds and flowers? Really? Then what are you doing here, and why are you now fantasizing about beating the stranger in front of you to death with their iPad?