I worked as a Disney Imagineer designing Florida theme parks for eight years.
It is not safe to sit on queue ramps or put a child on a ride they are too small for.
Flip-flops won’t get you far in parks, and you shouldn’t try to text while walking.
I worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer for eight years and learned a lot of best practices for visiting theme parks.
Read on for things guests should never do at Disney World.
Don’t try to text while walking down Main Street in Magic Kingdom
When you enter Magic Kingdom, you are immediately immersed in Main Street USA. The aesthetic makes you feel like you’re walking through a real ancient city, complete with sidewalks, streetlights, and tram tracks.
But if you’re texting and walking, you might accidentally come across these features.
Rolling your ankle in the cart rails is the worst, so be sure to pull over if you need to look at your phone.
Pretending to hurt yourself to get a wheelchair or scooter isn’t cool
Wheelchairs and Electric Transportation Vehicles (ECV) are available on a first-come, first-served basis at Disney.
Don’t be that person who fakes an injury to catch one in hopes of cutting the lines for the day.
It’s not cool, and it takes it away from someone who really needs it.
Use of flash photography on rides is distracting and boring
I know it’s super tempting to get your camera out on the rides, but the flash really ruins the experience for you and your neighbors.
If you take your camera out on rides like Splash Mountain or Pirates of the Caribbean, chances are it will get wet too.
I know photos are a must when visiting Disney parks, but luckily many of the bigger rides take photos of you which you can get through PhotoPass. If you add Memory Maker to your plan, you can even get unlimited digital downloads.
The ramps in the queues are not your personal seats
After walking all day in the parks, it can be very tempting to climb or sit on the ramps while waiting for a ride, but you could fall and injure yourself or someone else.
It also slows down the line. Also, it takes a lot of planning and effort to make the queues look beautiful, and it beats them much faster.
Do not bring plastic straws or balloons into Animal Kingdom
Plastic straws and balloons are not allowed anywhere in Animal Kingdom as they can become a hazard to animals in the park.
They are also not permitted in water parks or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Wearing flip flops at Disney World is a recipe for disaster
This may be more of a personal opinion, but unless you’re an expert flip-flop walker, you’re asking for major blisters wearing them at Disney.
You can walk miles a day around the parks, so a comfortable, supportive shoe is your best bet.
If you’re worried about getting hot in sneakers, I’d suggest wearing Teva sandals as they tie all the way to the foot and offer a bit more support than standard flip flops.
Do not argue with ride attendants about your child’s height
There are plenty of low-intensity rides at Disney World, especially Magic Kingdom, that all family members can enjoy.
But there are a few with height requirements, including Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and The Barnstormer.
Don’t get mad at park workers on the front lines for sticking to the rules, and don’t waste your time arguing or trying to trick them.
They are just trying to keep your child safe.
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