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How do you deal with rude people at Walt Disney World?

by First Time Disney Dad
(Charlotte, NC)

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“My wife, four children, and I visited Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT this past Presidents’ Day weekend. Apparently, we missed your post about it being one of the new high times.

Our family had a great time, and our kids really enjoyed it. We really had a great time despite my comments below. I guess I am just complaining, but I would also appreciate some advice. Our kids just got of age where they can actually enjoy Disney, and I think we will visit again within 9 – 18 months.

As the “vanguard” of our group, I tried to keep us in a tight single or double file line to avoid blocking others when we were traversing the park. I was regularly frustrated by other guests. We literally, physically ran into many on smartphones not watching where they were going. Sometimes by able looking people blazing around on ECV’s cutting us off at high speed. More than once by tweens sitting four across on steps required to access our next stop. Frequently by other family groups that chose to have a pow-wow in the middle of a walkway.

One sore point was groups more than 50 people in total all clad in similar gear just blocking entire walking paths.

The highlights were encountering courteous people of all nationalities and having great conversations with them as able. We got to introduce our children to wonderful people who all enjoy what we do.

I try to take the good over the bad, but I wish there was more thought given guiding peoples’ behaviors in these busy times.”

People need to be more courteous

People waiting at rope drop in the Magic Kingdom

Rope drop, the calm before the storm – Photo by Wayne Wood

First time Disney Dad, I’m glad you had a great time. You’re right, Presidents Day week has become one of the top 10 busiest weeks of the year.

Dad’s February Disney World Crowds page

And I do understand your frustration. This is something I’ve talked about over and over and over. I’ve talked about the dad on the phone while the kids are kind of looking at him and saying, “Hey dad.” The people that walk into the middle of the Magic Kingdom, right into the middle of Main Street, pull out the map and say, “Where’s Expedition Everest?”

There are people that just aren’t thoughtful. It’s kind of the culture these days. There was an article on the news yesterday about Chevy Chase the actor. Chevy Chase was in a minor fender-bender on the highway. And he and the guy pulled over, and the guy beat him up. Chevy Chase. So it is kind of the culture.

Smart phones, they’re great, but they’re one of the worst things ever invented cause people get their nose buried in my phone. Disney has made it kind of hard not to. The My Disney Experience app is great but awful. There’s maps, reservations, FastPass+, even the nearest bathroom are all on the app and we are all on our phones trying to look things up.

I don’t know why people stop right in the middle of the walkway. Why do they get on steps right where you’ve got to go walk to get into buildings? (This is not just something that happens at Disney. We see this all over.) It’s just rude.

Yes, People are just rude (or clueless). It is just a fact of life. People weren’t taught to pay attention. They weren’t raised “right”. I was taught if you’re sitting down and a woman with a baby, or a youngster comes on, you let them sit. An old person comes on, you let them sit. When you need to stop you get out of the way. That just doesn’t happen anymore.

How to avoid rude people

The one thing you can do to avoid the rude people is go when it’s not as busy. I know that’s difficult with school-age kids. Go in September when its less busy. You won’t have that problem as much in September. There’s just not anybody there. You just try to find the less busier weeks.

Dad’s September Disney World Crowds page

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

So the bottom line is, yes, rudeness at Walt Disney World a problem. I have no clue how to solve it other than to try and avoid it by going when they’re aren’t any crowds.

All I can say is, just be courteous. “Excuse me, I’m trying to get … Can you guys, please?” Just be courteous, try to point out what they’re doing but be courteous. “Do unto others.” You know, the Golden Rule. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you” (not before they can do to you). It sounds like you do that. It sounds like you’re doing a great job.

Have you ever encountered this? How did you handle it? Tell us below in the comments.


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Jan 10, 2019 At WDW right now
by: Becky

Just to point out, I am at the parks right now & appear able bodied, but had a kidney removed six weeks ago due to cancer. I have no stamina so am using a scooter for the first time.

People cut millimeters in front of me without a thought to the fact that you cannot stop or swerve as quickly while on one, even at the lowest speed. But I guarantee they would be mad if I hit them. Also having issues with people literally using their babies & strollers as battering rams so they can get in front of you and get on a ride 10 seconds quicker! Unbelievable!!

Mar 22, 2018 Rude people
by: Art

On the other side of the coin: My wife uses a ECV’s to get around WDW. She is very careful not to get too close to anyone but that doesn’t also work out. Again people using phones, running, not paying attention were always cutting us off. One time the crowd was bad I took over the steering for her and while going at a slow pace,someone beside us made an immediate left turn right into us. I’m sure he thought it was our fault. On the other hand there were many, many times when people from all around the world saw my wife approaching and made sure the members of their party moved out of the way for her. I always gave back a big smile and a thank you.

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  1. I had a man in his late 50’s to early 60’s pull my 8 year old daughter off a bench so he could sit down. When I confronted him, he wouldn’t look up from his phone. These kind of jerks are so prevalent in the park now that you run into one every day, regardless of how busy the park is

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