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8 Things Never To Do At Walt Disney World

8. Be intoxicated

There’s nothing wrong with drinking while you’re on vacation, and for many reasons Disney is the perfect place to do just that. There are tons of fun bars to go to, including Jellyrolls at the Boardwalk and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, which recently opened up at the Polynesian Village Resort. However getting intoxicated and making a scene of yourself while at the parks is not a behavior that is well tolerated at Walt Disney World. With a little bit of effort, you can easily drink to your hearts content in the parks without causing a commotion with other guests. For instance, if you plan on drinking around the world in Epcot, you’ll want to have the whole day to spend in World Showcase. If you do this over a long period of time, drink just as much water as you are alcohol, and eat something every now and then, you should be having fun without going too crazy.

7. Feed the animals

This point isn’t just referring to the animals that you go to Animal Kingdom to see, but rather I’m referring to all animals on Disney property. First of all, feeding animals is against the rules at Disney, so if you start feeding your meal to a duck, you’re putting some poor cast member in the awkward position of having to tell you not to do that. Secondly, the reason why this is a rule is primarily because it’s bad for the animals. And lastly, feeding the animals causes a problem where the animals become viscous towards guests who don’t feed them. So let’s say I feed a crane, and after I get up to leave, the crane begs you for food, and you refuse (knowing that people food is bad for it, and it’s against the park rules). And now the crane attacks you, because it’s not getting what it wants. Feeding the animals just leads to all sorts of problems, so it’s really much better to not get in the habit of doing this.

6. Go to the parks without having a game plan

I’m not saying you need to have every detail of your day planned in advance, but having some basic idea of what there is to do, and what you want to do, in each park will save you a lot of time and stress. You’re paying an awful lot of money to be in Walt Disney World, so you probably don’t want to spend your time there looking at maps and guidebooks and wondering what exactly you should do.

5. Ignore cast member instructions

One thing you definitely should not be doing at Walt Disney World is ignoring cast member instructions. Most of the time, when a cast member instructs you to do something it is either for your safety, or for the courtesy of other guests. Not only is it rude to ignore they’re instructions, as they’re just doing their jobs, but depending on what the issue is you could get hurt, or someone else’s experience could be ruined.

4. Use foul language

This one is really easy to understand the problem here. It’s a family park, and many families with young children do not want to hear your potty mouth. And let’s be honest, do swear words really belong in the Magic Kingdom?

3. Buy bottled water

Not buying bottled water, especially if you’re going to Disney during the hot and humid summer, will save you so much money. Instead of buying bottled water, or carrying bottles around in a backpack that you bought elsewhere, just go to a quick service restaurant and ask for a cup of water. If you’re worried about the taste of Florida tap water, the water from quick service restaurants is actually filtered as it comes out of the water tab on the soda machines.

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2. Bring the wrong people

If you’re thinking about bringing distant relatives or family friends on your next vacation with you, make sure you’re 100% comfortable with this decision before you invite them. While I’d love to be super polite and say everyone is wonderful to travel with, I know that this is not the case. Before inviting someone to join you on your trip, make sure they understand things like what Disney entails—make sure they know how different the weather might be from where they’re from, and that Disney involves a lot of walking, so they’d need to be up for all of that.

1. Complain

There is really no reason to be spending your Disney vacation complaining. Anything that does go wrong during your vacation can be fixed by Disney cast members, so complaining further after the fact and dwelling on the situation is just going to bring everyone down. And complaining about things like the heat and waiting in lines is just useless. It’s not going to do any good, in fact, all that’s going to do is put the rest of your party in a crappy mood. Just be happy you’re going to Walt Disney World when you could be home at the office or at school instead!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.