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Top 10 Theme Park People Peeves

by Leap on July 5, 2011 7

We travel to theme parks a lot and hear all sorts of “people peeves” from park goers. I’m a pretty level-headed frog... dealing with my two tadpoles, I have to be. Plus, we pack patience wherever we go. But I wanted to share some of the pet peeves that really seem to “bug” people. Recognize any?

1. The “It’s Not Skipping if I Pretend I Don’t See You” Guy

This person usually rears his or her head at the bag check, turnstile and counter service lines. We’re all going for the same goal, right?

2. The “Let’s Blame the Cast Member” Guy

It’s not normally the poor Cast Member who had to tell guests that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is temporarily down who personally broke the ride. Smile at at the poor, unfortunate soul and come back later.

3. The “Who Me?” Guy

This is the person who sees the small children patiently waiting for the parade to start with their parents who saved the spot for them an hour in advance, but squeezes his or her way onto the edge of the sidewalk anyway. Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Hey, I’ll move back for other children to get a front row view, but not for you, buddy!”?

4. The “If I Physically Push the Crowd, It’ll Move Faster” Guy

This is not a cattle drive, but do you ever feel like some people think it is? Ever not press the gas the millisecond the light turns green and the guy behind you lays on the horn? Same idea. Just relax, everyone is here to have fun!

5. The “Let’s Pretend We’re the Monkees” Guys

It was a great way to start a Monkees show, but it doesn’t work walking four-by-four in a crowded theme park. Slim down to a worm-like line and everyone gets where they’re going much faster.

6. The “I’m Bringing Enough to Stay for a Week” Guy

Yes, I carry a backpack, but it’s a “normal Dad-size” one. You can’t pitch a tent and camp out in the park, so what’s with these hiking backpacks that could wipe out an entire crowd with one pivot?

7. The “Watch Me Lose My Temper” Parents

It sometimes seems like tantrums rarely originate from the kids (kids can sniff out parental stress like a cheetah), so does it kill you to see parents who completely lose it and have meltdowns worthy of a Dr. Phil episode?

8. The “It’s OK If I Don’t Wash My Hands” Guy

There isn’t enough hand sanitizer in the world to make up for a good ol’ fashioned hand-washin’.

9. The “I’m Finished Eating But I’m Not Moving” Guy

I’m not saying you have to gobble your food and scram, but it’s not a coffee shop. The popular hang-out for these people... Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom. I know there are benches around the corner next to First Aid and Baby Care, but I’d like to leave those for those in need of First Aid and Baby Care!

10. The “I’m Not Giving Up My Seat” Guy

The Frog Family likes to stay on-property, so we definitely take advantage of Disney transportation to and from the parks, but what about when able-bodied adults refuse to give up their seats to parents with a 40-lb. stroller and two little ones in tow? What is this...the Titanic?

Like we’ve said before, patience is the most important thing to pack: Everyone is a bit different, which is part of the joy of theme parks! Even when dealing with small annoyances, theme parks are still some of the “Most Magical Places on Earth.”


Keep hopping, Leap!
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Mar 7, 2012 at 5:18 a.m. Rebecca Says...

Don't forget the people who like to leave their light up toys spinning and blinking throughout the nighttime shows and parades! How is it that parents are so oblivious that it doesn't occur to them that their kid is waving their light saber in front of someone's face during Fantasmic and that might be just a little distracting?? I actually had a kid get one of the spinning things caught in my hair once during a parade. I know there's alot going on, but thanks for paying attention Mom!

Jan 31, 2012 at 6:44 p.m. Reilly Says...

I was with you up until the last one -- catching the bus at the end of the day, we're ALL tired.

If I've been patiently waiting to catch a bus and happen to get a seat, I won't give it up to anyone my age or younger with very few exceptions: pregnant women or someone with an injured foot/leg or using a cane/crutches.

A 40-pound stroller doesn't belong on the bus at all, IMHO. (Umbrella strollers are fine and functional.) The bus is designed for people to sit and stand, and for wheelchairs or ECVs to park. Why should I be uncomfortable because of someone else's poor judgement?

And don't get me started on the person who's ECV takes out 3-5 seats, and then takes up another seat instead of sitting on the ECV for the ride back to the hotel!

And when I see "that guy" who is sprawled out or piles their stuff on a seat to keep anyone from sitting next to them, I politely tap his shoulder and ask him to move over, just to make a point.

Jan 15, 2012 at 3:43 p.m. Art Says...

I actually have arthritis, and as a young kid it looks very disrespectful when I don't give up my seat. But after walking around all day, I'm throbbing! Next time I'm bringing a cane to help with getting around, but I'm pretty sure no one will give me their seat because it IS the Titanic. In fact, I was crying with pain standing on the bus. A man offered my family member and her child to sit in his seat, but she looked at me and declined the seat.

Jan 4, 2012 at 11:29 p.m. Sherry Says...

I have real problems standing on the monorail or a bus, so no I won't get up for u with the stroller.....Would u get up for me, a senior citizen?

Nov 12, 2011 at 4:33 a.m. Ana Says...

Another peeve is when parents don't respect older 65+ folks and don't ask their children relinquish bus or monorail seat for a senior.

When parents ignore screaming tired children so they can chit chat

Those who change diapers on a bench next to others who are eating

Sep 21, 2011 at 12:51 a.m. shadow Says...

yep yep and yep to all these pet peeves. And a few more:

when the people moving into the row refuses to move "all the way down" when others are still standing. I have had to climb over people who continue to sit while the poor cast member is trying to get them to move.

people who use their flash while on rides. I was "flashed blinded" while on PofC. The woman took pictures of everything! We rode PofC again just to be able to SEE.

Jul 7, 2011 at 5:19 a.m. badvibegirl13 Says...

SO TRUE......all of them:)

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