Line Etiquette at WDW by Corey Applegate
I recently brought to you my thoughts on bus etiquette, so I believe it is now time to hit the lines.
Don’t invade my space: Nothing drives me crazy more than someone who thinks that waiting in line means that they have to get into my personal space. Getting so close to me that I can tell what you had for lunch is not going to get you onto the ride any faster. It is perfectly acceptable to be polite to those around you and leave about an arm’s length between you and the person next to you, and I am sure they will thank you for it.
Don’t harass the cast members: This was something I saw on my last trip and it doesn’t happen often, but it’s still annoying when it does happen. I saw a gentleman in an ECV insisting that he could not drive through the line and he had to go through the Fastpass line. Don’t be that person. Most of the lines, especially the newer ones, are designed to get through on an ECV or in a wheelchair. My grandmother, who was not the greatest of drivers on her best day, was able to navigate the line for the Maelstrom. You can, too. The cast members have a lot of other more important things to worry about and don’t need you trying to skip lines because you don’t feel like waiting with the rest of us.
Line skipping: This one is more of a grey area. It’s completely understandable for you to take your little one out of line for an emergency trip to the bathroom and then rejoin your family in line. It’s completely different if you tell dad to get in line and then the rest of you come join him once he’s close to the front. There are also the incredibly rude people that will pretend that they are meeting someone in line just to get through to the front. For the record, that’s called cutting, and I thought we stopped doing that in kindergarten.
Kids: My daughter is terrible at waiting in line and even worse about being on her feet for long periods of time. In other words, she’s a normal six year old, though I will be the first to admit that she probably whines more and it’s a super frustrating habit to break in a kid. Anyway, when she gets antsy, she starts to bounce around and annoy anyone who is around her. When we wait in lines, we do everything we can to keep her entertained so she doesn’t annoy the people around us. That is not the case with everyone who waits in line.
Pay attention: Some rides move continuously, and the rest have some relatively fast load times. So, why do we wait so long in line? Because of the people who don’t pay any attention to what’s going on in front of them and end up leaving a big gap because the line moved without them. My husband actually led the line around a guy who wasn’t paying attention once because he couldn’t take it anymore, and he didn’t even notice. Put your phone down, and keep an eye on the line while you have a conversation with your family so you can keep it moving.
The yellow lines: If the cast members tell you that you need to stand behind the yellow line, they actually mean it. If you look at the lines, they are on the edge of a drop off, usually onto a ride track. Stepping over the line could mean a lot of pain for you and they are just trying to keep you safe. Persisting in playing with that line can get you ejected from the ride or even the park, so just keep those toes back and all will be well.
Fastpass: The Fastpass is one of Disney’s greatest inventions and everyone loves being able to skip past that long line every now and again. But, don’t be that guy, or family, that stands in front of the Fastpass entrance and blocks it because it’s not time for you to go through the line yet. Just because your Fastpass time hasn’t come yet, doesn’t mean mine didn’t and now you’re in my way. When my family gets there before our time, we stand across the “street” and stay out of the way or take a bathroom break so we can stay out of the way. A little bit of politeness can go a long way.
Loading: You’ve finally made it, and it’s time to get on the ride. If the cast member tells you to stand on a number, that’s where you’re supposed to go, not one of the others. Someone else has been directed there and you just messed up their numbers by not listening. I see that one happen a lot on Kilimanjaro Safari. The other issue happens in shows. If they tell you to move all the way to the end of the theater, or to squeeze in toward the center to use up all the room, they mean it. There are people behind you waiting to get in the theater and you’re holding up the show because you don’t want to sit too close to a stranger. This is understandable behavior in my six year old, but not adults.
Finally….. My stroller is not a ticket to hopping in front of me in line for the bus. Everyone will get a turn, so be patient. On the parking lot trams, there’s that yellow line again. I know there is no track or drop off point like you see in some of the rides, but that is a road and there are vehicles there, so unless you want to spend the rest of your vacation in the hospital, respect the line. Don’t forget to keep your kids inside the line. They’re going to have to sit on the inside once you’re on the tram and do you really want to be “that guy” that holds up the tram because you caved to your kid and let him sit on the outside. That tram isn’t going anywhere until he’s on the inside, so you might as well prepare for it.
Did I miss anything?