We all know how crowded Disney parks can be this time of year and it can be difficult to try and get the best park experience possible, especially when it’s your first visit. Luckily, former Disney Cast members have shared some tips on how to improve your park experience and have a great time, no matter the size of the crowd.
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What to do in the parks
Dana Bisby, a former member of the Disney team with deep knowledge of both Disneyland and Disney World, recently wrote an article published in insider about what guests should know before heading to any of these parks.
Dana began working for Disney in January 2015, traveling across the country to participate in the Disney College program in Florida. While working at the Magic Kingdom, Dana walked through the park selling various toys such as bubble sticks and glowing toys, as well as watching entertainment including parades and fireworks.
In 2016, Dana moved to California and became part of the college program at Disneyland, working at the Candy Palace and Emporium on Main Street, USA. people visiting the park to know in advance.
Don’t forget to book the park
COVID has created a demand for park reservations at Disney World and Disneyland. And while parks pandemic restrictions and policies have been constantly changing over the past two years, seat reservations are still required in addition to park tickets. To get into the park, you need to book a place in advance. Dana notes that Disney World is currently accepting park reservations through the end of 2023, while Disneyland allows guests to make reservations for up to 120 days.
Use Genie+ services to your advantage
Genie+ is a paid tool in the Disneyland and Disney World apps that replaced the previous FastPass system in the parks, which was free.
Genie+ can be hard to get used to at first, but it’s a useful tool if you’re trying to hit multiple rides throughout the day. This is done through Lightning Lane, where you can book specific rides at specific times of the day. Whenever it’s time for your booking, you can bypass most of the queue after scanning your ticket.
There are also several Genie+ video tutorials you can watch before visiting the park.
Don’t waste time with more food lines – use mobile ordering instead
Mobile booking is your friend in the parks. Instead of waiting in line, use this service on the Disneyland app or My Disney Experience to order from the Quick Service Diner. When you place an order, be sure to pay attention to pickup times as pickup spots at some of the more popular restaurants will fill up faster.
Dana notes that this system also works well, as Disney can prioritize mobile orders over in-person orders, as some checkouts have been replaced with pick-up windows for mobile orderers.
Stay until the park closes to enhance the magic
If your schedule allows you to stay before the parks close, this is helpful because since most other guests leave after the fireworks or parades, the parks get a little less crowded and you can get more rides at the end of the night. . Another advantage is that you can take photos without feeling rushed or having a lot of people in the background.
Have a backup plan to extend battery life
If you’re using your phone to take photos or use the Disney apps, especially when booking Lightning Lane and mobile bookings, chances are your phone’s battery will run out in the afternoon or early evening. That’s why it’s so important to have a portable charger with you.
However, if you forget to take it with you, Disney has several FuelRod dispensers in the parks where you can buy this external battery for $30 and even turn it off when the battery runs out.
Explore more than theme parks at Disney World
Disney World is mainly known for its four main parks, but there is plenty to see and do here. If you decide to take a day off on your itinerary, there are plenty of places to explore such as Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks, Disney Springs, a spa, ESPN Wide World of Sports, an 18-hole golf course, and even two mini golf courses.
Whether you’re looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks or want to take an extra day to cool off and relax, these are some great options to consider.
See the second parade or nightly entertainment
Always choose a later parade or show time if possible. Some Guests may find good seats an hour or more before the start of the show, as it is difficult to find good seats to watch the event 15 minutes or less before.
However, this is not as important for the second performance, as families with younger children can watch the first performance and leave the park afterwards. Another benefit of waiting for the second show is to ride some of the rides during the first show as the queues may not be as long.
Use photo services included with Genie+
There are different photo services available on Genie+ depending on whether you are visiting Disneyland or Disney World. For example, at Disneyland, you can use PhotoPass with Genie+. This allows you to upload your ride photos, as well as any photos taken by the park’s PhotoPass photographers.
On the other hand, at Disney World, you can use the PhotoPass lenses included with Genie+. With this service, you can take photos with fun filters and overlays. But to download professional Disney photos, you need to purchase Memory Maker, which costs about $70 per day.
What Not to Do in the Parks
Back in 2020, we covered another cast point of view: what NOT to do in the parks. These guest tips were shared anonymously in another article by insider and are important to guests so they don’t upset the actors or spoil the experience for other guests trying to have a fun day in the parks.
- Don’t compare Disney parks to other amusement parks while you’re at Disneyland.
- Don’t force the magic by trying to get a freebie (i.e. don’t take your frustration out on the cast members by trying to get free stuff).
- Don’t neglect dress etiquette. Instead, listen to the actors and follow the signs, including ropes, before and during parades.
- Don’t cut others in line – respect other Guests around you.
- Don’t lie about your child’s height for a ride. These height restrictions are for safety reasons and actors may not break these rules.
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- Don’t take ride safety lightly. Always wear your seat belt while driving and stay seated. If you fiddle with the seat belt, the ride stops, which is disrespectful to others.
- Don’t make obscene gestures in photos of your trip. Not only is this rude, but it also prevents you or other guests in the photo from buying the photo due to the spirit of Disney.
- Don’t camp in front of Cinderella’s castle in the Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks. This causes security issues for both cast and guests.
- Do not record entire shows or parades on your devices. This is frustrating and distracting for other guests who are just trying to watch the show but can’t because of the device blocking them from watching.
- Do not destroy Disney property by climbing, damaging or destroying it.
- Don’t throw trash on the ground. There is always a trash can nearby, usually within 30 feet where you can dump your trash to keep the park looking nice and clean.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol in the parks, as this can lead to disorderly behavior that could get you kicked out of the parks.
- Don’t be rude – use the toilet.
- Do not touch guests or actors. This can definitely lead to you getting kicked out of the parks.
- Do not use profanity. There are many families with small children around you, so be careful.
Be kind to actors
One piece of advice from Dana Bisbee should seem obvious, but it’s often overlooked or overlooked, which is very kind to actors.
It can be frustrating when you’ve spent a lot of money and time at the parks only to have not-so-magical events happen during the day, like rides breaking down, long lines, or shows being canceled due to weather or safety. concern.
Actors are known to be overworked and underpaid, and they also deal with a lot of problems behind the scenes, such as working overtime, not getting a lot of sick days off, and just normal day-to-day problems. The last thing they want to deal with is an angry or upset Guest with issues that are out of the cast’s control.
It is important to remember not to take out your frustration on the participants by explaining the problem. Just remember that while their job is to be friendly and helpful, they are human too and their feelings can get hurt or make a bad day worse if guests take their anger out on them.
Related: Cast compliments are now part of the My Disney Experience app!
And, if you happen to have an incredible interaction with the cast, which is very likely, you will be able to give them the praise they deserve with compliments that can be found on the Disneyland or Disney World apps. In this process, you can specify the reason for complimenting the cast as well as the location. There is also an optional section where, if you have the information available, you can enter the actor’s name, the hometown that appears on their name tag, and the date of the interaction.
So, in summary, in the parks, just follow the rules; to be a decent person; and treat everyone, be it guests or actors, with respect and kindness and you will have a great time in the parks.
What do you think of these tips from former Disney Cast members? Which of them seemed to you the most correct? Let us know in the comments!