I am amazed at how inconsiderate people become when they go on vacation. Destination vacationers (like to Disney) can sometimes be worse as it is their first time or only time. People that have went more than once, tend to be a little more beat down and are aware of the process and limits of their family.
It is like people took the time to pack all the essentials, but left their brain cells and common sense at home. Here is my guide using common sense when you are on vacation.
1. PAY ATTENTION to where you are at and where you are standing. You could be blocking peoples exit and entrances. Nothing like backing up people into the bathroom so they can’t get out.
2. Don’t live through your kids. Do you know how many kids are dressed up as princesses in 100 degree weather, because mommy wants the picture to look pretty with a princess? That little princess will be having a meltdown in 3, 2, 1 once it gets hot. I see adults enjoying princess time more than the kids.
3. The fairytale is over. Several mom’s getting pictures (without their kids) with the princesses (same moms as #2). You’ve already blown it. You didn’t marry a prince, you settled for a stable boy. Sit down and as Elsa said, ‘Let it go.‘ It’s your kids turn.
4. Read the menu. So you have been standing in line looking at the menu, you get up to order and act like you have no idea what they are serving. You should not be allowed to eat and kicked out of line. If there are numbers next to the food, use the number to order. If the food is called something, like cheeseburger, use the food name. IF there are kids items, similar to adult food, here is an idea…use the word KIDS in front of the item you are ordering. Otherwise, you really shouldn’t be allowed to order food.. You should be forced to eat out of the garbage others throw out. Help the workers out and keep the line moving by knowing the lingo.
5. I don’t work here. I’m on vacation too, so don’t ask me . . . I will lie. Ask the people in the matching outfits with name tags your questions. They are cast members and work at the park. For example, if the bus that says Hollywood Studios, don’t ask me if it is also going to Magic Kingdom. If it doesn’t say it, it doesn’t do it. Ask me again and I’ll tell you yes and you can have a wonderful long ride around the resort.
6. Control your kids. You had them, you control them. It is not my responsibility to coral your kids (and mine). Don’t let them cut. Don’t let them run around like wild animals.
7. Know your kids have limits. If it’s hot (especially those June-August months), they are going to get cranky, so don’t get overly angry at them. Adjust your day to the weather and what they can handle. Have adequate water, take breaks and breath.
8. Put Suntan Lotion on BEFORE you leave for the day. I can’t count how many times I have been standing in a long line and have someone spraying down her entire family with sun screen. It stinks, it smells and your kids are screaming. Save that for your hotel room or in the parking lot. I shouldn’t have to smell that crap (or get the overspray) from your lack of planning. And it’s rude to have your overspray, spray on me.
9. Don’t take cuts. It wasn’t nice to take cuts when you were a kid, it certainly isn’t cute when you are an adult. We are all waiting in line, don’t take cuts unless you want to hear a comment from me and my laser eyes cutting a hole in the back of your head.
10. Don’t lather yourself in perfume. For the love of God, you are more than likely going to be in close proximity to other people. We don’t need to smell your perfume or lotion. A dab will do you. Or just forgo the perfume and realize you are going to smell bad and like perfume at the end of the day. Unless you want bees and other insects following you around, leave the perfume at home to annoy your co-workers with. Those buses are in close quarters, people have sensitivity to odors, so be considerate!
11. Inside voices. You don’t need to talk so loud that people can hear you from across the room/bus. Talk to the people in your group. And don’t just talk to talk. I have overheard several conversations (because people are so loud) that it’s apparent, they don’t like silence, or they just like talking about themselves (good rule even when not on vacation).
12. You are not better than me. Just the same, I am not better than you. Don’t treat the people who work at the hotel, restaurants, resorts and buses any less than you would treat your family. This is their job. They are here to help you, and are definitely not beneath you showing common kindness.
Have a great vacation and I hope I don’t see any of you idiots who don’t follow these rules on my next trip to Disney (or anywhere else for that matter).