Magical Manners at your Disney Resort
It’s time for another dose of manners! This time it’s about proper etiquette in and around your Resort! Common sense? Yes. Do all guests have it? Nope. Are a few nice reminders needed? Probably – but certainly NOT for our readers! This little ditty is written for those guests that don’t know how to act, speak, or behave correctly. Let’s just hope that one day, they hap upon this series of articles.
Here’s what we’d love to tell those people:
- Always be polite when asking for something from the staff. Smile and make eye contact. Saying “Please,” “Thank you,” “No Thank you” as well as “Have a nice day!” to others goes a long way; you’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Grouchy, demanding and accusation-like tones won’t help you get what you’re asking for – such as room requests. However, being polite, using friendly tones and giving a smile makes others want to keep working with you, and consequently, they’ll work harder to help you out!
- Don’t block the elevators! Stand back and wait until guests leave the elevator before boarding. If you’re in an elevator, it may help to step OUT of the elevator so that those behind you may exit – don’t worry, the elevator isn’t going to leave without you! If there is a crowd of people waiting for an elevator (including strollers and/or wheelchairs) and you’re just going up 1 or 2 floors, take the stairs if you are physically able – your waistline will thank you.
- Be quiet when walking through halls, especially at night as not all guests are still awake. Quietly walk through the hallways at night, and if you have to talk – please whisper. Make sure children walk and not run through the hallways or your room. When leaving your room, don’t let the door slam.
- Keep your TV/radio volume as low as possible to hear it. Hotel walls don’t always block out noise.
- Do not leave strollers, luggage or other bulky items outside your room door. While most people can pass by them, those in wheelchairs have a harder time maneuvering around them.
- Don’t leave your laundry in the machines and not come back for it until much later.
- Don’t leave your personal belongings on pool chairs to save them for later. They are there for everyone and unless you’re ready to use them, don’t leave your stuff on them.
- Treat everyone with respect. That includes everyone from guests all the way to Cast Members. CM’s work hard and a little courtesy goes a long way.
- If you do not receive a towel animal from Mousekeeping, your vacation is not ruined! Towel animals are an extra pinch of Pixie dust that your mousekeeper may or may not leave for you. Yes, you did pay good money for this trip, but please don’t demand special treatment from the CM’s or get angry with them when things don’t happen exactly the way you expected.
- Tipping Mousekeeping is up to you. While it is not required, it is a gesture of appreciation for someone who is cleaning up after you. Printable Mousekeeping envelopes can be found all over the internet (just do a search!)
- Allowing your little one to cry themselves to sleep may be the habit at home, but take your resort neighbors into consideration… if you can help it, don’t allow the crying to carry on… and on… and on!
Good manners will make your vacation more memorable. Being courteous may brighten others vacations. Acknowledging a job well done by a Cast Member can speak volumes to them. Take a moment to commend the staff if they have done a great job. Have you ever filled out a Great Service Fanatic Card? It’s probably the best way for them to receive recognition ~ and they’ll appreciate YOU for it!
- Magical Manners while using Disney Transportation (chipandco.com)
- Magical Manners during Character Dining (chipandco.com)