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Disney is fabulous. It’s magic. It’s everything you ever wanted and more. It’s not Disney that makes you hate Disney, its PEOPLE at Disney that make you hate Disney. No, no, its not the cast-members who offend the most. On the whole they’re great. Especially considering they’re college students being forced to wear the geekiest polyester uniforms in the planet in blazing heat and humidity. Its the people, the annoying, annoying, people which Wat Disney World and Disneyland seem to attract in spades, that make you so irritable.
Some of you are fellow Disney Addicts and so you can all nod your mickey-ear-clad heads and agree that these people (usually first-and-only timers) are the MOST ANNOYING PEOPLE AT DISNEY WORLD and Disneyland. For the rest of you first-timers, I hope you will take note and not become one of “those people”.
Illustration by josh pincus is crying http://blog.marshotelonline.com.
Today I will identify our Top 5 worst offenders.
1. The Map-Reader- Definition: One who stops in the middle of a busy Disney-park walkway in order to read a map. I’ll be honest Map-Readers bother me the most. I think it’s because I know it can’t be helped and it is not even something water-boarding as a means of behavior correction would fix. Really, REALLLLLLY good-people of Disney World and Disneyland, is it THAT difficult to just walk up a little further and move to the side of a walkway so as to not block the entire walkway with your four children, jogging stroller, and ten-tons of Disney merchandise? Please, be encouraged, your map will make a lot more sense when you’re not getting jostled by hundreds of frustrated park-goers who are calling you nasty names under their breath. The world has not stopped just because you are lost. Please move to the side.
2. The Parade Piranha – Definition: One who does not come early enough to a parade or fireworks show to get a spot, but when the show begins somehow manages to cram in front of you and your children and block your view. I cringed just then. I mean, I actually, physically CRINGED thinking about the Parade Piranha and how I’d like to smack-em. There you are, you’ve DONE your research on parades and fireworks and you’ve sent someone ahead to save your spot one-hour prior to the event. You’re marking your theoretical territory with every thing you can get your hands on. Then suddenly the music begins, you stand up and find that it is not, in fact, your significant other breathing excitedly in your ear… its a stranger…and they’re muscling their way up in front of you. You know full well this joker was NOT here for the HOUR prior to the parade because you had been shooting death-looks at anybody who tried to come near your “spot” while you waited. However, the fact that a child, maybe even your child, is excitedly waving to Cinderella not 10″ from your face keeps you from telling Mr. So-and-So exactly what you’d like to do with that giant balloon of his that keeps whomping you in the back of the head. Parade Piranha’s are either completely unaware of social norms, or, more likely, are choosing to ignore them in favor of doing whatever they want.
3. The Line Lamenter – Definition: The person who loudly complains while choosing to stand in an extremely long stand-by line. Fast Passes are free. They cost you absolutely NOTHING. Learn how to use them more effectively by doing a little research. You can read an article I wrote HERE, but there are tons on the Chip and Co site like THIS ONE from Ken, that offer tips. Understanding which rides have “long standby times” and understanding that you ride other, shorter-wait rides while waiting for your fast passes to “come up”, is the key. Either way Line Lamenters have CHOSEN to stand in an insanely long stand-by line and gripe to everyone around them about it. They even shoot mean looks to me while I breeze by them in the fast-pass line. When you walk into a ride the stand-by wait time is clearly marked. Don’t complain that you’ve been there for 45 minutes when you could have just fast-passed it and come back and hour later. Learn how to use fast passes, and save yourself a lot of pain. You’re killing my Disney buzz bro. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
4. The Bus Butt-head – Definition: A person who refuses to move to the back of the bus when its full, who won’t get up and offer a lady or older person their seat, who runs to the back doors of the bus instead of standing in line and going in the front, or who puts their legs, strollers, and JUNK in the walkway, making it impossible to walk or stand on a resort bus. Let’s talk about social norms for a second. There are unwritten, yet iron clad, rules about how you are to behave when in large groups. Most even transcend culture. You know that you’re violating them, you just don’t care that people (you are never going to see again) are furious that you’re refusing to abide by them. Bus etiquette is clear. It works in large cities the world-over without anybody have to spell them out, so why is it when the bus driver says over the loud-speaker three times to “please move to the back of the bus”, people flat out REFUSE? Look, we’re all miserable here, shouldn’t we at least be EQUALLY miserable in a packed-out bus? I’m not particularly happy about you having your booty two inches from my daughters face, but I’m not going to say anything about it because it is the nature of the beast. You don’t really think that anybody is excited about smelling each other’s B.O. for a 20 minute ride? Abide by the unwritten rules and the Diva wont have to get snotty with you, k?
5. The Bag- Crammer and his wife, Ms. Fanny-packer – Definition: The individual/individuals who put everything they own into their park backpack and then take forever to get their bags checked at a park-entrance. One of my most popular Tips from the Disney Diva posts, Packing the Perfect WDW Backpack, can give you many tips on what to pack to save money in the park. You don’t need everything you’ve ever touched, you really don’t! While it is nice to smile politely to the bag checker, it’s not the time to have a long conversation with them. Unzip your bags before you get up to the line PLEASE and yes, you DO have to take off your fanny-pack to get it checked. If its a bag, of any kind, whether it has a Disney hat you just bought, or a camera in it, YOU MUST CHECK IT THROUGH THE BAG-CHECK LINE. Make every effort to be conscientious of the people around you and have some sort of system in place to get your bag checked. Don’t pack it so full that the checker has to take everything out of it, check it, and then put it all back in while we all stand around and mutter.
This is not to say there are not other super annoying people at Walt Disney World or Disneyland for example the “Loud for the sake of being Louders”, or the “Touchy Touchers” who freak out every time anyone (including your child) accidentally bumps into them, or the Pscyho-Perkies (they’re scary huh?!?!). These just happen to be the MOST ANNOYING of those visitors. Now that they’ve been identified I hope you will do all within your power to NOT become one of them.
Because you never know when the Diva will be watching…
Kristin, Tips from the Disney Diva
- Top 5 tips for interacting with a Disney Addict (chipandco.com)
- Top 5 Disney World Things We Want Everywhere! (chipandco.com)
Chances are that if you are like myself and the other writers here at Chip and Co., you are a Extreme Disney Fan. We have yet to find a cure, but the symptoms of this condition are rather obvious. Most likely your own friends and family have pointed them out to you or questioned your sanity time or two. Still not sure? Check out my Top 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Extreme Disney Fan: Part 3!
1. You have referred to your fork as a dinglehopper. (Once or twice, maybe.)
2. You always get a map when you walk into one of the Disney parks; but not because you need one, but so you can add it your collection in your office cubicle. (You have to get a new one when they change the pictures!)
3. All you know about raising children came from Mary Poppins.
4. You do all of your Christmas shopping at Disneystore.com. (Especially when there’s a great sale!)
5. If someone asks you for directions, you say something like this, “Second star to the right and straight on till morning!” (Now I’m not the greatest with directions, but this makes total sense to me!)
6. You are more excited than your kids about The Lion King 3D! (I remember seeing this movie in theaters, now I can’t wait to see it again in 3D!)
7. Your knowledge of philosophy comes from the Disney movie musical numbers, such as “Bare Necessities” and “Hakuna Matata.” (Who says movies aren’t educational?)
9. You begin planning your next trip to Disney before your current trip is even over. (Guilty.)
10. Your kid’s teacher looks confused when your child says that they visited France, Germany, Japan, and Morocco all in one day! (This is a great opportunity to ask for your child’s homework in advance, since your taking them out of school for another trip to Disney!)
Have you shown any of these symptoms? If so, you are probably an extreme Disney fan so be sure to comment below and share with others who share your condition.
- Top 10 Ways to Know if You’re an Extreme Disney Fan: Part 2 (chipandco.com)
- Top 10 Ways to Know If You’re an Extreme Disney Fan (chipandco.com)
During the week of March 14, Disney Channel ranked as TV’s No. 1 network in Total Day for the 16th consecutive week among Tweens 9-14 (470,000/1.9 rating), delivering the week’s No. 1 TV telecast with Sunday’s all-new “Shake It Up,” and 4 of the Top 5 overall.
In Prime, Disney Channel netted its 307th consecutive weekly win among Kids 6-11 (1.03 million/4.2 rating), and was No. 1 for the 304th time in the previous 307 weeks among Tweens 9-14 (835,000/3.4 rating). In Total Viewers, Disney Channel placed a solid No. 2 (2.43 million), surpassing No. 3 Fox News by 15% (2.11 million), and the next entertainment cable network, TNT, by 16% (2.09 million).
Sunday’s all new “Shake It Up” ranked as the week’s No. 1 TV telecast among Kids 6-11 (1.62 million/6.5 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.71 million/7.0 rating), surpassing an all new “iCarly” on Nickelodeon by 3% and 12%, respectively, in the target demos.
• Impressively, through its first 14 original telecasts, “Shake It Up” is pacing as the No. 1 cable series of all time in Tweens 9-14 (1.86 million/7.6 rating), out-performing the first 14 episodes of Nickelodeon’s key series by double-digit percentages:
• Disney Channel held 2 of the week’s Top 3 TV telecasts among Kids 6-11:
• Disney Channel delivered TV’s No. 1 telecast in Tweens 9-14, and 4 of the Top 5:
Source: Nielsen Media Research (Live + Same Day, 3/14/11-3/20/11, U.S. ratings). “Shake It Up’s” rank is based on original telecasts from 11/1/10-3/20/11 versus the first 14 original telecasts of Nickelodeon’s original series.
- Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up” is TV’s No. 1 Telecast Among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com)
- Disney Delivers More New Series and Movies for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior (chipandco.com)
Chip and Company is exploding at the seams.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but the huge growth in visits could not have been accomplished without great fans like you (yeah, you…the one in the Mickey Mouse t-shirt). I work with some of the best writers on the planet and Chip and Company offers a plethora of articles, including: Park Events, Trip Planning, Reviews and much more..
Which brings me to our most recent situation. We need a few more writers to join us on staff at Chip and Company.
Here is what we are looking for:
- Disney Parks Writer – Have a permanent set of Mouse Ears? We are looking for someone to cover Park Events, openings, closings, refurbishments, etc. With so much happening at the Disney Parks around the globe, there is always something new and exciting that needs to be reported. Most news breaks on the various Disney-related Forums first and this writer would need to be an up-to-date Disney Forum reader. If you live near a park, great, but it is not necessary. Although an On-the-Scenes reporter would be a welcome addition and gain our undying love.
- Disney Views Writer – One of the more popular features (re: lots of hits) on C&C is our Planning Articles. Our writers find it is a lot of fun researching how to make your visit more enjoyable. Being a Disney Planner is key in writing these articles, so you will need to be organized and have the creativity to engage the audience.
- Muppets Writer – The Muppets are back and there seems to always be something Muppet related on the net. I am looking for someone to submit an article a week about something Muppet Related.
- Marvel Writer - In attempts to branch our Disney purchased Marvel more than a year ago. While none of the characters are walking around the parks Marvel is still a presence in Movie, Merchandise, Television, etc. I am looking for someone to cover all the Marvel news.
- All positions will need to be able to write atleast 3-4 articles a month. Most people do one article a week. If you can write more that is great but not required.
Currently, these positions are on a volunteer basis. Our writers write Disney News & Views because we share a love for all things Disney. We do offer many benefits that we can discuss once an agreement has been reached. I would prefer all writers have their own blogs or websites so you can drive traffic to your site at the bottom of all articles and on our links and partner pages.
Chip and Company offers access to an instant audience–not only on the website, but on twitter, facebook and even on our mobile site!
Our writers are like family, albeit a very diverse and scattered family. We share trip experiences, laugh and have a great time behind the scenes.
So if you are interested please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you are interested in and what kind of writing/media experience you possess.
I hope to hear from you!
- George’s Geeky Gift Guide: Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park (imaginerding.com)
- Be a guest blogger for Chip and Company (chipandco.com)
- Disney News Round Up (couponingtodisney.com)
The d.j.’s at Sorcerer Radio plan on taking over the airwaves Thursday December 23rd at 7 p.m./est for an unprecedented five hour special that will include Disney holiday music, stocking stuffer giveaways and a gift basket provided by “WDWBackstageBlog.com.” The office party cast includes Jeff Davis (DW:60 and SRN Top 10 host), Krystal (Backstage and Castaway Midday host), Eric (SorCom Review host), Kristen (Tiki Room Morning Show, Castaway Midday and Cooking with Mickey host), Aljon (Tiki Room Morning Show) and Sorcerer (E-Ticket Time and Mouse Request Line host). The show promises to entertain, give a glimpse at the lives of the Sorcerer Radio staff and their Disney fandom while they share how they spend the holidays. “This show will be a great time for the Disney community to come together, celebrate the holidays in both our broadcast as well as in our site’s chat room,” says Aljon, Sorcerer Radio station manager, “there may even be some surprise games and guests that may be stopping by as well. We might even chat about what may be coming to Sorcerer Radio in 2011! It will be fun for the whole family.”
Disney fans can hear the Sorcerer Radio Holiday Office Party 2011 Thursday December 23, 2010 at 7 p.m./est by visiting SRSounds.com and clicking the “Listen to Sorcerer Radio” Live365 button. Listeners can also tune in via iPhone/iPad and Android apps for their mobile devices. For more details on how you can listen please visit SRSounds.com/forum.
About Sorcerer Radio:
Sorcerer Radio is the premiere Disney-inspired, fan-run station reaching a world-wide audience via Live 365, web apps and mobile devices. For over a decade, Sorcerer Radio, an officially licensed ASCAP, BMI and SESAC station, began streaming Walt Disney World theme park music and attraction audio as a channel on Live 365. Sorcerer Radio features the following original programs and personalities: “SRN Top 10″ (Jeff Davis), “E-Ticket Time” (Sorcerer), “SorCom Review” (Eric), “Backstage” (Krystal), “DW:60″ (Jeff Davis), “Castaway Midday” (Kristen and Krystal), “Tiki Room Morning Show (Kristen and Aljon) and many more. The Sorcerer Radio Network also includes the “Character Breakfast Podcast” (Sorcerer, Jeff Davis, Imagine and Pluto), “WDW Tiki Room Podcast” (Kristen and Aljon), “Cooking with Mickey” Web Series (Kristen) and “Sorcerer Radio Newsletter.” Visit SRSounds.com for more information. It has since earned several awards including Editor’s Pick/Live365 and #1 in the Blackberry App store.
- NEW Contributors To CookingwithMickey.info (cookingwithmickey.blogspot.com)
- Disney week in review for the week of 12.19.10 (couponingtodisney.com)