Published: November 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Bravo... and a wonderful attitude to take back to the rest of your life as well.
Chad H

Published: November 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Indeed Bravo. You will always get a better result by making the other person want to go go the extra mile for you through kindness and happiness; rather than by bulling and berating them.

Published: November 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

It's Miss Lillian! She is always a highlight of our trips to Dollywood.
Jay R.

Published: November 7, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Great topic & article, you never know how much a thank you or a smile goes for an theme park employee who may have been dealing with unhappy tourists all day.

As far as dealing with other guest who may be rude. It's true you can't control another person's behavior or attitude, but you can control your own & how you choose to deal with the situation.

Kindness is Kool!

Amy Smith

Published: November 7, 2012 at 4:47 PM

"If a ride's down, don't storm off. Say hello to the park employee at the closed ride's entrance, and with a smile on your face, ask for his or her advice on what to do instead."

YES! Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you! This is by far the best post I've ever read. :) Smiles and manners get you the best service, always.


Published: November 7, 2012 at 6:07 PM

When you walk to Africa in Animal Kingdom, and just befor the bridge you turn right (facing the waterfall) you can sit down and relax and watch the birds that are on display.
I sat there for half an hour and only a few people walked there. All of these times the kids where exited and fasinated by the birds and wanted to stop but their parrents pulled them away to run to the next ride or show.
Amazingingly sad for the kids.
ALso, what is up with those mobile phones?!
It's costing you a arm and a leg to get into the park and then you don't watch all the beautifull stuf but you are texting you god knows who?! The thing has a off button.
And please behave as human beeings. You are on vacation, have fun!
Mark Hollamon

Published: November 8, 2012 at 5:33 AM

My wife and I are very fortunate to live in Orlando. We are sad to see so many people pushing to get every last dime of value from their ticket price. Many feel as if they are entitled to be rude and obnoxious because it is their vacation. Pretty sad.

One of the things we like to do the most is just go to a park and people watch. Take in an attraction, grab a treat, a bench, and just watch. It's also a great time to get a wide angle view of your surroundings and just enjoy the beautiful architecture.

Mark Kausch

Published: November 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM

Yep. My late wife and I used to love to people watch, too. And I figure, what better place than Disneyland? Guess it works on both coasts (as if there were any doubt).

Published: November 9, 2012 at 6:06 AM

"When you step inside a theme park, you've surrounded yourself with many of the nicest people you'll ever encounter in your life."

I can get with this at the Disney and Orlando parks. I would agree with this for Busch Gardens VA also. But this is definitely not the experience at the Six Flags in suburban DC. Not in the least happy or friendly - either the employees or most people attending.

Betty Rohrer

Published: November 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

thanks for pic of Miss Lillian.missed a few days of visiting the site,a couple of daughters moving in the same week. if you can not have fun with Miss Lillian, it is your loss.