Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
People will literaly push up against you as if YOU are the one that's preventing them from getting to the ride.
Exact opposite, what I REALLY like: single rider lines. Though I don't always use them (but I often will, even if it means splitting up my group), it's a nice feature to have (and I HATE seeing empty seats on rides).
I have the same problem with pre-movie advertising in theaters. You've already paid to see the movie... what's with the frelling ads?!
Another thing that "gets me" are parents who seem to think that the whole world revolves around the needs and desires of THEIR kids only. Pushy parents should be left at the door with the excess baggage.
Amanda........you do realise that your thread is opening up a groundswell of suppressed negative emotions. It's quite cathartic actually. Nice one..
Many of everyone else's pet peeves bother me also. Especially the pushy parents and those who hold places in line for parties of thirty.
As a parent of two small boys, I tell them throughout the line to meet characters that they must wait until the castmember tells them they can go up there. At character dining restaurants I don't let them get up until the character is at our table. It is just good manners and it teaches them that there are things in life you have to wait on no matter how excited and anxious you are.
And yes TH...there are never enough hippos to shoot.
Cutting the ticket prices while raising parking fees would get you somewhere in the middle.
I'll watch this thread for nominations. Love some that I've read so far.
I just hate nasty parks, and nasty people... LOL
Park related things I can't stand: Up-charge attractions, common midway rides, and one train running on a popular coaster.
People related things I can't stand: slow (or inattentive) ride ops, excessive tattoos on the unwashed masses, people who cut in line, and anyone who puts on a skimpy bathing suit that really should know better. Ewwwww....
Stopping in the middle of Main Street USA
People standing up in front of everybody during a fireworks show
I might be a snob, but when people really butcher the name of an attraction.
People going to parks while obviously contagious.
One person in queue holding a place for 6 who come late.
Screaming, crying children in dark attractions.
And not to let the cast members off - Standing in line a long time and finally getting to the load area and seeing the unloading cars are 25% empty.
Vuvuzelas at the Magic Kingdom.
Smokers who smoke non-allocated places also make me angry. There was one woman who must have smoked 3-4 cigarettes in the exit queue of the botanical gardens in WWOHP's Forbidden Journey while her daughter maintained her place in line.
When you have parties of 20-30 following 1 person in a wheelchair, then getting front of the line access.
Also, I hate people that don't pay attention in line, leaving big gaps that are then filled by line-jumpers.
One last thing: what's up with people that bring newborn infants to theme parks? Imagine the germs that are floating around. Do you really want to bring an unvaccinated child into that plethora of international bugs?
1- The Horizontals - groups of 4 or more people who decide to walk down the pathway horizontally and completely take up the entire walkway so no one approaching them can get through without playing a game of red rover.
2- People who just stop and talk in the middle of a pathway
3- People who continually bump into me while I'm standing in line waiting for a ride. Sometimes, I think they are having a contest to see how many times they can step on the back of my shoes and bang into my back. Jeebus that kills me.
4-Little kids who cut in front of you in line. This happened several times this past week. You are standing there and the line moves past a corner and all of a sudden these brats are now standing in front of you.
5-Recently at Hershey park, I saw bratty kids climbing poles and basically acting stupid. Of course, mom and dad were also participating. Stupid parents = stupid kids.
6-PDAs - Kids, get a room. Really, motel 6 really isn't that much.
7-High school kids/college frat boys that participate in kids activites to show how cool and edgy they are. Hey look at me, I'm up at the Festhaus doing the chicken dance with a bunch of 5 year olds.
The biggest pet peeve for me is the RUDE Tourist. They wear a HUGE backpack good for 40 people on a 40 night stay. They have NO idea how big the backpack is. So if you happen to get anywhere near them and they turn, they will knock a drink out of your hand, or my favorite was at Disney when you have to walk back thru the food queue with a tray full of food and Mr. Backpack turns around and knocks over 2 drinks and my lunch onto the floor.
Mr. Backpack also loves to stop in the middle of a walkway, swing his backpack around and completely block up traffic because he doesn't know where he is going.
Please Mr. Huge Backpack, don't go to theme parks on the days I will be there!
Motorized scooters. If half those people walked, maybe they wouldn't need one.
Young people sitting on the bus while the elderly are standing. What ever happened to manners?
Texting in the parks. You're on vacation. Who the heck are you talking to? Give it a rest and pay attention to where you're walking, because I won't move.
Thank you. I feel better now.
People who talk during shows. It can't of been that important as you've been standing in line waiting to get in and should of covered the topic then
1- Kids that are WAY too old/big to be sitting in a stroller. Hey mom and dad, how about making junior use those legs and actually get some exercise (and let's be honest, a lot of kids I see at the parks these days really need it). Plus, you remove the stroller and free up space on the walkways so other people can actually walk.
2- Since we've already discussed the growing plague....err, trend of motorized carts in the parks, I'll switch gears and talk about these abominations on cruises. I'm a Disney Cruise Line addict, and nothing is worse than an already-small walkway being further congested by an official John Deer combination motor scooter/RV (have you seen the size of some of these things lately? They can hold a family of four and seem to have enough torque and raw horse power to pull the entire Main Street Electrical Parade behind them).
If you've ever been on a cruise and you've seen how narrow some of the passageways are, then this will make sense.
3- Photographers in dark rides. I really enjoy hearing "Pirates" after being blinded by a boat-load of amateur picture-takers who not only want pictures...but enough pictures to completely capture the entire experience. Boat in queue (flash), boat taking off (flash), there's Davy Jones (flash), look at the cavern (flash), look at more of the cavern (flash)...and so on.
4- Obnoxious groups. This doesn't have to be just kids (but I'm sorry to say, they are the majority), but I speak of any group who tries too damn hard to be noticed.
Cheerleaders: I don't want to hear or see you give an impromptu performance of your latest routine. And while we're at it....just shut up completely while at the park. Your loud giggling makes my head explode.
Food Festival Drunks: Go ahead and drink your fill, just don't stop me at random and tell me, in great detail, how much you can drink (yes, this has happened to me once). And if you have to regurgitate, please run to the bathroom or stick your head in a trash can (always a crowd pleaser!). Nothing makes me hungrier than watching someone empty the contents of their stomach in the middle of the walkway
5- Pushing and shoving. Ever been in the queue on "Dinosaur" or "Tower of Terror" and you happen to be standing near the door that will open once the pre-show is over? On a good day, you can casually walk through that door and continue on your way. But on bad days, you end up getting shoved aside by the tsunami of rude park guests who have all decided that they are getting to that door first...no matter how far back in line they are.
I have plenty more, but I think this is enough for now!
I completely agree about the profanity. When we were watching Illuminations there were a group of college kids that had clearly been drinking around "the world" and were cursing as loud as they could. So lovely.
Now I do have a cousin who is disabled and she has made sure that her scooter and walker are not large and she tries to stay out of everyone's way. What she usually does is make the rest of us walk in front of her so that it is us who gets run over, LOL.
The personal space thing is horrible. And queue jumpers don't get past me, I block them, there was a whole family trying to do it for a TWO HOUR wait in Disneyland Paris.
There's also those people who decide that crazy chanting whilst going up lift hills is a good idea. It's fine for a little bit, but it gets so annoying over and over and over again. Especially when they're waiting for everyone else to join in, and won't stop until they do.
- cussers... yeeeaaaa, i'm a good little girl!
- HAHHA, you're right. I don't like groups of impromptu cheerleading either... although I don't mind the singing Brazilians.
- the smelliness of people after going on a wet ride
- people who enter the park with a bad attitude and so think EVERYTHING in the park is out to get them hours later. GRRRrrrrr
1. No need for a separate line for transportation, those lines are wide enough with ample room for the scooters to navigate. This would also allow for several buses to be loaded quickly where there is a large section of line without anyone needing assistance, thus moving the line quicker. As it is now, just about every bus is held up during loading to assist those in need.
2. If they get their own line, give them their own bus. Outfit a bus to accommodate a dozen or more at one time.
I know I sound insensitive, but we all know there are a large number of people renting these things that truly don't need them. For those that do need them they serve their purpose which is to assist them in getting around the theme park and access the bus. No need to move them to the front of the line.
Soft ice creams that melt immediately before you get even a single lick and those that are so frozen that they aren't edible until 30 minutes after the Park closes.
( I made that one up )
And speaking of 6' 5" parents with kids on their shoulders... I also hate when people refuse/forget to remove their hats at shows. Oh, and healthy males who refuse to give up their bus seats for women, children, or the elderly. It's called "common courtesy", people!
Chivalry is dead, I fear.
People who complain about smokers, even when most of us are nice enough if asked politely will move out one someones way... in the designated smoking area!
The "I had kids because I had to" group, the ones who haul a kicking and screaming child onto attractions. Let them scream/throw food/kick things and simply ignore it. Now I can understand ignoring your child when their acting out but this is insane! I've watched this time and again, it always drives me bonkers.
Pushing in line, because to know knocking over a small female who's waited the exact amount of time you have is really going to make you get their faster!
Though I have to say, most of the time if your nice about it and ask people to stop they will. Though I have to say the worst I've ever encountered was at my time last year to Magic Kingdom, I had to sneeze while waiting to cross the road before the parade. So naturally I cover my nose and mouth and "ACHOO!" this one jerk turns around and starts screaming at me that I'm trying to give him "swine flu" and "how dare Disney allow me into the park with a killing illness!".. all because I sneezed and you know that simply must be against the rules or something. I honestly turned around and asked him to "Shut the hell up" after about 10 minutes of pretending to be deaf.
People who have no idea of an attraction before queueing, i dont think ive ever been on Jaws without a screaming, shaking, terrified child in the boat, my parents took me on Back to the Future when i was 6, i didnt go on another ride til i was 18 (kraken was my first suprisingly)not only is is annoying to have screaming kids on a ride its traumatizing for the kid!
im a smoker and while i appreciate and respect that a lot of people dont like it, nothing is more annoying than a non-smoker who comes and sit on a bench right at the edge of a smoking area and complains, there are a million other benches scattered about, why oh why do you have to sit at that bench?
people who talk during shows also annoys me, my party had a really loud gang of girls sitting behind us at Fantasmic about 3 years ago, they were teenagers about 15-19 and they were shouting curse words at the tops of their voices, everyone was bothered about it and in the end i turned around and told them to either shut up or leave and that people have not come to the park to hear them screaming and shouting, everyone clapped me and then they got up and left!
people who use strollers as weapons, YOU DO NOT HAVE AUTHORITY OVER EVERYONE STOP TRYING TO RUN ME DOWN!
people who dont look where they are going, i seem to spend my whole day at a theme park dodging other people most of them just seem to be in a zombie like state!
is when I'm next on line for a ride, and you have that person arguing that their child is tall enough to ride and the ride ops hold the train for this person.
I also hate the people who don't pay attention to the rider instructions and take 50 million years to get their restraint secured.
In addition when there are 6 ride ops on ride, but only 1 is checking the harnesses and 3 are standing around being lazy.
AT food courts when 1 person is saving multiple tables for their group.
this one may not annoy some of you, but it attacks the OCD side of me is when people will be talking about a ride and they will add an article in front of the name, names are proper nouns, therefore no articles.
I also despise that person in line who swears the roller coaster goes "like 150 MPH" or the one who claims that space mountain(WDW) (or similar intensity) has inversions.
I like this topic, At first I thought of 1 pet peeve, then more and more kept coming
a parent refusing to take their crying child out of a show
rude park employees
half empty ride vehicles
people blocking the fastpass line
You may have inadvertently added yourself to a lot of European/Middle Eastern visitors' list of pet peeves at the Parks.
Meanwhile thousands of people en route to Orlando are, as we speak, busily dousing themselves with the perfumery of their choice just in case they happen upon you at Animal Kingdom and cause offense.
With so many options to choose from (what can I say, I'm a crotchety old man trapped in a 20-something's body) I'm going to go with one that isn't just about annoying me, but creating a problem for others: parents who force children to go on intense rides that the kid doesn't want to go on. If I recall correctly we hashed this out in a theme park cast member story comment section, so I'll just let it go on that. Selfish, inconsiderate parents who ruin what should be a happy day for their children.
Oh yes, I forgot to add my personal favorite!
-The people who've been to "Disney and know everything is fake". Because we all know it takes 3 people to "Drive Shamu" and it's really some unlucky employee stuck in the Sealion suit! Yes, this happened.. dozens upon DOZENS of times!
Tantrumers: although I don't blame some of them for being autistic like me, children scream and pine enough to make me melt down on the inside. It's number one on the pet peeves list!
Spot Savers: they include large families cutting in line for an attraction or some Argentinean youth herd getting in front of you when you're about to see a parade!
Illiteracy: some people neither can grasp the fact that Universal Studios is not part of Walt Disney nor realize that Elmo is not a Disney Character.
Turismos: I mentioned the identical-bag-wearing, mostly-normal-clad Argentinean youth herds, but a lot of you who go to Central Florida in the summer or winter are just as familiar with those blasted Brazilian tour groups (who mainly wear identical shirts) as well! (I recently saw 3 of the latter days ago at Universal's Islands of Adventure.) Both types have something in common - the schools of teens mostly celebrating their 15th birthdays are guided by adults with flags that stick out of the crowd, they cut lines, and they chant so loudly. One person noted vuvuzelas at the MK posts ago, but I'd rather listen to 5 or 6 turismos chant at the same time throughout a whole day (open-close) at any Central Florida theme park than those horns!
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