Every day, thousands of guests march through the turnstiles at Walt Disney World parks filled with great expectations of fun and excitement. This is where the magic is supposed to happen, and this is why Disney World is known as the happiest place on earth.
If that’s so, then why do I always see so many angry parents and crying children? I decided to take a look at this growing phenomenon I call “park rage.” What causes it and how to prevent it?
Some parents forgot the old saying “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” For the better part of the year Disney World is that kitchen. I can’t tell you how many parents insist on dragging their overtired children through the parks in the blazing heat and humidity because they have to see and do as much as possible, from the time the parks open until they close. Heaven help the child that has to go to the bathroom or the kid who gets hungry between meals. Younger children catch a break because their parents whisk them around the park in a stroller, so they might be able to catch a nap. For these parents, it’s keep your head low, elbows high, and keep moving.
This type of touring is known as “commando.”
Its now day two, and the children are even crankier than they were on day one! The parents are more irritable too; so much so that even the sweetest cast member can get on their nerves for having the decency to say to them, “Have a magical day!” It gets even worse on day three, and by day four they’re fuming and completely miserable. It’s no longer touring commando style, its park rage!
That brings to mind another saying: “less is more.” Taking your time touring through the parks. Taking a break from them will do wonders for the parents and children alike. It allows you to take notice of things you would otherwise rush by or through. The heat and sun can really wipe you out and drastically raise your stress level. Taking time away from the parks in the afternoon gives everyone a chance to stop, take a deep breath, and relax, so that you can continue on your merry way later in the day.
Remember, this is your vacation! It should be stress free, as well as the happiest time of your life in the happiest place on earth!
Contributed by: Stuart S. (NDD #47). Stuart is our resident Disney geek and creator of Disney Geek Dad.
Stuart is the DDL resident Geek Dad and claims New York as his birthplace. Currently, though, he resides in New Jersey and is a husband and father of two as well as a huge Disney World, Springsteen, Yankee, and NY Ranger fan. He wakes up and goes to sleep thinking about Disney World. He listens to Disney podcasts to and from work and at night before sleep. He drives his family nuts talking about Disney and is always planning their next Disney World trip. In addition, he is known to always volunteer to help extended family and friends plan their next trip. Stuart’s personal blog is disneygeekdad.blogspot.com. He can also be found on twitter by following @disneygeekdad.