Walt Disney World cast members, as well as Universal Orlando team members, go out of their way to create magical moments for guests. These random acts of kindness can turn a bad day around or elevate a good day into something truly great. Yet with so many guests in the parks each day, it would be physically impossible for the cast members to create magic for every single person.
If you want to become a part of the magic yourself, why not think like a cast member and do something special for someone else? Here are 5 easy suggestions that can truly brighten someone else’s day.
1. Pass out something fun
Kids get bored and restless waiting for parades or evening shows. As any parent knows, a restless kid can quickly turn into a whining child who makes life difficult for himself and everyone around him. If you have kids of your own, why not bring along something inexpensive that they can hand out to the other children around them? Many families choose glow sticks, but other possibilities include sealed candy, stickers, and even handmade bracelets of string or rubber bands.
Sharing is a great way for your kids to learn manners and the importance of kindness, and even to make new friends. Just be sure to ask the parents’ permission first, as not everyone is comfortable with their child accepting a present from a stranger.
2. Share your knowledge
If you know your way around the parks, why not pass along some of that knowledge to others? When you see someone with a map open, ask if you can give the person directions. When sharing a bench with another guest, mention your favorite place to watch Wishes. Just a tidbit or two can make a real difference in the quality of someone else’s vacation.
Never feel uncomfortable simply because you are unsure how much knowledge the other person already has. Most Disney fans are always happy to discuss the parks and trade information with other fans. You might be able to teach someone something new, and even pick up a hot tip yourself.
3. Pay it forward
A wonderful random act of kindness is to give someone something they don’t expect in the middle of a perfectly ordinary day. If you’re on the dining plan and having trouble using up your snack credits, why not buy popcorn for the couple behind you in line at a cart? If you can swing it, randomly picking up someone’s dinner check could be the highlight of their vacation.
One of my favorite pay it forward moments didn’t cost a nickel, but highlighted the pure heart of a child. During Star Wars Weekends a few years ago, my dad really wanted to meet David Prowse (Darth Vader). Unfortunately, we weren’t able to arrive early enough in the morning to get Fast Passes for his autograph session. A little boy, maybe 5 years old, happened to overhear us discussing the situation.
The boy walked straight up to my father clutching a David Prowse Fast Pass in his hand. Very politely, he said, “Excuse me. I want to give you this.” He absolutely insisted that Dad take the Fast Pass. We tried to refuse to the boy’s father, but he shook his head. We fell all over ourselves saying thank you, and the father and son walked away with huge grins on their faces.