Let children stand in front of you at parades and shows

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Image: jeffchristiansen, Flickr (license)

Disney’s shows and parades are something that set the company apart, offering up a unique combination of music, lights, and spectacle that can amazing both young and young at heart. It’s not a trip to Disney if you don’t partake in a nighttime spectacular or in a magnificent parade — that’s a core part of the experience.

But, while everyone is entitled to an awesome Disney experience, sometimes us adults need to remember that some things are truly intended for children.

It’s not wrong to enjoy the parade, or even to wait an extended period of time to snag a great spot to view it. But if, a few minutes before showtime, a family comes up behind you with a small child, do try to let that child step in front of you to enjoy the view. You can likely see over them, and you’ll get the added joy of making their day.

That doesn’t mean you have to let everyone in front of you, or even the rest of that child’s family (as long as they’re close by). But keeping in mind that Disney is primarily for children, and their enjoyment of the parade likely won’t harm yours, can make the experience better for everyone. 

Remember to pay magic forward

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Image: lorenjavier, Flickr (license)

One of the best parts of a Disney trip is the so-called Disney Magic. You know it whenever you see it — a cast member giving a crying child a balloon, or a guest sharing napkins when there’s a spilled drink — the Disney Magic is about unexpected kindness.

Sometimes, something magical might happen for you. Maybe you’ll get a special FastPass, or you’ll be selected for a special experience. When that happens, enjoy it — but also vow to pay it forward in some small way. Whether it’s giving up your seat on the bus to someone who looks more tired, or giving your arcade tickets to someone else, or even sharing a bit of advice with an exasperated family. 

Disney Magic isn’t just about free stuff — it’s also about fostering a supportive community who looks out for each other. It’s not the real world, so why not try to make it an even better place?


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