As a Disney fan, I feel like it’s my duty to share with you an immense discovery that I just learned of myself. This is the type of stuff that’ll change the way you go about your entire Disney World experience. From a super-secret (totally true) source, I learned that years ago, a Disney cast member was finishing his shift after a long day at the Magic Kingdom when he heard a strange voice. The voice beckoned him up to the top of the great Mt. Splash and when he returned, he returned with two stone tablets. The tablets were inscribed with wise words that detailed how park guests could best enjoy their Disney World experience while making the experience magical for others. These words would forever be known as the Ten Walt Disney World Commandments and it’s my honor to share them with all of you here today. Remember to keep these words in mind and you’ll be sure to have an amazing Walt Disney World Vacation.
Thou shalt start each day of your vacation with Stacey.
C’mon. You can watch the news or SportsCenter any day at home while you get ready. How often do you get the chance to watch Stacey do the must do’s while simultaneously getting yourself even more excited for the day to come? Do the right thing. Start your morning with Stacey on your screen. Every morning.
Thou shalt not use a Disney Dining Plan snack credit on bottled water.
If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, that snack credit can do some real damage if you’re looking to get a substantial treat. Whether it’s a Starring Rolls cupcake at Hollywood Studios or an ice cream cookie sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom, you can really earn your value on a snack credit. Plus, if you’re really that thirsty, just go to any counter service establishment and ask for a cup for water. No need to waste those precious Dining credits.
Thou shalt “Treat. Yo. Self.”
You want those Mickey Ears? Treat yoself. Dole Whip calling your name? Treat yoself. You’re on vacation in one of the most amazing places on Earth. I’m not saying break the bank and spring for a Polynesian bungalow every time you stay but it’s nice to get yourself a little something extra every now and then. Plus, you’re on vacation. You deserve it.
Thou shalt not take the name of thy Entertainer Sonny Eclipse in vain.
Sonny Eclipse has been entertaining guests for years at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. He’s the hardest working man in show business and I will not have his good name sullied. If you can’t enjoy corny jokes and some of the best music Tomorrowland has to offer, I feel sorry for you. Sonny Eclipse is a treasure and we should all give him the respect he deserves.
Remember the Sabbath day, to avoid the Magic Kingdom crowds.
Weekends are busy at the House that the Mouse Built™. If it’s your only day that you can do Magic Kingdom, you gotta do what you gotta do but if you’re on a longer trip, maybe head over to Hollywood Studios. Seriously, please go to Hollywood Studios. It’s lonely and Star Wars won’t be there for quite a while. (Ed – Nearly every day at Disney World is “busy” by real-life standards, and weekends aren’t always less busy at Hollywood Studios; luckily, I know a great Crowd Calendar you can use!)
Thou shalt not finish the skippers’ jokes on Jungle Cruise.
If you’re the person that likes to finish all the skippers’ jokes on Jungle Cruise, congratulations! You’re a fun ruiner. You probably also talk during movies and heckle comedians. Listen, I get it: Jungle Cruise is great and you’ve done it a million times but you know who hasn’t? Little Johnny First Timer. Johnny doesn’t know what the backside of water looks like and I think he should experience this life changing wonder without any spoilers.
Thou shalt come to terms with the fact that you cannot do everything.
No matter how long you go to Disney for or how many times you’ve been, it’s practically impossible to do everything. When you come to that realization, you’ll definitely be able to relax and enjoy your trip more. Sure you might not have gotten to ride that one last attraction but you know what? There’s always next time. Look on the bright side. You just gave yourself one more reason to book your next trip when you get home. That’s called “incentive.”
Thou shalt not use a stroller as a weapon.
I know they do bag checks at the gates but the real weapons are simply able to be rented once inside. You ever walk down Main Street having a great time, just loving life then all of a sudden you feel your ankle get smashed with the force of a thousand exploding suns? It’s scientifically proven that a shot to the ankles with a double barreled stroller is a nine out of ten on the pain index. I understand strollers are a god send to many parkgoers but please remember where you’re pointing that thing. With great power comes great responsibility.
Thou shalt nap.
Your chances of hitting rope drop and making it all the way through Extra Magic Hours in the same day become exponentially more likely with a well-placed nap. Also, for the summer in particular, this provides an excellent opportunity to refresh, shower and get changed so you’re ready to go for the evening. Of course, this is probably only relevant to those guests staying at a Disney resort. For all you off-property visitors, don’t blame me. The Commandments work in mysterious ways.
Remember to cherish each and every moment of your Walt Disney World vacation.
To end on a more serious note, I can’t count the number of times where I’ll be on the Magical Express to my resort and before I know it I’m flying home. Disney trips go by in the blink of an eye, which is a good thing! It means you had fun. Still, try to just take a moment each day and appreciate where you are. Whether it’s a quiet walk in the morning to get coffee from your hotel room to the lobby or a short sit on a bench in the Magic Kingdom hub, just take a moment to take all the sights and sounds of Disney World in and let it all sink in. The quieter and more introspective moments at Disney World may be few and far between but they’re great for remembering why you love coming here in the first place.