Nearly everyone is familiar with the concept of a “Bucket List;” it’s a to-do list of things you want to accomplish before you die, or “kick the bucket.” A bucket list typically includes aspirational items (travel to Paris), completist tasks (visit every major league baseball park), physical challenges (run a marathon) or the like. These are positive goal-worthy items.
I’ve recently been introduced to the concept of the “Reverse Bucket List” – things you would “rather die than do,” negative items to be avoided at all costs. I’m a New Yorker, so my Reverse Bucket List at home includes items like driving in Manhattan (public transportation is my friend), posing with a Times Square Elmo (ick), or waiting in line for hours for a cronut (just why?). I never want to do any of those things.
Many Disney Parks fans (of which I am one) discuss their Disney bucket lists. Some things I’ve seen frequently mentioned include:
- Staying at a Deluxe level resort suite
- Visiting all the Disney theme parks worldwide
- Dining at Victoria & Alberts
- Touring with a VIP guide
- Having a Disney wedding
- Buying/using the Platinum Dining Plan
Those are all worthy ambitions. But what I want to know about here is your Disney Reverse Bucket List. What are the Disney things that you vow never to do, or never to do again, because they are too upsetting, expensive, scary, or otherwise yucky.
Please bear in mind that Bucket Lists and Reverse Bucket Lists are personal, reflecting your own background, interests, or fears. For example, I love a good Disney Parks turkey leg, but I know several people who would put that at the top of their Reverse List. Please be respectful of others’ opinions.
To get things started, I’ll offer up some of my Disney Reverse Bucket List items.
- Spending New Years Eve in the Magic Kingdom (too much of a muchness for me)
- Riding Mission Space Orange (I am queasy just thinking about it)
- Eating cotton candy or anything cotton candy flavored
- Spending $4.00 for a bottle of water
- Waiting more than 30 minutes for any stand-by line that doesn’t have Neil Patrick Harris at the end of it.
So tell me, what’s on YOUR Disney World Reverse Bucket List? Where is your line is the sand? What do you vow to never do at a Disney park?