When it comes to Walt Disney World, it needs to be understood that it is almost like stepping into a different country. Suddenly your life has background music, everything is 20% more expensive, and anything taking place outside of Disney consciousness feels incredibly irrelevant.
Unfortunately, it also means coming into contact with more than a few people with the Grumps.
No, I’m not talking about Grumpy, one of the Seven Dwarfs (though he may suffer from a chronic case). I am talking about the Grumps, a feeling you get where everything is wrong and nothing is good. When a person or group of people gets the Grumps, they can contain a Dementor’s touch (if you don’t mind me stepping away from Disney to include a Harry Potter reference) and ruin the happiness you have.
People with the Grumps are everywhere, but they seem to thrive in Disney Parks. Have to wait for the monorail for more than 10 minutes? Rant and rave to the cast member, loudly. Stuck in a queue that hasn’t moved in a while? Make sure everyone around you knows how displeased you are. Does it seem like that person in the motorized scooter doesn’t need that scooter? Make sure your groans and eye rolls are heard and seen!
So what is the best way to keep the Grumps at bay? Take this advice:
Step 1: Don’t Let the Grumps Destroy Your Happiness.
Just because people with the Grumps are having a Moment doesn’t mean your enjoyment has to burn up. Most of the time, it’s as easy as stepping away to the other side of the street or exiting the gift shop. But sometimes it’s the person eating next to you or the family behind you in the queue. How do you escape that?
Sometimes it’s by looking inward and cheering up your group. Talk to each other about the fun stuff you’ve done. Make your plans for the next few hours. If you’re splitting up, discuss a meeting time and place. Share photos. Play a game.
But occasionally, it’s by looking outward. Do they need some help making plans? Does their child need a new game to play? Or do they just need to vent to someone? Smile and nod and let them get it out of their system. These people aren’t always Grumps, you know. (But make sure you gauge if that person really wants to be talked to. Sometimes attempting to engage someone to cheer them up only makes things worse.)
Step 2: Don’t Become the Grump.
This is tough. Even if we’ve made all the plans in the World, things can just fall through. The Fastpass+ queue is longer than the actual line. The food tastes bad. The bus will never come!
It can be as easy as taking a deep breath and counting to ten. Sometimes it might take a little more: we can remember why we’re there in the first place. Take out our phones and browse all the pictures of the amazing trip we’ve had so far. Or just smile!
Don’t let one moment of chaos spoil the whole trip. Things happen. We just need to be smart enough to ease out of a sticky situation instead of creating more of the mess. And when we look back on the problem, it will reveal itself to be pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things!
Step 3: Understand that We All Get the Grumps
Someone you meet might be the sweetest, most amazing person you’ll ever meet. Unfortunately, you end up meeting them at their worst moment, and your first impression is negative.
We all suffer from getting the Grumps. Once we realize that, someone having a Grump moment (whether it is us or someone around us) can be understood as someone who is doing something that has been experienced by every person, either at Walt Disney World or in the Real World.
So in your upcoming trip, keep that Grump attitude at bay, embrace whatever joys or pains come your way, and the Happiest Place on Earth will stay that way!
(Hey, that rhymes!)
Have you gotten the chance to help out a person suffering from the Grumps at Walt Disney World? Has anyone ever helped you? Do you have any more tips for maintaining a positive attitude in negative circumstances? Comment below!