Friday, 21 April 2017

Things I HATE About Disneyland Paris


It's been over a year now since I published the first post of what turned into my 'Things I HATE About...' series. May 2nd 2016, Things I Hate About Disney went up and it actually was pretty well received - so much so it's one of my most viewed posts of all time!
Now it's time to discuss some things I hate about my favorite Disney Park - Disneyland Paris! Oooh!!


Smokers
I'm guessing everyone except smokers will feel the same about this. There are specific smoking areas - please use them! Passive smoking/second-hand smoke can be just as dangerous and not only is the park filled with little lungs of children but other adults who may be ill, have asthma (like me) or just generally don't want to have a cloud of poison vapor blown in their face. They can also burn people's bags, clothes, and body parts while you stand with it held down trying to be inconspicuous too so you are causing harm no matter how secretive you try to be. Smoking areas or not at all, thanks. 

Meet and Greet Audience
So this is probably more stressful for people like me who contend with stress, anxiety and the like but the little group of people who stand around watching people getting their photos taken with a character, despite not having anyone they know in the queue and therefore aren't waiting for them, freak me out no end! It takes a lot of guts for me to go and meet my pals as it is (and I still rarely do face characters for this reason) but when I'm being watched...perhaps even judged and often have photos taken by strangers I just can't cope. Please don't do this! If you want a photo of the character on their own, either wait in line, wait until they have no one interacting with them or take one of them in the parade.

Tall Last Minute Arrivers
You know who I mean here! You've arrived 2 hours early to get an awesome spot for a parade or the fireworks, whatever, but then Jimmy Giant-features rocks up 5 minutes before it's due to start and stands right in front of you. Thanks for that pal. Now what I can see will be partially silhouetted by your lovely cranium and picture taking is impossible.
I guess this can also apply to people putting children on their shoulders. The excuse of, 'it's for the kids though really' is completely redundant and falls on unwelcome ears if you say it to me because I have paid to be here too and Disney probably means more to me than your little precious bean - sorry not sorry.

Star Wars Takeover
See this post for more info.

Selfie Sticks
For the sake of all things Disney, don't. pack. selfie sticks. They are actually banned from the park as it is but there are still those D-bags that think they are above the rules. I have never liked them anyway (if you didn't know the 'S' word makes me gag and I don't think I have taken one since I was about 14 using MySpace) but they are even more annoying in Disneyland, especially with the even more obnoxious metal pole addition. You have no idea how many people stick them up in the air and spin around whacking those around them. They look rubbish in the back of my photos too so you're lucky I'm good at editing!

Single Rider Shunners
Haha! This is new to the list and something Mam and I experienced on our Winter 2016 trip. With the wait for Ratatouille being over 2 hours long we decided to just go single rider as it was less than a 30-minute wait. That was a big plus for us on our last day so we could fit in more fun but the family who I had to join as a single rider were not happy at all!
After they'd entered their 'rat' the cast member called me forward and showed me to my seat but I couldn't get in as the little girl was tireless trying to yank the door closed while glowering at me as she didn't want me to sit there. The mother said nothing. I eventually got in and before I had had a chance to get my bag and camera off my knee she was purposely pulling the safety bar down, repetitively, smashing it off the top of my expensive piece of equipment. Again the mother said nothing. I managed to get it out of the way and hold it above my head until the bar automatically lowered and we set off. Spoiled little missy then folded her arms and sat in the world's biggest huff for the duration of the ride, kind of making me feel awkward while trying to enjoy one of my favorite attractions. She wasn't young either and her mother should have stopped and explained the situation to her rather than let her act this way towards someone else.
I'm sure this is a rare case but, unfortunately, the park isn't especially for you so you'll have to get over that fact. You wasted your 2-hour wait by being a little brat and not just getting on with it and enjoying the ride. Plus...technically it was worse for me as I am pretty scared of strangers and being alone so yeah.

No Knowledge Space Takers
The people in front of you in line who take up a space to meet Daffy Duck. Yeah, Daffy. You're in the wrong park..this is Donald!! If you don't know who you are meeting, why are you meeting them? I'm not expecting every person to know every character, not everyone that visits the parks are die-hard fans but I just don't understand why you'd stand in a queue for an hour to meet a character you don't even know the name of...

Queueless Meets
It's super fun when extra characters come out for unscheduled meet and greets but when there is only 1 cast member and a free for all of kids and adults pushing and shoving, I'd rather just miss out on that meet..even if it's someone I really love. It's just so stressful and rude, totally not in the Disney spirit. Oh, plus you get a load of angry looking photobombers ha!  


Wow, if you read all of that I commend you...I probably wouldn't :P Like every other of these posts the following applies:
'Hate' is a strong word. I dislike the above points. However 'dislike' would sound stupid in the title.
Do not take anything personally. This is my opinion and not a direct attack upon any one person, as much as it may seem.
Everyone in this world is different - that's what makes life interesting. I am entitled to my opinion, as you are yours :)

Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know in the comments what one thing you HATE about a Disney park you have been to.

Catch the rest of the 'Things I HATE About...' series here.


23 comments:

  1. When I was there last year I made a guy move who had his kid on his shoulders. I'd been stood where I was for an hour waiting for the fireworks, he got there just before they started. NOT.A.CHANCE. You want a good view wait as early as the rest of us have! The way I see it when people try to use their kids as an excuse, at 30 years old I've been a Disney fan far longer than your kid has �� Xx

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    1. Good for you! I'm a giant push over and hate confrontation do never say anything :/
      But exactly, I was born into Disney and it's been a while longer than a 4 year olds life span.

      xo

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  2. Smokers in Disneyland? How is that possible, it's a place filled with children. :(

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    1. Yep! All over the place. European laws you see... :( It's awful.

      xo

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  3. I love this post! I cannot believe "Daffy Duck" call yourself a Disney fan haha! Best bit "Jimmy Giant-features" totally agree with everything its really annoying. I prefer it when the CM's get people to wait in line for the meet and greets which are random but some of them just don't care which spoils it. In Japan you stand around in a circle and they point at you to meet them I've been told.

    Immy xxx

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    1. Haha I could do a post just on stupid things I've heard people say in Disney.
      Oh I dunno if I like that system either because how do they know who came first? It should be a queue or nothing. Lol

      xo

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    2. That is exactly how I see it as well it should be as simple as stand in line and wait no pushing, shoving, fighting or picking. Imagine standing there waiting and never choose that would be my worry. You should so do that post haha xxx

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  4. Nodded along to so many of these! I bet writing these is so therapeutic. I could do one about people on trains and people at gigs!

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    1. Yes! I actually did one on public transport in general a while ago.

      xo

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  5. Oh I can't believe that little girl acted like that towards you! If Kris and I were to get another single person, I'd probably chat to them so they didn't feel too awkward... even if I'm not into talking to people. I'm better at it when it's one person or two. Seriously, kids needs to be told that the world does not revolve around them.

    I'm pretty sure I had to ask you a few character names haha! But I was in the queue with you so I'm totally allowed to be there.

    You know what, I'd quite like to go again with you sometime. I had a great time, and maybe I can get Kris to look after Moxie and we can have a girls holiday, me, you, your Mam (and anyone else haha!). I think that would be cool!

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    1. She was a little brat! It was so awkward during the ride because I was like enjoying it and smiling etc and the Mam and kid sat with arms crossed all pee'd off. Urgh.
      Yeah! If they'd been friendly I'd have spoken. You saw that I talked to that little girl at Tower of Terror so I'm not a childonster or anything ha.

      Oh you know that doesn't count!! And I can't believe how well you did with characters seeing as you're not keen.

      YEAH!! I've converted you ;) lol Well it looks like we may be going next year because Mam wants back asap. I'll start pricing it up haha.

      xo

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  6. People who can't queue are one of my biggest bugbears! I loved DLP when I went but the queue jumpers and pushers-in nearly drove me crazy!

    The smoking is disgusting

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    1. Yeah, even when I pop into Iceland or something I have people up my bum as if they think the closer they get to me, the quicker the queue will more. Drives me mad. ha.
      Indeed it is!

      xo

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  7. I had no idea selfie sticks were banned at the park, seems like a great idea!! Really loved reading this post as I reckon a lot of this would annoy me too :D xx
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. Indeedy they are. Not that people abide by the rules haha. Thank you! I think most of them are universal things that would bug most people :P

      xo

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  8. This gave me a giggle Danielle! I think I'd struggle with the rush of people at a meet and greet too, I don't know how the cast members do it sometimes, as well as other famous people and even now some YouTubers - it must take a lot of confidence to be able to contend with that many people. Not a fan of smoking either, never have been, so the fact it's at the park is't great - I know for a lot of people it's something they enjoy, but I just don't get it. And it's the same with selfie sticks for me too - I know loads of people love them, but I can't get into the craze, and now wherever you go it's all you see. Maybe one day I'll try it and love it knowing me, haha, but those points made me laugh because I just knew I'd be the same! Loved this. - Tasha

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    1. Oh I have no idea how they do it. Overall while I'm there it's like magic and my anxiety/paranoia etc subsides a little, but there are certain things I could never do at DLP and being a cast member would be one.
      All I see online is people moaning about the smoking in the parks...like on almost every review, so I think it should be a majority decision. I suppose a lot of parents are stressed out and maybe that's why they insist on doing it outside of designated areas but meh. :/

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  9. As someone who has yet to visit Disneyland, I love the posts you do about it! This one is my favourite yet. I can't believe the parent never said anything to their child as it was trying to close the door on you and safety bar, so rude! I always assumed smoking would be banned in somewhere like Disneyland.x

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    1. Aw thank you! I have sooo many more to come too and thats without the 8-10 still to come from our last trip haha.
      Yeah I was so uncomfortable. It was just super weird...but a lot of parents let their kids do whatever they wants as they say it's all meant to be just for kids anyway. Grr!
      You'd think so eh? I gets pretty bad. There are loads of proper little smoking areas but they are always empty.

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  10. That little girl sounds like a total spoiled brat! I'd have dragged her off the ride and taken her home to teach her a lesson if that were me. Her mother isn't doing a good job. Kids like that infuriate me. Smokers, too. There's always places for them to smoke where they're not harming others with their secondhand smoke! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Completely. You see plenty spoiled children at DLP haha. There are SO many smoking areas, but they're always empty :( It's one of the worst parts.

      xo

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  11. Had no idea selfie sticks were banned! I mean that's kind of relief though because they are so damn annoying and I swear I've been accidentally hit in the face by a selfie stick swinging around more than a few times as well...

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Indeed! They make announcements occasionally too reminding people but not many pay attention.
      They can be pretty dangerous!!

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