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The Greatest Lesson I Learned From Disney World

May 27, 2011

I love Disney World. I haven’t been since high school, and my goal is to go again and again and again. We’d go to Disney on family vacations and it was always our favorite vacation. It’s so full of optimism and attention to detail and everything that makes your imagination go wild.

Anyone who’s ever been to Disney World will tell you that they have perfected how they run every little thing. Their customer service in the parks is legendary. But perhaps the greatest lesson I learned from Disney World is something I wish we all understood.

Always let people exit before you begin entering.

Seems silly, right? Or weird that I remember such a small thing from such a wonderful place. But hear me out.

Whenever we’d exit the bus to go to the parks, the bus driver would make sure everyone exited before he let new passengers on. Whenever we left a ride, the employees made sure everyone exited before entering. They were very specific about this. And it was magical.

Have you ever been walking out of a store, just as other people are coming in? And you have that awkward “who should go first” dance. You both start to make your way through the door, stop, and start again. Soon you either stop completely and let them through, or you go at the same time and the door is too small and it’s awkwardly tight to walk through without touching their shoulder.

This would all be solved if we followed the sage advice of Disney and let people exit before entering.

Same goes for the elevator. Doesn’t it just make more sense to let people leave the elevator before you get on? Why don’t people understand this? What sort of brain damage does one have to have for this not to make sense? Let me illustrate:

As you can see, when the Red Guys did not wait for the Yellow Guys to exit, it was crowded and awkward and stupid. But if the Red Guys had simply waited, they would have had the whole elevator to move about it and they wouldn’t ever have to get in the bubble of the Yellow Guys. Because people have bubbles. I have a bubble and I don’t want you in it unless you are given permission to be in it. Get outta my bubble, compadre. OUT.

It’s not rocket science. So here’s the real question: How do we let the world know that in the spirit of not driving me crazy, they should do the right and natural thing and let people exit before they begin entering? May I suggest that this be a part of every child’s public education? Right along with reading and the War of 1812?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda Strayer permalink
    May 27, 2011 1:36 pm

    Do I have your permission to enter your bubble to hug you this weekend?

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      May 27, 2011 1:49 pm

      Most definitely! 🙂

  2. May 28, 2011 3:07 am

    The red guys would definitely not sit still and let all the yellow guys exit. This is one of those moments where you hope somebody brought along an extra super dot so all the red guys tuck tail and run when they suddenly become blue and edible instead of red and predatory.

    I guess the Disney trick is having someone in charge…

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