A hot YouTube video is making the rounds of a Disney World bus driver being strangled by an enraged guest at a Disney’s Hollywood Studios bus stop and apparently having the man’s baby thrown at him. The driver’s crime? He told the guest the bus was full and that he would have to wait for the next one. Click the video at left to watch it for yourself. The person who took the video says this wasn’t even the most intense park of the altercation.
Sadly, “bus rage” isn’t at all uncommon, especially at park opening and closing times. In my own Disney adventures, I was once on a Typhoon Lagoon bus heading back to our hotel when someone flagged the driver down as he was heading out. He stopped, opened the door, and a woman stood on the first step and started screaming and berating him because he was going to a different hotel before the bus arrived for her hotel. She held us all up because he couldn’t leave with her standing half in the bus, making a complete and utter idiot of herself.
So how do you avoid bus rage instead of taking it out on drivers and other guests? Here are my simple tips:
1) Drive to the parks. If you are dead set on getting back and forth on your own time table, rent your own transportation. You get to park at the theme parks for free if you’re staying at a Disney hotel. It’s better to strap your tired baby into a car seat and be able to leave when you want than to wait in a crowd and then throw the poor kid at the bus driver because you have to wait even longer.
2) Leave early or late. Obviously the biggest crowds are at opening and closing. Enjoy a character breakfast at a hotel and et to the theme park a little while after opening, or leave a little bit before closing. Or take your time, stroll out of the park at a leisurely pace, and do some browsing and shopping while the main part of the crowd gets out ahead of you.
3) Take a cab. If you didn’t rent a car, the bus lines are insane, your feet are hurting and the kids are crabby, spring the money for a cab. There are pleny of them at the theme parks and it shouldn’t break the bank to take one back to your hotel.
4) Put on your big boy (or big girl) pants and deal with it. You’re at a theme park. So are a lot of other people who have as much right to a good time as you do. You want to get back to your hotel or another park. So do they. You should have learned to wait your turn in kindergarten. If not, your bad behavior might just wind up on YouTube for all the world to see.
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