By Beth Skarp
Have you had the pleasure of
seeing a Service Animal or Guide Dog working while touring in the
Parks? We have seen them a time or two. These animals are always well
behaved, and so fun to see. My daughter even had the pleasure once of
being allowed to pet a working Service Animal who was in training. Such
Disney has a very strict
policy about allowing your personal family pet into the parks or hotel
rooms on Property. With that being the case, why is it that I almost
always seem to run into another guests personal pet? What pet you ask?
Well, surely you have all met him or her while touring in the parks.
The pet almost always has the exact same name. It is called......PEEVE.
OK, so it was a bad lead in
and a horrid pun. Having said that much, I do have several things that
not only annoy me, I manage to experience them just about every time we
visit the parks. In no particular order, here are seven “pets” I've
personally encountered who go by the name of PEEVE.
1. Thinking that because something is offered at the condiment bar, it
is “free” for the taking. I get that you might want some creamer for
your coffee, syrup for your Mickey waffles or Tobasco sauce or A-1 Sauce
for your meal, or toppings for the burger you had made just to your
liking. Taking enough for your meal is fine, but taking and literally
dumping the entire contents into your tote bag, swiping a bottle or two
of these condiments from the shelf and “forgetting” to return them but
dropping them into your tote bag instead, bringing a container to make a
FREE to-go salad is just plain wrong no matter how you look at it.
Don't get me wrong....I have been known to take a few extra packets of
creamer back to our resort room for our early morning coffee. Taking
more “just because it is after all FREE and I paid for it” is just not
2. Sneezing or coughing
while standing in line without covering your face. Deciding to odorize
your spot in line “ranks” right up there as well. I can't tell you the
number of times I have been subjected to these, um, showers of
blessings. So nasty.
3. I know that we all want
to take home those wonderful Mickey head shampoos and soaps. I have a
good-sized stash as well. Taking the ones you don't use or even asking
Mouskeeping for more is well and good (yes, we do this). Might I
suggest that you use one or two of them to actually clean up with before
you leave the resort room for the day. Splashing on some cologne or
using extra deodorant really doesn't help matters, especially when we
need to “cozy up” in line or on Disney transportation.
4. There are trash cans
located all over Disney property. Is it really that difficult to walk
say 30 feet to put your trash in the appropriate receptacles. The same
goes for busing your table at a quick service venue. Yes, there are
probably a CM or two in the area who are “assigned” to do this task.
However, when the place is busy, even they have a hard time keeping up
with the demands. Would you leave this mess sitting on your own kitchen
or dining room table? I highly doubt it. Disney is after all our
“Home” away from our normal home. Treat it with the same respect you
would your own personal home.
5. Tuning out in such a
manner that you are “blissfully unaware” of your surroundings. Being so
tuned out as you're listening to your various electronic devices or
busily working your thumbs to pretend that you don't see a parent who is
juggling small children while attempting to stand in a crowded bus. We
are all tired and our feet hurt. If you are physically capable of
standing, please offer up your seat to someone who is obviously older,
has difficulty walking or standing, is pregnant, or has small children.
Additionally, small children belong on an adult's lap during peak
traveling times, freeing up a seat for an adult to sit.
6. Placing your various
shopping bags, the diaper bag or your tote bags on the seat next to you
on Disney transportation in hopes that you have more personal space.
Disney transportation gets crowded, especially during peak travel times.
Placing your shopping bags or tote bags at your feet allows for more
guests to board.
7. "No flash photography" is
there for a reason. Not only do you blind those who are seated around
you, most times the flash literally washes out the picture you were
attempting to take. Ghosts are frightfully sensitive to bright lights
after all. In this same venue, continuing to snap flash pictures in the
dark on the rivers boats that run from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney
not only blind your fellow guests, they can also blind the boat pilots
These are my “pets” called PEEVE. They don't belong in the parks. Let's leave these so called “pets” home next time.
For many of us, our four
legged animals want to travel with us as well. If you wish to bring
your fur baby with you on vacation, Disney guests can use a wonderful
service called Best Friends Pet Care. Check them out at www.bestfriendspetcare.com.
Seriously, the only pets I want to see at the Disney Parks are the
ones that belong to true Disney Characters. I always enjoy seeing Pluto
or Marie in the Parks, don't you?