Mouse Manners

Don’t Use Your Flash

Everything at Disney is camera ready. But if you don’t know how to expertly use your camera or phone’s flash, then please disable it when visiting the parks.

Under no circumstances should you ever use a flash inside of a theater, during a parade, at the firework extravaganzas, or in the middle of a projection show. During live shows and parades, a flash is dangerous to the performers and ruins the experience for other guests. Holding up your camera or phone also blocks the view of everyone behind you. (And unless it is your child up on stage, please don’t record stuff with your phone. You’re blocking everyone’s view behind you. There’s plenty of great footage of what you’re seeing on YouTube. Trust us.)

More importantly, don’t, don’t, don’t ever let your flash go off while riding an attraction, especially on dark rides. Dark rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a Small World, Haunted Mansion, Frozen Ever After, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway use light to guide guests through the story. If your camera lights up spaces that aren’t supposed to be lit, you’re wrecking the experience for you and everyone around you. Plus, a flash photo on a dark ride is not going to turn out well. Think about it. You’re moving and there’s not enough light. The result is going to be a crappy photo.

But don’t despair, you can bring home memories of attractions without making enemies. 

For one, if you purchased Memory Maker (or got it for free as part of your annual pass of vacation package), you can buy a $35 add-on that gives you 400 professionally taken photos of attractions, fireworks, and other stuff.

Another option is that you can learn how to take photos without a flash. Smartphones are getting better at this every year.

So please, please, please, unless you know what you’re doing, make sure your flash is OFF at all times when you’re at Walt Disney World. Just like good fences make good neighbors, disabled flashes make good park guests.

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