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    Talking to Strangers

    I can honestly say that Disneyland has made me a more outgoing person, and nowadays when I'm at the park, I find myself talking to just about anyone. Luckily, everyone I've ever spoken to at the park has been very friendly, and sometimes people(on vacation for a couple of days) even ask if I'm going to be in the park the next day because they liked talking to me and wanted to see me again!

    I'm curious if any other MiceChatters like to do what I do, whether you're in line for something, waiting for a show, or you happen to overhear someone's conversation. Do you talk to random guests? What has been your best/worst/funniest experience doing so?

    Some of my favorite experiences are with children. I find that, when they're at Disneyland, they become a lot less shy and talk to everyone they see. Yesterday, DisneyGirl52 and I were in line at Pixie Hollow, and since it was a bit long, I brought out my sketch pad and started drawing. This little girl behind me asked what I was drawing, so I sat down and let her watch. I asked her who her favorite princess is, and ended up drawing a picture of Ariel for her to keep.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    I do this all the time. Some people really enjoy conversing with me and I get a vibe from others that peobably think I'm creepy so it depends but I do it...
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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Well I usually go with a group but now that I am going more often on my own I ended up chit chatting with people in lines more often that I thought. Most people are nice but I still haven't got the hang of it quite yet. Most of the people I end up talking to are on the tower of terror and several times it's people asking if its scary..and its rarely kids Hopefully my communication skills develop because it's pretty boring sometimes when you're just standing there and waiting for a ride or a show.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    We like talking to people as well. Especially people with "first trip" or "birthday", etc buttons on. We've had some great times with people in line as well. On our last trip, there was a group of about 10 boys all wearing "so and so's birthday party" shirts. They were bright yellow and impossible to miss. It was their first time on Screamin' and they were psyched to ride it. We rode it again with them after, and then saw them in the line for TSMM again later. The next day we ran into them again by Pirates and at Cafe Orleans. It was fun to run into them throughout the trip.

    Or sitting and waiting for the fireworks, getting to know the people around us. Especially if they have young kids. It helps to watch the kids experience things and see the park through their eyes, that wide eyed sense of awe and wonder has got me to tear up more than a few times at things I had gotten "used" to.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    I have had conversations with strangers while in line. I remember standing in line for Stitch in WDW and having a conversation with a guy from Boston about Nextel cel phones (who I worked for at the time) and other things, like the Red Sox. This was just after they won the World Series a few years ago. That does not even include conversations with newly met Micechatters.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric5675 View Post
    I do this all the time. Some people really enjoy conversing with me and I get a vibe from others that peobably think I'm creepy so it depends but I do it...
    Yeah, I'm sure some people that I've spoken to think it's weird that I go once a week, but I've run into other APers who understand XP
    Once I was talking to a woman who bought her family SoCal passes, so they go about once a month. When I told her how often I'm in the park, she asked where I live. It turns out we live in the same city, and I thought that was neat.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    I love entertaining children, especially by making faces or playing games with them.

    There was this one time before POD where Jennyy and I were sitting by Small World and there was this girl dressed up as Alice running around in the parade route before the show. Anyways, she was giggling and having fun when, then she stopped when she saw us watching her. Both of us waved and smiled and she continued running and getting closer and closer to us. Then she ran towards us, jumped, and said, "Tada!" and we clapped and cheered for her. She was such an adorable little girl.

    And there also a time where I was sitting in front of Off the Page waiting for my brother to come out of the store. There was this little boy sitting in a stroller and we was looking at me. I looked over and him and waved, and he biggest smile in the world came up on his face. Then we played peek-a-boo until his parents carted him away.


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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Not too many years ago, my wife's grandfather, who once worked as a security guard at Disney Studios, would take us to Disneyland. His pass would get us in for free. It was hard for him to walk, however, so we'd walk slowly and suggest that he get a wheelchair, but he preferred to sit on a bench in Town Square and talk to folks, telling us to "go on and have fun." Within 30 seconds, he'd be talking to someone as if he'd known them his whole life.

    We felt bad, as if we were using him to get free admission, and then ditching him to go on rides, but he insisted that he enjoyed sitting and talking to people. Now that we have annual passes, and have had the opportunity to talk to folks ourselves on occasion, I'm beginning to understand just how enjoyable it can be.

    On my most recent trip to Disneyland--last Friday--the highlight was talking to a couple from Santa Barbara as we waited for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic. They had waited 3 hours for the first showing, which was cancelled due to wind. The second showing ended up getting cancelled as well. Yet they were still cheery, and I enjoyed our conversation.

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Quote Originally Posted by SkeletonStockings View Post
    Yeah, I'm sure some people that I've spoken to think it's weird that I go once a week, but I've run into other APers who understand XP
    Once I was talking to a woman who bought her family SoCal passes, so they go about once a month. When I told her how often I'm in the park, she asked where I live. It turns out we live in the same city, and I thought that was neat.
    I get that too! I go every Friday night (usually alone)
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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Talking to people is one of my favorite things about Disneyland.
    Not to mention it's the best place to just sit and observe people.


    I remember I was there during the summer, and my friend and I sat to watch The Electrical Parade at DCA and this sweet lady sat her kids next to us. They were the cutest things ever, and she actually trusted us enough to leave them with us so she could go get some ice cream really fast (I was flattered). She came back with a lollipop each for my friend and I because she wanted to thank us for letting her little kids sit next to us. :] It was so sweet.

    Also, we were waiting in line to see Ariel and this little girl in front of me kept looking at me and then hiding behind her mom. Her mom turned around to me and told me "she thinks you look like Ariel" (which is a huge compliment for me). I smiled at the girl, and she was so happy, and we talked about princesses until it was their turn to take pictures with Ariel. Then when I finally got into the front of the line, this really nice lady grabbed my arm and said "I think you'd make a better Ariel" (which was extremely sweet of her, the Ariel in line was gorgeous) and as I was taking pictures a little girl in line said "Look mom! Two Ariels!". hehehe it filled my heart with warm fuzzies. I love the amount of people that go out of their way to be nice to others at Disneyland.

    It also makes me super excited to talk to people from the Bay Area. It's such a small world :] (no pun intended?)

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Last time I was at DL, standing in like for HMH, I was talking to two strangers from Michigan.


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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    When at Disneyland, I ALWAYS talk to strangers. Some of course are stranger than others....
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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    Trick is to understand body language. I had a good load of people trying to start conversations with me at Disneyland when I went in December... Sometimes I'm not into the mood to talk so I tried to brush them off...

    My worst is standing in line for a ride and some "creepy" fanatic of the park is forcing a conversation with me and I just can't escape. This happened at WDW though and not at Disneyland.

    I talk to some but only when I'm in the mood and I'm not in a rush to go from one area of the park to the other.
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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    I love talking to people I meet at the park. You meet a lot of interesting people that way. When I lived in Anaheim, and went a lot to do my walking, Id get to talking with someone out of the area I always told them where things were around the city. (My directions to the Anaheim Wal Mart were always a hit.) If they asked, and a lot did, I'd tell them about local restaurants, how to get to Hollywood, where the best beaches are. Everything!

    Also ended talking to some celebrities that way. Especially if they had kids. You complement them on their (hopefully) well-behaved kid and you had a new friend for life!

    When I was a kid we'd always hang around the benches at closing time. As they were resting their feet they'd say, "You from around here?" Tell us they were leaving to go back to Omaha and offer us their unused ticket books. (Never enough Ds and Es.)

    I've talked politics, the weather, the USMC, UFOs, how to get a fast pass. The most common question is "Where's the bathroom?"

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    Re: Talking to Strangers

    If you think being in the park makes you more anxious to talk to other guests, you should try getting a job there. I find myself striking up conversations every time I'm standing still for more than a few minutes. Especially if somebody nearby has a celebration button on. It's become a habit now.

    One of my favorite off-the-clock guest interactions happened during a Pirate and Princess party with my good friend Amy. Amy's birthday was the following day, so she was donning a Happy Birthday button. And so was a precocious five-year-old by the name of Olivia. Amy, being a big kid at heart (ironic given her 6-foot stature) knelt down and played with Olivia as we stood in line to meet the Fab Five. Meanwhile, I had a wonderful conversation with Olivia's parents about growing up with Disney and how it becomes engrained in your life. Probably one of my top three in-park moments of all time.
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