This scenario could happen just about anywhere but for this discussion imagine you are walking from the Tiki Room to Splash Mountain through Adventureland and run into this problem:
It is a lovely weekday in March with a smaller than average crowd in the park. You think getting around will be pretty easy. No sooner do you get started than you find yourself stuck behind a herd of Miss Daisies walking 6 across at 1/4 mile per hour staring off into space.
You move left to the middle of the walkway to navigate around them and get clobbered by a quadruple-wide stroller doing donuts in the middle of the walkway by Aladdin's Oasis. You try to limp off to the Adventureland gift-shop on the right but you get clobbered by a gang of emo kids trying to break each other's crowd-weaving record while complaining about how lame everyting is.
You finally break free of this obstacle and try to resume a normal walking pace, NOT a speed-walking pace, just a nice normal pace. You get through the bottleneck at Bengal BBQ and head over the bridge in front of Pirates. You take care to stay to the right of the walkway as if you were driving only to get clotheslined by a family of 8 holding hands and all walking abreast of each other without a care in the world.
After you regain your senses you are finally you are on the move again and all seems to be going fine. You find yourself walking behind a family of four and they seem to be using common-sense to get around. Everything seems fine and then, suddenly and for no reason they abruptly stop.... in the middle of a busy walkway... in front of Hanunted Mansion... for no reason. They start having a conversation about what time they should have lunch and what kind of food sounds good. You are totally boxed in and can't squeeze your way out of this debacle.
Finally you get moving again and start up the curve over the drop of Splash Mtn. You then find that a crowd of people is heading your way directly towards you. They are all walking to their left side of the walkway for some odd reason. Now you feel like a salmon trying to swim up a waterfall and wonder what you did to deserve this.
Did you miss some Disneyland rule that everyone else knows about? Is today walk slowly, stupidly and in the opposite direction day? Are you a pariah being punished for some unknown sin?
Is it too much to think that maybe one day people could learn to stay to the right when they walk? Perhaps we could even get people who know they are ultra-slow walkers to be on the far right sort of like the slow lane on the freeway.
None of this scenario outlined above is the result of a line queue, a walkway bottleneck, an over-crowded day, a show or parade exiting en masse, a handicapped person in a wheelchair or scooter or normal baby-stroller operation. Is this all a result of general stupidity or am I the only one still left following the "stay-to-the-right" pedestrian rule of thumb?
I propose that it would be a wonderful thing to have people stay to the right as much as possible when walking. Obviously I'm not talking about uni-directional crowd rushes like park-opening or after fireworks. Just normal, everyday walking from one place to another.
Also if you are in the middle of a walkway and need to stop please move to the side first. The people walking behind you don't really want to walk into you no matter how awesome and cute you think you are. Few things are as maddening as having a group of people walking in front of you abruptly stop in the middle fo the walkway.
I know any discussion attempting to change group behavior is probably Quixotic in the extreme but I thought it would be a constructive thing to discuss.
Sorry if this was long-winded and sorry of this has been discussed ad nauseum before. I ran a search and didn't see anything.