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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by BanannaSplitzer View Post
    Last July, I was on Small World with my family. There were these extremely annoying tourists from some foreign country sitting in front of us. They started singing the song really loud and really off-key, they kept rocking the boat, and in addition to that they took all of their pictures with an iPad - ONLY using the front facing camera. Instead of politely asking them to stop, I photobombed them whenever I had the chance, of course. I'm honestly surprised they didn't notice me...
    Good one!

    I was on Pirates last fall and was in front of this little kid who took flash pictures throughout the entire ride. The CMs never went on the speakers to tell them to stop so he kept taking them. I turned around twice to ask them to quit and the parents didn't take the camera and tell him to stop until we passed by the jail cells with the dog.

    I've also been ride-bombed by flash photography numerous times on Haunted Mansion.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    I don't remember if I've posted this on MiceChat before or not, but I was working on a churro wagon next to the Mark Twain dock (there's a permanant fruit stand their now) accross from the Big Thunder entrance, and I saw a mom dragging her kid along get in line. The kid was probably between 5 - 8 years old. He was screaming and was obviously terrified, and I could hear him saying: "I don't want to go Mommy, I don't want to go." The mom was angry and said to him "Hey! We got to go on the ride that you wanted to go on, now we get to go on the ride that I want to go on." They got in line and disappeared. I was stuck on my churro wagon and couldn't leave to call anyone, and I didn't have a walkie talkie, so there was nothing I could do. About 30 minutes later I heard a BT cast member making an announcement to the line: "Attention to all of our guests waiting in line for Big Thunder -- if you're child is too scared to go on the ride, then you may as well get out of line now because we're not going to let you on the ride when you get to the front."
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    My mother never forced me on any rides, when I was a young child, and we were at our local amusement park here in Chicago. However, there was plenty of times, that I was instructed to wait on the bench, while the rest of our party rode a ride.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    This one fall under BAD and ANNOYING. My GF had never been to a Disney park in her life and I got her to go to Disneyland with me. We had a great time until we hit the POTC and the HM.

    In the POTC people were talking the whole time. I guess everyone on the ride had been on it so many times, that they didn't care.

    Even worse was the HM. We had people reciting the Ghost Host and Leota's lines, screaming for no reason, flash photos. My GF couldn't even hear what was happening. Just down right rudeness.

    Luckily for us, the park started clearing out around 9PM and we went on both rides again with fewer crowds.

    I know these two rides are long time favorites for many but there are still people who are newcomers. Don't spoil it for them.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Big D View Post
    I don't remember if I've posted this on MiceChat before or not, but I was working on a churro wagon next to the Mark Twain dock (there's a permanant fruit stand their now) accross from the Big Thunder entrance, and I saw a mom dragging her kid along get in line. The kid was probably between 5 - 8 years old. He was screaming and was obviously terrified, and I could hear him saying: "I don't want to go Mommy, I don't want to go." The mom was angry and said to him "Hey! We got to go on the ride that you wanted to go on, now we get to go on the ride that I want to go on." They got in line and disappeared. I was stuck on my churro wagon and couldn't leave to call anyone, and I didn't have a walkie talkie, so there was nothing I could do. About 30 minutes later I heard a BT cast member making an announcement to the line: "Attention to all of our guests waiting in line for Big Thunder -- if you're child is too scared to go on the ride, then you may as well get out of line now because we're not going to let you on the ride when you get to the front."
    Classic poor little guy.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbaraann View Post
    My mother never forced me on any rides, when I was a young child, and we were at our local amusement park here in Chicago. However, there was plenty of times, that I was instructed to wait on the bench, while the rest of our party rode a ride.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by Big D View Post
    I don't remember if I've posted this on MiceChat before or not, but I was working on a churro wagon next to the Mark Twain dock (there's a permanant fruit stand their now) accross from the Big Thunder entrance, and I saw a mom dragging her kid along get in line. The kid was probably between 5 - 8 years old. He was screaming and was obviously terrified, and I could hear him saying: "I don't want to go Mommy, I don't want to go." The mom was angry and said to him "Hey! We got to go on the ride that you wanted to go on, now we get to go on the ride that I want to go on." They got in line and disappeared. I was stuck on my churro wagon and couldn't leave to call anyone, and I didn't have a walkie talkie, so there was nothing I could do. About 30 minutes later I heard a BT cast member making an announcement to the line: "Attention to all of our guests waiting in line for Big Thunder -- if you're child is too scared to go on the ride, then you may as well get out of line now because we're not going to let you on the ride when you get to the front."
    I can't count how many times I have witnessed similar events. I was in line for Space Mountain and there was a kid freaking out behind us and the family was escorted out of the line because the kid was panicking so much and the parents were screaming at him that if they wanted to go on it he had to deal.

    This is why they invented rider swap options.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by DrFink View Post
    I can't count how many times I have witnessed similar events. I was in line for Space Mountain and there was a kid freaking out behind us and the family was escorted out of the line because the kid was panicking so much and the parents were screaming at him that if they wanted to go on it he had to deal.

    This is why they invented rider swap options.
    I have memories of being "that kid" when fairly young. I vaguely remember flipping right out in queue for Adventures into Inner Space. Best wasn't at Disneyland though - they apparently had some sort of 'haunted house' attraction at Magic Mountain my dad thought I had to go through despite my (and I DO remember this part) very loud and descriptive insistence otherwise. My memory blacks out around the time they literally drug me into the ride, though my mother tells me I acquitted myself well - dad picked me up for a shoulder ride and I spent from then until they emergency exited out doing nothing more than screaming and beating the living hell out of his head.
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by MRaymond View Post
    This one fall under BAD and ANNOYING. My GF had never been to a Disney park in her life and I got her to go to Disneyland with me. We had a great time until we hit the POTC and the HM.

    In the POTC people were talking the whole time. I guess everyone on the ride had been on it so many times, that they didn't care.

    Even worse was the HM. We had people reciting the Ghost Host and Leota's lines, screaming for no reason, flash photos. My GF couldn't even hear what was happening. Just down right rudeness.

    Luckily for us, the park started clearing out around 9PM and we went on both rides again with fewer crowds.

    I know these two rides are long time favorites for many but there are still people who are newcomers. Don't spoil it for them.
    Unfortunately, I can relate to this situation. We love the Aladdin show, and usually go plenty of times during our trips. This last trip, we were only able to go once. We were able to get the second to last row of the first "section" (I think it may be the orchestra?). About a minute until the show starts, a group of "ladies" came and sat down in the last row behind us. They were quiet....until the show started. From the very first song, the whole group sang along to each and every song. We might have been okay with it if they had been quietly singing along, but no, they all sang along really loudly and really off key. It was frustrating, because it got to the point where you couldn't even hear the characters anymore, it was just their "singing".

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottG View Post
    It was 1988 and I was at the park with my brand new wife. The day before we got there we got terribly sun burned so our time in the park was a mixture of joy and pain. I was the worst but I was OK as long as nothing jarred me. So I stayed away for the rougher rides.Now I had not been to the park since about 1968 so when I saw the "train" ride at the back of the park I remembered how slow and calm the ride was. Little did I know this "slow" ride had gone from Natures Mine Train Through Wonderland to BTMRR.I pretty much screamed like a little girl through the whole ride since it felt like my flesh was being ripped away.
    That just reminded me of a story my mom told me. She and her friend went to Disneyland sometime in the 80s and my mom hadn't been to Disneyland since she was a kid in the 60s. She had loved the Natures Mine Train ride and was like, "we have to ride this!" Her friend kept saying, "I don't think that's the same ride. People are screaming." My mom told her that it was probably just noise from other rides in the park and they got in line. "How fast can a train go?" she'd told her friend. Well, they found out. Ever since then it's been called How Fast Can a Train Go instead of Big Thunder Mountain in my family.

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Years ago when the smoking area was moved from next to the Matterhorn to the dock in the same area, my best friend (a fellow MiceChatter) and I had retreated there since the fireworks had be canceled for the night. Since it was Christmas time they still did the snow segment. In her excitement to see it she jumped up from where she had been sitting and dropped her phone off of her lap. We watched in horror as it bounced once and landed in the lagoon.

    As we stood at the railing she was in a panic as it was a brand new phone and the rest of our party had only had her phone number. We were going to be meeting up with them soon. As we tried to figure out what to do, as luck would have it, we started seeing a small light in the water. It was her phone, it hadn't shut off, and someone was calling! It stayed on, we kept calling for it to light up and we were able to have Custodial come and pull it out!
    My friend put it in rice over night just in case but it worked just fine!

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Quote Originally Posted by fantasygirl View Post
    That just reminded me of a story my mom told me. She and her friend went to Disneyland sometime in the 80s and my mom hadn't been to Disneyland since she was a kid in the 60s. She had loved the Natures Mine Train ride and was like, "we have to ride this!" Her friend kept saying, "I don't think that's the same ride. People are screaming." My mom told her that it was probably just noise from other rides in the park and they got in line. "How fast can a train go?" she'd told her friend. Well, they found out. Ever since then it's been called How Fast Can a Train Go instead of Big Thunder Mountain in my family.
    So we weren't the only ones - that makes me feel better!

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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    On our first trip to DLR with our young son, we weren't quite sure if he'd like roller coasters. So after riding all the slower rides we showed him people on RC's and he seemed like he wanted to try one.
    So we start with Space. After the ride stopped and we got off, he had a horrified look on his face and started crying with big crocodile tears and everything. My wife asked him: Was it was too scary? (still sobbing) "no..". Then she slowly asks: Do you want to go again? "YEA!!!!"
    He was crying because it ended too soon. For the rest of the trip all we heard was "ROLERCOASTER" over and over again.
    We had created a monster LOL!
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    Re: Any "Interesting" Stories of Your Time at the Parks? (The Good, Bad, or the UGLY!

    Probably around 1972 or so, my family and I went to Disneyland, but my oldest sister didn't go with us because she had recently married and was living a new life with her husband. Interracial couples were not common in those days. I was on the Carousel of Progress, lingering to look at the Progress City model at the end, which I loved. As I was walking down the ramp to the exit, I saw up ahead of me my sister and her husband. I couldn't believe that they had gone on the same day we did. I yelled out, "Hey you guys!" and ran up to them. They turned around and looked at me and it was a different couple - a tall black man with an afro and a shorter white woman with long blond hair - from behind they looked exactly like my sister and brother-in-law, but they were total strangers. Needless to say I was embarrassed and I ran out of there.

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    The one about the woman dragging her son into the line for BTMRR reminds me of our family on a visit in 2003. My nephew was 4 at the time and was terrified of going on Pirates of the Caribbean. He was certain there were live pirates in there who would kidnap him. We tried to explain to him that they were all just robots and there were no real pirates and it was completely safe. But he still refused and made a scene in the line. I was willing to, and offered to, wait with him outside instead of going in, as I had been on it many times. But his mother refused to let him wait it out and insisted he go in. It almost seemed like we were physically dragging him through the line. Once inside, he liked the atmosphere and when we were finally in the boat and it was gliding through the bayou, he seemed to be enjoying it. But then we went down the drop. After the splashdown I didn't see him until I noticed he was lying face down on the floor of the boat. Despite my many attempts to coax him to get up and look at all the things to see, he would not budge. He spent the rest of the ride face down on the floor of the boat. Finally when it was time to exit the boat he got up. He was fine, but wet. I think it damaged him emotionally. Haunted Mansion was out of the question.

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