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  • [Question] People are strangers

    Do you ever talk with people in line? I've done so and most of the time, I've enjoyed it. A few times, I've regretted it. My daughter has met several "friends for life" while in line for rides. I'm more of an observer that talker though. What's your take?
    I am old. But still love Disneyland.

  • #2
    I love to do it but I definitely observe the people around me first before I engage in conversation. My most recent experience was a good one where I was waiting in line by myself and really connected with the people around me.
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    • #3
      I tend to do it to people on the parade route or world ofcolor. One time the person i was talking to flirted with me and she thought i was 21.

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      • #4
        I'm always with my family so we're talking to each other usually. But I think if I were to go alone or just had the chance to chat with strangers in line, I'd do it! They'd have to be the one to initiate though lol

        I'm curious, why did you regret it a few times?

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        • #5
          People are strange when you're a stranger
          Faces look ugly when you're alone
          Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
          Streets are uneven when you're down

          No one remembers your name
          When you're strange
          When you're strange
          When you're .............s.t.r.a.n.g.e


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          • #6
            On topic ... I can recall a couple people I got to have as friends later. It's nice when that happens.
            In general .... Now .. people are probably glued to their smart phones .. doing whatever to entertain themselves till they board their ride.
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            Dear Peoplemover Fans, If you want to see a new attraction that at least mimics the 1967 Peoplemover in a future Tomorrowland remodel, you need to write to the powers-that-be, and let them know. If you don't - Then the next time Tomorrowland is remodeled, you will see a land barren of any "Peoplemover" type attraction.

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            • #7
              I love doing this. I don't talk to just anyone- like biggsworth, I'll observe before I speak, but it can be fun. It's the main reason I like to wear and trade pins! I'll trade with anyone, but I don't get in to the 'serious' pin-trading. I just think they're a good conversation-starter

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              • #8
                My wife is more of the talker... I'm more the observer.
                She engages people in line-ups, and I end-up getting into the conversation.

                A number of years back, we met a really nice couple from San Diego, while waiting for the Candlelight Processional to start.
                We live in Canada, so I haven't seen them since that evening, but we still keep in contact via email.

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                • #9
                  I'm not averse to it. Usually BFF and I are chatting madly, but it often happens if I'm alone.

                  It's usually just a brief conversation or a few remarks to pass the time, though.
                  "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.​"

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                  • #10
                    I often do, but I have to have a good feeling about the people first. I don't remember ever having a bad experience doing this. I've never made any friends whom I've kept by talking to strangers in line. (This doesn't count a couple of MiceChat meetups where I've made great friends.) My daughter has made a couple of friends this way. One of the good things about our internet age is she was able to exchange Facebook or Instagram info and keep in touch that way.
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                    • #11
                      The majority of my trips have been solo and I've talked to almost nobody anywhere in the park. That's just the way I roll.

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                      • #12
                        I've had a lot of lovely interactions with people while in lines or waiting for tables, etc. Folks seem to like sharing details of their travels and family celebrations and things like that. Seems to happen a lot. I'm not a real outgoing person, but I do often toss out a, "What a great t-shirt," or something like that. And then things roll from there. I usually don't have to say much else, which is great because I'd rather listen than talk, don't really have the gift for gab, but do enjoy people.

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                        • #13
                          For the most part yes but, I had a woman come out of nowhere and verbally attack me when I was talking with my wife about our president. I let her finish her rant and politely told her that we come to disney to get away from people like her. End of conversation. The look on her face, priceless!
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                          • #14
                            The best thing about DL is that everyone is mostly chatty. It's a whole different world when you enter those gates and everybody is happy. I'm generally a anti-social bug though. I love talking to people for short amounts of time, then I feel like I have to work to listen XD
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                            • #15
                              I like to observe in line when a group is having fun, like playing "Heads Up." Otherwise if it's a private conversation, I stay out of it. Just because I can hear them and have an opinion doesn't mean it's my business.

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                              • #16
                                Yes. It's all part of the Disneyland Magic. We normally go to the park with extended family that we don't see very often, so most of the talking is within our group, but there are always opportunities to share a smile and a friendly word.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by amyuilani View Post
                                  I like to observe in line when a group is having fun, like playing "Heads Up." Otherwise if it's a private conversation, I stay out of it. Just because I can hear them and have an opinion doesn't mean it's my business.
                                  This is how I am for the most part. I have had some great conversations with other guests over the years but usually I'm in my own world with my family or friend for the most part. One of the last ones I had was just helping some ladies, who were on their first trip there, behind me in a line with some info they had no clue about. We just sort of chatted here and there as we waited in line. While a few years back my friend and I were waiting in line for Alice when 2 guys got behind us and tried to get us to go over to DCA with them and have drinks. Yeah that was so not happening. LOL My daughter and I ended up in a few different spots as another mom and her daughter so we ended up chatting each time. If I over hear things, I really love when its the little kids and them showing excitement for things. Puts a smile on ones face and for me brings back memories of my own at the younger ages.
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                                  • #18
                                    We tend to keep to ourselves as well as our kids are always needing our attention but it is also not uncommon if I overhear other guests confused or curious by something such as where a certain attraction is etc. I will help them out but otherwise I stay out of their conversation and respect their privacy. I did one time end up having a small chat with the football player LaDainian Tomlinson who was with his family and they where being escorted by staff and even though they where going in through the exits they ended up on 3 rides right behind in a row and I finally asked him with a laugh "Are you stalking us?" he laughed back and mentioned that is seems like it. and we chatted for a sec. he was there with his wife and kids so I kept things brief. I enjoy talking to tourists from out of town when the chance occurs as they often enjoy describing "back home" and it's interesting to hear what that is like compared to SoCal.

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                                    • #19
                                      Typically, not so much in line for rides or shows but I've been known to strike up a conversation or two with strangers at the Napa Rose bar.
                                      "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."

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                                      • #20
                                        Nor matter were I go.....
                                        Single and alone , I have no issue striking up a conversation ,with strangers and many times ending up with new friends
                                        Last edited by Eagleman; 02-22-2017, 07:59 PM.
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