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irishtigger
05-13-2010, 09:55 AM
I understand that your kid wants to see the characters but please wait your turn. Nothing is more rude when an entire family comes up and rudely pushes at your table to get in with the characters while your taking pictures! Stop and think how much you would like it if someone did that to your family! I am not a person who keeps my mouth shut and I will tell you to back off as I did this morning at Chef Mickey`s its rude and ignorant people have some respect.

eelkmj01
05-13-2010, 09:58 AM
I understand that your kid wants to see the characters but please wait your turn. Nothing is more rude when an entire family comes up and rudely pushes at your table to get in with the characters while your taking pictures! Stop and think how much you would like it if someone did that to your family! I am not a person who keeps my mouth shut and I will tell you to back off as I did this morning at Chef Mickey`s its rude and ignorant people have some respect.

I completely agree with you in how rude that is. But isn't it just as bad to respond in kind (to be rude also)? IMHO, there is a better way to get your point across.

goofy4tink
05-13-2010, 10:00 AM
Can't tell you how many times that has happened to us. The worst was the time that we had been waiting for an hour for Mickey to get to us..we had arrived at our CM's table as Mickey was leaving the area...it took close to an hour before we got to see him. In any case, there we sat, waiting patiently. As Mickey approached our table, a family of 5 (3 little ones) were just being taken to their table. They stopped right by our table and proceeded to go up to Mickey to get autographs. I simply said, as nicely as I could, that it was my dd's turn with Mickey. "Oh, we won't be but a few moments. Our kids have been really looking forward to seeing Mickey." Ah, no...so had we. It was a really good thing that the handler saw this happening and came over to tell the family that Mickey would be at their table for their 'special time' with Mickey. They weren't too happy about it, but by that time, Mickey had turned to my dd.
I sometimes wonder if everyone realizes that they will get their own turn with each character.

eelkmj01
05-13-2010, 10:11 AM
I almost understand when children do that b/c they are just so impulsive and "can't help themselves", but it's awful when adults do it. We had a single diner at the table next to us at Crystal Palace last year who after having her turn, had to interrupt our turn to get another picture. I feel the best thing to do is sort of take the high road. You can get you point across to someone and show them the proper way to act at the same time.

Marine Mom
05-13-2010, 10:21 AM
I understand that your kid wants to see the characters but please wait your turn. Nothing is more rude when an entire family comes up and rudely pushes at your table to get in with the characters while your taking pictures! Stop and think how much you would like it if someone did that to your family! I am not a person who keeps my mouth shut and I will tell you to back off as I did this morning at Chef Mickey`s its rude and ignorant people have some respect.

Well said!

3prettyprincesses
05-13-2010, 10:23 AM
Awww:goodvibes, sometimes little kids can't help their excitement when a character passes close by. I wouldn't dream of telling them to go back to their own table, I'd just smile and wait for their parent to get them. I've seen lots of kids go crazy over a character when they were making their rounds in the restaurants. It's usually young kids too so they probably don't know that Pooh or Tigger will make it over to their table later. I wouldn't let it bother me.:goodvibes Maybe some people at those character meals don't know the rules of character greeting anyway. The 1st time we took our girls to Disney, we ate at Crystal Palace. On our way to our table, Eeyore was walking by and my youngest ran up to him and gave him a huge hug, telling him how much she loved him. I didn't know you weren't supposed to do that so I let her. Then the handler told me that the characters will all come around to each table for pictures and autographs. I said sorry we didn't know and she said there are lots of people who don't. I guess that's a bit different than crowding someone's table though but still, some people are oblivious and may not be intentionally rude.:goodvibes

NMAmy
05-13-2010, 10:50 AM
Awww:goodvibes, sometimes little kids can't help their excitement when a character passes close by. I wouldn't dream of telling them to go back to their own table, I'd just smile and wait for their parent to get them. I've seen lots of kids go crazy over a character when they were making their rounds in the restaurants. It's usually young kids too so they probably don't know that Pooh or Tigger will make it over to their table later. I wouldn't let it bother me.:goodvibes Maybe some people at those character meals don't know the rules of character greeting anyway. The 1st time we took our girls to Disney, we ate at Crystal Palace. On our way to our table, Eeyore was walking by and my youngest ran up to him and gave him a huge hug, telling him how much she loved him. I didn't know you weren't supposed to do that so I let her. Then the handler told me that the characters will all come around to each table for pictures and autographs. I said sorry we didn't know and she said there are lots of people who don't. I guess that's a bit different than crowding someone's table though but still, some people are oblivious and may not be intentionally rude.:goodvibes

Your scenario is a bit different and I don't think anyone would do much besides smile at a little one who tackled a character walking by their table.

Actually, I've seen way more adults going up to others' table than children. At 1900 Park Faire in March, we were seated near a grandmother with her two granddaughters. Cinderella had already spent quite a bit of time at their table and had moved on and was several tables away. The grandmother realized that Cinderella had signed a different page of the autograph book than she wanted her to and butted right in between a little girl and Cinderella to ask her to come back and sign again.

Cinderella quite graciously told her she was busy with another family right now and she'd stop back by on her way through.

I couldn't believe this woman was so rude. In fact earlier, she said something kind of snarky to Drizella who exclaimed quite loudly, "Well, that was really RUDE!"

3prettyprincesses
05-13-2010, 10:57 AM
Your scenario is a bit different and I don't think anyone would do much besides smile at a little one who tackled a character walking by their table.

Actually, I've seen way more adults going up to others' table than children. At 1900 Park Faire in March, we were seated near a grandmother with her two granddaughters. Cinderella had already spent quite a bit of time at their table and had moved on and was several tables away. The grandmother realized that Cinderella had signed a different page of the autograph book than she wanted her to and butted right in between a little girl and Cinderella to ask her to come back and sign again.

Cinderella quite graciously told her she was busy with another family right now and she'd stop back by on her way through.

I couldn't believe this woman was so rude. In fact earlier, she said something kind of snarky to Drizella who exclaimed quite loudly, "Well, that was really RUDE!"

I meant a child who comes over to your table because the character is over there. We've had that happen and just smiled at the little boy who came to our table because he was so excited.

However, what you described at 1900 Park Fare is quite rude. I agree, the grandmother wasn't exhibiting good manners by butting in. I guess you're right though, I was talking more about kids not the adults. In that case, yes the adults should wait their turn.:goodvibes

At our 1900 Park Fare dinner a little girl was trailing behind Anastazia for several tables. It was pretty cute though. Then Anastazia turned around and told the little girl to go back to her table but to remember to wake up her parents at 4:00am because parents love that!:laughing: I nearly spit my food out I was laughing so hard. The step-sisters are truly hilarious at that meal!

2Tiggies
05-13-2010, 11:31 AM
I think I am just a softie :rotfl2: We generally haven't had problems with this, except for at Chef Mickey. It happens just as often at the character meet n greets as at the meals. I just look at those little faces and my heart melts! It is annoying, don't get me wrong - especially when the character starts signing an autograph book, you are poised for your picture and someone else's kid steps into the frame. Once that book is signed the moment is gone. However it is not the fault of the children. It is the parents who should be taking responsibility for their kids, as many of you have pointed out on here already.

It does seem that the characters are aware of this being a problem from time to time and they seem to know when to stall for you. I won't let them leave the table if my photo session has been interrupted so all it means is that everyone else in the restaurant is going to wait a little longer before they make their rounds to their tables and the characters do hover if they sense that you are not happy. I just make a polite remark to my DD like "Let's just wait until we can get a picture of just you with the characters".

2Tiggies
05-13-2010, 11:33 AM
Then Anastazia turned around and told the little girl to go back to her table but to remember to wake up her parents at 4:00am because parents love that!:laughing: I nearly spit my food out I was laughing so hard. The step-sisters are truly hilarious at that meal!

:rotfl2: :lmao: I only just saw that now!

LittleStinkerbelle
05-13-2010, 11:36 AM
I totally agree! The worst we ever had this was at CRT breakfast. DD was only about 3, so getting a good pic of her with the princesses was challenge enough but then every time we were trying to get a shot, these two 8 or 9 year old girls from a couple of tables over came up to the princess waving their autograph books. I did say something to them because I felt they were old enough to understand.

bangzoom6877
05-13-2010, 12:01 PM
I agree that it is the parents' responsibility to teach their children right from wrong. If a small child was so mesmerized by a character that they walked over to our table, I would probably smile and think it was cute. If their parent came over to lead them away from the table then I would be fine with it. However if the parent did nothing or encouraged it, that would irk me. I have small children (ages 3 and 5) and I teach them right from wrong and explain they have to wait their turn, at WDW and outside WDW and I expect others to do the same because I simply feel it is the right thing to do.

I saw this last summer at Sesame Place, both on line in the middle of the park to see a character and also at the character dinner. At one point, my son wanted to leave the table to go up to Big Bird during the dinner but I explained to him that he had to wait his turn and that Big Bird would be coming to our table. Was it easy to convince him of that? No, of course not, no child wants to be told not to do something they want to do. But as a parent, you do what you have to do. I felt really bad for the character handler there...there were countless people (mostly adults encouraging their children!) just running up to the characters, and at one point they even made an announcement in the restaurant to please wait for the characters to come to your table and they assured everyone that they would make it around to everyone, but that if people kept interrupting them it would interfere with that. Most people refrained but there were still a few who ignored it. Unreal how some people think they are the only one in the world and that it revolves around them!

disneyfav4ever
05-13-2010, 12:56 PM
Same thing happened when I ate at Crystal Palace last month. And the characters try to be good, and send them back to their table, but it's just so rude of the guests to do that in the first place.

ntsammy5
05-13-2010, 01:10 PM
The handlers should have cattle prods with them. That would take care of the problem. :lmao:

MrsLS
05-13-2010, 01:41 PM
That is rude! we didn't encounter this at any of the character breakfasts we went to from adults or kids, all the families were great & respectful.

KELLY
05-13-2010, 02:23 PM
Sorry this happened to you. It has never happened to us.

hannaconda
05-13-2010, 08:03 PM
The problem is there is a lack of home training in todays kids and some of yesterdays parents. Its all about them and nobody else. Unlike them other ppl have paid just like them and deserve their chance with the characters. Now do I have a problem with a little child who may not have gotten a chance to see Micky or Tigger no. I do have a problem when a family comes up to my table or around my table while I'm tring to eat. Now we have a problem and my tounge will speak before I have gotten a chance to think about it. But that is just me. Thank goodness for happy pills :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:

katybugsmom
05-13-2010, 09:19 PM
Sorry this happened to you. It has never happened to us.

We've been very fortunate as well-this has never happened to us either!:cool1: Everyone has always been very courtous and respectful!:lovestruc

katybugsmom
05-13-2010, 09:27 PM
I meant a child who comes over to your table because the character is over there. We've had that happen and just smiled at the little boy who came to our table because he was so excited.

However, what you described at 1900 Park Fare is quite rude. I agree, the grandmother wasn't exhibiting good manners by butting in. I guess you're right though, I was talking more about kids not the adults. In that case, yes the adults should wait their turn.:goodvibes

At our 1900 Park Fare dinner a little girl was trailing behind Anastazia for several tables. It was pretty cute though. Then Anastazia turned around and told the little girl to go back to her table but to remember to wake up her parents at 4:00am because parents love that!:laughing: I nearly spit my food out I was laughing so hard. The step-sisters are truly hilarious at that meal!


:rotfl2: LOL
We did the character dinner a couple of years ago when our DS was 3. When the wicked stepmother came to our table she looked at our son and said, "Who are you?" His eyes got wide and he almost wet his pants!!!! He jumped up and told his daddy he had to go to the bathroom-they both made a hasty retreat!!!! He's never reacted to any other character like that night! She scared the pants off of him! :scared1: It was quite funny because he never cried or asked to leave-I think shock is a better term to describe his reaction!

3prettyprincesses
05-13-2010, 09:52 PM
:rotfl2: LOL
We did the character dinner a couple of years ago when our DS was 3. When the wicked stepmother came to our table she looked at our son and said, "Who are you?" His eyes got wide and he almost wet his pants!!!! He jumped up and told his daddy he had to go to the bathroom-they both made a hasty retreat!!!! He's never reacted to any other character like that night! She scared the pants off of him! :scared1: It was quite funny because he never cried or asked to leave-I think shock is a better term to describe his reaction!

Oh my gosh! That is extremely funny! Your poor little guy.:goodvibes Yup, the stepmother is very intimidating and she kept telling my DD's to sit up straight, grace and poise ladies! Too funny!:laughing:

TwiddleDeeTwiddleDum
05-14-2010, 02:48 PM
I would add to "please wait your turn" to "please not be a hog when it's your turn" :lmao:

Everyone likes the special interaction with the characters but I have observed some groups that will take literally DOZENS of pictures to get that PERFECT shot. They'll shoot one with the kids, then each kid separate, then all the girls with mom, or all the boys with dad, or all the kids with one parent & vice-versa & then they'll want someone to take their whole family picture & have to proof it incase it needs a redo & on and on.

ANd then when all that's done, out come the autograph books & they all got one to sign :laughing:

And then one more picture before you go of us hugging good-bye. It's no wonder it takes so long for the characters to circulate :upsidedow

MissionMouse
05-14-2010, 05:52 PM
....Cinderella quite graciously told her she was busy with another family right now and she'd stop back by on her way through.

I couldn't believe this woman was so rude. In fact earlier, she said something kind of snarky to Drizella who exclaimed quite loudly, "Well, that was really RUDE!"Cinderella and Mary Poppins are great at being so nice to rude people and moving on without giving anything to them.

On the other hand I love Drizella, sister and mom, since they just play their characters and put rude people in their place at the entertainment of everyone else.:thumbsup2

Leshaface
05-14-2010, 06:00 PM
The handlers should have cattle prods with them. That would take care of the problem. :lmao:

:rotfl:Bahaha! Thanks for the laugh! :thumbsup2

KAB1
05-15-2010, 08:37 PM
I understand that your kid wants to see the characters but please wait your turn. Nothing is more rude when an entire family comes up and rudely pushes at your table to get in with the characters while your taking pictures! Stop and think how much you would like it if someone did that to your family! I am not a person who keeps my mouth shut and I will tell you to back off as I did this morning at Chef Mickey`s its rude and ignorant people have some respect.

I hope that it was an adult that you told to back off. If not, shame on you. Kids are excited and overwhelmed at disney and sometimes have trouble containing that excitement. When we were walking by 1900 Park last summer, they had the back part open and my 3 year old DD made a mad dash to Cinderella. The family she interuppted was very gracious and actually started taking pictures of my daughter with their kids and cinderella. It's Disney, try giving kids a break and remember "You are there for them"".

hogue_97
05-16-2010, 11:19 AM
When we were at Tusker House in December, the whole time that Daisy Duck was at our table, the grown forty-something man at the table next to ours kept pulling her tail feathers. She'd turn around and wag her finger at him, and then turn back to our table, and he'd do it again, and so she'd turn around again.

This went on the ENTIRE time that she was at our table and I was really unhappy with this man. I kept my mouth shut, but I think in hindsight that I should've asked him to please wait his turn. We specifically booked this meal because my kids love Daisy Duck and it's the only meal you can see her at and that man ruined the experience for my kids.

Mary

reiella
05-16-2010, 11:35 AM
Can't tell you how many times that has happened to us. The worst was the time that we had been waiting for an hour for Mickey to get to us..we had arrived at our CM's table as Mickey was leaving the area...it took close to an hour before we got to see him. In any case, there we sat, waiting patiently. As Mickey approached our table, a family of 5 (3 little ones) were just being taken to their table. They stopped right by our table and proceeded to go up to Mickey to get autographs. I simply said, as nicely as I could, that it was my dd's turn with Mickey. "Oh, we won't be but a few moments. Our kids have been really looking forward to seeing Mickey." Ah, no...so had we. It was a really good thing that the handler saw this happening and came over to tell the family that Mickey would be at their table for their 'special time' with Mickey. They weren't too happy about it, but by that time, Mickey had turned to my dd.
I sometimes wonder if everyone realizes that they will get their own turn with each character.

Odd cognitive dissonance there. I mean really. Would anyone really be going to a Character Dinner, if they weren't looking forward to seeing the character there?

I guess it's just too easy to lose track of the reality that you aren't the only guest.

323sarg
05-16-2010, 12:44 PM
I don't mind so much when kids do run up to Mickey so much but when its an onslaught of an entire family or the parents are not apologetic, that chaps me.

disneyfav4ever
05-16-2010, 01:29 PM
I hope that it was an adult that you told to back off. If not, shame on you. Kids are excited and overwhelmed at disney and sometimes have trouble containing that excitement. When we were walking by 1900 Park last summer, they had the back part open and my 3 year old DD made a mad dash to Cinderella. The family she interuppted was very gracious and actually started taking pictures of my daughter with their kids and cinderella. It's Disney, try giving kids a break and remember "You are there for them"".While I agree with most of your post, I wouldn't tell a kid to back off if they're just excited, and I'm pretty nonconfrontive, so wouldn't do anything more then give a pushy parent a look. I do not agree with the "you're there for the kids."

I go to Disney solo and childless all the time, so I'm going for me. Disney is for everyone, not just for kids.

2Tiggies
05-16-2010, 01:44 PM
Disney is for everyone, not just for kids.

:thumbsup2

ScrapperBelle
05-16-2010, 02:34 PM
We had a similar thing happen to us at Donald's breakfast in AK (back when it was in Restaurantosaurus...not Tusker House).

My son was only 4 and Donald was his hero. I planned alot of our trip around where he could see Donald. This breakfast was special for him. AS SOON as Donald walked up to our table, another family (whose table Donald HAD JUST LEFT!) came pushing up to our table and declaring that they did not get ALL the pics they wanted.

Donald was listening to my son at the time and turned around shortly and stepped out into the aisle so these ppl could take more pics. The whole time the "mom" is berating poor Donald bcause they had to wait for him to quit speaking with my son.

Our waiter witnessed this scene and he proceeded to bring my son a certificate good for $10 at any park gift shop for being so nice and polite and "sharing" Donald with others. He made a big deal of it right in front of the rude family. Donald also proceeded to get my son up and "dance" with him in the aisle, taking several pics and making DS's day! Needless to say, the "mom" tried to start a scene with our waiter, but he ignored her, Donald moved on, and they left in a huff.

Melodious
05-16-2010, 03:43 PM
We had a similar thing happen to us at Donald's breakfast in AK (back when it was in Restaurantosaurus...not Tusker House).

My son was only 4 and Donald was his hero. I planned alot of our trip around where he could see Donald. This breakfast was special for him. AS SOON as Donald walked up to our table, another family (whose table Donald HAD JUST LEFT!) came pushing up to our table and declaring that they did not get ALL the pics they wanted.

Donald was listening to my son at the time and turned around shortly and stepped out into the aisle so these ppl could take more pics. The whole time the "mom" is berating poor Donald bcause they had to wait for him to quit speaking with my son.

Our waiter witnessed this scene and he proceeded to bring my son a certificate good for $10 at any park gift shop for being so nice and polite and "sharing" Donald with others. He made a big deal of it right in front of the rude family. Donald also proceeded to get my son up and "dance" with him in the aisle, taking several pics and making DS's day! Needless to say, the "mom" tried to start a scene with our waiter, but he ignored her, Donald moved on, and they left in a huff.

Wow...just wow. That's the way to handle that :lmao:

irishtigger
05-17-2010, 02:28 PM
Just to be clear I didn't scream or yell I just said I'm sorry it is our turn now. You will get your turn to see Mickey when he comes to visit you at your table. The mother looked at me with a blank stare and the CM told them that Mickey comes to all tables and it is this tables turn now. So they turned around and went back to their table. For example at Ohana's on Friday Stitch missed our table instead of running after him we told the waiter and stitch came back this also happend at CRT with Ariel and she came back. Just be nice and tell your server they will tell that characters captain and the character will come back. :wizard:

FlightlessDuck
05-17-2010, 03:09 PM
Never happened to us that I remember. Maybe one little kid once did something like that, but I don't remember anything specific. That must be annoying.