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Old 01-27-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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What Time Is The 3 O'clock Parade?

I have been planning a first trip to Disney World for my 2 DDs (4 and 6) as well as 9 other friends and family . I was "elected" to be in charge I guess because 8 of the other 9 are sort of tagging along or piggybacking off of my trip. Let me tell you, these people have asked me some hard questions . I've come here to find many of the answers.

They also have asked some of the most newbie questions possible. I'm not hating, but some of them really made me and . These questions would be easily answered if they put any effort into researching their trip.

A couple examples:
1. My uncle asked me if the Tree of Life was a live tree.
2. He also insisted he got the best deal in the world at UC because the tickets he bought came with FREEEEEE Fast Passes.
3. He also has been looking at ways to save money and was very excited to learn that everywhere he goes he can get FREEEEEEE Valet Parking because of his handicapped grandson.
4. He also decided to go to Branson and buy a timeshare last spring so that they could trade it out to stay on Disney property for FREEEEEEEEE.
5. Someone asked if Small World goes upside down.
6. Another was really blown away and upset that we are not going to Universal and Sea World when she is really quite certain that she and her husband bought Park Hoppers.
7. Uncle wanted to know if we made a meal reservation for 12 to have breakfast with the princesses, would they know to seat us at a table with enough room for the princesses also. He doesn't want to have to ask for more chairs.

Okay, maybe it's just my uncle for the most part. But, what are some of the oddest questions you've encountered when going to or being at Disney?
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:28 AM   #2
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Lol, nothing that silly. Though yesterday we told my mom that our seaworld tickets came with a free meal and she asked, "at seaworld?"
After our first trip together, my husband kept telling people how we didn't have to pick our luggage up at the airport, how Disney transported it to the room for us because we were vacation club members. Even though I kept correcting him, I guess it was too unbelievable that Disney did that for all its guests on property.
We were on a business trip in ft lauderdale last year and my friends considered driving to Disney for a day until they found out how much park tickets were. Actually several people were surprised I didn't go to disney. Even if I had an annual pass, that's still a long drive for a couple of hours, on a weekend, in the spring and considering I was just there a few months before.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Ooooh, I love this!

I actually kept a list of "dumb guest questions" from my CM days. Some of them really taxed my skills because I couldn't say the things I wanted to.

"Are The Beatles Disney characters?"

"Are you a real person?"

(I'm standing in full UK pavillion costume with a name tag when I was asked) "Do you work here?"

Guest: "Did Disney teach you to use that when you got here?"
Me: "What?"
Guest: "A pen."
Me: "Noooo, we have pens in England."
Guest: "Oh, I thought you used those feather things!"

"What language do you speak in England?"

(Overhead in the France pavillion)
Guest 1: "Is that the real Eiffel Tower?"
Guest 2: "Don't be ridiculous! The real one is in Vegas."

"What country is UK? Is it Ukraine?"

"Does Disney fly you guys over every morning?" (It's a nine hour flight!)

We always used to say people check their brains at the gate. My Norweigan friend got asked if he was scared of trolls back home. My Japanese roommate got asked if she found it weird wearing shoes! It was never spiteful but I did used to worry about some people's ignorance!
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Ooooh, I love this!

I actually kept a list of "dumb guest questions" from my CM days. Some of them really taxed my skills because I couldn't say the things I wanted to.

"Are The Beatles Disney characters?"

"Are you a real person?"

(I'm standing in full UK pavillion costume with a name tag when I was asked) "Do you work here?"

Guest: "Did Disney teach you to use that when you got here?"
Me: "What?"
Guest: "A pen."
Me: "Noooo, we have pens in England."
Guest: "Oh, I thought you used those feather things!"

"What language do you speak in England?"

(Overhead in the France pavillion)
Guest 1: "Is that the real Eiffel Tower?"
Guest 2: "Don't be ridiculous! The real one is in Vegas."

"What country is UK? Is it Ukraine?"

"Does Disney fly you guys over every morning?" (It's a nine hour flight!)

We always used to say people check their brains at the gate. My Norweigan friend got asked if he was scared of trolls back home. My Japanese roommate got asked if she found it weird wearing shoes! It was never spiteful but I did used to worry about some people's ignorance!
Omg - are you joking right now? I can't believe people sometimes! I love the Eiffel Tower one. Amazing.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:38 PM   #5
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Not Disney, but when I was a flight attendant I had one very claustrophobic passenger who was upset because she couldn't open her window. I tried to diplomatically explain what decompression was, but she just didn't get it.
I heard the attendant call button while in the galley and looked down the aisle to see who needed me....
The passenger had pushed the button (which was on the armrest), had pulled the armrest up and was speaking into it. I guess he thought it was an intercom like you have in the drive thrus...
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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Not Disney, but when I was a flight attendant I had one very claustrophobic passenger who was upset because she couldn't open her window. I tried to diplomatically explain what decompression was, but she just didn't get it.
I heard the attendant call button while in the galley and looked down the aisle to see who needed me....
The passenger had pushed the button (which was on the armrest), had pulled the armrest up and was speaking into it. I guess he thought it was an intercom like you have in the drive thrus...
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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(I'm standing in full UK pavillion costume with a name tag when I was asked) "Do you work here?"
That was my favorite question. Once my coworker said "no i just like to wear this outfit" granted not the right answer but it had been the 5th time that day.

I worked at nemo with the moving side walk at station 2 we had to make sure the clams **** which required walking in place. " how far do you walk a day? Or do you ever feel like youre not getting anywhere"

How far do i walk. My answer was always about 3 feet.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:58 PM   #8
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Guest: "Did Disney teach you to use that when you got here?"
Me: "What?"
Guest: "A pen."
Me: "Noooo, we have pens in England."
Guest: "Oh, I thought you used those feather things!"
That made me lol.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #9
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This gave me a good laugh for the day. Thanks to all of you for sharing.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:30 PM   #10
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:10 PM   #11
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Ooooh, I love this!

I actually kept a list of "dumb guest questions" from my CM days. Some of them really taxed my skills because I couldn't say the things I wanted to.

"Are The Beatles Disney characters?"

We always used to say people check their brains at the gate. My Norweigan friend got asked if he was scared of trolls back home. My Japanese roommate got asked if she found it weird wearing shoes! It was never spiteful but I did used to worry about some people's ignorance!

Uh-oh. Confession time: Every year a few friends and I meet up in Orlando for a weekend that includes "Beers Around the World" at Epcot. We love chatting with the CM's in the World Showcase pavilions and talking to them about their home countries - a lot of interesting stories. But we also love messing with them and playing up the "ignorant American" routine. We ask some ridiculously stupid questions to give the CM's something to laugh about with their friends/co-workers. And before you say anything, yes, I realize we should probably seek mental help.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #12
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This is very funny. I haven't got anything to add though. X
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #13
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That is sooooo funny! Thanks for posting that, McLaughlinS, it sure made me laugh!

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I have a mental picture of someone talking into an airplane armrest now.
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A masseuse at the spa on the Disney Wonder 10 years ago from S. Africa told me she had an extended conversation with a man who firmly believed that she lived in a mud hut and it must have been very difficult for to habituate to wearing clothes on the DCL. He was not rude or condescending about it, very genial and clueless and genuinely sympathetic about her emotional ordeal
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