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Old 04-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #16
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one of my favorite things is getting the little books of disney trivia or the hidden mickeys and read the ones about the ride or show we're going on.
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:00 AM   #17
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keeping busy

we have a 7 year old boy. I tried and tried to keep him busy while we were in line in March. LOL it worked about 25% of the time. the other 75% was getting him to quit climbing. sigh... we did I spy, trivia and hand games. If my phone wasn't so quick to die throughout the day I would have just given him that. It was a struggle to keep him from climbing. Not just in line. It was everywhere.It is everywhere. He is doing it here at home too. His favorite spot to play is the pine tree across the street. I am hoping he will be out of this stage for our next visit. I love everyones ideas!
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:51 PM   #18
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Thanks to these threads I was able to plan for the long hot boring line ups. First fun thing to do is to grab a map on the way in and have them pick out their 'must dos' for the day. Thats only good for the first couple of rides then it gets boring. lol

I also stocked up on little trinkets and toys from the dollar store. One of my favourite memories from our last trip last April ('12) was in the line for Pirates of the Caribbean. The kids were getting antsy so I whipped out the mini bottles of bubbles you can get for party favours. My kids were preoccupied with blowing the bubbles while all the little ones around us had a blast popping them. Moms, Dads and kids all happy all at once!

We also had a character encyclopedia to read and get autographs that had stickers the kids liked to play with and hand out to other little ones in line.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:39 AM   #19
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great ideas!
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:06 PM   #20
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The kids were getting antsy so I whipped out the mini bottles of bubbles you can get for party favours. My kids were preoccupied with blowing the bubbles while all the little ones around us had a blast popping them. Moms, Dads and kids all happy all at once!
Please, please, do not blow bubbles in line! People who do not like them are trapped and can't get away from them! Bubbles are not camera friendly, nor are they I-Pad friendly. They can also stain clothes, and some people are very allergic to the solution. And if you have a skin allergy, it is not as simple as wiping off the offending solution. I'm allergic to certain things, and if I come into contact with those things, the rash can last for weeks.

Not to mention, a little one can try and chase a bubble and end up falling down, or tripping on a queue chain, or running into other guests. And if the solution gets on the ground it is very slippery!

Please, no bubbles in line!!!

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:19 PM   #21
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Please, please, do not blow bubbles in line! People who do not like them are trapped and can't get away from them! Bubbles are not camera friendly, nor are they I-Pad friendly. They can also stain clothes, and some people are very allergic to the solution.

Not to mention, a little one can try and chase a bubble and end up falling down, or tripping on a queue chain, or running into other guests. And if the solution gets on the ground it is very slippery!

Please, no bubbles in line!!!
This please! You can usually avoid them around the park if you want but you are trapped in line.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #22
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Cat's cradle....I did this with my daughter in lines when she was young. (they now sell it as a game with the instruction booklet) when I was a kid we used string.....
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Such fun suggestions! love it!
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We always talked to each other or looked around at the sights.
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Please, please, do not blow bubbles in line! People who do not like them are trapped and can't get away from them! Bubbles are not camera friendly, nor are they I-Pad friendly. They can also stain clothes, and some people are very allergic to the solution. And if you have a skin allergy, it is not as simple as wiping off the offending solution. I'm allergic to certain things, and if I come into contact with those things, the rash can last for weeks.

Not to mention, a little one can try and chase a bubble and end up falling down, or tripping on a queue chain, or running into other guests. And if the solution gets on the ground it is very slippery!

Please, no bubbles in line!!!
Honestly never knew of this. Obviously we would never have done it if we would have known bubbles were so offensive. We did it out in the open parts of the line. Once we were inside we let the Disney magic of the surrounding atmosphere take us.

It kind of breaks my heart a little that a fun memory was frowned upon.
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Honestly never knew of this. Obviously we would never have done it if we would have known bubbles were so offensive. We did it out in the open parts of the line. Once we were inside we let the Disney magic of the surrounding atmosphere take us.

It kind of breaks my heart a little that a fun memory was frowned upon.
Hey, it sounds as if you did no harm, so don't worry about it! Just please keep your future bubble blowing to wide open spaces, where people can avoid them if they need to.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:30 AM   #27
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one of my favorite things is getting the little books of disney trivia or the hidden mickeys and read the ones about the ride or show we're going on.
That's a great idea, I'll have to get a few ebooks on this before we go.

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Cat's cradle....I did this with my daughter in lines when she was young. (they now sell it as a game with the instruction booklet) when I was a kid we used string.....
My kids are cat's cradle fiends, so that's pretty much my front line of defense. (Seriously, my eldest daughter got sick of asking us to play cat's cradle with her and figured out how to play versus herself. Using her feet.) There are also glow in the dark ones.

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We do a lot of hand games, the sort of thing you'd learn at summer camp. Miss Mary Mack and Down By The Banks of the Hanky Panky. Not a whole wait through, but right before they start to go off the deep end, so it's a nice reset. My husband knows a lot of basic magic tricks so he's pulled those out to entertain the kids in an emergency (and often ends up entertaining more than our brood... especially when he messes up a trick ).

Basically, we try to learn a few 'how to entertain ourselves' skills ahead of time and they pay off. Heck, I still know how to make balloon animals from a high school summer job, but I don't want to be mistaken for a Cast Member.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:34 PM   #28
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We have downloaded the hidden Mickey app for our next trip.
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