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Old 03-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #61
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We were planning to meet up with a friend and her family. We hadn't worked out the details and then realized we were both on the carousel at the same time! We ran into one of my DD's classmates and her family at Epcot and the entire baseball team from our brother school (my daughter attends an all-girls school) was staying at our hotel one year!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #62
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Not at WDW but on the Disney cruise- it was our first cruise and the 2nd or 3rd day DD (~7 at the time) and I were getting of the elevator. A little girl was getting on and DD said 'Hi 'girls name' and the little girl said 'Hi DD's name'. I asked DD if she had made a new friend in the clubs, she said no, that XXX from my daycare, very nonchalantly like it was no big deal. We were cruising in mid January so not over spring break or Christmas or any big vacation time.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #63
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Many years ago, we were eating at Chef Mickey's and we were wearing matching Disney polo shirts with our name on them. This guy came over to my DH and said, "By any chance are you Bob X?"

My DH said yes, and he said, "I'm your cousin Brian!" They hadn't seen each other since they were kids but the (actually second) cousin said he thought he recognized him and then when he saw the name on the shirt, he decided to come over. Haven't seen him since.

This past trip in January my DH thought someone said his name. He looked around then said, "Oh, never mind." He got back to work the next week and a coworker told everyone she saw him there and he ignored her. He said he thought it might be her but he didn't like her so he just kept walking. I didn't see or hear her but if I did, I would have at least made him say Hi!
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #64
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My husband has been telecommuting for 12 years and had never met any of his co-workers in person. They are spread out all over the country. Last year he & another guy both had the same week scheduled for vacation so they asked about each other's plans. Turns out it was Disney World. We met one morning for breakfast & they thought it was pretty cool to finally have a face to go with the voice they'd been hearing for years.
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Old 03-18-2013, 03:54 PM   #65
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DH and I ran into his Brother and his family on the monorail on our way to O'hana. They said -- we know you -- and then we all laughed. We did not know they were coming down, and DH and I had flew down for a quick weekend away without telling too many people. Turned out they were headed to O'hana as well. It is a small world!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:30 PM   #66
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We took our first trip to Disney last October and decided to pop into Magic Kingdom for a couple of hours on the night we arrived. My younger daughter wanted to do the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor so it was the first thing we did on arrival. We had a great time laughing at "that guy" and at the end, my younger daughter was chosen to be Marty's joke assistant. As soon as the show ended, I heard someone yell my name. It was a family that we've been friends with for years through preschool...and their father/FIL was "that guy!" It was so random to meet someone we knew at the first attraction and both have someone on screen! It was there last day there and our first so we didn't see them again (or anyone else for that matter)!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #67
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I ran in to a childhood friend at Universal Studios after walking out of Beetle Juice half way through.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #68
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One time I was on a plane with a student. He was going to Tampa and I was going to Orlando. A few days later as I was walking through DHS I heard my name and there he was.
Another time my mom and I were staying at a motel in a suburb of Buffalo, NY when we ran into close friends from home who were also staying there. both families had orginally lived in Buffalo but had both moved to the same city over 20 years previously. We joked about living about 5 miles apart but traveling over 1000 to see each other!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:44 PM   #69
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These stories are great! Ran into an old high school friend on a Disney Cruise years ago and a few years ago ran into our next door neighbors at It's a Small World at WDW at Halloween. Had no idea either friend would be there! Did not hang out with neighbors but caught up with high school friend-ours kids are the same age. It is a small world!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #70
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I was riding the MK train back to the train station to leave the park, when one of my little guys freaked out and said "MICHAEL! MICHAEL!" The train was rolling out of the Fantasyland station as Michael's family was walking into the station.

This little boy was a really great friend and classmate of my twin boys. We got off at the Main Street Station, and waited for the next train, which had Michael's family on it.

All 3 boys were SO EXCITED to see each other!!! It was priceless!!! THAT was Magic!

I knew the family was going to Orlando, but I didn't really know them well enough to "make plans" in any way with them... All 3 are still great friends, and we often bring up this reunion at the Main St. Station and how special it was.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #71
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We have! 4 years ago we were on the beach in Daytona and started talking to a nice family. Later they drive by (as you drive on the beach there) and they have a soccer sticker from the same whole in the wall town we live in (population under 2000). We wave them down, and low and behold, they are neighbors with our good friends.

We have run into an old high school friend in security lines at MCO.

More recently in Disney we ran into older DD's friend and classmate. We didnt know they would be traveling to WDW and they were even staying in the same hotel!

And then last trip we were standing in line at Monsters Inc and ran into a family we are neighbors with (although we dont know too well). So funny!

We are going again for our spring break, I expect we will run into someone again....
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:17 PM   #72
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I thought of one more. We also ran into my mom's boss on one of our trips. He was "the guy" in Laugh Floor. His son-in-law happens to also be a former co-worker, and they were together for a family vacation.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:30 PM   #73
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Me and my daughter were down about 3 weeks ago at WDW and she ran into her teacher who happened to be taking a vacation at the same time. Neither one knew they were going, but both of our families are Disney lovers so I shouldn't be surprised it happened. It was still a shock to her though
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:35 PM   #74
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #75
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A couple years ago we were walking around Pop Century's gift shop on our arrival night. My daughter waved to a girl and she waved back. The other mom and I both said to our girls at the same time - Do you know her? It turns out they are in the same summer camp every year.
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