Making friends in line

MadamLeota

Is this haunted room actually stretching?
Joined
Jul 13, 2014
I have to admit, for as outgoing as I am, I typically keep to myself when I go places solo, but I wanted to mention what a great time i had waiting in line the other day during the Haunted Mansion merch day at WDW.

I'd already spent an hour & a half in line for Frontier Trading post for merch & decided to head to the long line for Momento Mori. Looked shorter, so I figured why not. It ended up being well over 2 hours. Along the way, I passed the time chatting with the people around me. Constance, who had awesome fan pins everyone loved and a great Haunted Mansion running skirt, a woman who's name I didn't get in a gorgeous grey haunted mansion dress, and a guy who's name i also didn't get with a little Groot hanging out on his shoulder (who was also a Tomorrowland Merch alum like me!).

You three made the wait fun and distracted me from how uncomfortable I was (between having not eaten a meal in nearly 24hrs and being pretty dehydrated in the terribly hot weather.) Also, huge shout out to you (and the few behind us and in front of us) who told me & Constance you'd save our spot when we were about to end up in the sun for another 30 or so minutes & we needed shade/food. Had a great welcome back from everyone saying they were worried we wouldn't make it!

Also, i'm not the type to ask if I can sit at someone's table, but Constance went right over to a couple girls (on a trip from NC) who let us sit with them for lunch and we all had a good chat about pins, passholders, and the haunted mansion.

In case any of them are on this board, I just wanted to say hi and thanks for being awesome. Didn't get to say goodbye as we all separated when we began shopping & i left as soon as I was done because I was beat.

10/10 would do again, just need to be more prepared for the weather lol.

Anyone else have a fun story about making friends in line?
 

BrianL

Doom Buggy Driver
Joined
Jul 24, 2013
It's always fun to meet people like that. When you're in a like-minded crowd of fans it seems everyone can kind of bond. I hope you got some good stuff!
 

Pmlocke

Peter Locke
Joined
Aug 1, 2014
My wife and I are in our 60's and travel every year to WDW. One of our favorite things is meeting and talking to people in line from all over the world and the US. Where else in the world can you meet so many different cultures at one place and time. The same goes for the bus rides back and forth. Why sit there staring straight ahead. Speak up and make new friends. Our favorite line story came outside our hotel (ASMu) heading to the Magic Kingdom. There were two young couples, each with two boys. The boys were running around a lot and the one girl turned and apologized for the kids making such a ruckus. We told her not to worry, if my knees would handle it I would be running around too. She saw our Happy Anniversary pin with the number 43 years on it. She exclaimed "Oh how wonderful, you have been coming here for 43 years". Her husband rolled his eyes and I told her we were celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. She apologized and asked if she could ask me a personal question. She asked "What is it people your age do here. I mean, do you actually go on rides and walk around the whole park?" I pointed to the 4 boys and asked her if this sounded familiar, "I'm hungry, I'm tired, I don't want to wait any more, Can I have that, Jimmies hitting me, Billy started it, Can we go swimming now, etc." She said yes, that was her whole day yesterday. I stated, we go on what ever rides we want, we walk through the whole park, just slower than them, when we see a long line we keep walking because we don't really have to do that ride again, especially if it means waiting two hours. We eat what we want when we want and we really get to enjoy the parks. I told her, wait until you are older and can get away without the kids and you will truly begin to enjoy everything these parks have to offer. We do take trips with our kids and now our grandkids and great grandkids, but we still take trips, just the two of us and they are usually the best ones.
 
  • tguz

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Feb 6, 2018
    Last year we met a guy and his two kids while riding the bus back to the resort from Hollywood Studios. We have become facebook friends and we communicate often. They may be going back in 2021 as are we so hopefully we can have dinner. We just got back from Disney and were hoping they were going this year but they weren't.
     

    DisArmyWife215

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    May 10, 2018
    I'm fairly introverted in person, thankfully my husband is the opposite. We had a great time getting to know some ladies from Canada while passing our 2 hour long FOP wait during our last visit. Definitely made the time go much faster than if I'd just been looking around.
     

    JimmyBean42

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 16, 2015
    DW laughs b/c at home I'm pretty laid back when it comes to meeting new people. But at WDW, mainly the busses, I'll chat up anyone who starts a conversation. I find it's easier to find common ground at WDW then at normal places at home.
     

    RedK

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Mar 14, 2017
    I was in line at Navi behind a grandmother, mother and son. We chatted and laughed for 45 minutes. The little boy played at my feet and was very fun. When we finally got to the boat and the CM asked how many, the grandmother said "4, she's part of the family by now." They made the wait in line go quick, and being embraced by them warmed my heart. One of my favorite Disney memories.
     
  • BrianL

    Doom Buggy Driver
    Joined
    Jul 24, 2013
    Oh, I've been there - it just depend on how friendly those around you are. I am always happy to chat, usually answering questions for people. I'm not necessarily the most outgoing type, but I guess at Disney I am in my element. This last trip I found people at Blizzard Beach to be particularly friendly (mostly from outside of the US). I had a lot of fun chats there. I've joined other groups too, once when a mom and her two young kids were in line for 7DMT - that ride wouldn't allow a parent to ride in a different row, so I had to stand in for one of them. I was happy to do it. It kind of varies each time, but I think most people are pretty friendly at the parks.
     

    Alicefan

    We're all mad here
    Joined
    Jul 1, 2015
    I find it's easy in this day and age where everyone is so keen to be noticed and heard, I mean come on...people post pictures of their dinner on FB because they seriously think anyone cares. If you think about it, social media has made total attention hoes out of all of us lol. People in lines seem to speak loudly and glance at you as if they WANT you to hear them and be curious enough to jump into their conversation so I just do it. No one these days ever seems offended that you were eves dropping, It's pretty much welcomed! It's a sign of the times for sure. Folks like to share experiences and knowledge and we love attention. It's easy to read people and you'll know the ones who seem like they want to talk and the ones who are in their own bubble. There's always things that come up, like a line jumper or a temporary ride break down etc.. that will cause mass conversation around you and we shall all commiserate together lol.
     

    Disney Frenhines

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Aug 28, 2013
    I live in an unfriendly place, I can go for days not getting the chance to talk to anyone, so I love it if someone strikes up a conversation with me in line.
    Just remember someone could be solo, not because they want to be, but, because circumstances dictate it.
     

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