Published: June 8, 2013 at 4:32 PMGreat Article loved every joke and truth.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 4:43 PMMost of this is spot on. I hate the families / couples that fight and scream in public. There is always a family with some roided up testosterone fuled father who just loves to yell about everything and act like a tough guy.
On the flip side, you will find the families with the timid husband and the loud, overbearing wife with a mouth like a sailor.
I posted a story a while ago about a guy who wanted to get other people into Spider-Man with no wait, even though they already used their Express Passes once during the day and the other people in the group didn't even have one....
I managed to get him more riled up with my completely calm comments about the way he was acting, then we cut right in front of this group in the Express line. They were still arguing when we came out, but other employees had come to help.
We decided to get right back in line again as they watched. I think I yelled out "Express Pass coming through!!!" just to be a mega-douche.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 4:46 PMJust wanted to mention, some of the backpackers really get me going. There was a big huge guy wearing a T-Shirt with cartoon people doing a lewd act.
I simply said "That's really classy with kids around..." I don't even think the big lummox knew I was insulting him.
Soggy Bottom Boys - Classic.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 4:53 PMThe wheelchair folks who run you down. I have no problem with individuals who have to use wheelchairs whatsoever, however use common courtesy. Just because you are in a wheelchair you do not have the right to run over everyone else. These folks really bother me because I have personally been hit several different occasions. Please people be more courteous.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 5:02 PMMy husband and I believe that middle-stoppers deserve their own category. Those people who just stop - maybe because they're lost, or they suddenly discovered the cure for cancer... Whatever - and don't pull over to the side to let others pass. This is especially bad when they stop in the middle to get something out of their bag. Do these people stop their cars in the middle of the road to get something out of the trunk?
Published: June 8, 2013 at 5:27 PMGreat article. Her are a few I missed:
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:01 PMOne thing that bothers me is just like at the skating rink, I always seem to get behind one person, usually a kid, who suddenly either STOPS dead in their tracks which causes me to run into them (or nearly run into) or they'll suddenly do a "180" and go back the other direction...nearly running over me. I realize kids can be like that but it'd be nice if the parent quickly corrected their kid(s) and tell them to step out of the way when they do that.
We DO carry either a small backpack, fanny pack or shoulder bag just b/c we may buy a shirt or other souvenir & need some place to put it. Also, we generally carry sunscreen, snacks/water/extra film (YES I still use film! :) ), baggie for stuff we don't wanna get wet, a place for our sunglasses during the ride, etc. plus walkie-talkies if we get separated.
I used to wear those cargo pants w/all the pockets & that helped a LOT...til I got on the ride & in the sit-down coasters, I could barely fit in the seat w/my pockets full so I quit stuffing them w/our necessary stuffs & started carrying a bag but we don't carry LARGE bags, just big enough for what we may need but I do at least show courtesy by carrying my pack in front of me while in line for a ride.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:15 PMI'm guilty of the Backpacker. I never go to a theme park without one. If your going to buy souvenirs and carry water and snacks its the best way to go.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:44 PMMy biggest pet peeve is the touring groups from other countries who yell, chant, and line cut. Every now and then we have run across a respectful teen in the group, but most of the are running wild without adults (or worse with rude adults) for the first time. And they think that the park is there only for them.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:53 PMYears ago I broke my leg and was dragged by my family to Disneyland so we could cut in all the lines using the handicapped entrances (this was before fastpass or single rider). I have to tell you, it is very hard to get through crowds in a wheelchair without hitting people, there is no uniform speed and people don't respect the space a wheelchair needs. I felt so bad and really wanted to go home. Plus I really really don't like roller coasters (yes I'm a freak) and was dragged on every one of them with my broken leg so they could all cut in line. First and last time riding all the "mountains". I love Disneyland but that time on the wheelchair is a bad memory for me.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:56 PMLet's not forget some of the stroller people. I've seen two types.
1) The parents who won't make their overweight child who's definitely old enough to be walking off some of that fat, and who tolerate the child's tantrums when the kid gets upset that they can't sit in the stroller while standing in line for a ride.
2) Those who think using a stroller as a battering ram to force people out of their way is acceptable behavior.
My last trip to Disneyland was one where I encountered both. But the #2 type ran into a bit of trouble when he got a bit too aggressive and rammed an attorney who politely got park security involved and proceed to have them call the police because he wanted to report the man with the stroller for assault, so he could then sue him. Mr. Stroller was sweating bullets. In the end, the police were never called and the attorney seemed satisfied, so I asked him why he bothered. His reply, "I wanted him to slow down. And I wanted to tie him up for an hour or so, just because he was a jerk and dangerous." Bravo!
Published: June 8, 2013 at 6:59 PMOMG... We had a family in front us in line at E.T. They dad was about 6-4 and smelled like he hadn't showered in a month. Then my daughter points to the fruit flies around his ummmm.... backside.
He was wearing filthy baby blue short shorts circa 1978 and socks pulled up to his knees with sandals, I'll never forget it. Ugh....
Published: June 8, 2013 at 7:56 PMA big one not mentioned...how about the people that insist on Stepping on the ride seat when entering the ride vehicle? The average adult can easily step all the way inside but many lazily use the seat as a"step" to get in. Then you have to sit right where they put their filthy shoes! Really inconsiderate and annoying. Unless you're a child or elderly watch where you step and be courteous to those behind you!
Published: June 8, 2013 at 8:08 PMGirl playing one of the games at Busch Gardens, she had on extremely short shorts. She stood on her tippy toes and you could see half her butt cheeks hanging out. Almost walked up to her and told her to quit mooning the children.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 8:30 PMThis article is spot on, and I've ran into everyone you've listed.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 8:36 PMThe Diaper Changer: The parent who thinks it's OK to just plop a kid down wherever they might happen to be to take care of this chore....no matter how nasty the business at hand.
Two recent examples:
A. Pixar Play Parade, California Adventure. Sitting on the curb, directly across the street from me, mom sniffs and looks down the back of the pants (if you're a parent, you know the drill). But then, instead of gathering the child and bag and heading to the nearest restroom, she just plops him down right on the edge sidewalk and proceeds to take care of this blow-out. If that weren't bad enough, THE PARADE WAS IN PROGRESS, and I'm sure the performers on that side of the street really appreciated that site (not to mention the folks watching in the near vicinity).
B. Princess Dot's Puddle Park: Mom decides to just go ahead and change young man's entire set of clothing...of course, as he's standing there naked, he proceeds to present an offering to the foot of the stranger standing next to him.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 8:57 PMThe Human Wall: People who decide that it is better to walk in a horizontal single file row, blocking out all who attempt to pass them or walk by. It's as if huddling in a group isn't good enough, so just walk along with the person next to you and pretend like you can hear everyone else. Admittedly, I've never dealt with this at a park, but considering how many ulcers I've nearly formed trying to deal with this at school, I decided it was worth mentioning. I'm sure someone else has at least seen this once.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 9:10 PMI don't want to repeat the above (I have seen each one) so here's different ones. But I do loathe all the backpackers who are oblivious to the fact that they take up twice the room of unadorned people.
Wheeled conveyance user (stroller, wheelchair, ECV) who MUST leave a large audience show at the exact same time as all walking guests, think Fantasmic! or closing fireworks. They only get in the way of a smooth exit by everyone and also ram into the crowded walkers and are oblivious to their actions. Just stay an extra 5 minutes, the masses will be gone and you won't have everyone's butt in your face.
People who stand in line for food for many minutes and never look at the menu boards until they reach the ordering cashier. Counter service at parks is slow enough without their help.
I didn't understand the 'reserved seat at rides' peeve and not getting to sit where you want. I always can sit in any seat I want as long as I'm prepared to wait behind everyone else who was there first and wanted the same seat. My favorite is the front seat at Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, I just have to wait for several cars to leave before I get that seat. The ride attendants never refuse my request. I must not be going to the parks that don't accommodate requests or have a strange operating method.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 9:53 PMAwesome article. I don't know exactly what you would call my pet peeve, but on this last trip people continued to crash into me when walking in opposite directions. I told my husband that he should have remarked that my invisibility powers had kicked in without my knowledge. That had to be the only explanation for people walking towards me to not help move and avoid head-on collisions.
Published: June 8, 2013 at 10:09 PMOne time these two kids just walked past us in a line. They seemed rather smug about it. So the next time the line moved, I just walked past them, essentially cutting back in front of them.
I give backpack people a lot of slack, so long as their backpack doesn't look like they are taking a week-long trip to the outback or something. When we had kids we had a lot of stuff we had to carry.
I do hate the people who just stop walking in the middle of the walkway, or groups who think the walkway is a really good place to stand and discuss their next hour at the park.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 5:56 AMI think my most hated of all theme park goers, are the ones who destroy the magic and illusion for everyone else. I.E. The people who spit on the glass that helps create the illusions, or throw trash inside the rides, so there's a nice empty Mountain Dew bottle among all the pirates. It's just plain sickening. Why destroy the experience for others just because you don't care? Also, the people who sit there and loudly make fun of everything going on in the queue lines and rides. Why did you pay so much money just to come here and trash talk everything? I also can't stand the people who keep talking LOUDLY right through the "story" of a ride. You know, when they have someone on a screen or what not explaining the back story to the ride. Please shut up, so we can hear what the ride is about. And, last but not least, the ones that overreact to the rides. I took my 5 year old daughter on the Haunted Mansion. She was a little wary but was still having fun and looking around, until a group of 16 year old girls decided halfway through, to start screaming continuously at the top of their lungs at everything. Really guys? Not only was it really annoying to hear, just the fact that they were reacting that way, terrified my daughter into not opening her eyes anymore and had her shaking like a leaf. Thanks a lot. Believe me, after the ride I grabbed them and showed them the tears in her eyes and her trembling and said "Girls, all the screaming sufficiently terrified a little girl who was enjoying the ride, up until you did that." They didn't even try and comfort her, tell her they were only pretending or apologize. I was fuming. After that, it was such a struggle to get her on any other Dark Rides for the rest of the vacation (even Nemo). Even when I could get her on something, she would cover eyes or bury her face in my side the whole ride. Basically ruined the whole reason we were there.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 7:35 AMI have seen people with wheeled suitcases in the parks, and I can never understand why. This isn't an airport people! Leave it in the rental car or get a locker for the day.
People who get in front of you, with their kids on their shoulders or whatever, for a parade, when you have been standing there for ages. I had someone do this to me at the Magic Kingdom years ago. We got a good spot early, and some dumbass cuts in front of us, and proceeds to stand his kid on the trash can that we were standing behind. Very loudly, I said "Well, this was a good spot until some idiot put his kid in my way." Yeah, he left.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 7:51 AMThe people who stop in the middle of the empty queue to talk or get something out of their bag and then get mad at you when you pass them.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 7:52 AMI love the "Map Checkers" People who walk out of an attraction and stop dead in the exit to check the map a see where they are going next. They Make my blood boil... Especially when exiting a big show where hundreds of people are leaving at the time. Not gonna lie sometimes I intentionally walk right into them and Body Check them like in my old Hockey days. But of course I say excuse me...
Published: June 9, 2013 at 8:33 AMI certainly cosign the Tour Group one and also the Kid Too Big To Be In A Stroller/Rollerderby Parents one.
I've seriously seen kids that could have their learner's permit rolling in one of those things.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 8:35 AMThe dreaded rude stroller people that use it as a battering ram to move through the crowds with strollers containing kids that are old enough to walk through a park.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 9:45 AMCarrie ...I really feel for you that is by far the worst thing! I call it "adding to the show". Best examples are annual pass morons who insist on saying the intro to haunted mansion during the elevator scene "Is this room actually stretching..." and people who decide to talk and gossip outloud during the entire intro to Pirates of the Caribbean. The slow ride through the bayou. Really annoying if you're so uninterested in the ride and more interested about your girlfriends gossip stay outside and talk all you want! Don't add to the show!
Published: June 9, 2013 at 11:24 AMWow, Derek, great summary of the secret underbelly of our favorite pastime. The inappropriate clothes one bothers me the most, especially when it is an overly large person in an overly small swimsuit. And closing your eyes does not remove the scars from your memory.
The other one I cannot stand is the couple (usually two ugly, sweaty 15 year olds who were dropped off and left to their own devices by parents more than willing to shirk their parental responsibilities) that just will not stop fondling each other in the 45 minute switchback queue to the park's number one ride. They look like dogs tied by the tongue. Ewww gross. Just stop, for the love of God, no one wants to see that awfulness. I have often considered giving one of these couples $50 to go find an alley and leave the rest of the civilized world alone. But then, I am sure the parents would finally get involved in their kids' lives at that point, if only to find out who made such an offer to their wonderful kids so they could sue me. Ugh! I honestly stopped going to Worlds of Fun on Friday and Saturday nights because of this unconscionable problem.
Anyway, great post, Derek, as always.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 11:43 AMMy issue with folks at big theme parks basically puts me in the minority, so I don't expect anyone here to understand, but I think people taking photos of themselves and their families doing EVERYTHING has gotten way out of hand. These parks are crowded and there is much hustle bustle going on. I'm usually just trying to get from one place to another, but I'm always in the way of someone taking a photo of their kids doing something. There's five hundred people going both ways down the street, but dad expects the Red Sea to part long enough to get of a photo of his kids by (fill in the blank). There are so many folks taking so many photos per square foot that I can barely make my way down the street without being in someone's way. I do understand that these photos are "memories to last a lifetime," but it seems to me that too many folks spend more time photographing themselves doing EVERYTHING than actually living in the moment and enjoying it.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 2:02 PMAs often as I am in the parks, I have never really been annoyed by any of the other guests. But NB is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT when it comes to t-shirt content. And what's heartbreaking about that circumstance is that the person wearing the shirt is TRYING to be obnoxious. Bad form and unfair in every way.
Published: June 9, 2013 at 6:15 PMSpot Smokers: People who walk through theme parks smoking in non-smoking areas...and also the theme park employees who turn a blind eye
MIFLYs: Woman who try and dress sexy while walking through a park with their kids
Where's the Pool: People who dress their kids in bathing suits even though the theme park doesn't have water park
Poncho?: If your on a water ride, you need to get wet...don't wear a poncho
Published: June 9, 2013 at 11:12 PMOne more "worst' person- the obviously ill, sick, contagious germ infected adult or parent of such ill child (I blame the parent) who goes to the park no matter what their near fatal disease will do to others. They then commence to spew germs, coughs, sneeze spray everyone nearby and coat railings, seats, counter tops and tables with their vile bile. As you may have guessed, I have become ill a few times after being at a park where these people sickened me. Also, these parks were mostly at Disney World so I probably got exotic ailments from around the world.
Published: June 10, 2013 at 4:56 AMPeople that annoy me are people that stand to close to you in the queue for a ride. If you turn around to look at anything you bump into them, they give you a dirty look for this. Why do they feel the need to stand that close to you. The wait time isn't going to be shorter, there are still the same number of people in the queue. It just makes the whole waiting experience uncomfortable.
Published: June 10, 2013 at 7:01 AMRobert Morris, your poncho remark reminded me of the same thing. I don't understand those who ride on a ride where you are supposed to get wet and wear a poncho. If you don't want to get wet, then don't ride the ride! It is that simple. The one thing that I thought of is not in the park itself. When we were at WDW years ago, we stayed at Fort Wilderness campground. Every night when we were back at our campsite, there was a family in a site next to ours that would scream and yell at their kids using profanity constantly. It was extremely annoying, to say the least.
Published: June 10, 2013 at 9:55 AMON the queue-stoppers -- if the queue isn't really empty, but just mostly empty, then people might well run into the queue line to reserve their place, and then stop to look for something in their bag. Technically, passing people in a queue line is cutting and is grounds for dismissal, although generally you shouldn't stop way back because how do you know there is a line ahead? But I've also seen people who scream at you if you let more than a 3-person space open up in front of you. If you see there is a line ahead, what difference does it make if some people are busy talking and haven't noticed to move up? They'll move up eventually.
And if you are afraid the seat is dirty because someone stepped on it, you shouldn't be at a theme park, because those seats are probably dirty with a lot more than some random shoe stuff. Sometimes it is much easier to step on a seat to get in an out of a ride, because of the design. You just have to assume that solid surfaces are not up to operating room standards.
And I would put the "people who act out the rides" on the same level as people who sing the songs at a concert -- yes, YOU paid to fully appreciate the ride, but others have paid to enjoy things there way, and if someone wants to do a "rocky horror picture show" on a ride, I'm not going to yell at them or let it upset me. Having random non-ride conversations that interfere though, that is annoying.
Published: June 10, 2013 at 5:51 PMI know I'm in the minority here, but a variation on the walkway stoppers. I need an ECV in a theme park though I don't own one - and couldn't transport it if I did. When you rent one, you are at the mercy of the renting company. Guess what, people - they don't stop on a dime anymore than your car does. Don't give me a dirty look if you suddenly do a 180 and get slashed across your shins. By the same token, if somebody is in a (manual) wheelchair, they may not need one under normal...no, let's say other...circumstances. The person pushing probably isn't a professional pusher (no, no, don't go there). If you stop walking suddenly and find a person on your back, there's a good chance it's *your* fault and not there's.
Published: June 11, 2013 at 6:39 PMOk...my theme park pet peeves more or less line up with the ones mentioned in the article. I think i've unfortunantly come across each one of these examples at least ONCE in the 24 years i've attended theme parks around SoCal...
Published: June 14, 2013 at 12:17 PMWe were at Disneyland/California Adventure last week and there was a woman (mid-20s) in line behind us at Tower of Terror carrying a handbag that said - in large letters - F**K YOU (but there weren't any asterisks on her purse). I would have expected that park personnel would tell her that it was inappropriate. But even worse than that is the fact that she thought it WAS appropriate for such a family-oriented venue.
Published: June 14, 2013 at 12:27 PMLots of comments about strollers and wheelchairs being used as battering rams...but also, there are people who are oblvious to the effort it takes to navigate someone in a wheelchair, especially an older special needs child, and will never give the right away, or simply pause a second for the wheelchair to pass. Most times it is a lot easier for an able bodied person to redirect their path, than someone pushing a 150 lb child in a wheelchair to do so.