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What is the common courtesy one should follow when in an interactive queue?

What do you do when the people in front of you are too busy with the interactive queue and do not move as the line is moving? Do you wait, give gentle hints to move, or pass them?

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted September 26, 2012 at 9:57 AM
With many parks creating interactive queues, what do you think is the courtesy for moving through the line? For instance, if the people in front of you are engrossed with the effects and the line is starting to move, do you wait until these dazed folks move? Do you start inching closer to get them to move? Or do you just silently go past them to keep the line moving? For me, I always make a big production of gathering my kids, and speaking in a loud voice to come on the line is moving. I have never passed anyone who was playing (though been tempted to). Usually my comments of "the line is moving again" get their attention and they begin to move. But there is always that one family that refuse to budge. So my question is, what protocol do you follow in these situations?


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From James Rao
Posted September 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM
"Get outa my way, you moron!" seems a bit excessive, doesn't it? Still worth a try....

Honestly... you can politely ask, "Mind if we move on through?"

Or, just join in the interactive fun! What's your rush? ;)

From Skipper Adam
Posted September 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM
I agree, just ask. However, if it a longer line, or what I mean, is that there is a distance between you and the ride, there is no reason to rush to fill all the space. Getting to load fast doesn't mean it loads faster. It's a lesson Disney is learning. There was a time where there was this myth that at Disney, squeezing in as many people past the merge point, or the counters helps the rice capacity numbers. My opinion was and the changing management opinion is that again, squeezing the line together, filling all the empty space and shouting at guest in loud voices to do so makes for a less pleasant experience and in the end does nothing.

But if you must get past those people in front of you because it could save a few seconds, just ask.

From Brian Emery
Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM
I can’t stand it when this happens. There is a line that moved 6 feet and I am stuck in an interactive queue. I could be six feet closed to getting on the ride and you are in my way. I get so pissed; I turn Red with anger…. Then I blow… “Move you huge Butt up or I am passing you!!!”

At that point, usually a fight breaks out. After I finish giving them a beating, I proceed to pass them…

The real answer is to relax and enjoy whatever is going on.

I have seen some line queue’s get backed up a bit, Like on Soarin, folks who are playing in a competition against another groups, jumping around, popping balloons on a screen, see who has the best score… It’s all good fun – so take it easy and relax..

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted September 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I don't mind if there are a couple of feet of gap, but when there is a lot of space going and I can see that we would be the next group loaded, then I begin to get impaitient. I'm not rude and I don't want to be pushy. But how hard is it to glance up every now and then to see if you should move on. There have been times though, that the people behind me are impatient and just skip all of us who are politely waiting for the family in front to begin to move again. It sometimes seems like an added headache in some ways, but a lot of fun when you are stuck in a long line.

From Kelly Muggleton
Posted September 27, 2012 at 1:08 AM
A lot of lining is psychological IMO. If you move even just a little it makes you feel a lot better.
Personally not had much experience on the interactive lines but...
On the Harry Potter line (early access so a very empty Hogwarts) I wanted to take some pics and just told the people behind me - I'm stopping, please feel free to head past. Then was lucky enough for it to snow in the line and let even more people past me. Its give and take I think.

Doesnt ever hurt to be the polite person and just ask them if they mind if you scoot round if they're interacting...then on a rare occasion if they have a problem, you were the better person at least!

From Rob P
Posted September 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM
I think just politely asking the people in front if they minded you passing them, if they want to linger longer, is the only way to handle this.
Having said that : If we stopped to enjoy a section of the in-line entertainment while that line moved forward I would invite the people behind me to pass by. That would seem to be the most courteous thing to do rather than wait for them to approach me.
You have raised another in-line question too. It's when you're waiting in line and leaving what you consider to be a reasonable distance from the person(s) in front of you ( so as not to invade their personal space ) and the people behind you stand on your heels.....really close. That annoys me and will always elicit a verbal response from me. I hate being crowded or hounded when we all know we aren't going anywhere until the line in front of us moves forward.
Thanks Amanda for giving me the opportunity to throw that one into the mix. I feel better for getting that off my chest. Anyone feel the same way ?

From Rob P
Posted September 28, 2012 at 3:02 AM
I think just politely asking the people in front if they minded you passing them, if they want to linger longer, is the only way to handle this.
Having said that : If we stopped to enjoy a section of the in-line entertainment while that line moved forward I would invite the people behind me to pass by. That would seem to be the most courteous thing to do rather than wait for them to approach me.
You have raised another in-line question too. It's when you're waiting in line and leaving what you consider to be a reasonable distance from the person(s) in front of you ( so as not to invade their personal space ) and the people behind you stand on your heels.....really close. That annoys me and will always elicit a verbal response from me. I hate being crowded or hounded when we all know we aren't going anywhere until the line in front of us moves forward.
Thanks Amanda for giving me the opportunity to throw that one into the mix. I feel better for getting that off my chest.

From Samantha McCrae
Posted October 1, 2012 at 5:10 AM
If they're only taking a quick picture its fine, i'll wait for them to finish. If they are using interactive queue elements, and the queue is moving and they don't move along also, I would just say "Do you mind if I go past?". The thing that annoys me most though, is when the queue is completely empty, yet the people walking in front of me are walking SO slowly towards the load! I wanna get there asap and just ride, GET OOT MA WAY! But yeah, I never pass them unless 1) they let me, or 2) they stop for some reason - then imma ZOOMIN past them :)

From N B
Posted October 1, 2012 at 1:52 PM
The only time I run into this is on Forbidden Journey. Everyone stops to take pics and video. My wife and I have been asked snapped pictures of couples who both wanted to be in the frame a dozen times.

Some people wave you ahead, but no one seems to mind the delays as you still get to the front at the same time you would have anyways.

From Amanda Jenkins
Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:04 PM
I'm with you Rob on the people behind you basically trying to get in your back pocket to get ahead. I always wind up with the stroller club folks pushing their kids into the back of my legs before a cast member kindly reminds them that they shouldn't have one in line. I too can not stand for someone to be breathing down my neck thinking that this will make the line move faster.

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