‘Heads up….incoming’….Please!

Recently, I was fortunate to spend a little over a week at Disney World. It was quite a visit. The weather was fantastic, no rain, not too hot and beautiful sunny days with very few clouds each day!

I was convinced to see many of the shows they feature, which aren’t my thing, but I was persuaded gently to try them – and much to my surprise, I really did enjoy them. Some of them I found myself wanting to see again, even on this visit.

And of course – the rides. Thank heavens for the fast passes that allowed us to move to the top of the line, or at the very least have a shorter wait time. (I’ll share more details about this later).

At any time of the year, Disney is a very crowed place. Often it is referred to as the ‘happiest place on earth.’ However, that phrase must have written by someone who was visiting after hours, or on the least busy days. There are a few things that can make you a bit cranky, and that may be an understatement!


Some of these things are:

  • The people who simply aren’t paying attention to what’s going on around them.
  • The people who will do just about anything to run you over to get just one or two slots in front of you in the lines: rides, the monorail, shuttles between hotels and parks, taking pictures with the characters …and the list goes on. Often their strategy to get closer to the front of the line just gets them one of two spots ahead. In many instances, their breaking in line doesn’t get them anywhere at all as we all end up in the same group for whatever it is that we are all waiting for.
  • The people who will just stop in the middle of the streets and sidewalks, which will force you to stop without notice where you might run into them, or may cause others to run into you.
  • Even the employees often will sometimes run you over (I had one experience that I will be writing about soon as well.)

This is quite a list isn’t it? Of course when you have so many people – from all over the world – gathered in the same place, there are more than a few things that will cause these run ins to happen. However at Disney this bumping seems to be the normal state of activity rather than an occasional mishap!

And many of these ‘run ins’ could be avoided by simply keeping a heads up. Folks might even consider calling out ‘Incoming’! By just paying a little more attention to what’s going on around you, it could even make the day more enjoyable for everyone. After all who enjoys bumping into anyone even once in your day? So – since there aren’t the ‘walk/don’t walk signs’ that you see at many intersections, folks need that heads up – and maybe find just a little boldness to let folks know of your intentions with just one word. ‘Incoming’! It’s not that difficult, is it?

Stay tuned – a post about strollers will follow soon!


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