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Dumbest Thing You've Heard a Guest Say: Florida Edition

BoarderPhreak

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My family must get a lot of double takes when people hear us talk while we are there. My son was only 2 for his first trip and he could not understand the concept of Walt Disney World until we told him it is where Mickey lives. From then on he told everyone he was "going to Mickey's house." At 6 years old (and 5 trips later) he now knows that the proper name is Walt Disney World but to our family it is affectionately known as "Mickey's house!"
We tell our 3.5 y/o daughter more or less the same thing, and "that's where Minnie, Mickey, Donald... ...live!"
 
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I've always thought it rather pretentious to say the whole name every time. And I consider myself pretentious!

"Darling, I'm going to Walt Disney World. It's tres chic."
"You mean Disney World?"
"No, kitten. Walt Disney World."
Yeah, people who insist on jamming Walt in there every time sound like they're filming an ad. I get being formal, but that might be a little too pedantic.
 
My wife, little girl, and I were waiting at rope drop for Hollywood Studios a month or so ago. We just happened to be standing next to Mr Know-it-all everything about Disney guy, who is just going on and on about all these precious little facts about everything in WDW, trying to impress everyone standing around him (I admit, I was interested at first, but grew exponentially tired of the trivia after about 15 minutes).

He gets on the subject of merchandise, and singles out my wife (who hasn't previously interacted with this guy up to this point) and proceeds to tell her that the shirt she is wearing isn't official Disney wear. I looked at him and told him that was uncalled for, and that while he thinks he knows everything, that in actuality, we'd just gotten her that shirt yesterday in EPCOT at Mouse Gears, and I was pretty sure it was "official". He replied something about how you can't be too careful when buying Disney merchandise, because there's a lot of fakes out there. :rolleyes:

Thankfully the rope then dropped, and I didn't see this guy the rest of the day. But I've thought to myself, what a jerk...why single out my wife like that, and then end up with egg on your face because you were completely wrong?
 
My wife, little girl, and I were waiting at rope drop for Hollywood Studios a month or so ago. We just happened to be standing next to Mr Know-it-all everything about Disney guy, who is just going on and on about all these precious little facts about everything in WDW, trying to impress everyone standing around him (I admit, I was interested at first, but grew exponentially tired of the trivia after about 15 minutes).

He gets on the subject of merchandise, and singles out my wife (who hasn't previously interacted with this guy up to this point) and proceeds to tell her that the shirt she is wearing isn't official Disney wear. I looked at him and told him that was uncalled for, and that while he thinks he knows everything, that in actuality, we'd just gotten her that shirt yesterday in EPCOT at Mouse Gears, and I was pretty sure it was "official". He replied something about how you can't be too careful when buying Disney merchandise, because there's a lot of fakes out there. :rolleyes:

Thankfully the rope then dropped, and I didn't see this guy the rest of the day. But I've thought to myself, what a jerk...why single out my wife like that, and then end up with egg on your face because you were completely wrong?
It's moments like this, I wish I was waiting in line with an Imagineer who could say something like, "I heard what you were saying. You know nothing of our company. How you get to teach a course in anything is totally amazing!"
 
My wife, little girl, and I were waiting at rope drop for Hollywood Studios a month or so ago. We just happened to be standing next to Mr Know-it-all everything about Disney guy, who is just going on and on about all these precious little facts about everything in WDW, trying to impress everyone standing around him (I admit, I was interested at first, but grew exponentially tired of the trivia after about 15 minutes).

He gets on the subject of merchandise, and singles out my wife (who hasn't previously interacted with this guy up to this point) and proceeds to tell her that the shirt she is wearing isn't official Disney wear. I looked at him and told him that was uncalled for, and that while he thinks he knows everything, that in actuality, we'd just gotten her that shirt yesterday in EPCOT at Mouse Gears, and I was pretty sure it was "official". He replied something about how you can't be too careful when buying Disney merchandise, because there's a lot of fakes out there. :rolleyes:

Thankfully the rope then dropped, and I didn't see this guy the rest of the day. But I've thought to myself, what a jerk...why single out my wife like that, and then end up with egg on your face because you were completely wrong?
I run into a lot of these types of people when I'm there. It's interesting to listen to the inaccuracy of a lot of these Armchair Imagineers.
 
The dumbest thing I heard was said by me. It was meant all in good fun and as a joke, but it quickly backfired and almost landed me and my family in some hot water. About 2 years ago we were visiting MK on a crowded Sunday, and in line for Pan. It was crowded, I was not in the best of moods, but was there for the wife and kids. Behind us in line was a very chatty couple. They were pleasant people and I am sure meant well. I just wasn't in the mood that day for small talk in a crowded queue. Well the husband taps me on the shoulder and asks where we were visiting from. I didn't want to say Orlando, because this would start the onslaught of questioning "Oh, so how do you like it down here?" "How often do you go to the parks?" So I just shot out a smart-**** response as quickly as I could. I said to the man "We are actually a homeless family who were given free park tickets by some church, and are visiting for the first time." Then I smiled. This shut the man up in a hurry. No more questions, no more small talk. My wife looked embarrassed, and she quietly scolded me later on the ride for making up a jerk answer.

Well, then it all backfired. As we were exiting the ride, I notice not one, but two WDW security waiting just outside the ride exit. At first, I thought they were checking out something across the way at IASW, as they were standing closer to it's entrance. But no, they were staring directly at US. As we walk toward the Tangled and HM area, they begin to follow us. We don't make it to Columbia Harbour House before one tells us we need to come with him. Next thing you know, we are in a WDW security office, myself wife and kiddos. Security tells us just to wait, and would not tell us what this is all about. About ten minutes later 2 OPD officers show up. One tells me I need to show proof of my residency or face possible park eviction or arrest. He says they have been tipped off anonymously that we are homeless. I breath a sigh of relief, and tell them no we are not at all homeless, show my driver's license with address, and explain I made a poor taste joke while in line earlier. Then the officers and security become friendly, apologize for any inconvenience, and let us on our way. It made for a scary few minutes at first, but as my wife tells me I should always think before opening my mouth. :hilarious:
 
The dumbest thing I heard was said by me. It was meant all in good fun and as a joke, but it quickly backfired and almost landed me and my family in some hot water. About 2 years ago we were visiting MK on a crowded Sunday, and in line for Pan. It was crowded, I was not in the best of moods, but was there for the wife and kids. Behind us in line was a very chatty couple. They were pleasant people and I am sure meant well. I just wasn't in the mood that day for small talk in a crowded queue. Well the husband taps me on the shoulder and asks where we were visiting from. I didn't want to say Orlando, because this would start the onslaught of questioning "Oh, so how do you like it down here?" "How often do you go to the parks?" So I just shot out a smart-**** response as quickly as I could. I said to the man "We are actually a homeless family who were given free park tickets by some church, and are visiting for the first time." Then I smiled. This shut the man up in a hurry. No more questions, no more small talk. My wife looked embarrassed, and she quietly scolded me later on the ride for making up a jerk answer.

Well, then it all backfired. As we were exiting the ride, I notice not one, but two WDW security waiting just outside the ride exit. At first, I thought they were checking out something across the way at IASW, as they were standing closer to it's entrance. But no, they were staring directly at US. As we walk toward the Tangled and HM area, they begin to follow us. We don't make it to Columbia Harbour House before one tells us we need to come with him. Next thing you know, we are in a WDW security office, myself wife and kiddos. Security tells us just to wait, and would not tell us what this is all about. About ten minutes later 2 OPD officers show up. One tells me I need to show proof of my residency or face possible park eviction or arrest. He says they have been tipped off anonymously that we are homeless. I breath a sigh of relief, and tell them no we are not at all homeless, show my driver's license with address, and explain I made a poor taste joke while in line earlier. Then the officers and security become friendly, apologize for any inconvenience, and let us on our way. It made for a scary few minutes at first, but as my wife tells me I should always think before opening my mouth. :hilarious:
Dude, that was absolutely epic.
 
About ten minutes later 2 OPD officers show up. One tells me I need to show proof of my residency or face possible park eviction or arrest. He says they have been tipped off anonymously that we are homeless.
This sounds awful actually. You would have been evicted and/or arrested for what exactly? It's not illegal to be homeless, and homeless people still have the same rights as everyone else. If someone gives a homeless person tickets to a park, it wouldn't be any of anyone else's damn business if they sleep in Golden Oaks or their car.

This honestly sounds like Disney was the bad guy here.
 
This sounds awful actually. You would have been evicted and/or arrested for what exactly? It's not illegal to be homeless, and homeless people still have the same rights as everyone else. If someone gives a homeless person tickets to a park, it wouldn't be any of anyone else's damn business if they sleep in Golden Oaks or their car.

This honestly sounds like Disney was the bad guy here.
I don't know how the company policy works. Security may have just been flagged that we were homeless, and no other details, so wanted to check us over. I'm not sure. Security and PD were very friendly and apologetic of the confusion after it was concluded I just made a poor choice of joke material. It was a lesson learned. And I don't condemn homeless people at all, that was just a bad taste joke for me to make at a theme park.
 
I don't know how the company policy works. Security may have just been flagged that we were homeless, and no other details, so wanted to check us over. I'm not sure. Security and PD were very friendly and apologetic of the confusion after it was concluded I just made a poor choice of joke material. It was a lesson learned. And I don't condemn homeless people at all, that was just a bad taste joke for me to make at a theme park.
I mean, yeah, it was in bad taste, but that doesn't matter. When it comes to our rights as citizens, what some corporate policy dictates is irrelevant. Disney can't evict someone from their parks simply because they're homeless.
 
The dumbest thing I heard was said by me. It was meant all in good fun and as a joke, but it quickly backfired and almost landed me and my family in some hot water. About 2 years ago we were visiting MK on a crowded Sunday, and in line for Pan. It was crowded, I was not in the best of moods, but was there for the wife and kids. Behind us in line was a very chatty couple. They were pleasant people and I am sure meant well. I just wasn't in the mood that day for small talk in a crowded queue. Well the husband taps me on the shoulder and asks where we were visiting from. I didn't want to say Orlando, because this would start the onslaught of questioning "Oh, so how do you like it down here?" "How often do you go to the parks?" So I just shot out a smart-**** response as quickly as I could. I said to the man "We are actually a homeless family who were given free park tickets by some church, and are visiting for the first time." Then I smiled. This shut the man up in a hurry. No more questions, no more small talk. My wife looked embarrassed, and she quietly scolded me later on the ride for making up a jerk answer.

Well, then it all backfired. As we were exiting the ride, I notice not one, but two WDW security waiting just outside the ride exit. At first, I thought they were checking out something across the way at IASW, as they were standing closer to it's entrance. But no, they were staring directly at US. As we walk toward the Tangled and HM area, they begin to follow us. We don't make it to Columbia Harbour House before one tells us we need to come with him. Next thing you know, we are in a WDW security office, myself wife and kiddos. Security tells us just to wait, and would not tell us what this is all about. About ten minutes later 2 OPD officers show up. One tells me I need to show proof of my residency or face possible park eviction or arrest. He says they have been tipped off anonymously that we are homeless. I breath a sigh of relief, and tell them no we are not at all homeless, show my driver's license with address, and explain I made a poor taste joke while in line earlier. Then the officers and security become friendly, apologize for any inconvenience, and let us on our way. It made for a scary few minutes at first, but as my wife tells me I should always think before opening my mouth. :hilarious:
This is hilarious.
 
I live in FL and have misjudged the weather for a long weekend at WDW before. Not often, but I have been walking around in shorts while wearing the one thin hoodie I brought in 50 degree weather (I still went on Splash Mountain though.. 5 minute wait!)

No matter when you go, even if it was snowing, there will be people swimming and/or wearing shorts and a T about, you know they are thinking "I came to FL from Wisconsin, and da**it, I'm wearing shorts!"

Oh, and to me, the whole "Disney World -- Magic Kingdom" vernacular is akin to "Star Wars -- A New Hope" If you just say 'Star Wars' I assume you are talking about ANH, and if you say DW, I assume you mean MK.
 
I don't know how the company policy works. Security may have just been flagged that we were homeless, and no other details, so wanted to check us over. I'm not sure. Security and PD were very friendly and apologetic of the confusion after it was concluded I just made a poor choice of joke material. It was a lesson learned. And I don't condemn homeless people at all, that was just a bad taste joke for me to make at a theme park.
I kinda like the joke. I may use it myself.
 
The dumbest thing I heard was said by me. It was meant all in good fun and as a joke, but it quickly backfired and almost landed me and my family in some hot water. About 2 years ago we were visiting MK on a crowded Sunday, and in line for Pan. It was crowded, I was not in the best of moods, but was there for the wife and kids. Behind us in line was a very chatty couple. They were pleasant people and I am sure meant well. I just wasn't in the mood that day for small talk in a crowded queue. Well the husband taps me on the shoulder and asks where we were visiting from. I didn't want to say Orlando, because this would start the onslaught of questioning "Oh, so how do you like it down here?" "How often do you go to the parks?" So I just shot out a smart-**** response as quickly as I could. I said to the man "We are actually a homeless family who were given free park tickets by some church, and are visiting for the first time." Then I smiled. This shut the man up in a hurry. No more questions, no more small talk. My wife looked embarrassed, and she quietly scolded me later on the ride for making up a jerk answer.

Well, then it all backfired. As we were exiting the ride, I notice not one, but two WDW security waiting just outside the ride exit. At first, I thought they were checking out something across the way at IASW, as they were standing closer to it's entrance. But no, they were staring directly at US. As we walk toward the Tangled and HM area, they begin to follow us. We don't make it to Columbia Harbour House before one tells us we need to come with him. Next thing you know, we are in a WDW security office, myself wife and kiddos. Security tells us just to wait, and would not tell us what this is all about. About ten minutes later 2 OPD officers show up. One tells me I need to show proof of my residency or face possible park eviction or arrest. He says they have been tipped off anonymously that we are homeless. I breath a sigh of relief, and tell them no we are not at all homeless, show my driver's license with address, and explain I made a poor taste joke while in line earlier. Then the officers and security become friendly, apologize for any inconvenience, and let us on our way. It made for a scary few minutes at first, but as my wife tells me I should always think before opening my mouth. :hilarious:
Do you think they were listening in or tipped off? The people were next to you in line so they didn't have time to alert anyone.
 
Do you think they were listening in or tipped off? The people were next to you in line so they didn't have time to alert anyone.
It had to have been the couple in line behind us who I made the comment to. I have no doubt about that. The look in the man's face when I said we're homeless went from happy chatty to a look of disbelief and horror. They never spoke another word to us the entire rest of the line. We weren't paying attention to what happened after we boarded our ships, but they had to have said something to one of the boarding Cm's. There is no other way I can imagine security finding out what was said.
 
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