In June, we visited Disneyland. GREAT trip, but one bad memory keeps haunting me so I thought I’d get all of your opinions and/or related experiences.
We like to ride Splash Mountain right before close so we can go back to the hotel and dry off! So, at 9:55 my 4 year old DD and I enter the line. The line was VERY long, and the sign said a 70 minute wait. There were three teenage boys in front of us. Seemed nice enough, but not too bright (they had difficulty determining the winner of a three-way game of rock/paper/scissors). Behind us were some 20-something folks who were whooping it up (but not in a bad way - just having a lot of loud fun).
We had waited in line for about 40 minutes, and came to the point were the line just about enters the mountain and the rope dividers start. Just then, three people (two guys and a girl all in their thirties), lifted the rope and step in right in front of me and my DD! The rock/paper/scissor kid was still close to me, and I asked him “Did you see that?” and he just shrugged.
So, I tapped the line-jumping-chickie on the shoulder. She turned around and I said, “Are you for real? Line jumping in front of us?”
She got REALLY nervous and said, “Oh well, uh, you can go in front of us.” The three of them went behind DD & me.
ME: “That doesn’t make it OK. We have been waiting a VERY long time.”
Line Jumper guy 1: “Well, we tried to get in the line at 10:00, and they wouldn’t let us.”
ME: “That’s because they are closing, and that is a lousy excuse. I’m trying to teach my four-year-old right from wrong, and when people like you break the rules it is hard for her to understand.”
Line Jumper guy 1: “But they wouldn’t let us in line.”
ME: “Not my problem. Or all of these other people’s problem who have waited for 40 minutes.”
Line Jumper guy 2: “But we were there before 10:00 and they wouldn’t let us in line.”
ME: “You said that. Still doesn’t make it OK. You should come back tomorrow.”
Obviously, they weren’t moving so I turned around. And stewed. And stewed.
FINALLY, we get to the front of the line. This is the part where the CM asks you how many in your party and then directs you to the right log line. So when the CM asked me how many in my party I said, “Two. And there are three line-jumpers behind me.” She IMMEDIATELY grabbed the robe and clicked it shut in front of them.
We walked up the incline to wait for our log. Minutes later, the CM came over and said that they denied line-jumping (duh), and that the people behind them (the partying 20-year-olds) said they didn’t see them cut. I explained to her the cut in front of me, and then let me go ahead when I confronted them, so the people behind them wouldn’t have seen them. I told her to ask the rock/paper/scissor kids. She did, and came back to tell me that the boys got all nervous because they thought she was accusing THEM of line-jumping (like I said, not the sharpest knives in the drawer)! So she couldn’t get anything out of them. She said she believed me, but couldn’t do anything without corroboration. So the line jumpers got to ride.
Am I silly for letting this bother me? I just would NEVER do anything like that, and it upset me that my child has to witness cheating and lying go unpunished first hand!
Anything I should have done differently?