Yep. In Germany the phone was sold out very fast and the Apple servers couldn't handle it at all - meaning even if you were on time you had a good chance of not getting one as you couldn't connect to the store.
I didn't even sleep that night and had 4 devices going trying to preorder and by the time I got through it already said 3-4 weeks shipping. Believe me I would love to avoid camping out but the pre-orders were not that easy this year.
I was working in NYC a couple of years ago when they launched the iPad 3 and I wandered up to see what the queues were like the night before launch (long!), but the thing I most remember is that the folks at the front all had bright yellow Otterbox blankets as Otterbox had pitched up to use the launch as a marketing tool and been handing them out to people, as it was March and quite chilly to say the least!