My Kind Of Disney Rope Drop: Sitting Still In The Parks
Back in the day, meaning 10 years ago — when I was in my thirties, without children — I remember watching a Walt Disney World planning video and seeing a dude in a Hawaiian shirt extolling the virtue of sitting in the Magic Kingdom.
“A good bench; they’re not just decorations,” said “Dave” – Disney R&R ambassador. “They’re for relaxation.
“When you see a bench, sit down. Enjoy it. It comes with the price of admission…” added Dave.
Fast forward to my recent trip to Disneyland, when I found myself at a Disney rope drop with all of its possibilities, calculating like trigonometry in my brain.
Suddenly, I didn’t want to do ANYTHING. So, I didn’t.
I walked up Main Street USA and plopped myself down on a bench.
Listen to Dave
So, when I was last in @DisneyParks @Disneyland, I took Dave's advice. I enjoyed a relaxing sunrise at #CaliforniaAdventure, a quiet coffee @Starbucks in DL and DCA, and a solitary moment on a porch bench on Main Street USA. Ahhhhh. pic.twitter.com/jeVF5dlI44
— Obish-Wan (@jmbishopjr) May 29, 2019
When I was on one of the benches, I think from the picture with the trash can, I had sat down nodding to two Disneyland vets. Bespeckled with pins and paraphernalia, they sat quietly watching the crowd, silently wondering why everyone was in a hurry.
However, when I got up, they seemed disturbed. Even though my hair isn’t yet gray, I think the porch-sitters were amused by my taking the time to sit and join them, while everyone was heading elsewhere.
“Don’t do it!” they said and repeated. “You’ll regret it.”
But I bade farewell and headed off to, I don’t know, “Star Tours” or something, which I obviously enjoyed and didn’t regret. However, the next couple of times I was able. I actually slowed down. I enjoyed my coffee; took a picture of the sunrise and visited lonely statues.
Looking back, those moments on Main Street and in Starbucks — quiet moments — were more important to my overall enjoyment of the trip than anything else I did within the park.
Sure, I enjoy rides and reporting and eating and what have you. However, I do not think I’ve found an equal moment’s peace, since.
Advice: Sitting Still
So, here’s my hope for everyone who DOESN’T get into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in the first few days.
Remember where you are.
Remember what that means.
And remember to take a load off.
How about you? What’s your favorite way to relax in the parks? Let us know in the comments…