This Thursday’s Random Acts of Kindness article has a different spin, and for good reason. I know everyone is excited for Christmas fun at Disney Parks, and things get hectic and crazy. I fully understand. Some people are at Disney for the first time, some are locals, etc, but we all want to have a great time. Manners sometimes get lost in the fray, and that definitely happened last night.
I got to the MK early last night for the new Castle lighting show. We picked up the boys from school and headed straight over to get a good spot, as I had reporting to do for TMSM. We sat near the front of the Castle, but again we were early, so I let the boys take a walk, the Move It Shake It parade rolled by, etc. As we sat there, I had more people push, poke and step on me, that I finally got up. A lady next to me said “so much for getting here early” and was upset that people did the same to her and her kids. But, we just decided to shake it off and wait. People forget courtesy sometimes, even if someone would say “I’m sorry” or “Excuse me” that sure would help. I only was bothered for a second, then I was ok, and I kept it to myself. As time went on, and it got closer to showtime, things just got more and more crowded, and tensions started rising. Even I didn’t expect what happened next.
There was a large group standing around, and people started to push forward. Some were sitting on the ground, some of us had been there for two hours or better. I was just chatting with others and waiting for the show, and I looked to my left and an actual scuffle had broken out. Apparently, people were pushing and ramming with strollers at each other, and punches were actually thrown. Yes, a fist fight at our Happy Place. Cast Members did a great job of diffusing the situation and things went back to normal quickly, but that’s not the point. Where is the kindness toward other people? I mean, you’re at Disney World, not a boxing match. Is it worth arguing or assaulting other people just to get closer to the Castle? My gosh NO! The thing is, you can see from pretty much anywhere up front, there was no need to fight or whatever just to move up a few feet, it’s not worth it. I felt a little disappointed, because things like that shouldn’t happen at Disney, and I truly don’t understand why people get all fired up for no good reason. It’s not fair to other guests, nor is it right to do in front of all the children sitting by. That’s not Disney magic.
I don’t write this as to preach at you all, or to put anyone down, that’s not my intention. I think it’s just important to remember that other people are just as eager and excited as you are to be at a Disney park or event, and a little kindness can go a long, long way. Did I get frustrated that we got stepped on yesterday? Sure did. Did I get up and confront people or take a swing? Oh heck no! Sometimes we just have to “let it go” and try to make the best of our situation. Why ruin your time at Disney because people annoy you? Not worth it! I know we can’t be happy and content all the time, we can get a little hot under the collar even at Disney parks. Sometimes folks just need to take a step back, breathe, and realize being the bigger person and rising above the situation is the better way to go. Again, Disney magic and kindness is a better solution. So, till next week, smile, & make someone else smile too by extending an act of kindness that could make their day. You never know who could really use the extra love and magic!
Side note ~ Among the crazy commotion last night, Main Streeter Angela and her sweet son found me in the crowd and came up to say hello and asked for a pic. That’s the best feeling in the world! Our Main Streeters are the BEST and a true blessing! Thank you to all of you who extend kindness to us and support what we do! We love you for it! xo M
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