Since my last post was about Disneyland and BFF, I thought I would tell you some more good ways to handle people per BFF. I mean, she has some major people skills my friends. Not many people can pull off kicking a kid in line and what happened at the Christmas parade like BFF. She can handle people in a parade crowd like no other. Let’s just say I would not want to get on her bad side…like ever. She is one tough tiny little Mexican woman! Now that I have you intrigued, let’s get on with our story. The Disneyland Christmas Parade Event…
We were at DL right as they started the Christmas season this past trip and we were thrilled. We normally go at Halloween so to go at Christmas time (even thought it was November) was a nice change and so much fun. If you have never gone there on a holiday, I highly recommend it, There is nothing like a good Disney magic and the holidays put together. We were stoked that they had a Christmas parade and planned our schedule accordingly. Ever been at DL and seen people sitting along the curb of Main Street and wondered why? They are waiting for the parade to start. Know this about catching a parade at House of Mouse: you NEED to plan to sit for the parade along the route about an hour in advance if you want a good front row seat and don’t want to be peering over the heads of anyone else. We usually take this time to send one of us to get a snack and enjoy the people watching. It is a good time to sit, rest your feet and enjoy all the craziness around you. We actually found a bench and were thrilled we didn’t have to sit on the ground, so we staked out the bench, got a bucket of popcorn and sodas and enjoyed our break about an hour before the parade was scheduled to start. Now remember, we are not the only ones doing this. Lots of families are also camped out with blankets and snacks…little ones napping in strollers placed carefully behind them and people saving spots with jackets and such. It is a common practice. We had a nice conversation with the older lady and her son sitting on the bench next to us and were enjoying the little girls dressed as Elsa next to us who were beside themselves waiting to see the Princesses in the parade.
Disney is fantastic announcing that the parade is going to start and they do so over the loudspeakers about 30 minutes ahead of time. So really, unless you are in a bubble while you are there, you know the parade is about to start by the gathering crowd, the vendor carts trolling the parade route to sugar up your children and spend your last few dollars on light up balloons and other crap to entertain them while they wait, the Cast members roping off the area and did I mention the announcements over the loud speakers? Not to mention, they hand you a schedule when you walk in the park with the parade times on it. People start to get hurried around the 15 minute mark and try to quickly find space for their kiddos to see without being blocked….although usually all the good spots are gone by then. Several times, we told people that no they could not sit in front of us and they assumed we were saving spots and left. Five minutes before the parade is to reach us, we can hear the music from where it has already started coming down the route and we see families start to get frantic about finding spots. Timing people. Timing and planning will save you this stress. We are excited to see the parade when all of a sudden…it happened…the Disneyland Christmas Parade Event.
A woman, her husband, and two small children in a stroller (both under 3) come running down the parade route frantically looking for a place to watch the parade. They see us sitting on our bench (although we were planning on standing once the parade started to get pictures) and the Mom decides to run over to us park her stroller in front of us and not say a word. Wrong move. We both immediately stand up and BFF starts to have a conversation with the Mom. It goes like this:
BFF: “I’m sorry. You can’t stand here or park your stroller here. We were planning on standing for the parade and you are in front of us. If you could please move, that would be great.”
Mom (looking shocked and annoyed): “Look lady. We didn’t know we would be caught up in this and we need a place to watch.”
BFF (raising eyebrows and standing a little taller): “I am sorry but we have been here for over an hour. You should have planned better. These are our spots so you need to move. Now.”
Annoying Mother with a Huge Stroller (whose husband is now trying to pull her away): “You don’t need to be so nasty! This is Disneyland for Christ’s sake! I have two small children in a stroller here!!” She has now resorted to yelling at BFF…wrong move number 2.
BFF (now pulling out all her Mexican and getting in the Shouting Mother’s face): “I am not being nasty. I am telling you next time to plan better and get here an hour early like we did. Your children are too young to even care about the parade anyways. You are being rude and need to leave. Like RIGHT NOW.” I am now terrified BFF with hand me her purse, take off her earrings and kick off her shoes like the Mexican girl she is and we will get kicked out because she will kick some Soccer Mom’s jogging booty over a place to watch the parade. What am doing? Standing behind her saying things like “Yeah!” and “Leave” and other such one word retorts and making faces like a good Fat Girl sidekick.
Angry Soccer Mom who needs a Dole Whip to the face: “You have ruined my children’s trip to Disneyland!” Her husband is now anxiously pulling her away and has yet to say a word…pussy. I would be scared of BFF too…or maybe he was scared of his wife.
BFF (as Disgruntled Mom indignantly strides off looking back at us with all the venom she can muster): “Your children don’t even have formative memory! They won’t remember this trip!” We then high-fived each other.
Pretty sure the couple next to us gave us a round of applause probably because they were afraid to cross us. I wouldn’t either…BFF can handle her own when she is fighting for a spot to watch the parade from! Needless to say, we enjoyed the parade without a stroller in front of us taking our spots we had sought out an hour ahead of time. Planning people. Planning will make your trip oh so much better. Sigh. But BFF…she is awesome. I love her.
Oh yeah. I didn’t die today. I did however witness my BFF go all Mexican on a Soccer Mom over a spot to watch the Disneyland Christmas Parade but I didn’t die. I am Fat Girl with another Guide to Life by BFF Running. The experiment continues…