We went to see SpectroMagic last night, the nighttime Disney parade at the Magic Kingdom. The kids got to see their cousins and aunts and uncles, who they don’t get to spend much time with, and see a cool parade at night with all their favorite Disney characters, so it was nice to be able to go. Even though I have worked at Disney, and have an annual pass to got there year-round, I had never seen this parade before. It really is truly beautiful.
I was under the impression that since Thanksgiving had just passed, and the Christmas break is coming up in a few weeks, the parks would be a less crowded since school is in session. Not so. It was a crazy, chaotic traffic jam of an evening, in which I plied my kids with lollipops and chocolate bars to keep them appeased until we could get them home.
The good thing is, it was worth it.
It was worth the 45 minute wait in line to get hot dogs for dinner, (just to have a certain blond haired, blue eyed triplet throw them on the floor), to get to hear their cousin KK point out the characters to them as they floated down Main Street USA.
It was worth pushing a giant stroller with three flat tires (because mommy forgot to check the tires before throwing the scarcely used-double stroller in the back of the van last night), to hear Cameron saying “Bye!Bye!” to each parade float as it passed us.
It was worth standing in a huge crowd of people and having the man in front of me repeatedly sitting down, and standing up again, and sitting down, and standing up again, thus rubbing his butt up against me every time… no wait, that part I am not sure if it was worth.
It was worth waiting for and missing 3 different monorails to the park because people jumped in front of us (because a stroller with three flat tires doesn’t move very quickly, you see), to see the look on Ben’s face when he saw (and heard) the “Choo-Choo!” in the front of the Magic Kingdom.
It was worth standing in body-to-body human traffic for 20 minutes on Main St. USA, to retrieve some treats from the candy store to keep 3 two year olds who were up WAY past their bedtime from melting down. (OK, this one is was borderline, worth it).
It was worth loading up three kids, strollers, diaper bags, cups and snacks by myself in order to have Todd meet us (last minute) at the park. (Which happened to be the first time we have all done something together as a family in a couple months, at least).
It was worth listening to Lily scream her head off on the boat ride back to the resort, to see the smiles and squeals from Ben, who loved the boat. And to feel Cameron snuggle up against me to keep warm. (Hey, sometimes you have to settle for 2 out of 3).
It was worth all the sticky hands, wriggling bodies, thrown hot dogs, pushing strangers, and waits in line, to be able to spend this time with our family. So worth it, in fact.. that we are going back again tonight:)