I've made a lot of bad decisions in my time. Nothing seriously bad (I think) but just those decisions than work out mostly fine but when you look back on them they seem a bit strange. I made at least one decision like that at Disney World. You could look at it as one bad decision, or a series of about 7 small bad decisions in a row that kind of added up.
At Disney World I got photographs with princesses.
See, it sounds like a harmless thing. It sounds like something you would do at Disney World. But, you have to consider all the facts (some of which I only realised afterwards), it really was a strange decision to make:
- I'm a 27 year old male.
- I don't have any children, and I also wasn't at Disney World with any children (there were obviously other children at Disney World when I was there, lots of them, I just didn't know who they were, and they apparently didn't want to hang out with me).
- While travelling I gave up shaving. I didn't entirely look like I lived indoors.
- Florida is really hot, and you are walking around a lot during a day at Disney World.
- I was wearing a running singlet - if I'm meeting a fake princess I could have at least dressed up, right? (Also, think about how you are likely to pose in a photo with a fake princess for a minute, then consider items 1, 3 and 4 again, and then consider the fact I'm wearing a singlet...)
- I'm meeting a fake princess. This didn't totally dawn on me until I read this article after leaving the parks. The person I waited in line to get a photo with is just some random college kid. I don't know why I didn't consider this earlier, but it really changes the whole situation.
- I had to wait in line to do this. Sure it was a shortish line (about 30 minutes?) but I could have used that time to line up for Space Mountain again.
As an aside, I was going to see Cinderella and Rapunzel (one line went to both), the line next to it was going to the Frozen princesses. The line for those princesses was 150 minutes long. I felt bad for the fathers standing in that line.
(To be clear, they don't have princesses who are frozen, that would be weird. “The Frozen princesses” are the princesses from the movie Frozen. The movie Frozen is one of those new age Disney movies that unless you have kids you've never heard of. I had to do research for this).
So, when that's all put together it clearly makes no sense at all that I would decides to go and get photos with princesses. And yet I did.
A few fun bits of the experience were when both the young girl (with mother) behind us wouldn't stop staring at us and eventually asked "where are your kids?" (I don't know how I stayed in line after that).
Or when the lady in front of us with a young daughter and son left the line to go get a drink or something and left her children unattended, as she left she said to us that she would be right back (took about 10 minutes), I think that's how adoption works in Florida.
Or, when we finally arrived in the room where we could see the princesses I started panicking. I wasn't having a breakdown or anything, but basically seeing them was my moment of clarity, I realised how ridiculous the situation was and I couldn't stop laughing.
Writing this down is not helping me understand how I stayed in that line.
But, in the end I met them and got photos. You may have already seen these as they are clearly great Facebook profile shots...
Oh, and... I guess this also happened...
So, I guess the point here is that maybe it isn’t worth getting photos with Princesses at Disney World. Probably.