So everything went according to plan last night. Me and my friends got there at 5pm for the 8:40pm MSEP. It was total overkill, but it was Sunday and if we weren’t sitting there, we’d be sitting at home in front of the TV The last bench seat got snatched up at about 7pm, but there was massive amounts of ground space for anyone who wanted it.
Me and my friends took turns going out to grab food and snacks. No one really felt like going on any rides, so we just talked the whole time. We’re all still getting to know each other so it was fun. The time went faster than we anticipated.
During the parade, I ended up sitting on the ledge along top of the bench to get some stroller handles out of my view. I could tell a CM was eyeballing me, but when he saw I was sitting and not standing on the bench, he went back to monitoring the rest of the crowd. No one even blinked that we were sitting there for so long, probably because we were all there the entire time and didn’t take up more room than we needed.
The only thing I didn’t anticipate was ANTS. There was a steady trickle of ants along the edge of the bench and a few wanderers would come over and explore US occasionally. Not a deal breaker, but something to keep in mind. Maybe those of you who carry wipes could give the bench a quick swipe and breakup their scent trails or clean up whatever sugary goodies attracted them in the first place and they wouldn’t bother you. My house gets infested with ants on a regular basis, so I just brushed off the occasional arm tickle and got on with it.
And, yes, sitting on concrete for so long, even if it’s a bench, is hard on the behind. I should’ve gotten up and walked around more or folded up the small blanket I brought with me (but didn’t use) and sat on that for a while.
(Oh, and trying to find parking on the top level at 4pm is a pain. They need to work out a better system for that. I wasted about 15 minutes trying to find a spot.)
So, yeah, it was a success. And one thing my friend pointed out that she really liked about that area is that it’s darker than Main Street because you don’t get the ambient light from the shops dimming the lights of on the floats. She thought they had put in all new bulbs or something, but she figured it was just a higher contrast area.
One thing to note, though, is that you CAN’T watch the fireworks from that area. They move you afterwards. That was fine, because we all wanted to head home anyway. Oh, and the MS shortcut to the left of Jolly Holiday was open, so we used that on the way out. I thought it went all the way outside, but it only gets you behind the MS shops and dumps you out by Town Hall, which is fine. It’s still nice to be able to not have to walk through the MS chaos during a parade.
So thanks again everyone! I got to relive some childhood memories and all with an unobstructed view and a place to sit! That’s as good as it gets. I think that will be my go-to parade watching spot from now on.
Cheers everyone! See you at the parks!