Just five measly. little. minutes.
Ah the flip side of Disneyland. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong. But everyone crashes. Eventually.
My crash came on a hot day in that weird witching time between snacks and real food. My wife wanted to do one thing, my daughter another and I a third. Usually at moments like these we just head back to the hotel and chill out. But our time was running out and we wanted to get in a few more things before vacation ended.
So we compromised and visited my secret chill out zone.
Small World. It’s a Small World will always get us through the crash times.
The simple, slow, ear-worm of a ride always comes through for us. When we’re looking for an easier activity or just a chance to chill for a bit, without completely withdrawing from the fun, we know we can count on Small World to come through. The lines are never that long, especially if something else is going on in the park at the same time. It’s air conditioned to arctic temperatures. It’s a slow, jolt-free ride with no scary parts. The kid can apparently go through it something like 5 billion times without ever tiring, and I can catch a very short nap somewhere between the Eskimo villages and the African jungle scenes.
It’s the perfect afternoon escape ride. When we’re hot and tired and can’t quite agree on a plan, we pull up one of those cool phone apps (like zees!) and head straight for Small World. When the app shows us that more popular rides sport lines of up to an hour long, there’s Small World, beckoning us with its 5-minute wait time. One afternoon, my daughter and I rode it three times in a row. She clapped and waved and cheered, while I finished up the adventure as if I had just gone to a day spa. Yes, there was payment involved. I kept humming the theme song for the rest of the day. But it was worth it. My daughter got to ride a ride and have fun, and I got to have a little personal chill out time. I was refreshed and ready for the next adventure.
Thank you, Small World. I will be seeing you again soon.
Mike Adamick writes at Cry It Out!