Even during resting time at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, there’s never a dull moment. It can be quite comical actually. For example, the green soldiers who lock-stepped in the middle of the plaza and separated my daughter Jana and I. No way was I about to cut into the middle of that drill!
Of course the guests themselves aka Disney customers are an experience to watch. There was such a sweet little girl named Hartley, who won over our hearts with her unabashed spirit of enthusiasm for everything going on during the Christmas parade wait. Most people are gracious and look out for one another, but there are those unreal folks who stand in front of parade watchers at the last minute before starting time. Such an abomination happened to me as I sat in my wheelchair this last time. The group around us rallied to chase them away. Disney teamwork was on display.
And then there are the ducks. Jana and I loved to take our breaks on Paradise Pier and watch them swim circles or bicker with one another. Upon looking closer, we spotted an imposter! He looked like a duck, and swam like a duck, but he was a stealthy seagull. If food was inadvertently tossed into the water, Mr. Seagull’s true identity would be exposed as he launched himself quite belligerently after the morsel. It was as if “Finding Nemo” was in real life here with this charlatan. You could almost hear the “mine! mine!” battle cries from him.
In this picture, you can spot the poser – about the third bird from the left. Unless you look closely, he can pass for a duck in the way he elongates his body and tucks his tail feathers behind him. However, while the ducks kept a close eye on the people eating above them, Mr. Seagull had a hawk eye, and he did not miss a trick!
As in life, Disneyland taught me to enjoy every precious moment. You never know what you might miss. The ordinary can set the stage for extraordinary in many ways.