I prayed a prayer as I drove to Disneyland:
"God, can You please give me an opportunity to talk to someone today?"
Most of my evening at Disneyland was relatively uneventful. I watched World of Color from the Midway Mania queue and got a personal high score on the ride (275,000, ahem, and cue the applause), and watched the fireworks as I headed towards Radiator Springs Racers.
The line was pretty ridiculously long for RSR. I suppose it was because it was nearing closing for California Adventure, and plus it was grad nite, and so there were just a LOT of people entering the queue.
Behind me, I heard a group of people talking. There were two guys - I think they were either brothers or cousins - and they had their kids all in tow. I overheard them talking about how the regular line was faster than the single rider line, and as they were preparing to leave the single rider line to go to the regular line, I stopped them.
"You don’t want to do that. That regular line is deceptively long and trust me, the single rider line will go much faster."
I struck up a conversation with one of the guys and his little daughter, who was barely tall enough to get on the ride. They figured I was a Disneyland veteran, so I shared with them tips and tricks I had picked up being an annual passholder for two years.
The little girl became increasingly distressed when she realized she was going to be separated from her dad, as it was the single rider line. I felt bad for her, so I told her dad, “I can wait with her if you guys get separated.”
"Thanks, I would really like that," he said, and smiled.
I went on the ride, found another hidden Mickey, and got off. I scanned the crowd for the little girl and spotted her stepping off with her dad. Once I saw that they were together, with the little girl’s hand firmly in her father’s, I turned around and left.
I could’ve stayed and gotten their thanks, but whatever. I did my part in enhancing a family’s trip to Disneyland, and I eased her dad’s fears that his daughter would get lost in the crowd of people, although they didn’t even need to worry.
I got the warm fuzzies the entire time I was walking out of the park and to my car. Thanks God, for a chance to bless a complete stranger today.