Vote of the week: Stand or sit at theme park shows?
Written by Robert Niles
You've shown up early and claimed your space in front of the castle for the night's big fireworks show. The area lights have gone off, the music's begun to play, and the first shell's about to launch into the sky.Tweet
But here's the big question: Are you, and everyone around you, standing or sitting? Few questions cause more conflict in theme parks than this collective nightly decision: Is everyone going to stand up to watch the show, or sit down?
Standing allows more people to crowd into the space, giving more people the chance to see the show from its optimum viewing point. But standing leaves shorter visitors, including all those kids, straining to see anything above the taller adults in the crowds. Sure, you could put your kid on your shoulders, but that's just going to block the view even worse for the people behind you. And have fun with that sore back tomorrow.
Sitting allows people to enjoy the show without having to worry about the people in front you. Little kids can see and enjoy the show. But people sitting take up more room than people standing, leaving fewer able to get into those prime viewing spots. And sitting on the hard concrete for an hour or more? Have fun with that sore back tomorrow.
So which is it? Sure, this is a collective decision, but which way will you try to sway the crowd? Sometimes, you don't have a choice. Every time I've watched World of Color, Disney California Adventure cast members have enforced a "no sitting" policy, forcing everyone in the crowd to stand to see the show. But over at Disneyland, crowds at Fantasmic! almost always sit, at least whenever I've watched the show. At the fireworks in front of the castle I've seen the crowd go either way - some nights everyone sits; some nights everyone stands.
And some nights, a few people get into nasty shouting fights with those around them who want to do the other, instead.
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