On Saturday mornings in the winter, my mom and I go to the mall. It’s too cold out for our normal walk, and the Farmer’s Market has closed for the winter. So, to the mall for some good old fashioned walking…and admittedly a lot of shopping.
I’d heard a rumor that every day, a little prince or princess would get to unlock the Disney Store. I was curious, and sort of wanted to see, because I am a sucker for Disney and cute children. So around 9:55 on a Saturday, we meandered over in that direction. A leafy green lock stood in the doorway, with velvet ropes on either side. Williams-Sonoma across the way had about ten kids waiting outside (youth cooking class) and Disney had…well, me.
At opening time, there were still no children waiting outside. Apparently malls are not busy places on January Saturdays. So when the nice Disney cast member came to see who was outside to unlock the store, there was…well, me.
“That’s okay!” she chirped. “Tall princesses can open the store, so long as they have the power of imagination! Do you have the power of imagination?”
At this point, a little bit of embarrassment crept in. Yes, I have the power of imagination, but I am also a woman grown. Ish. This only got worse as a cast member danced forward holding what can only be described as a keyblade. About three feet long.
She asked me a few questions: what was the key in the shape of? Which Princess had a castle in which park? She made a “Royal Declaration” that Princess Laura would be unlocking imagination today. Then I turned the key in the very large lock, the ropes fell, and the store opened.
After this, the cast member presented me with a miniature version of the key, a few inches long. It’s an interesting keepsake, and really did make me feel like a princess for a moment. Then I went shopping and bought some gifts for people with birthdays upcoming.
If you’re ever in a mall when it’s about to open, give this a try. But please, yield to children!