We just returned from a Christmas week trip to Disney. Overall it was a great trip! But, one thing keeps nagging at the back of my mind: The Holiday Parade at Magic Kingdom... I am into photography, and photographing the parade was THE thing I was most looking forward to this trip. It was Christmas week so I knew we needed to get there early. We arrived at my favorite parade spot one hour and 10 minutes before the parade started. (It's my favorite spot as you can photograph the parade clearly with no spectators in the background). It was so early, the CMs hadn't even put the tape down yet. Five minutes after we lined up (around 65 minutes before parade time), the CMs put the tape down and we officially lined up. It was me, my DH, and two teenage kids. One other family also lined up next to us at this time. I'd say it was another 10 minutes or so before other parade-watchers started to line up and fill in the front row. The rows behind us started filling in about 25 to 30 minutes after we had initially arrived. My family and I stayed standing for the entire 70 minutes we waited for the parade to start. This particular area has no curb. Well...as soon as the parade started, the father behind me says "Please move over a bit so my son can stand next to you and see." I said, "I'm sorry, there's no room in this row for another person. That's why we got here over an hour early." In all honestly, we really were packed into that first row very tightly. There was no way we could squeeze over comfortably. So, the dad replies, "We got here early too! Why can't you move over and let him in?!?" The dad was clearly agitated, so I just said, "Sorry," and turned back to continue watching the parade. At the same time, my husband leans over to me and says, "The family behind me is telling me I HAVE to sit down because I'm too tall and I'm blocking their kids." My husband is 6 feet tall, is totally non-confrontational, and has a bad back. There is no way he was going to sit on the pavement. If he sat down, he'd probably never be able to get back up. Plus, he was going to take a few videos of our kids interacting with the cast during the parade...that's not happening from a sitting on the ground position. Just to clarify, this was a totally different family than the one that asked me to move over. I assured my husband he didn't need to sit down so he apologized to the family behind him and continued to stand. Let me tell you, the parade was not pleasant for either of us... The child behind me spent the ENTIRE parade forcibly pushing his head between me and the woman standing next to me. I'm talking his entire head! My husband, on the other hand, got heckled for the full parade by the family behind him. They kept accusing him of blocking kids and being selfish. My teenage daughter was so upset by the people behind us, she sat down on the pavement to watch even though she really didn't want to. As soon as the parade ended, the family that heckled my husband said sarcastically to my daughter, "Thank YOU for sitting down...at least some kids behind your family could see." The comment was obviously meant for me and my husband, rather than a genuine thank you to her. Honestly, the whole experience really stuck with me. I feel a genuine mixture of annoyance and guilt. We put in the time and we got there really early so we would get the front row. The people behind us probably got there a good 30 minutes after we did. We stood the entire time we were waiting so the people behind us would have no expectation that we would sit once the parade started. And, anyone who's into photography knows that you can't get good pictures while sitting on the pavement. Plus, people all along the parade route were standing in the front row...we certainly weren't the only ones. But, there is still a small part of me that feels a tad guilty for blocking kids' views...especially at Christmas time. So, for those of you who have experience first-row-parade-guilt, how did you handle it??