The Santa Experience happens every year at the Mall of America, not far from out home. Santa not only sees children, he sets aside a few evenings for dogs to bark at him about their Christmas wishes. Mom chose December 2nd for us to head to the mall to see Santa Sid. There were no appointments, just a time of 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
We didn’t want to arrive too early because dogs are not allowed in the mall normally. Mom was afraid if we were early they would ask us to leave. That was the first incorrect assumption. We parked at 7:15 right by the Macy’s entrance and headed in. The store was a bit frightening at first! So big, bright, full of stuff, and slippery flooring. Just outside the door was The Santa Experience line. Not even starting time, and there were at least thirty dogs ahead of us!
As we waited in line, dogs and people were constantly trying to interact with us. My mom was irritated as she didn’t want us playing with dogs while waiting, and Bailie really wanted to just be left alone. I did my Walmart greeter impression and said “hi” to every human who passed by. My cuteness is something I enjoy flaunting. The line was not moving at all. Eventually it was 8 pm, and all the stores closed their doors. We were still in a line that was not moving. Bailie was getting really irritated as you can see from her always expressive eyes. Even I was beginning to tire of the situation, and was actually lying down a lot.
Finally at about 9:40, we were allowed to see Santa Claus. He was on the floor, so we didn’t have to squeeze onto his lap. Our leashes were removed, and we had about a minute to tell him what was on our list this year. He told us he has four dogs at home that he misses terribly this time of year. Both of us found him to be a real nice guy. After over two hours of waiting, we had our two minutes for a visit, and were on our way. We bought one 5×7 photo. Mom wanted a digital photo, but that cost $85, and that is not a typo! The photo you see is a photo of our photo.
Now for the good news about The Santa Experience. The mall was closed when we left, so we got to wander around a bit on our way out. You know I’m a tech hound with my real name being Ethos Intel Inside, so it was only natural for me to pose for a photo by the Microsoft store. I don’t do Apple at all, no Iphone, Ipad, or MAC for our house.
We took the Sponge Bob Round No Pants photo on our way out of the Mall too. Then Mom said we should just take a photo of both of us in the mall with no people, nothing going on. I mean seriously, who goes to the mall when it is closed? It was super fun to just wander around for a while in the closed mall, and look for fun stuff.
Back home, Mom had to frame our Santa masterpiece, and she decided to haul out previous pup photos with Santa. The dog in the middle is Trine. She had her photo taken in 1995. The other photo is Katie and Emma. They went to a different mall to see Santa their first Christmas in the USA, in 2007. I don’t think we will visit The Santa Experience again for a very long time, but it was definitely an experience, and it was much better than any PetCo or PetSmart Santa set up we have ever tried.