Sunday, May 4, 2008

Disney Magic

I have been away from blogging on both blogs for about two weeks now. One week due to a holiday to Florida, and the second week due to computer exhaustion as I had over 230 emails to read at work alone.

My first blog post after my break is going to be shared between Okbabybear and MEGO due to the subject being about our vacation with Bear and about the incredible Disney experience!

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When I was a child my family went to Florida almost every year, so by age 13 I had been to Disney 8 or 9 times. This year we decided to make the trip south with Bear and his grandparents. I was both excited and nervous about the trip. Excited to see my little boys face when the Disney magic touches him, and nervous in case what I remembered wasn't real.

I didn't have any reason to be worried. We arrived at the gates just after they opened and by 11 o'clock I had my money's worth! Disney is simply a brand that gets "it". From the ticket takers, to the cleaning crew and the photographers to the characters - each Imagineer at Disney is a representative of the brand.  Everything that is done, even the little things, are done to perpetuate the brand message. 

Park a stroller in "stroller parking" - chances are when you return from the ride that the "parking" lot will be arranged in straight lines making it easy for you to get your stroller out. Exit the Pirates of the Caribbean and you might just run into Jack Sparrow himself putting on a show.  Or as part of the "Year of a Million Dreams" you could meet an Imagineer who hands you a "Fast Pass" that gets you into the short line for the most popular rides.

IMG_4486-Owen-PlutoThe highlight of the day for my son, and therefore for the rest of us, was visiting Mickey's Toon Town where Bear met his favourite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. We arrived at the area 10 minutes before they opened. Instead of a person coming out to open the gate - they sent Pluto and Donald.  In this area the kids can visit Mickey & Minnie at the Judge's Tent, and Donald, Pluto and Goofy in another building. We started with Mickey & Minnie, who were just arriving as we were.  My son screams out "Hi!" and Mickey turns and waves as all the adults laugh at my adorable little Bear. When we get our turn with Mickey & Minnie, my son, nervously leans over hands between his knees, and says to Mickey " I...I..have a suitcase!" WeIMG_4497-Owen-MMll actually he has a Mickey Mouse back-pack...but close enough. Magically, my son's favourite show comes to life. Disney photographers take pictures of the moment, but instead of not allowing you to take photos, forcing you to purchase over priced images in order to savour the moment - they let you take your own pictures. Of course, they give you a card with a PhotoPass number so that IF you want to purchase the images - YOU CAN.  And, I likely will...sucker that I am. But I feel rather warm and fuzzy about not HAVING TO...since I already have some cute shots of Mickey & Minnie with Bear. 

Despite line-ups at rides and beverage carts, and crowds around characters and parade routes - not once did I hear an angry customer or a snide remark between park goers.  It seems that everyone was touched by the magic of Disney. 


Just Janice said...

Glad to hear you guys had a great time at Disney - we on the other hand did not! Our shuttle from the hotel only took us to Epcot - we arrived there at 9:45 and it took us 90 min from there to monorail and ferry to Magic Kingdom. Lineups for character meet and greets were over an hour, and ride line ups were an hour. We only managed 3 rides. The ONLY baby nursing station wasn't even in the kids section - so I sat on a curb (couldn't even find a free bench) and nursed Brooke. Scared that we'd get kicked outta the park for my NIP I covered up - but Brooke was not happy about that. It was one of the worst days of our entire trip - Seaworld on the other hand was AMAZING!

chimbol said...

We had a similar experience to yours Michelle. We really enjoyed our trip to Disney and did not have to wait too long for most rides. It was well organized and love the fast lane option. They have so much to offer for our kids ages. I recommend staying at a Disney hotel for flexible shuttle service. We'd do it again but next time we'd go with a bigger group to get more of a break from chasing after Lucas for 3 days.

Helen E.M. Wright said...

I'm glad you had a great time!!! Callum and I are 'in discussions' about going at the end of the year. Would you believe that we have been here for over 4 years and just figured out that it's only 7 hours away?!?!?!
Callum, has no real desire to go. Me, on the other hand...can't wait. Geordie will probably be going one way and me the other!