Welcome to those of you joining me from A World View and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Our blog is all about our magical Disney memories. I've shared lots of stories about the big things...my Disney wedding, marathon, and so on. Today I'd like to look at a few of the smaller moments that are wonderful memories.
While these were pretty much the biggest deals in my life, announcing to my parents that I was expecting each of my children were private moments at Disney World. For Tink, I seized the chance to weasel my way into a last minute trip my parents were taking. It took me all day to find the right time to spill the beans but I'm glad I waited, as IllumiNations will forever be connected to Tink since I told them right before the show started. For Minnie, we had a trip already planned so I got Tink a big sister shirt and arranged for us to have dinner at Olivia's on the first evening. My brother was in on the surprise so he had his camera ready. I stopped at the restroom on the way to the table and changed Tink's shirt. It took my parents a few moments to realize A. that she had changed and B. just what her shirt said. Since I have set this precedent, my parents hoped we had more news when I've agreed to other last minute trips over the last year and a half but I'm happy to be done with baby announcements.
When I was in college program, my parents and grandparents came down for a visit. My Granny and I had so much fun shopping with my Christmas discount.
When on Tink's first visit, we took her to the free character photo session for Disney Visa cardmembers at Innoventions. Pluto saw my one-year-old and immediately got down on all fours to play with her.
And speaking of a first birthday, here's Tink enjoying her smash cake in an Old Key West Grand Villa. This kid has no idea how good she has it.
Minnie's first character meet and greet was Pluto and Goofy in Dinoland at Animal Kingdom. Watching her totally light up for Pluto was priceless. (Must be something special about Pluto.)
On our trip in January 2013, Tink was sick enough that I had to take her to the emergency room. Thankfully my children are normally very healthy and it was tough to see her feel so awful. She was well enough for one really good day on that trip and seeing her face when Cinderella approached us at Akershus was fabulous.
We've enjoyed being a part of the fun...my husband played the bucket for Mulch, Sweat and Shears and had to sing "I'm a Little Teapot" at the 50's Diner, DisneyDad has been "that guy" in the Monster's Inc Laugh Floor, Mom likes to interact with the Streetmosphere Cast at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Tink was the featherduster in Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ridge played along with the tiny glass of tea and bathroom FastPass at Whispering Canyon and I've been pulled up to sing about women's sufferage on Main Street, U.S.A.
I'll stop now as I could go on and on about the little moments but I think those are what really makes Walt Disney World special. It's usually not the big plans we make that end up being sweet memories. It's those moments where we get caught up in the magic that really bring us back time and again.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard: