1st Stop ~ Disney Living
1st Stop ~ Disney Living
I know at Walt Disney World you can pay to have a meal with a Disney Imagineer and have a chance to talk with him or her while you dine. While I have not done this, I have had a pretty cool conversation with an imagineer- on accident! 🙂
While we were at Disneyland in 2010, I wanted to see Captain EO, but my hubby did not. I chose to see this attraction while he and my son rode the Matterhorn one more time. While I was in the waiting area waiting on the preshow for EO, I started eavesdropping on a conversation between a father and daughter, who appeared to be about 12. He was telling her all about the movie and when it was out in the 80s at Walt Disney World. He was telling her about how great it was, for the time, and that it was directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. He was going into great detail about how state of the art it was, the special effects and how they pulled out all the stops for this production.
I think he saw that I was listening and he asked if I remembered the movie or if this was my first time to see it. I told him I did remember it from WDW in the 80’s. We started talking more and more about WDW and Disneyland. I told him this was my first trip to DL and he said they were still new to DL too. He wanted to bring his daughter to see Captain EO and that was the purpose of their trip to the park that day. He asked how familiar I was with WDW and I chuckled inside! 🙂 He asked if I had ever stayed at the All Star Resorts because he was a Disney Imagineer who worked on the plans for the All Star Resorts! He had worked in the Orlando area for Disney for almost 20 years and just recently they had moved him to Anaheim to work at Disneyland. He did not tell me the project he was currently working on and I didn’t ask. He did say what a dream it was of his to work for Disney and that it is a fabulous company to work for. His family was treated so well and the perks were the best!
While I wish I had had more time to talk to him, I loved the few minutes we did talk before the show started! I sat next to him and his daughter during the show. It was very cool hearing him lean over and talk to his daughter the whole time about what was going on and how special it was for the year it was made. He was smiling and laughing the entire time. I guess for an Imagineer to see this production come back after almost 20 years, it is pretty exciting!
Welcome to those of you joining me from Adventures of a Disney Princess and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail.
One of my most precious memories at Walt Disney World was with my husband. We traveled alone to WDW less than a year after we got married to run in the 2008 half marathon. We left our son, JAG, at home since we would not be able to watch him while we ran. While the race was NOT one of my best memories of the weekend, the day before the race was.
We woke up early to be at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop. We waited about 15 minutes for the Mayor to come out and officially open the park. After the singing, dancing and confetti shooting were over, most families rushed towards Fantasyland and Tomorrowland to ride their favorite attractions. Not us. We took our time! We walked hand in hand down Main Street- yes, right down the middle! We stopped to read the windows and listen for the sounds. We took time at the hub to admire the statue of Walt and Mickey and had a few Photopass photos taken. I had printed off several “hidden gems” I had found on various Disney blogs, web sites and message boards. We found several of these and searched for hidden Mickeys. We talked, laughed and took our time taking in the magnificence of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
If I remember right, we did ride The Tomorrowland Transit Authority together and then made our way to the Haunted Mansion. This attraction was not part of Early Extra Magic Hours, so we walked back to Fantasyland, sat on a bench and watched all the people pass by. This gave us a chance to sit together, talk about the rest of the day and the race the following day.
It was the perfect “calm before the storm!” The next day, we woke up bright and early… well, it wasn’t bright since it was 3:00am!! We went to the race and both finished. Only I finished with a pulled IT band and a bad limp! I took the rest of race day to rest and we hit Epcot the day after the race and continued to make wonderful memories at the World Showcase.
Reliving this memory just makes me more excited about what is to come! My husband, Jonathan, and I will be traveling to WDW next month without either of the boys. While I do feel about 2% guilty for leaving them at home, I couldn’t be more excited about the memories we’ll be making together at the “Most Magical Place on Earth!”
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back Friday, February 24th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Today’s theme for the Babes in Disneyland Blog Hop is “Disney Bucket List”. I’ve started a bucket list in the past, but each time I read another blog about an experience, my list grows! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do everything I want to do… eat in all the restaurants, stay in all the resorts, visit all the Disney parks, go on a Disney cruise, etc, etc, etc. But for this list, I’m focusing on our trip next month! There are several new things I want to do, see, taste and try- so here is my 2012 WDW Trip Bucket List:
1. Try at least one cupcake from each park! Yes, I have a list ready…2. Go up in Characters in Flight3. Eat beignets at Port Orleans (where we’ll be staying for the first time!)4. See YeHaa Bob at Port Orleans5. Take the boat ride from Port Orleans to Downtown Disney via The Sassagoula River.6. Do the Behind the Seeds tour at Living with the Land7. Do or is it play (?) the Kim Possible Adventure at Epcot8. Do/ play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom9. See Wishes from either the California Grill or Poly Beach10. See the “Magic, Memories and You” show on Cinderella’s Castle
And most importantly… Take it slow!! Relax and enjoy my time with my husband! 🙂
|Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World|
|Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland|
Here are a few comparisons I’ve made between the two:
I can’t believe you are turning three years old today! Wow, how time flies. You are the best
little big boy a mommy could ask for. Even though you are three and you whine more than I like, and you don’t take naps on weekends, and you don’t always eat like I want you to, you’re still perfect to me! I love the way you remember to say “thank you” when I give you something. I love the way you still want to snuggle and rock before bed. I love seeing you play with your “guys” and make up stories about them. I love they way you call your big brother your “best buddy.” I especially love the way you sing the Auburn fight song! I love the way you give kisses and hugs when it’s bedtime. I love the excitement on your face everyday when I pick you up from school. I love the way you love your friends and get so happy when you are with them. I love that you choose to read your “baby bible” at night. I love the way you love “Dinny World” as much as I do! I love that you still talk about our trip to WDW that was 4 months ago! I love everything about you. You’re the best.
I’m looking forward to celebrating with you today! You picked a fun birthday theme with Jake and the Neverland Pirates and I can’t wait to see you and all your friends dressed up this afternoon. I know this day will be as special as you are.
I love you stinky face,