|The only photo I had from this production!|
In honor of the release of the new Winnie the Pooh movie, I’m sharing my meet and greet experiences with Pooh and Friends. I’ve met all these characters many times in the parks. I’ve even eaten with them at the Crystal Palace! But, these are the photos/ experiences that made it into my autograph scrapbook!
This encounter with Tigger was during our trip to celebrate my college graduation in 1996. I honestly can’t remember where this photo was taken. I thought it was in Epcot, but the background doesn’t look Epcotish. It looks like Animal Kingdom, but it wasn’t opened in 1996. Maybe it’s in the Magic Kingdom? Kinda looks like Adventureland, but I don’t remember Tigger ever being in Adventureland. Oh well. I know it was during the 1996 trip! 🙂 What do you think? Could it have been Adventureland?
I met Piglet and got his autograph at Animal Kingdom on our 2001 trip to ring in 2002. We were at the character meet and greet where the Radio Disney Cruise around the Tree of Life used to be located! I don’t remember the name of the place now. We walked down a trail, near Flame Tree BBQ (I think), to a dock on the river. Pooh and friends were waiting for us there.
I met Pooh on the same trip in 2001/2002, but I think Pooh was found at MGM Studios. I believe this was taken on the street that is now where Toy Story Mania is located. Back then, you could meet the characters at their “trailers” like they were on a movie set. Pooh signed my book and was added to my scrapbook!
We met Eeyore at the same place as Piglet in the Animal Kingdom during our New Year’s 2002 trip. I got his autograph at the same time- obviously, since you can see my book and pen! 🙂
Melissa at Makin’ Memories wrote a post a few weeks ago, with the Magical Blogorail Red, about her favorite attraction: The Great Movie Ride. She ended her post with the following quote, which I found beautiful!
“I end by saying this: when an attraction changes you, opens you up to new things, and lets you take a little bit of Disney and connect it to every day things, that attraction holds a special place in your heart. What attraction have you let change you?”
I have been thinking about this question since she posted it on March 18- What attraction have I let change me? I have mentally walked through all 4 parks and all of the attractions. I have looked at past photographs from trips, reviewed old park maps and read descriptions in travel books. I have a lot of favorites and “must do” attractions, but have they actually changed me?
Well, after much thought and consideration, I have narrowed it down to 3 attractions.
The first time I rode Tower of Terror at the then MGM Studios at Walt Disney World was 1996. I went with my family for my college graduation trip. I loved the attraction then and still do today, even after several changes were made. The way this attraction changed me was is similar to the challenge Melissa wrote about in her post. After experiencing this attraction, I went home and started watching old Twilight Zone shows with a friend from the 1950s and 1960s. We didn’t watch all of them, but we did watch enough that the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World and California Adventure (the only two I’ve been on) now have a different meaning to me. I understand the back story a bit more and feel like I have experienced a little of my parents childhood at the same time!
Another attraction that changed me was the Haunted Mansion. In 2006, my mother and I attended a Youth Ministry Conference at Walt Disney World. Part of our conference was to participate in the YES (Youth Educational Series) Program. During our tour with the YES Program, we had the chance to go behind the scenes and see how the ghosts at the Haunted Mansion were created. We learned about the effect known as Pepper’s Ghost and saw first hand how this is done. We explored the use of scrims, lights, mirrors and glass to create the ghosts scenes throughout the ride. You may be asking, “So, how did this change you?” Well, in my everyday life, it really didn’t change me, but in my theatrical life it did! Before Cman was born in 2009, I spent quite a bit of time at our local theatre in our hometown helping the lighting director run lights for shows. We used lighting techniques, gobo’s and scrims for several productions. The Haunted Mansion is a lighting person’s dream! I can’t ride this attraction without thinking about all the techniques used and I can’t run lights or see a play without thinking about how Disney uses the same lights and techniques in the Haunted Mansion!
Just a quick post before we venture off for our last Christmas hoorah.
I met Aladdin and Genie during my marathon trip in January 2003 with Deb. We were in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom by The Magic Carpets of Aladdin when I got both autographs and the photo below. Princess Jasmine’s autograph and photo came later. She was also found in Adventureland by the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. However, this photo came during my February 2005 trip.
This photo with Genie was during my June of 1996 trip with my family after my college graduation. Paul, Mark and I were in the same place in Adventureland between the Swiss Family Treehouse and the Jungle Cruise… the Magic Carpets of Aladdin was not an attraction at the time. The autograph came during my 2003 marathon trip.
I met Snow White and got her autograph at the same time! This was during my trip to WDW in February of 2005. What a great time to visit the parks! This was at the Judges Tent in Toontown in the Magic Kingdom.
Dopey was found during our trip as a family in June of 1996 following my college graduation. We were at Epcot. Apparently this was a great day for finding characters since I’m wearing the same outfit in the photos with Belle, Beast, Esmaralda and Quasimodo! If you look close enough in the background, you can see Pocahontas and Aladdin. This was when the characters would ride to the entrance of World Showcase on a double decker bus. You could meet at least a dozen characters at Showcase Plaza! I wonder when they stopped doing this? I liked the bus characters! 🙂