/ Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Editor’s Note:  We will soon be announcing the details of the WDW Radio Random Acts of Disney Magic Challenge, as well as the winner of our logo contest.  While we finalize the details, Makena is here to start you thinking about some magical ways for you to share the Disney Magic in the parks.

by Makena W.

During the 5th anniversary show of WDW Radio on February 11th, Lou and the not-so-fab five had to do 5 Random Acts of Disney Magic. Many viewers said that they wanted to do Random Acts of Disney Magic next time they go to Disney. Here are some ideas that you can perform to spread the magic during your next visit. These could make anybody’s day, or maybe even their vacation.

Grab fastpasses and give them to somebody at the end of the stand-by line
This was actually done during the show, but I loved it so much I decided to repeat it.  Pick a ride that usually has a long wait, like Winnie The Pooh or Big Thunder Mountain, and grab fastpasses for them. When the time arrives when you have to turn them in, give them to the family at the end of the stand-by line. It is something easily accepted (unlike food) and everybody would appreciate it.

Comfort people in line
This seems to be something that I do often, especially on Mission: SPACE.  Many kids get nervous when at the front of the line for a ride because it is the last time they can chicken out if they really want to.  I will use Mission: SPACE as an example.  When you get off your spaceship, the next group is usually right behind you. I always turn around and see who’s behind me, and see if they are nervous.  If they are, I always say “It’s no big deal!” or “It’s a lot of fun! Don’t worry!”  It puts a smile on their face and lets them experience something for the first time without worrying about the thrill level.

Switching seats
As most of you probably know, getting a good spot to see a parade or any nighttime show takes blood, sweat, tears and a little bit of luck. Many younger kids get tired, or want to do their own things close to showtime, causing them to get a seat farther back. I always feel bad when a little kid has to be lifted on their parent’s shoulders to see over a very tall person.  Not to mention that doing this may obstruct the view of people behind them.  If I obscure the view of a young child, I always switch spots so the child can get the best view possible.  I also do this when I notice people with disabilities and young children.  Of course we all want the outside seat on Kilamajaro Safaris but, let’s face it, you can see over the little kid’s head so let them sit there!

Giving up your seat on the bus
I know this one is hard, especially when the buses are filled to capacity. My family and I have done this many times and, similar to the one above, young children and the elderly are a must.  This is especially welcome when you are on a crowded bus late at night on the way back “home” to your resort.  When the buses are packed, only a lucky few get a seat.  So when you give your seat to somebody, it is surely greatly appreciated.  At night, everybody is tired from walking around all day (no matter where you are taking a bus from) and nobody wants to stand any longer than they have to.

Walk up to a little girl in a costume and ask for her autograph
In the Magic Kingdom especially, little girls appear dressed as their favorite princesses.  Looking for a magical thing to do?  Walk up to one of these pint-sized princesses and ask for their autograph.  Maybe mention how you have been looking for her all day, you knew her dress would look prettier in real life than the movies, etc.  It can either go two ways:  the kid will tell you that they are not the princess they are dressed as or they will play along. If they go with the first one, argue that they look just like the princess they are portraying.  If they play along, don’t worry!  Just play along with them.  They might actually sign with the princess’s name instead of their own. (Thanks to my friend Shayna for letting me use her picture.)  If you don’t want to “ruin” your book with fake autographs, go to the dollar store before you leave home and pick up a small notebook.  The integrity of your autograph book will stay intact and you have lots of pages to make little girls smile!  Just imagine the smile on your daughter’s (or niece, cousin, granddaughter – you get the picture) face when she tells her friends that someone thought that she was really Cinderella!

Letting people in front of you in line
My pet peeve is when people hold spots for other people in line.  I know it’s against the rules but we have all seen it done!  If you are waiting for one person, that is fine with me. But if 10 people all of a sudden hop in line with someone else, I’m annoyed.  (I get especially aggravated if they come back with food.)  If you want food, send ONE person, not ten! Okay, I will stop my ranting now. But if you are waiting for a group of people or just want to be nice, please let people pass you. They should (and better) thank you.

Just remember, treat people the way you want to be treated.  I personally love bringing a smile to somebody else’s face rather than my own.  It creates memories for other people that they will never forget.  And besides, you never know who is watching, but somebody is.  Always watching.  (That is a Monster’s Inc. reference.)

You might be wondering why I didn’t post this earlier. That is because I noticed that a logo contest was announced for WDW Radio’s Random Acts of Disney Magic which led me to believe that events are coming soon similar to the ones I have mentioned.  Still, it is something that I really believe in and wanted to pass on my ideas!

See ya REAL soon!
~Makena W.

Quote of the Week:  “My little baby, off to destroy people…” Mushu, Mulan



9 thoughts on “Random Acts of Disney Magic: Brainstorming Some Ideas”

  1. Anne says:

    Here’s a good trick regarding giving up your seat to people on the bus. Once, my daughter and I were on the way back from Epcot (Every Person Comes Out Tired) to Pop Century. We both had a seat, but I noticed an older man getting on the bus and looking exhausted. I scooted over, put my daughter on my lap, and offered him the seat.

    He seemed torn, because he really wanted to sit, but I think his pride was injured a little bit by having to take a seat from a woman. So I said to him, “I was told to always give up my seat to someone older or more beautiful than me. And you’re clearly more beautiful, so…..”

    He and his adult son both had a good laugh, and he took the seat!

  2. Anne, I love that!

    As far as giving up seats on the bus go, I never thought about it as a random act of disney magic, but I do it multiple times on a trip! A lot of gentlemen have done it for me as well!
    I love the idea of asking a little princess for her autograph! I’m TOTALLY doing that next time!

  3. Tony E says:

    One time I was hanging out with a friend of mine who was a local in the Magic Kingdom and her and I were in the queue for Dumbo (pre-storybook circus). In front of us was a mom with 3 daughters rangeing between 3 and 6. This daughters were all to small to ride alone and the mom was by herself so taking one at a time wasn’t an option. So my friend and I each took one of the daughters on the ride with us. I even let the little girl control the up and down lever. The mom was so happy she gave each of us a hug.

  4. J Moody says:

    Nice writing Mak!

  5. Jason says:

    I like paying for someone else’s …. (fill in the blank). If you have the means, try paying for a stranger’s snack or even meal. I’ve done it to a young couple at dinner once, both wearing the bride and groom Mickey ears. We had the same waiter and finished up about the same time. While the couple was chatting with each other I simply asked the waiter for both checks, paid and left the tip on both and quietly left. What I did ask was that the waiter bring them a slip that contained a few simple worlds, “Congratulations! Have a Magical Day!”. I didn’t stay for the reaction but I didn’t need to.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Awww, Jason, that made me tear up. So awesome.

    I always do the FP and comforting ones.

    And I can testify to how badly I have yearned for someone to give me and my child a seat. I wish more people would do that. That is one reason we rent a car now, sad to say.

  7. Blake says:

    I agree with these! Especially the Fastpass one. For some of the bigger rides that a few people in my family are too afraid to ride, we like to use their tickets to get extra Fastpasses to give away.

    Another good one is letting other families know when you find something awesome. This was demonstrated to us many years ago when a mom came out of Expo Hall on Main Street (now Town Square Theater) and told us that all 7 dwarfs were inside! We would have never gone in there ordinarily and it was one of the highlights of our trip.

  8. Makena says:

    All of these are amazing! Thanks so much for everybody’s imput.

    Anne: Great EPCOT anagram!I love it when I see other people do something nice. I am sure he really appreciated it.

    Angie: It should count as a random act of Disney magic to other people! People these days aren’t as kind as they used to be. I will be asking girls for their autographs on the cruise! I will see you there!

    Tony:I never thought of that! I am sure the kids appreciated it too!

    J Moody: Thank you! It means a lot!

    Jason: That is beautiful! It means a lot more if you do somethng anonymously. I am sure they are thankful to to this day for that and they are still wondering who did it.

    Jennifer: I am sorry to hear that. As I mentioned earlier, people aren’t as nice and considerate as 10 years ago.

    Blake: I never thought of doing that!That could make somebody else’s vacation also.

    Thank you all for commenting!

    See ya REAL soon!

  9. Sarah Cooke says:

    Always carry a few extra quarters. Walking out of Magic Kingdom last month a little was proclaiming she needed a quarter for 2 dimes and a nickle. I gave her a complimentary quarter so she could get her precious pressed penny souvenir.

    Another time a mom was purchasing food and was 50 cents short and she had a look of panic on her face. I gave her the change and told her to not worry about it, just pay it forward. She actually insisted on paying it forward to me, by giving me a dollar.