by Blake Taylor

We all get in that mood every now and then.  Sometimes, a Disney vacation just seems so far away that all we care to do is put our favorite Disney song on repeat, constantly flip through photos from past trips, and wish that Stacey had her own must-do channel on every TV nationwide and not just on Disney property.  During such binge periods, it usually makes me really happy to read about other families’ magical moments that they’ve experienced with Disney.

I got to thinking: other fans must be the same way, right?  We all have favorite memories from the special ways Disney has touched us over the years, but seldom do we have the chance to hear others’ treasured stories or share our own, much less at the same time.

So I thought it would be a fun idea to, once a month, open the floor for any and all Disney memories pertaining to a particular subject—sometimes a place (like Magic Kingdom), sometimes a specific aspect of vacationing (like meeting characters or dining), and sometimes a random Disney concept in between everything.  This way, many Disney memories can be shared all in one place, each collection sharing a common theme and continuing to grow over time.  So whether you’re reading this on the day that it’s posted or a long time from me writing these words (reader perusing these pages in August 2014, I’m talking to you), I encourage you to share your Disney memories with the rest of us.  It will help pass the time between trips, and will be a fun way to hear what Disney magic looks like to each of us.

MKRRThis month’s topic: Magic Kingdom.  Share any magical moment you or your family has experienced in Walt Disney World’s very first park.  I’ll start us off:

It was 2003 and my family was on the Walt Disney World Railroad. When we passed Frontierland, the narrator said he had a special announcement. If we listened closely, we would be able to hear Pocahontas in the wind. So, naturally, my parents and I peel our ears, lean in closely, and expect to hear some sort of whisper barely audible. Nope. Instead, the music blares and Pocahontas belts out, “HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE WOLF CRY TO THE BLUE CORN MOON?” I’m sure we looked funny as we practically jumped out of our seats because we were startled so much. I don’t think Disney uses that same narration anymore, but every time we’re on the train and we pass Frontierland, we still laugh as we think of straining to hear Pocahontas’s voice.

What is YOUR magical Magic Kingdom?  Post your thoughts below!  All who post by March 6 will be entered into a random drawing for a MYSTERY TICKET!!

Blake is a college student focusing on Creative Writing and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @blakeonline, or at BlakeOnline.com.

8 Responses to "Share YOUR Magical Disney Memories: Magic Kingdom"

  1. My wife was the huge Disney fan in our house. I think we were one of the few couples that spent more money at the Disney Store before we had kids than afterward. I proposed to her during the intermission of Beauty and the Beast play here in Toronto, over the loud speaker (no pressure). We had a Disney themed wedding, with the head table all wearing personalized mouse ears, and us wearing the bride and groom mouse ears.

    My wife was diagnosed with stage four melanoma, a mole that went bad on her leg, ten days before the birth of our twins. She fought bravely for over three years, eventually succumbing on Oct 16th, 2006.

    On April 30th, 2009, we took our first family trip to Walt Disney World. As we walked into the park at rope drop it was definitely bittersweet for me. I was so happy to be there, but wished that my wife could have been there with us.

    My 5 year old twins, Jessica and Ciara, loved meeting the fairies at Pixie Hollow. When Tinkerbell asked innocently where Mommy was, the girls and my son Brendan, then 9, said the Mommy was up in Heaven. Tinkerbell, to her credit, told my girls to give her hugs and she would fly up to Heaven to give the hugs to Mommy. They were the happiest kids around.

    We stayed that night to watch the fireworks, and as part of it Tinkerbell comes down fom the castle. My girls said “Look, she’s back from hugging Mommy!!” During the fireworks, as soon as my kids saw three huge heart shaped fireworks they all said “Thanks for the hearts Mommy. We love you.”

  2. John Carbonara says:

    My Disney Memory is from 1998 or 1999. My daughter was small, and everything was new and magical to her.

    We waited to see the characters, and when we were done with Donald, my daughter asked him to “Go Play” and took his hand. He nodded, and they walked away, hand in hand. He stopped short of the giant gift shop in toontown fair, they hugged, and we went on our way. I will never forget that day.

  3. My favorite memory is a recent one. In October of 2012, my husband and I got married in Walt Disney World (at Sea Breeze Point) and we stayed for our honeymoon.
    My husband had never been to a Disney park before and I was very nervous because I really wanted him to love it as much as I do.
    I had no need to fear! He was in love from the first moment. And it got better each day.

    My favorite moment was in the Magic Kingdom. We were sitting for a cool down break (too hot for us Minnesotans) and I got him his very first Dole Whip Float. A few bites in, his eyes lit up and he became a little kid. He kept asking “Can we go on the boat?” over and over… eventually just “Boat?”

    My very serious husband with the slow grumbly voice was suddenly a little kid in a lumberjack’s body. I’m not kidding, he was almost skipping as we made our way towards the Jungle Cruise (because it had boats, haha).

  4. In April, 2006, my husband, 17 year old son and I were in Liberty Square. I walked to the side of the bridge near the Christmas Shop and stood looking at the quaint buildings of Sleepy Hollow (one of my favorite spots in the MK), trying desperately to remember the trivia I had read (no doubt in one of Lou’s books!) about the crooked shutters. I had a map out, and I guess I looked a bit lost because a cast member came up to me and asked if I needed help finding something. I said no, but asked if he knew why the shutters hang down a bit at the top. He said he didn’t know, and then asked how many more days we would be in the parks. We had one more day left to our vacation. He said he’d be back in a few minutes. The 3 of us wondered what this was all about, as we watched the CM disappear into the nearby shop. We waited 10 minutes or so, and when he returned he said he felt badly that he could not answer my question, but that he had signed us up for the Keys to the Kingdom tour and surely the cast member who leads the tour will know all the trivia we’d like to ask him! We had already taken this tour the year before, but were more than happy to experience it again! He took our names and gave us the necessary information regarding meeting at the MK the next morning for our complimentary Keys to the Kingdom tour! The tour was wonderful–even though some of it was similar to the tour the year before, we saw some different backstage areas and it’s always a learning moment when you are lucky enough to be on one of these tours! I hate to admit that I’ve since forgotten this special CM’s name, but we were sure to stop at City Hall that day to say how much we appreciated his special gift to us. This experience is just one of the many reasons that we return to the World again and again and love every minute of our time there.

  5. My favorite moment at the Magic Kingdom was when back in 2006 after fighting my batter with Stage IV ovarian cancer at 30 years old, I took a trip to WDW with my partner who had never been. One night after having an amazing day in the park, we were walking down Main Stree USA on our way out of the park and the cast members were up on tunnel/train station bridge as you walk out of the park, wearing the big oversized Mickey Mouse hands and waving goodnight to everyone! Well we looked up, waved, and said goodnight and asked how we could get one of those Mickey hand gloves. The cast member took one of them off and tossed them down to me to keep! That was a magical moment I will never forget, I will always have that Mickey glove. My 2nd favorite moment was from last year as I finally got to see Scoop Sanderson open the park for the first time. I have been to Magic Kingdom many, many, many times over the years since I started going in 1986 and never have seen Scoop Sanderson open the park. I am a HUGE pin trader and while I haven’t met him (YET), I hope to meet him soon as well as pin trade with him…

  6. Our most magical moment at MK happened June 27, 2010. It was my son’s 10th birthday and we were selected to be the family that opened the Magic Kingdom!! We arrived early to the gates – no one was in line and I got some great pictures of the front without people in it (hard to do!!). We ended up standing in line talking with Carl, a Cast member that was taking tickets that day. While we were talking, he excused himself and when he returned, he asked my son if he “wanted to be famous”. Next thing we know we are being escorted to one of the old time cars for our trip back to Toon Town (with a stop in front of the castle for a picture). When we got there, all of Mickey’s pals came storming out of his house and surrounded us and we got to take great pictures and even a huge group pic! When on the way to the train, Mickey put his arm around my son’s shoulder and they walked together. We came into the station and threw out confetti to all the people waiting to go in and when it was all over we got to take pictures with Mickey! All day people came up to him and asked if he was the one that opened the park. Not sure we can ever top that day!

  7. I have been coming to Disney for the last 15yrs, give a take a few yrs. I have enjoyed every trip made there. I can not find one thing wrong with Disney–it is worth every penny spent. The worst part of going is leaving. My wife and I are going for the first–that’s right 1st time–with out the kids. It’s my wife’s 50th birthday, and she wants to go see MICKEY MOUSE. (She had to twist my arm.) So we can go and do what we want. We are going in the summer of this year…..can not wait

  8. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    I have a TON of memories especially at the Magic Kingdom but I’ll limit myself to one that I don’t think I’ve shared before.

    My favorite ride at Magic Kingdom is the Jungle Cruise. The jokes are corny but they still get a laugh out of me. My favorite joke is when you go behind the falls to see the Backside Of Water. I even custom made a Backside Of Water shirt.

    I was wearing said shirt during my day at MK last September. The park was pretty much barren and every ride was a walk on. So I ended up rideing the Jungle Cruise 5 times with 5 different skippers.

    Each one commented on my shirt earning me the seat of honor at the front of the boat twice. Skipper Kaylee even gave me a hug and said I made her day.

    I was leaving the ride for the 3rd time when one of the CMs stops me. I’m used to people only talking to me when I’m in trouble so my first thought was “O crap. What did I do?”

    Jennifer (the Cast Member working the Fastpass entrance for the Jungle Cruise that day) stopped me and said “I was talking with the other Cast Members here and we all just LOVE your shirt. Where did you get it?”

    I told her how I had it custom made online. Then she produces a camera and for the first time in my life a Cast Member wanted a picture of me instead of the other way around :)

    I like to think that down in the Utilidors in a CM break room is a picture of me and my Backside Of Water shirt.

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