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.
This 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.