by Felicia & Sean
When Felicia and I go to Walt Disney World, even if it’s just once a year or so, those seven or eight days automatically become the best week of the year! (I almost feel bad for the other 51 weeks ’cause honestly, they have no shot of taking the title.)
Between the attractions and the shows, the food and the shopping, the parks and the resorts, there’s really no better place to spend time together.
Still, there’s no need to let the magic end when you board the Magical Express bus back to the airport. Nor should the excitement only begin when you get on the plane to Orlando. In fact, we have a great way of getting ready for our WDW trip and reliving the memories when we get home.
Usually about a month or so before head south to see Mickey Mouse and the gang, we gather up all our Disney and Pixar Blu-rays and DVDs (remember VHS tapes?) and plan time to watch as many as we can to prepare for the trip.
It’s a great way to catch up some the tiny Disney details we might have forgotten since the last time we traveled to The World. Things like…
“Why did we make an advance reservation to have lunch with a rat at Epcot? Oh, that’s right! Because Remy was an adorable lil’ chef in ‘Ratatouille!’ ”
“That huge monster from ‘The Muppet Movie’ who runs out in the middle of ‘Muppet*Vision 3D’ … what’s his name again? Ah, Sweetums! I almost forgot.”
“Who’s that talking dog from ‘Up’ we’re hoping to get our picture with alongside Russell and Carl? Dug! That’s it! He’s so funny in that movie, especially when he was at Paradise Falls and … SQUIRREL!”
And it works just as well once you get home, too.
You know how when you go see “Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they quickly explain how, “under a series of mysterious circumstances,” the prince becomes the beast? Well, thanks to the wonder of technology, we can watch the exact “series of mysterious circumstances” (the enchantress, the rose, blah, blah, blah) over and over and over in the comfort of our living room.
Or if you ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin at the Magic Kingdom – watch out for the camel, he spits! – unless you’re under the age of 6, you’d look like a fool singing “A Whole New World” at the top of your lungs as you spin around Adventureland. (At least I assume … I’m totally not talking from personal experience here.) But pop in the “Aladdin” DVD and you can croon along with Aladdin and Jasmine until your heart is content.
Just don’t mention to the characters you’ve done your homework before you traveled to meet them. Upon meeting Mary Poppins at the United Kingdom in World Showcase several years ago, I mentioned to her how her movie is my favorite of all-time. “My movie?! What on Earth are you talking about?” she chided me, only partly playfully, in that British accent from 1910. “I’ve had plenty of adventures, but I certainly don’t know what a movie is.” (So that’s how Jane and Michael felt when they goofed up.) That’s how well the characters stay in, well, character!
Do you and your family have any great ways of preparing for trips to Disney World? Are we the only ones who plan a month-long film festival? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know!
“New Yorkas” Felicia and Sean are avid Disney fans. Their first vacation as a couple was in Walt Disney World. They were engaged there, and also honeymooned there. After a combined 30 trips to the World, they are self-professed Disney travel agents and enjoy helping family and friends plan magical Disney vacations.