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WDW Theme Parks Discuss Talk about Magical Moments! in the Vacation Planning forums; We have had quite a few especially Magical Moments in the last few weeks (for any new folks who don't know, we live 30 minutes from Disney and get to ...
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    Talk about Magical Moments!

    We have had quite a few especially Magical Moments in the last few weeks (for any new folks who don't know, we live 30 minutes from Disney and get to go every weekend)

    We went to AK a couple weeks ago. For all of the flak it takes, Tarzan Rocks is our favorite show. MJ LOVES the movie and her "adoption song" is "You'll Be In My Heart" so I of course, spend every show in tears.... First of all we were seated in Disabled seating right up front, we got to sit next to an awesome off duty castmember who was great to MJ, right off the bat several of the performer's recognized her and waved to her from the stage (and the waterworks begin) So we get throught the show and the magic begins....

    To understand this magical moment, you need to know that MJ has been scared to death of the characters since we got our passes....

    Turk comes out on stage, MJ claps (characters on stage or from a distance are ok) doe her thing and then jumps off of the stage RIGHT in front of MJ's Wheelchair! I just sort of shake my head internally and think, this is going to be bad....untill I turn to MJ and she is reaching her arms out to Turk who promptly envelops her in a hug and kisses her forehead! The waterworks really come in ernest now....which does not go unoticed by the lead singer who then jumps off the stange to give me a hug. It was just AWESOME. I am now crying writing about it, sigh..... Next weekend I am going to take a hand written letter to the stage manager and performers so that they can know how special they are and what an amazing part of our lives this show plays.

    Also during the weekend, two CM's randomly stopped MJ and gave her pins....Awwww. (For the record, we never trade pins we are given, so don't ask if you see us! LOL) A guest we started talking with also just gave hera pin......I swear I spend more time in tears at this place!

    At MGM a CM let MJ sit in front so she could interact (even tho the wheelchair section is technically in the back, she put us on a corner wo we wouldn't obstruct views...(It was the first time MJ got to be part of the streamers and bubbles and she LOVED it!)

    Our wheelchairs are set up to ride side by side since Andrew is the only person to push both of us. It makes us too wide to go through many of the turnstiles and gates. We discovered this weekend that almost every attraction and show has alternate entrances where we can fit (tho we miss some preshows this way), transfer chairs we can use where MJ can sit in my lap or CM's who will go out of thier way to help me so that Andrew can deal with MJ. We did three whole days and never had to try to disasseble wour rig, it was great, takes a bit more time, but totally worth it since pushing MJ's chair in front of my chair is really painful for me.

    So, Andrew's work schedule got changed this week and it just happened that it meant that we had a three day weekend this weekend and have a four day weekend coming up for the Happiest Celebration on Earth. So we spent three days in the parks (of course, where else) several special things happened this weekend, but five really stood out.

    We FINALLY saw the Dapper Dans after looking for them for several weeks! They were so awesome and paid a lot of attention to MJ during their set (she ATE it up)

    We got the BEST Jungle Cruise Captain! Ask for Crystal the next time you go on, she is great! Tell her Andrew, Bonny and MJ sent you!

    MJ actually ASKED to see a character for the first time ever (Peter Pan and Wendy).....but she doesn't do well under pressure so the handler let us wait to be the last ppl to say hi to them so that she could interact without a long line waiting behind her. It was a bit more of a wait for us, but so worth it when she didn't shy away and let both of them touch her!

    We ran into Gold Dust Gus on the the streets, he and MJ interacted for quite a while, she was fascinated by his animals, upon finding out that her favorite animals are bunnies he took one out of his pack for her to pet...a.s we were getting ready to leave he asked if she could "take care" of the bunny for him since he was going West....Her GAVE her the bunny......back in tears AGAIN, sigh, I am such a sap. "Gus" as the bunny has been dubbed hasn't been out of her arms (except when he got lost and recovered [Whew!] at Philharmagic)

    And last, but certainly not least, a Magical Moment for Mommy! A little background....I am a flute/piccolo player and previous Marching Band member. I still play. I have been loving Magic Music Days at WDW a LOT. The new logo is a treble clef with a Mickey head in it that I just love. I have been dying to get my hands on something with that logo on it....so I was talking with a CM at the parade about it and she said to hang on a minute....and came back and said "I am looking into something, if you don't hear from me by the end of the parade, come see me at the HM, ok?" A little while later she shows up, bag in hand and says, here, my manager got this for you...inside were a shirt and a pin for MMD!!!! How incedibly awesome is that? Again, in tears!

    Needless to say I have a VERY long letter to write to WDW. And several Thank You cards to pass out next weekend!

    As an aside, We got to do several things that we had never done before (or tried to do and had to leave early because MJ got scared) and MJ handled them very well:

    Epcot:
    Soarin' (very cool!), The Land Boat Ride (so cool!), Circle of Life (very thought prvoking), Illuminations

    MGM:
    HISTK Playgound, Muppets 3-D (3 times! Those who know MJ will know that is AMAZING!), RnR (kidswap for mom and dad, AWESOME!), LMA (Awesome, tho we didn't get to see the jet ski's) WD:OMD, Fantasmic (Front row and Back Row! Awesome!)

    AK:
    Primeval Whirl (kidswap for Mom and Dad, NEVER again!), Kali River Rapids (great handciapped loading!)

    MK:
    Splash Mountain (not as bad as I remembered....we'll see if MJ will do it again), The theatre behind Kodak Store (very neat), Philharmagic (MJ stayed through the whole thing and only took her glasses off once), and for the second time the Flag Retreat (quickly becoming my favorite thing at MK)

    Ok, if you got this far, thanks for reading! Can't wait for the 50th (three days, Woooo Hooooo!)
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    Yay for you, and especially yay for MJ! She's such a little doll! Being a child, she deserves, even more than the rest of us, to be experiencing these magic moments.

    I just saw Tarzan Rocks yesterday for my second time. I saw it once a couple years back but had forgotten much of it. Our seating wasn't great (my two buddies are techies and wanted to sit up in back so that they could watch the Disney techs in the sound and lighting booth doing their thing), but it was still a very cool show. And that song, You'll Be In My Heart... i think that one hits a soft spot for all of us. I don't know of anyone who doesn't have at least one special someone in their heart, and those are the people the song is really about.

    So very nice to hear about these magical moments. I wonder... is there a thread out there specifically for these kinds of moments, so that we all can list these off? If not, maybe there should be...
    -Don-
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    You can live out all your dreams...
    ...it's time to Remember the Magic!
    Yo Ho, Yo Ho, A Pilot's Life for Me...

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    AAAWWWWWWW...made me tear up.

    that is the most cool account of WDW that i have ever read. you are an awsome person and would be very neat to meet live.
    hmmm.,,makes me wonder how my 2 yr will react to some of the rides...characters i know she will be fine on-she didn't want to let the Blue Fairy go when she met her at Disney on Ice and she adored the costumed ones especially Minnie. She will be posting her own stuff on the Obsessed thread soon( I am influencing her to become a Disney fanatic...lol) We are going to have to do a lot of babyswaps as she is too short for most things, but hey she will be free so no waste of ticket price..
    Can't say i blame you for the "never again" on Primevil Whirl-we have one like it at a small amusement park near us and my bf rode it and felt ill so there NO WAY ON THIS PLANET EARTH will you ever get me on it...lol

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    MommytoMJM---- It sounded like you had a great time. I hope when we go in 16 days we have as much fun as you did. It's nice to see good things happen to good people. Maybe we'll see each other when we are there. I'll keep my eyes opened for you.

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    Thanks for all of the love and support guys! I sometimes feel bad about MM that MJ gets, like since we go so often that she doesn't deserve them as much as some other kids....and then I remember all that she has had to (and is going) to have to live through in her little life and I realize that if this is the one way that I can make things happier and easier for her then so be it..... I don't know what we would do without Disney it is the bright spot in an otherwise very discouraging life for us.
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    i wish the Disney stores would still give things like MM's attention...took my 2 yr dd to one yesterday for the 1st time-we live almost 2 hrs from one- and when i told the CM that is was her 1st time she(the CM) was only like "oh that's nice" geez, you used to be able to get a sticker at least for that (used to do that with my older one years ago when we hit a store we had never been in b4...this is bad-don't do this...lol) Wasn't a total loss tho got 4 real cute stuffies worth $36 for only $6 so the little one was content and didn't let go of the bag the whole time we were at the mall - the D store was our first stop of course..lol

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