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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    my, "I have arrived" moment is when I smell the disney water. It sounds crazy but all disney fountains, and water rides have that smell and it just brings back great memories when i was a kid.

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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    Quote Originally Posted by OldKeyWestgirl View Post
    my, "I have arrived" moment is when I smell the disney water. It sounds crazy but all disney fountains, and water rides have that smell and it just brings back great memories when i was a kid.
    My wife things I'm crazy but whenever I smell chlorine, I get excited because it just reminds me part of the smell of some of the water-based rides in Disney. The only thing that rivals that musty, water ride smell is the scent of Orange from Horizons!

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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    I know I've arrived when I'm into my first beer or bourbon.

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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    Since I rarely stay on property, I would say it's driving through the big Disney World sign (and attempting to take a picture of it every time haha). As for the Magic Kingdom, it's not till I turn the corner and see the whole main street laid out with the castle at the end. My body just does a big SIGH of happy when I see that

    Driving under the sign is an excited "I'm here!" moment and seeing the castle/main street is more of an "I'm home now" moment of calm.

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    We always drive down to WDW, so I immediately start to get excited when we start to see billboards for the attractions and then signs for the Parks and Resorts! But my "I'm There" moment is when we arrive at the front gate to The Polynesian and they say, "Welcome Home". It gets me every time!
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    There is much to be said for the MCO monorail, ME check-in counter at MCO, ME ride to WDW while watching the onboard video and especially driving under the WDW main gate with Minnie and Mickey on each side of you moments, but it really hits me when I finally see the castle off in the distance over the trees as the ME bus drives to our resort. I love OldKeyWestgirl's comments about the smell of the water. The conditioner I use for my aquarium water at home gives the tank water exactly the same smell. I get to have a little Disney olfactory experience eachweekend when I recycle some tank water.




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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    We always hit the Winn-Dixie (535/So.Apopka) for supplies then head in the DTD entrance. So when we pull into the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie that's kinda it. We know our whole vacation is ahead of us.
    In a way the countdown is like that. We have 37 days of anticipation to plan (more) and imagine.
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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Increddieble View Post
    We always hit the Winn-Dixie (535/So.Apopka) for supplies then head in the DTD entrance. So when we pull into the parking lot of the Winn-Dixie that's kinda it. We know our whole vacation is ahead of us.
    I know what you mean. There are some Walmart stores that we visit in NJ or PA (we don't have any here in NYC) that sometimes give me the feeling I get when I'm shopping at the one outside DTD. After we rent the car we'll head to Walmart (DVC check-in isn't until 4pm) to stock up on food and drinks for the week. We usually start off in the produce aisle and work our way back, and that always gives me that "I'm in Disney!" feeling.
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    There are so many!! I will agree with the monorail at the airport. I love getting on it and feeling the warm FL sun. I kinda give a "sigh, I'm finally home". I try to go to the MK first thing so everytime I see the castle I tend to tear up.

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    Walking through the gate to the magic kingdom. It has always been my first park I visit when I get there so that is my I have arrived moment.
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    When I get off of the plane and see all of the Disney stuff all over the Orlando Airport, that's when I realize that I'm in the most magical place on earth.
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    Music!!! when you first get to your resort, hearing the music playing, when you are outside the theme parks and hear the music playing I just get so excited
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    Re: What is your "I have arrived" moment?

    My "We're here!" moment is on Florida 429 south of Winter Garden and north of the Western Way entrance, if you look to the east, you can see some of the icons, the Castle, the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower, the Swan and Dolphin, and a few others. It is a quick view, not lasting more than 2 or 3 minutes (I usually run off the road at least once) but it is really incredible! Then of course, there's hearing the train whistle, walking under the station (to the left), smelling the popcorn and seeing Town Square.

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    I think it may be when I get off the plane and am walking through MCO. There is something different about that airport that has that no others do. Okay haven't been to a lot but you know what I mean.

    There many others like the MK sign, the castle, the smell of sunscreen and many others. Nothing like the background music of Magic Kingdom to me!


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    Mine is driving in on the Highway and seeing all the signs, both for WDW and Universal. It just lets you know that you are in Orlando baby!
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