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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Disney Magic - NOW I get it. I get it and I love it. Here's why...

I believe in Disney magic.
There. I said it.

And, I cried like a baby during the Wishes Fireworks, but more on that later.

Disney Twofer

As you know from my earlier posts we planned a trip to Disney World for the Free on Your Birthday promotion to celebrate the Twofer's 6th birthday. Last week we flew down Wednesday and only had Thursday and Friday to spend at Magic Kingdom but that was enough to catch the bug.

If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed some tweets go by with the hashtag #disneytwofer – that was me and the folks following along on the journey. And it was quite a journey. I may have to break this up into 2 different.

The Magic of Disney at the hotel

OK, there was definitely a line and some time spent waiting for the Disney Magical Express bus. But at least we didn’t have to wait with our big bags, just our carry-on bags. We got to the hotel (we chose Pop Century) and were able to check in right away and enjoy the pool. Later on, our bags were delivered to our room – voila!
Other highlights:
  • The Dining plan felt magical because we didn’t feel the pinch of pulling out our wallets each time we ate.
  • I told the front desk we were celebrating our twin’s birthday and there were balloons and Mickey photos in the room when we returned after dinner!
  • The pool was open until midnight and what is more magical than swimming on a warm Florida night?

Magic at The Magic Kingdom


On each ride I allowed myself to really see things from a child’s perspective and I’m telling you I remembered. I remembered how excited I was at age 5 to climb aboard Dumbo, and wind through It’s a Small World. I allowed myself to really feel like I was flying over Never Never Land with Peter Pan and witness a battle on Pirates of the Caribbean. I did something I haven’t done in a long time…I used my imagination. And I liked it.

The Castle

I have ALWAYS wanted to go in
that castle. The one way I knew I could get in there was to make reservations to have lunch at Cinderella’s Royal Table and seeing as it was the Twofers’ birthday, I knew they would love it too. So this is what it’s like:

First we met and took photos with Cinderella – fabulous blue dress, white gloves, and all.

Then we headed upstairs for our meal and a number of other princesses stopped by our table for autographs and pictures. Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Jasmine were gracious and charming. The dining area had big chairs, wooden beams, and large windows with a view of the park. The food was surprisingly good and the desserts were deeeelish. Throw in some wishing stars and wands and you’ve got Disney magic…bippity, boppity, boo!

After an enormous lunch and all the excitement We headed back to the hotel for a break and returned in the evening for more rides, dinner, and those darn….Fireworks.

The Magical Fireworks

Yes, I cried during the Wishes celebration fireworks. But here’s what was swirling through my head: I remember thinking about what a great day we just had and how good it felt to be able to share this with my girls. MY girls who are no longer babies but big 6 year olds. I thought about all that is wrong in this world, and how lucky I was to have my family safe, healthy, and experiencing this together.

I thought of the Make-A-Wish kids who often get trips to Disney World and what their parents feel as they watch those same fireworks night after night. And then I thought of how my dad, who passed away just weeks after the Twofer were born, would have f-ing LOVED the
whole damn thing.

What I realize now is that it was not just the fireworks that brought me to tears. It was the combination of fireworks + touching music about wishes + lack of sleep that most likely caused me to tear up (ok, bawl).

But what happened when we got back to the room was truly magical.
And that you will have to come back to read in my next post…Why you should celebrate a birthday at Disney.

Read more in this series:
Help! Disney World Questions - Need Your Input!
The Twofer Get a Disney Surprise

Wearing my mouse ears,


jodifur said...

I hear ya on the disney magic thing. My Father, who begrudgingly went on the cruise, and only did it b/c it was all my mom wanted to do for her 60th b-day, wants to go back just the 2 of them. It truly is magic.

So glad you had fun.

TheAngelForever said...

My parents caught the Disney bug years ago. I went countless times growing up. Hubby and I went on our honeymoon and we just got back from our May 9-16 trip. There is something about Disney magic that does not exist anyplace else. I like you caught myself crying. For me it was when we finally arrived and my boys were watching the show at the castle. I had tears rolling down my face.

We also stayed at Pop Century and loved it there. My son turned 2 while there and we did not have the items in the room like everyone talks about. Oh well, he still had an amazing time along with his big brother. Of course now my older son wants to go for his 6th B-day in August. I am still catching up on our week long photos and recap of the days there. So thrilled that you all had a great time.

ResourcefulMommy said...

Okay, so three things to say on this...

1.) I LOVE that you've been sucked in, too! Isn't Disney grand? But get ready....because now that you're hooked you're going to have to keep going back. :)

2.) How on earth did you get into Cinderella's Royal Table so last minute?!?

3.) Why isn't there a Momfluence badge on your site? hmmmm.... :)

Christy aka Freckles said...

We have the Disney bug in our family too. My parents took the family to Disney many times when I was a child and now I love that I get the chance to take my girls, along with my parents. We get to share the magic together. We went last winter and are planning this years trip.

we are excited about going to Cinderella's Table. how long ahead did you book? we were told 90 day booking window.

Mariana @ Riding With No Hands said...

So glad you had so much fun!! Can't wait to hear more :)

We're planning on going to Disney next November. Our girls will be 3 and 6, and it'll be our 10th anniversary. We celebrated our 1st anniversary there, so it makes it extra special.

Jen said...

I loved the way you described Wishes. I tear up every time I see it too. It was so fun reading about your trip. I'm glad you had a great time!

Anonymous said...

Hi... just happen to cross your site... I see that you also love Disney... me too...

Im planning to go to Tokyo or Hong Kong Disney this Christmas. Hoho and I found some stuffs from Hong Kong Disneyland here as well:

I will definitely take tones of photos there!!!