“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
- Walt Disney
Hello all! My name is Jamie and I am a huge Disney fan. At 26, I have been to the House of Mouse nine times and am actively counting down the days to trip number ten in June. I have also made a stop in Disneyland. I decided for my intro blog to steal my good friend Donna’s (That’s not just talk, Donna and I had many classes together in college) Top 10 Memories List idea from her intro blog. With that, let’s get started.
#10- A decent number of DisneyWorld trips have been accompanied by coaching softball at the Wide World of Sports. Only Disney can turn a pitcher’s circle into a not-so-hidden Mickey by drawing two extra circles. One year, we had a night game which was a really awesome experience. Under the lights, playing at the Wide World of Sports is something I will not forget.
#9- 2001 at Disney-MGM Studios- While the rest of our group saved seats at Fantasmic, a few of us went on one last ride of the Tower of Terror. At the conclusion of the first ascent scene, with the window breaking, the doors closed. However, nothing happened after the doors closed! Being stuck on the ride in pitch dark for what felt like forever (more like 12 seconds) was definitely a freaky experience.
#8- 2011 at Caribbean Beach Resort- On all of our previous trips, my family and I had always stayed at either All-Star Music or All-Star Sports. Our most recent trip took us to the Caribbean Beach Resort. After receiving our Keys to the World and then leading my family on a 30 minute trek, we finally arrived at our room.
#7- 1998- 1998 saw our first year to Disney and the unbelievable amount of planning that commenced between my mom and I. We read all of the Disney books and called for our dining reservations. A folder was created that ended up 2” thick, but it sure lead to an awesome first trip.
#6 2007 Animal Kingdom- First ride of Expedition Everest. Since we were making the trip for a softball tournament, we had limited time and went through the Single Riders Line. I was with my parents and my mom is not a huge fan of certain rides as she gets sick. She loves Big Thunder Mountain, but is not a fan of Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. I read all the reviews and knew the layout before riding. I went on the ride ahead of my parents and got through to the point of the switchback where the ride then goes backwards. At which point for the rest of the ride I was thinking, “Oh no! I forgot it goes backwards, Mom shouldn’t be on this ride”. Needless to say, I was waiting in anticipation for them to get off the ride and I finally see my mom who is as white as a ghost.
#5 2011 Magic Kingdom- I was truly in awe during my first viewing of The Magic, The Memories, and You. The nighttime castle projection show is truly amazing. As a big technology fan, I love that show and think it’s a great addition in-between Spectromagic and Wishes!
#4 2011 Disney’s Hollywood Studios- I was amazed by my first ride of Toy Story Midway Mania. The 4-D attraction filled with carnival games is absolutely awesome.
#3 All trips- Orlando International Airport- While a DisneyWorld vacation truly starts when I wake up in the morning, I really start getting excited when we arrive at the airport. Taking the monorail to baggage claim and Disney’s Magical Express is always a great feeling.
#2 All trips- IlumiNations at Epcot- The conclusion of IllumiNations starting with “With the stillness of the night” is one of the most emotional experiences in Disney. The finale is always powerful and always ranks at the top of my memories.
#1 Anticipated future memories- Starting June 27th of this year, I will be adding more Disney memories. I look forward to this trip and the many more trips I hope to take in the future.
Thanks for reading and a special thanks to Donna and Bridget for allowing me to blog about Disney!
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