“The first time I saw Fantasmic, I was fourteen years old. It was the first night of my trip and I didn’t realize it was going to happen. My family and I were eating in New Orleans square and all of a sudden there were lights and music and an ominous happy feeling. Everyone was smiling. It is probably my favorite moment of my life so far. I cried.”
- Submitted by Anonymous
This might just be the best commercial Disney has ever aired.
THESE FEELS. I CAN’T.
This story takes place when I was working in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
I was backstage on my break with my friend Amanda when the most amazing thing happened.
Amanda and I were having our break backstage directly behind Star Tours and the Jedi Academy Show. We…
A photo from my very first trip to Walt Disney World. I decided to dig it up after seeing similar hats being sold around the parks. The newer ones are much fancier than the one I had. I think I still have the hat, but it’s a bit beat up now.
It’s sort of fun looking back at old vacation photos, especially now that I work at WDW. I might post some more later. Some have pretty interesting stories. This one, not really. Just a picture of me with one of my favorite souvenirs (I really like hats, for some reason).
I went on my first Disney cruise back when I was seven and I fell in love with the Disney Magic. So did the rest of my family. We ended up going on the first ever Disney seven day cruise and it became our annual family trip. We had some great times onboard the Magic and we always joke about how pretty much grew up on the ship. By our fourth cruise, I knew the ship fairly well and by our fifth, I knew it like the back of my hand.
This past march was our twelfth Disney cruise (every one of them on the Magic) and it was a bittersweet one. Disney has expanded their cruise line and now has two larger ships that have now taken the place of the Magic and Wonder. While the Magic and Wonder are not retiring, they are headed to ports that my family is either not interested in or the prices are just insane, even for Disney. So, our more recent cruise was most likely our last on the Magic. Not only was it our last cruise, it was the last normal seven day eastern cruise for the Magic. That’s a bit of a mouthful, but essentially, it was the last time the Magic was doing the seven day cruise that started it all.
My family got a bit emotional leaving Castaway Cay. It was the last time we would hear the Magic’s horn. You see, even though the Magic and Wonder technically have the same horn, they are tuned differently. The Dream and Fantasy, of course, are completely different. So, yeah, my family was pretty choked up about it.
That night, at dinner, an announcement from the captain came on. It turned out that we were about to pass the Disney Dream! My parents and I knew exactly what that meant: a horn battle. Even though my family had been on plenty of cruises (not just Disney), we had never witness one in person. We finished dinner as quickly as possibly and ran all the way up to deck ten. This video is what I shot.
It was the best possible way to end our cruise.
The first time I ever saw Fantasmic! was in December down in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (at the time, Disney MGM Studios). That day was pretty rainy and, at the warmest, around 40 - 45 degrees Fahrenheit. My family made sure we got good seats, so we were one of the first groups in the theater and we were able to get front and center! That also meant we had to wait in the cold, seating on metal bleachers, for an hour and a half. I had to drink a large mug of hot chocolate just to stay warm as the temperature dipped to near freezing.
After the show, I decided that it was totally worth it. And I still have the mug, too.
During the very last day of Star Wars Weekends, two storm systems were moving towards Hollywood Studios, one from the north and one from the south. Well, as anyone from the midwestern United States would tell you, when two storm systems meet, you better take shelter. With the two systems approaching, you’d think Disney would cancel the Hyperspace Hoopla. In fact, I was convinced they would, and if it had been any other night, they would have. But this was the last Hoopla and they were going to have it. Let’s just say, there was quite the atmosphere for the final Hoopla.
Reblogging from my personal blog. Certainly an interesting night and not something that typically happens at Disney.