Monday, October 3, 2011

Wishes around the Web Part 1 ~ A Special Family Memory of Wishes

Today kicks off something new on Pursuing the Magic.  Each month I will be presenting a new theme and have invited some Disney bloggers to join in on the fun. I decided to kick off this project with one of my favorite things in Magic Kingdom ~ Wishes.  Today, I will share my thoughts on this nighttime spectacular.  Next week, Deb at Focused on the Magic will be sharing her favorite photo tips for photographing Wishes.  The following week, Mary at Capturing Magical Memories will be sharing a scrapbook layout to showcase your favorite Wishes photos.  Kristen, from Cooking with Mickey, will then share a favorite recipe to fit the theme.  During some months, Sarah, from Magical Days with the Mouse, and Chad, from Days in the Park, will be bringing a little Disneyland to the series.

Walt Disney World never ceases to bring out the emotions in me.  There are many things around the parks that bring a lump to my throat as I try to hold back happy tears, but the one thing that makes me cry every trip is Wishes.  This nighttime spectacular combines music, fireworks, a narration by Jimminy Cricket and a magical flyover by Tinker Bell in such a way that I can't help but get a tad bit teary-eyed.  I absolutely love it!

Joey at Libetry Inn,
March 2010
My favorite memory of Wishes actually happened on our last vacation to Walt Disney World.  Joey was just 5 at the time and hit a stage of being afraid of everything just weeks before leaving for the trip.  We were in the Magic Kingdom and absolutely lost track of time.  We knew the fireworks would be starting soon and needed to get Joey out of Magic Kingdom, since we knew he was very afraid of them.  In my panic, I lead the family through Fantasyland to the train station in Toon Town.  Well, I forgot, the train was closed!  So here we were  . . . trapped.  There was no way we were going to make our way through the crowds of Main Street moments before the fireworks.  My husband and I braced ourselves for what we expected to the meltdown of all meltdowns.  I will note here that I was so thankful to the Hayley and Emily, just 3.5 and 2 at the time for being so well behaved at this moment.  We had walked past several attractions they wanted to ride, which of course we said no.  Luckily, they just went with it and didn't complain.

So here we were trapped behind the castle when it began.  Music and fireworks were all around us.  Pierre watched the girls while I told Joey to cover his ears.  At this point, it was the only advice I had.  I was feeling very guilty that I had put Joey in this position.  Fortunately, the girls were loving it! It only took about 30 seconds before Joey uncovered his ears and was smiling ear to ear.  We made our way to the carousel and watched as the fireworks exploded in front of us, behind us and really just all around.  Being that it was so late and the park was closing after Wishes, we had Fantasyland all to ourselves, other than a few cast members.  Every time one of the fireworks exploded the kids would spin around to see where it was.  They started laughing and giggling.  Of course, you can probably guess that I was teary-eyed.  In that moment, it was if we were the only ones in Magic Kingdom and the happiest family you can imagine.  To this day, it is one of my favorite family memories.


Focused on the Magic


You can see I have no photos of Wishes in my post.  That is because on Monday, Deb from Focused on the Magic will be here sharing her best photos tips for capturing the fireworks.  I can't wait!  With my children a little older, I have a feeling I will be able to really work on my camera skills this trip.






Make sure you checkout the rest of the Wishes Around the Web series:

12 comments:

Debs said...

Oh Beth, I'm teary eyed..sniff sniff... What a magical memory of Wishes!!! I loved it!

I'm so thankful to be joining you next week with some photo tips and really looking forward to Mary and Kristen's posts too!!
What a great series!!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Deb, I will have notebook in hand next week! I love taking pictures and honestly, have no idea how! LOL! Of course, it is probably because I am usually pushing a stroller with one hand while handling the camera in the other! :-) I am so excited you wanted to participate!!

Donna Kay said...

What a sweet moment Beth. Definitely Disney Magic at work!!

Disney on Wheels said...

I go teary eyed just reading that, I can only imagine what it was like to experience that with your family. :)

Mouse Fan Diane said...

That is what the magic is all about, I loved it. That is truly a great memory, I can picture you guys back there. I think we got stuck back there too..Looking forward to the pictures..

Caseyluvsdisney said...

WOw, what a sweet moment. I would have been teary eyed as well

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Have you ever had a moment where it seems like everything is dark around you but just right in front of you is spotlighted? It was exactly like that. Just when I thought I had yet again pulled a bad mom moment, it turns out to be one of our most amazing experiences ever.

Beth Green said...

awesome!! what a fabulous memory. I can't wait to see the rest of this series! Great idea!! :)

@MaryD73 said...

Wow! That is a wonderful memory!!! I love when they decide that it is ok.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Mary - I agree!

Thanks, Beth! I can't wait to see what everyone is going to share too! :-)

P.T. said...

That is such a great story and a FANTASTIC project idea!! Can't wait to see the rest! :-)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thanks, PT! Me too! I hoping this will also help get my photos and scrapbooks organized (and finished!) :-)