Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Disney Magic Our First Day in Walt Disney World

Our view from the beach at
Disney's Polynesian Resort
This article was written for my column, Making Magical Memories, in the WDW Daily News Newsletter #209, which was published on December 6, 2011. 

One of the things most of us talk about when returning from Walt Disney World are the magical moments we might experience with the characters, a favorite dining spot or a special cast member.  This trip I experienced some Disney magic from someone, and I have no idea who they are.  So, I am writing this in hopes that the person who made my vacation is reading and that they know how thankful I am.

After leaving New Hampshire the day after the very odd October snowstorm, we were relieved to arrive in Orlando without any glitches.  We made our way to Disney’s Polynesian Resort, checked in, made our way to our room and then I headed down to the beach with the kids and my mom. I will go into more details about our experiences at Disney’s Polynesian Resort in another article, but for now, let’s just say that being able to see Cinderella’s Castle from our resort, as well as hear the train’s whistle was something so magical in itself.  

I decided this would be the perfect backdrop to get some pictures of the kids on our first day of vacation.  We played in the sand, sat in the swing and really just enjoyed our surroundings.  Once the kids started saying they were hungry, we made our way to Captain Cook’s, grabbed something to eat and headed back to our room.  I wanted to take some pictures of our room, but could not find my camera.  I gave this no thought, since I am someone who rarely loses track of anything.  I unpacked our suitcases, put away our groceries and again looked for my camera.  It wasn’t there.  I started to panic.  How can I lose my camera on our very first day of vacation?

This is the last photo I had taken with my camera
before losing it!
I walked back to the beach where we had been playing, no camera.  I made my way over to Captain Cook’s, no camera.  I was in almost full panic mode at this point.  I went directly to Guest Services.  They had me fill out a form that had details of my missing camera.  The cast member I spoke with also gave me the phone number for lost and found.  He recommended I call the next morning, which was the morning of our breakfast at Chef Mickey’s.  How can I not have a camera for Chef Mickey’s?  

The next morning I called Lost and Found, which unfortunately did not open until 8:00.  So, we went to Chef Mickey’s camera-less, and honestly, I was so upset with myself for having lost my camera.  As soon as we finished breakfast, we returned to the hotel.  I called Lost and Found again, after saying several prayers that they had my camera.  Much to my relief, they did!!!  The woman I spoke to said that someone had found it on the swing on the beach.  I have never felt such relief!  They delivered my camera to the room within 15 minutes, and we made our way to the Magic Kingdom.  

So if you are the person who found my camera, I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you for turning it in to Guest Services.  I know there are worse problems in the world than not having my camera, but our Disney photos from past trips are my favorite souvenirs and something I enjoy looking at as often as possible!  

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Mark Fendrick said...

As someone who literally takes hundreds of pix at WDW each trip (I am heading down on Saturday) I was so happy to hear you got your canera back.

Reminds me of a situation many years ago. I had sat down outside of (what is now called) Mouse Gears, and on the bench was a quite expensive camera, obviously left by accident. I turned it in to a CM in the store. I have always wondered if it was ever reunited with its owner.

Glad your story had a happy ending. :-)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I can imagine how grateful that person is and how much they would want to thank you personally! Thanks for reading!