It’s Friday and I’m sharing a SIMPLE MOMENTS treat with you. Andrew from The Disney Hipsters Blog and Podcast kicks off the group of amazing guest writers who agreed to participate in this series. I’m so happy to have him, and I just love what he’s written. Happy reading! – emh
When I think of the amazing times that I’ve had at Walt Disney World, rarely do I think of specific attractions, shows, or meals. These tangible planned events do make up the bulk of my experience for sure, but the smaller unplanned simple moments plugged in between are what I really remember.
May of 2013 Adam and I were nearing the end of a 13-day trip to Disney World, and spending the last few days with Jamie and Keith (our cohorts on Disney Hipster Podcast). This was the first time that we had actually spent time in Florida with people, who, for all intents and purposes, were are best friends. It was a stressful time for all four of us, and this time at Disney World was desperately needed. We did have big plans for the few days we had together… between our infamous monorail bar crawl, an epic Disney Hipster Podcast meet up at Victoria Falls Lounge, and plenty of park hopping. However, those planned events aren’t what I look back on with sentimental attachment.
During Jamie and Keith’s last evening in Florida all four of us spent time in the Magic Kingdom gallivanting and touring the park like children. Because we had watched Wishes! from the Top of the World Lounge a few nights prior, we weren’t desperate to see it again. As nighttime set in the show wasn’t really on our radar. Walking through a desolate Adventureland, we decided, like we often do, to take a spin on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Toward the end of our flight, the lights dimmed, the Wishes! music started, and there were virtually no other guests in the area. We decided to drop everything, sit on the stone wall outside of the Sunshine Pavilion and enjoy the show. For anyone who knows the layout of the Magic Kingdom, you probably understand that this vantage point is not ideal for watching Wishes!. In fact, it is downright lousy. However, at that moment, with those friends, it was perfect. I realized that any stress that I was dealing with didn’t really matter, because life was good, even if it was fleeting.
I look back at that time as one of the many highlights of that trip. When people ask me (like they always tend to do): “What should my family do at Disney World?” I always recommend slowing down to appreciate the park in all its simple glory. Take a deep breath, and let these little moments happen on their own.
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