Greetings, pals! Truth be told that Jeff was actually one of the first to submit his Simple Moments piece but it paired so perfectly with today’s date… I’m glad I procrastinated, ahem, planned it this way. I can’t believe Epcot 30 happened TWO years ago already… and I’m still jealous I couldn’t be a part of the festivities. I think Jeff’s post explains why so well. Happy reading + happy double birthday to Magic Kingdom and Epcot! -e
Disney vacations are always filled with memorable moments. I mean, that goes without saying, right? However, the best ones, the most extraordinary ones are also the simple ones. The moments where we just sit and relax, where time just seems to slow down around us, and we get to take it all in.
One of these moments happened to me at Walt Disney World, during Epcot’s 30th anniversary festivities. Of course, almost every Disney blogger, podcaster, and Internet “celebrity” was there during the weekend. In fact, I’d venture to say that it was these people who made that weekend a remarkable memory for me overall.
But, the one moment that stands to me the most out wasn’t part of any official event. It wasn’t even out amongst the crowds of the Park itself. It took place in the VIP lounge of the Norway Pavilion.
EPCOT Center (before it became just “Epcot”) always had a special place in my heart. So much so that, for its 30th anniversary, I wanted to do something special for it. At the time, it was still the very early days of Communicore Weekly, the Greatest Online Show™. George Taylor (my partner-in-crime and co-host) thought it would be fun to hold a live recording of the podcast, to help celebrate the monumental occasion. And, of course, to commemorate the 38 week-aversary of our show.
The show rattled the windows of the VIP Lounge, as about 150 people, most of them strangers to us at the time, laughed, sang, and celebrated along with us. When the show was over, we held a small “party” with everyone, before heading over to Spaceship Earth for a special ride-through.
During this party, the group was split into small groups. But, as time went on, we all came together, and formed one massive gathering again. We were doing nothing more than sitting around in a circle, having some drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and sharing some laughs.
Again, keep in mind that I said that most of these people were strangers to me. I had never interacted with most of them before in my life. But there we were, sitting around, chatting like old friends. Some of them I had been interacting with for years, but only online, and only just met them in person for the first time that weekend. The perfect example of that was George. We had been friends for YEARS by that point, and were working together weekly on the show, but never actually met face-to-face until that weekend. It’s crazy to think about.
It was great to connect with all these friends, old and new, for the first, but definitely not the last, time.
It was in that moment that it really struck me: this online community of Disney fans has really brought people together.
It is through this community that I have met some of my very best friends; friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sure, they all started because of our mutual love of Disney… but they grew and evolved into these long-lasting relationships that I never would have discovered otherwise. And for that, I am forever thankful.
So, yes, my simple moment was one that struck me in the middle of merriment, among friends, sitting around one of our favorite places in the world. There have been many memories like that since then… but this one will forever stick out in my mind as my favorite.