View Full Version : We opened the park!!!

12-20-2006, 02:58 PM
And it was all because of a mistake. I thought last WEdnesday was an EMH for the MK so I drug my friend and our 2 five year olds out of bed early so we could be there when we opened. We arrived at 7:50 and there was no one there. When I asked what time the park opened they laughed and said 9. So, we started to walk away, planning to ride the monorail to the other resorts and check out the christmas decorations. As we were walking away a woman starts running after us yelling. She wanted to know why we were leaving and when we explained she laughed and said she had a better way for us to waste an hour, but she couldn't tell us what it was. OKAY! Two gentlemen come up to us and ask us to board the little fire engine. They take us back to Toontown and here comes the train. They announced there was our ride, but we would have some company. Then, here comes MIckey! Following MIckey was about 10 other characters. My son's eyes were huge and I was sobbing. They got to play with the characters for almost an hour. WE also got a huge group picture in front of Mickey's house. Then we boarded the train and rode to the front of the park where we go to count down and throw confetti! It was the most magical day I've ever had. They gave us certificates to remember it and all of the characters signed it. Afterwards, we got a picture taken with Mickey and the mayor and they gave us a coupon for a free 5x7 photopass picture. Absolutely Amazing!!!!

Oh, my son also got to announce the Honey I Shrunk the Audience show. He got a little certificate for that also!

12-20-2006, 03:30 PM
Ohh that sounds so wonderful!!!! That sure beats the EMH!!! To be alone with that many characters is very special and I am sure not many people can say they have done that... I hope you have pics and will post them... :thumbsup2 Btw, I notice you are from Decatar, IL...I am from IL too, and the people we bought our house from moved to Decatar--just thought I would share hehe. thanks for sharing your experience

12-20-2006, 05:21 PM
That is so wonderful. I am sure you were in tears! I would have been just seeing it. God bless you and your family.

12-20-2006, 05:28 PM
Looks like you got a nice YOAMD Dream!! :cool1: :banana:
That must have been pretty special!! Congratulations! :woohoo:

12-20-2006, 05:52 PM
that sounds amazing!!

wow!! what a dream for all of you!! congrats

12-20-2006, 05:53 PM
How wonderful, I have goosebumps! :wizard:

12-20-2006, 06:17 PM
:goodvibes :sunny: :teeth: :Pinkbounc :cheer2: :hug: :hyper: :tongue: party: :jumping1: For you and your family.

12-20-2006, 06:42 PM
That sounds so special!! Thanks for posting it.

12-20-2006, 06:45 PM
That is so cool. Glad you had a memorable time.

{now, don't everybody show up an hour early, ya' hear!}

12-20-2006, 07:39 PM
If I can figure out how, I will post pics.

12-21-2006, 05:40 AM

Congratulations to you and your family! What a wonderful memory!

12-21-2006, 07:08 AM
That is so exciting!!! Congratulations!
Spending time alone with the characters is something that you will never forget! :cloud9: What a memory!!! :goodvibes

12-21-2006, 08:36 AM
That is so wonderful! I love hearing about others' magical experiences!

12-22-2006, 07:38 AM
What a wonderful experience for you all. That was a great mistake for you to make.

12-26-2006, 02:45 PM
Thats sounds great!!! Can you post the group photo, I would love to see.

12-28-2006, 12:56 PM
awww.. thats so cool :goodvibes

12-31-2006, 08:57 PM
Gives me chills. That is so neat. Be sure to share the pic's with us. Can't wait to see them.

01-01-2007, 12:03 AM
What a magical moment!:wizard:

01-01-2007, 02:48 AM
What a wonderful experience! :)

01-01-2007, 08:46 AM
How truly amazing, I would have been crying to. Would love to see pic's if you can post, thanks for sharing, HOW MAGICAL.

01-01-2007, 09:00 AM
What an amazing experience for you and your little one!!
Magical memories is what it's all about!!:wizard:

01-01-2007, 03:09 PM
I'm so happy for you! What a great start to a "mistake" of a day!

I have to share, because I can't believe our luck, either!! We've been 3 times to WDW ... and all 3 times we have been soooo lucky!

The first time, we were at the rope drop in the castle waiting for FantasyLand to open. My kids were chosen to go into FantasyLand and hold a little flag to open up FantasyLand!! Then ... they got to ride Dumbo with Minnie Mouse, and Minnie went skipping through the park holding my daughter's hand!!! Soooo wonderful!! I could barely take pictures through the tears in my eyes!!

The 2nd time we went 2 years later, we were waiting at the rope at Tomorrowland, and incredibly my whole family was picked to open up Tomorrowland!!! We got to go into Tomorrowland early, and we were the first to ride Space Mountain - all by ourselves!! They announced our names and said "The Eadler Family is opening Tomorrowland and will be riding Space Mountain first!!" We couldn't believe it!!

The 3rd time we went 2 years later, you guessed it ... the kids were picked to open up Magic Kingdom!!! They got to go in the turnstiles early, make an announcement, and throw the confetti!!! What magical memories!!

We're going again in March ... do you think Magic can happen again!!

01-01-2007, 05:11 PM
I am so happy for you guys!! It brought me to tears, you must've been a mess!!! Thanks so much for sharing! I'll be checking back hoping for pictures!

01-03-2007, 10:56 PM
Hey this sounds like a very familiar story I was told by a co-worker about his DW trip to WDW :rotfl: ( He knows I'm a WDW nut :upsidedow )
I actually got to meet one of these EXTREMLY LUCKY ladies ( maybe some of her good luck will rub off on me for our June trip) the other night at our works xmas party!!!! How cool!!!! Hoping that I'll get to see some pictures at work one of these days!!!

01-04-2007, 07:13 AM
I hope you can work out pictures, I REALLY would love to see them!

01-04-2007, 09:18 AM
I would love to see your pics!!!

01-04-2007, 01:58 PM
Another one who is hopeful you can share the pics!

01-05-2007, 07:19 PM
We got to do that too! We checked out of CR and it went quickly, so we walked on over to MK. We were the first ones there. It was wonderful!! Congratualtions to you and your family!!!

01-06-2007, 03:47 PM
That was our exact experience in May of 2005. :wizard: What a thrill, hanging out with all the characters before the train left was unreal. We had Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale, Pluto, Goofy, Wendy, Alice in Wonderland, and quite a few others. I still have a few pieces of "pixie dust" in my back pack:rotfl: It was amazing seeing all the people below the train station, as we arrived,waving and cheering :banana:

Glad you were able to have such a great experience too!

01-08-2007, 03:32 PM
Hey, we had the same experience on 1/3/07! How awesome was that! I took all kinds of pictures of the inside of the park with no one in it! Didn't come from a dream squad member but it was sure a dream for us too!

01-17-2007, 09:19 AM
You lucky lucky people, such wonderful stories, thanks for sharing:goodvibes

01-17-2007, 09:30 AM
Thanks for sharing your magical moment:wizard: . I can't wait to see the pics, hope you are able to post them!:banana:

01-23-2007, 09:09 PM
That sounds AWESOME! Would love to see the photo too!

01-23-2007, 09:51 PM
If someone can tell me how to add pictures, I'd be more than happy to share ours with you. We got to be the Family of the Day at Epcot 1/1/7 and open the park. Then we got to open Magic Kingdom on 1/3/7 and my kids got to open Animal Kingdom 1/4/7. I've got pics, I just don't know how to post them....

01-25-2007, 09:20 AM
Congratulations! It sounds so magical. I got goosebumps reading your story.

01-27-2007, 01:33 AM
Congrats! I would have been a blubbering mess!I'm such a cryer...especially when I get overwhelmed: sad,angry,happy...it doesn't matter. :rolleyes1 Strange...I know


01-28-2007, 03:31 PM
Quick ? When you open the park, do you use Disney transportation or are you driving in?

01-28-2007, 05:42 PM
We used disney transportation. We just got there early. And were willing to talk to the cast members while we were waiting. That seemed to be key to it all for us.

01-28-2007, 07:05 PM
Thanks! I just wondered if we would need to drive over to get there for the chance to open a park. 2 months til Spring break with the Mouse!!:cheer2: