View Full Version : Our Disney Military Homecoming Surprise!

01-25-2013, 04:15 PM
I know there are many of you who have already seen this, but I finally have the time to get everything in one place. Shortly after our homecoming we moved, and we finally have the internet and computer etc. unpacked. I still have some pictures to upload to the facebook album, and I just this week got around to ordering our photopass cd, but things are coming together.

On December 7th, 2012 my husband surprised the kiddos and I at the Art of Animation resort upon his return from deployment. I knew he was coming - the kids did not - but I had no idea Disney was going to come together like this and completely surprise us like they did. Over 300 cast members and staff got together to learn and do this dance. It was truly magical, and will be something we talk about and remember for the rest of our lives.

Here is the video that Disney took for us: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDNtTDqfTlY

and here is a video that a very awesome diser took and shared. It has almost 30 thousand views!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yreB-K6mM0

Here is the photo album from our trip, and as soon as the photopass pictures come in, I will be updating it.

Were you there? I'd love to see any pictures you may have, and hear what your reaction was. I, for one, was blown away!:wizard:

A bit of the story...

My kids thought we were flying to Georgia to go to Daddy's welcome home ceremony. We flew out of Boston and took a direct flight to Orlando. Well.... once we were through security, "Daddy called" to say his flight had been cancelled, and he didn't know if he was going to be able to make it to Georgia. We were sitting at our gate, which amazingly... the next flight was actually going to Georgia... when the kids got the news. They were so upset. So, I went over to the gate booth and told the lovely workers what was going on. They were on board for helping me out... one lady asked the kids if they would like to go to Orlando instead, since that was the next flight after the one to Georgia... and she was able to "change our tickets" for us. Jackpot!

I told the kids I would find a hotel to stay at for a few days... maybe we could stay on disney property and go to the pool and downtown disney while we waited for word on Daddy's flight. Once we landed and took the magical express, we arrive at the Art of Animation resort. Carl, the amazing guy who put this entire thing together... was there waiting for us. He got us checked in right away and told the kids our room wasn't ready yet, and asked them if we'd like to watch a dance they'd been practicing while we waited for the room to be readied.

Of course, the kids were super excited to see a disney dance. They had no idea they would be seeing their Daddy. I knew of this plan... but I was told AoA could probably get about ten people to do the dance. When the hundreds of people started filling in the lobby, I was so shocked. And overwhelmed. I couldn't believe this was happening.

The dance was so cute and entertaining and it sucked the kids right in. They had no idea their daddy was hiding behind a picture of Ariel. (I had seen his boot shuffling along the floor and almost lost it. He was THAT close....) Then... TA DA! they pulled the picture away and every single one of the kids were stunned. We all just sat there... too shocked to even get up. I wanted to jump up and just hug him and never let him go, but our son (who hadn't seen his dad since he was one) was a little unsure about the whole thing, so I stayed where I was.

The response and the hugs, and the tears... it was all worth it. It was truly magical, and such a blur, and overwhelmingly amazing.

Lorelei Lee
01-25-2013, 05:52 PM
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I think that was absolutely wonderful!!!

01-25-2013, 06:05 PM
What an awesome way to be welcomed home! Please give a big thanks to your DH and your family for sacrificing so much to protect our wonderful country!

01-25-2013, 06:20 PM
How fantastic! Thank your husband for his service for our country!

You have a beautiful family!

01-25-2013, 06:31 PM
Darn it Disney, you made me cry!

Welcome home soldier!

01-25-2013, 06:46 PM
Wow!!!! I'm a blubbering mess! A beautiful moment for a beautiful family! Welcome home and thank you for your service! And a big. Thank you to mom and the kids for your sacrifices as well! I'm sure it wasn't easy to have dad so far from home.

Blessings to you all and thanks for sharing :)

01-25-2013, 07:01 PM
Smiling thru tears at your video. What a beautiful family you have, what an amazing surprise Disney helped you pull off. Welcome home to your brave husband, and tell him many thanks for the job he does! Thank you so much for sharing this with the DIS!!!

01-25-2013, 07:53 PM
How wonderful!!! I couldnt help but cry! Please tell him thank you for his service!

01-25-2013, 09:06 PM
Wow, awesome video! Thank your husband for his service for our country! And thank you for sharing! :thumbsup2

01-25-2013, 09:28 PM
Thanks for sharing & thanks to your husband for serving and defending our country!

01-25-2013, 11:02 PM
You've got me blubbering again! Thanks for sharing your magical moment with all of us - so amazing


01-25-2013, 11:31 PM
That was amazing! :goodvibes

01-25-2013, 11:52 PM
I love that story! Thank you for sharing a part of your family with us and thank you for your family's sacrifices in serving our country.

01-26-2013, 06:31 AM
I've seen the videos before but they still make me cry. I love that you and your family had such a magical homecoming.

01-26-2013, 08:16 AM
Homecoming videos always make me cry- and that one totally rocked it. Yeah Disney! Thank you to your husband and to all of you for manning the home front- tougher than most people realize.

01-26-2013, 09:43 AM
Welcome home soldier! Beautiful.:sad:

01-26-2013, 12:21 PM
Oh MY ! That was the BEST ! Welcome Home to your DH, and what a magical memory that your lovely family will have for the rest of their lives ! I've watched it twice and cried both times!

So great that the airport staff jumped right on board with your plan !

Well Done Disney CM's !

01-26-2013, 04:10 PM
Oh my goodness. Those videos are SO AWESOME! :thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

01-26-2013, 05:19 PM
Unbelievable Disney magic! The reason we keep going back...

01-26-2013, 05:57 PM
Thanks, everyone! You are right, this is why we love Disney. It is such an intricate part of our lives... we couldn't imagine a better place to become a whole family again!

Plaid Sheep
01-26-2013, 05:58 PM
Oh the tears!!! Thank you so much for that and for your husbands service!

01-26-2013, 06:14 PM
That was so awesome!!!

01-27-2013, 08:51 PM
Absolutely beautiful, smiling through the tears that rolled down my cheeks! What a wonderful homecoming!

01-29-2013, 11:49 AM
I received this message today....

Your awesome surprise homecoming video...
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01-29-2013, 11:59 AM
So awesome! Welcome home!

01-29-2013, 12:38 PM
What an awesome surprise!! I watched both videos and was crying just anticipating the big reveal. As a military family, there is nothing like seeing your husband for the first time after a long deployment. Great job to Disney for making this so magical and I hope your family had a wonderful vacation.

01-29-2013, 06:10 PM
Sobbed thru both of them!!!! Then posted them on my FB to share with others. What a great way to welcome home your DH and surprise your kids!

01-29-2013, 08:28 PM
As the wife of a former Marine, I know those emotions that have you teetering on the edge, just waiting for them to get back to you... (We don't have kids, I cannot imagine how handling all those emotions combined must be! You are wonderful!) All too often those delayed plane phone calls happen! DH's final deployment, every single stage of the trip back was delayed... It was agonizing! Even before I clicked play on your video I was crying - then when your husband stepped out, and y'alls faces lit up, I lost it! My poor doggies thought something was wrong with me the way I was sniffling, lol. What a wonderful memory that you were able to make! So glad he made it home safe and sound :).
Thank you so much for sharing!! Can't wait to read more!

01-30-2013, 12:29 AM
Friends!! We've been featured on welcomehomeblog.com!!! http://welcomehomeblog.com/2013/01/29/u-s-army-captain-surprises-his-children-after-disney-world-flash-mob/

01-30-2013, 01:05 AM
Disney never ceases to amaze me at the things they will do for the guests!! Your family deserved that!!! Thank you to your husband for everything he does for our country!! And you for supporting him!! :) Hope there are more happy Disney times in your future!!

01-30-2013, 01:26 AM
Thank you for sharing this, what a beautiful moment! I got teary watching it and my DH thought I was crazy until I had him watch it too. How awesome of Disney and the CM's at the AoA to do this for your family! :thumbsup2

02-12-2013, 03:06 PM
Would you mind me asking whom you worked with at Disney? I am due to return the first or second week of March. My wife and I have two kids, 3 and 7. I sent a letter to Disney back in November and heard back in December, I believe. We were put in touch with a very helpful representative, but I'm not sure she grasps what we want to accomplish. We wanted something magical for the kids, so naturally, we picked Disney. My wife came up with the idea of surprising them at Town Square Theater when they first arrive. Photos would be easy, since there's a photopass photographer right there. But, the agent was talking about hiring a photographer. So far, I don't have anything concrete, and we really want to make this happen. It doesn't sound like I'm on the right path. Any input would be AWESOME! So glad they helped you out a much as they did! Very touching! :)


02-12-2013, 03:59 PM
That was amazing! Disney is the best!

From one Army wife to another Congrats on having your Hubby back home.

I can't wait to read more about your trip!