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Old 10-23-2006, 02:09 PM   #331
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One of the ways that Disney really accommodated us was by giving us the latest flight out of Orlando. On our departure day, our flight didn't leave until evening-so that we could have as much time as possible at Disney
I really wanted to spend the last little bit of time at the Magic Kingdom. It's always hard for me to leave and I knew that this time was going to be rough!
My goal was to find something unique and special that would always remind me of this experience. Up until this point, I hadn't had much luck...
When we get to the MK, Joey has a couple of places that he thinks we should go and look for a keepsake. We go into the first shop and I look around and I just don't find anything that makes me think..."That's it!!!"
We try another shop and nothing there either...Now mind you, there are many things that were beautiful and nice to look at, but nothing that just screamed, "I'm it!!!"
Finally, we get to the crystal shop...it's called Arribas...
I look in all the glass cabinets and while I find a lot there that I love...I was looking for something unique that was just for me. The kids and DH were occupied by the guy making glass creations, so I had plenty of time to look and think.

Finally, Joey comes over and says, "What about a picture frame?" I say, "Show me." We walk over and there are these really pretty glass frames that have Mickey and the castle etched into them with the words "Magic Kingdom"....HMMM I'm thinking...
Joey suggests that we have something personal etched onto it that would make it a unique keepsake...
DH, who is listening at this point, starts giving suggestions...
OK...I'm liking it...
So we begin tossing around some phrases...
We come up with a personal message with our name and the date...
The guy that etches isn't there at the moment, so we go to lunch and come back...
As we return, he is just finishing up...
We are chitchatting with him, and Joey asks if he was there on Wednesday. He replies, "Yes, I etched your glass slipper"
Oh, Wow!!!
That made it perfect!!!
The really cool thing was as the lady was getting ready to ring it up, she begins to count words to price the etching. The guy steps over and asks, "We aren't charging her for the etching are we?" She replies, "Well, yeah"...He states, "No, we aren't..." He looks at me and says, "We want to do our part to make your trip special!"
AMAZING!!! These vendors are not Disney employees...so this isn't a Disney store and he didn't have to do that! It was so kind and thoughtful. It really touched me!
It really was the perfect keepsake and it is something that I will treasure forever!
Unfortunately, time has run out! It's time to go and pick up the luggage, say our goodbyes, and head to the airport.
As I look down Main St. that one last time, I try to capture it all...until next time, I think to myself as that tear runs down my cheek. DS puts an arm around me and says, "It's OK, mom..." I know...but it's so hard to leave. My husband takes my hand and we walk out trying to process everything that's happened...

We get back to the resort, retrieve our luggage, say goodbye to Joey and Christi (Disney contact), and climb into the limo...I know it's silly, but I wave as we leave and start to cry.
We spend our time in the airport looking at the press and clips from the past week. As we touch down, just before midnight, in Cleveland...DS looks at me and says, "Well, it's official. We're pumpkins again!"
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One of the ways that Disney really accommodated us was by giving us the latest flight out of Orlando. On our departure day, our flight didn't leave until evening-so that we could have as much time as possible at Disney
We get back to the resort, retrieve our luggage, say goodbye to Joey and Christi (Disney contact), and climb into the limo...I know it's silly, but I wave as we leave and start to cry.
We spend our time in the airport looking at the press and clips from the past week. As we touch down, just before midnight, in Cleveland...DS looks at me and says, "Well, it's official. We're pumpkins again!"

OK< So how long/ how many days were you in disney?
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:19 PM   #333
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What a sweet yet sad ending to your wonderful trip! How lucky you and your family were to have been blessed with this trip and the memories of a lifetime - Congratulations again!!
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Fantastic report. Any comments about how you were all treated the next day at work or school?
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:43 PM   #335
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"Well, it's official. We're pumpkins again!"

You will never be just pumpkins to us! Thank you so much for sharing your magical trip with the rest of us dreamers!
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:44 PM   #336
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I just found your trip report today but I watched Good Morning America and saw your family in MK that lovely morning. It is awesome that your doing a trip report to share with all of us. Your vacation sounds magical!
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:48 PM   #337
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A beautiful ending to a magical trip! Thank you again and again for sharing it all with us.
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Old 10-23-2006, 03:59 PM   #338
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...I know it's silly, but I wave as we leave and start to cry.

It is most definately NOT silly. If it is, then there are thousands of us SILLY people out there. I cry from excitement when I land in Orlando on my way to my most magical place, then I cry from special feelings during all of the fireworks shows, and sometimes for no apparant reason, and then I cry when I leave because I know how much I will miss WDW when I am back in reality. Welcome to the club of blubberers.
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:01 PM   #339
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It is most definately NOT silly. If it is, then there are thousands of us SILLY people out there. I cry from excitement when I land in Orlando on my way to my most magical place, then I cry from special feelings during all of the fireworks shows, and sometimes for no apparant reason, and then I cry when I leave because I know how much I will miss WDW when I am back in reality. Welcome to the club of blubberers.

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Old 10-23-2006, 04:16 PM   #340
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and climb into the limo...I know it's silly, but I wave as we leave and start to cry.
Not silly at all I am sitting here crying just thinking about your leaving.
I am sure it was the most wonderful trip and I thank you for sharing it.
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Fantastic report. Any comments about how you were all treated the next day at work or school?
Nothing prepared us for the flurry of excitement that would surround us and this trip!

Our story was in all the local papers and news shows! Our family made sure there were plenty of copies for us when we arrived home.
We were interviewed by our local paper as well for a story to run at a later date...It was just in this past week's paper.
Many teachers at the kids' school had our picture posted on their boards and everyone wanted to hear about the trip!
So many people just thought that we were getting a trip to Disney, they didn't realize what a BIG deal it was!!! To be honest with you, we didn't realize how big it would be!
I think the craziest (good crazy) one was a message left on our machine from a guy in New Zealand! He had seen the clip and wanted to interview us for his radio show in New Zealand!!! DH said that New Zealand was a little far to call for an interview
It was so much fun to search the internet looking for articles on us! How many people can Google their names and get tons of hits?!
We found that our surprise on Main St. was shown internationally and that was really something else!
It has been so much fun to tell people about all the wonderful things that Disney did for us. I have appreciated so much all the other DIS members who have posted such kind comments and good wishes! The kids have loved seeing where everyone was from and to see posts from other countries! What an experience for them!

You know, people have asked, "How can you ever go back? Wouldn't it just be so blah after this trip?" Our answer..."NO WAY!!!" See, we've always had fun at Disney...it has been the most fun that we have ever had on vacation! Of course, I have to admit that this is the MOST fun we've ever had at Disney!
But, we'll go back and we'll have fun just like we've always had. Think of the memories...I will never be able to look at the carousel and not see it full of characters...
We can walk down Main St. and stop at "the spot" where 1500 CM's showed up to greet us!!!
We'll always remember the magic that we felt that day and it will live forever in our hearts!
Our children have quite a story to share with their own children someday when they take them to Disney!
We were blessed and so grateful to be a part of Disney history...to be the family that stood on Main St. alone with the castle in the background!
Eventually, the excitement will die down and that's OK...there are perks to being "pumpkins"
But, for our family, it was a magical time when we were treated like royalty and one journey that will never, ever be forgotten!!!
Thanks to all for EVERYTHING!!!
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Old 10-23-2006, 04:46 PM   #342
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Thanks again for sharing your magic with us minnierocks.
here's to many more magical momements!
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One of the ways that Disney really accommodated us was by giving us the latest flight out of Orlando. On our departure day, our flight didn't leave until evening-so that we could have as much time as possible at Disney
I really wanted to spend the last little bit of time at the Magic Kingdom. It's always hard for me to leave and I knew that this time was going to be rough!
My goal was to find something unique and special that would always remind me of this experience. Up until this point, I hadn't had much luck...
When we get to the MK, Joey has a couple of places that he thinks we should go and look for a keepsake. We go into the first shop and I look around and I just don't find anything that makes me think..."That's it!!!"
We try another shop and nothing there either...Now mind you, there are many things that were beautiful and nice to look at, but nothing that just screamed, "I'm it!!!"
Finally, we get to the crystal shop...it's called Arribas...
I look in all the glass cabinets and while I find a lot there that I love...I was looking for something unique that was just for me. The kids and DH were occupied by the guy making glass creations, so I had plenty of time to look and think.

Finally, Joey comes over and says, "What about a picture frame?" I say, "Show me." We walk over and there are these really pretty glass frames that have Mickey and the castle etched into them with the words "Magic Kingdom"....HMMM I'm thinking...
Joey suggests that we have something personal etched onto it that would make it a unique keepsake...
DH, who is listening at this point, starts giving suggestions...
OK...I'm liking it...
So we begin tossing around some phrases...
We come up with a personal message with our name and the date...
The guy that etches isn't there at the moment, so we go to lunch and come back...
As we return, he is just finishing up...
We are chitchatting with him, and Joey asks if he was there on Wednesday. He replies, "Yes, I etched your glass slipper"
Oh, Wow!!!
That made it perfect!!!
The really cool thing was as the lady was getting ready to ring it up, she begins to count words to price the etching. The guy steps over and asks, "We aren't charging her for the etching are we?" She replies, "Well, yeah"...He states, "No, we aren't..." He looks at me and says, "We want to do our part to make your trip special!"
AMAZING!!! These vendors are not Disney employees...so this isn't a Disney store and he didn't have to do that! It was so kind and thoughtful. It really touched me!
It really was the perfect keepsake and it is something that I will treasure forever!
Unfortunately, time has run out! It's time to go and pick up the luggage, say our goodbyes, and head to the airport.
As I look down Main St. that one last time, I try to capture it all...until next time, I think to myself as that tear runs down my cheek. DS puts an arm around me and says, "It's OK, mom..." I know...but it's so hard to leave. My husband takes my hand and we walk out trying to process everything that's happened...

We get back to the resort, retrieve our luggage, say goodbye to Joey and Christi (Disney contact), and climb into the limo...I know it's silly, but I wave as we leave and start to cry.
We spend our time in the airport looking at the press and clips from the past week. As we touch down, just before midnight, in Cleveland...DS looks at me and says, "Well, it's official. We're pumpkins again!"

No one is ever a pumpkin!!!

I have loved reading your trip report. I have also enjoyed reading all of the responses.
Disney really does now how to make our dreams come true. Mine came true just reading about your magic.
I think even years from now if I was to watch the video of you standing in front of the castle waving and then you are mobbed by everyone I will cry each and every time.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:02 PM   #344
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Thanks painting the picture of your trip of a lifetime for us, with your wonderful reports
Nothing "silly" about cryin' down Mainstreet...My wife insinsts on walking backwards down Mainstreet on our last day at the MK. I have to be her "forward" eyes to keep her from tripping, or running into someone...
now THAT'S just SILLY!!!
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