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Old 07-15-2012, 02:52 PM   #136
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There is one bit of pixie dust that still brings tears to my eyes even after all of these years, but it happened at the parks--however, it ends at the ship.

My daughter, at nearly 3, could not speak or walk, and could not really crawl (she would roll). At 3, she would be diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy.

I was called to a conference in Orlando, and my husband was having difficulties at work, so I took along a neighbor and her child (who was about the same age), and paid for her ticket, and for her to go to the buffets (the girls were young enough that they could get in and eat free that way.)

We went through the Magic Kingdom together, and I couldn't figure out if it had much impact. The other three went to the parks while I went to the conference, and when I was through, I buckled her into her car seat on the plane and she looked at me (which NEVER happened), and said "I saw Mickey!"

I thought I'd lost it, finally. I didn't think I could possibly have heard what I just heard. So I asked her (not really expecting a response), and she replied "I saw Mickey!" They were the first words I ever heard her say.

The second time we took her, she doubled her vocabulary.

The third time we took her, she hugged us for the very first time.

Progress was slow but steady, and she worked very, very hard at school, at home, in speech and occupational therapy, and with all of the social skills training.

When she was in 7th grade, she walked in with a prep sheet for Radiologic Technology, handed it to me and said, "I want to do this. What do I have to do to make it happen?" It was a very demanding course of study--she would have to take summer school the summer before her Freshman and Sophomore year, and probably try to prepare for Running Start, a program which allows advanced students to take college courses instead of their junior and senior year in high school.

She did it all. The child who couldn't use complete sentences in kindergarten is now taking Precalculus and AP Biology. I am just about to scan in her application to Running Start, and everybody is certain she will be accepted, and she will be released from special education at the end of this school year.

For her 16th birthday, she asked to take a Disney cruise to Alaska again this year. (We took one last year.) I am so proud of her I can't even tell you. But when they say, "It all started with a mouse," it means something entirely different to my family.
This brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad to hear that she's doing so well! As a teacher & aunt of two Autistic nephews I know how much hard work is involved. Congrats to her - she has an incredibly bright future ahead of her

I want to add my pixie dust moments too. On our aug 2011 dream cruise one of the handlers got to know my DD's name and said hello to her all the time. I found out later that there were1100+ kids on board that cruise and for him to remember her name meant the world to me.

The other was on our xmas2012 cruise. My Dd and her dining table friend were running on deck 4 to burn energy. Walking down the deck comes Pluto and his handler. They stopped to play with the girls for 10-15 minutes and my DD can say she took Pluto for a walk as he ran the deck with them.

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Old 07-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #137
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While our moment is so very small compared to these- our DD10 did receive a magical moments certificate in June while on our Alaskan cruise.

We were in line to re-board in Ketchikan. She looked at me and said " I wonder if my tooth will come out while we still on our cruise." I wiggled her tooth, and replied probably not, it needs a little more wiggling. Within 2 minutes she looked at me and said I knew it would! She pulled that tooth in line- I about freaked as it was the one time in my life there was no baggie, kleenex, advil etc in my bag. (somehow it got left out that morning). A sweet lady in front of us laughed as she reached in her bag for some kleenex as she had overheard the entire conversation. Continue on:

We boarded the boat and I had to go to guest services. She went with me and was saying I wonder if the tooth fairy comes to kids on a cruise. The CM just listened in and when DD headed to the room, I filled her in to what had just happened. Of course she gave me a lost tooth button and certificate for DD. When I returned to the room, I handed DD the button, telling her the CM sent it to her, keeping the certificate hidden for the tooth fairy to leave with the money. The magical moment really happened the next morning when DD and I were getting up. Totally by chance our host met DH in the hall with the pillow case I had left for signatures. DH tossed it to me and headed back out for his coffee, and as DD went to the bathroom I laid it on her bed near her pillow. When she came back she noticed the certificate and money from the tooth fairy. It was a few minutes before she saw the pillow case. She exclaimed "Moma, look, Mickey sent a pillow case with my certificate. How did I miss that?"

I just laughed and said I don't know. It never occured to me that she'd think the tooth fairy brought the pillow case

The best part :
1) to find out she still truely believes in the tooth fairy and Mickey Mouse
2) listening to her tell everyone who saw her button that she got money, and certificate and a pillow case and that mickey signed Mickey Moose. (i think that the u is just a little sloppy, but she decreed that it says Moose)...

It's the little stuff like this that warms my heart -when I see my little girl who is growing up- still little
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #138
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I love reading this thread. Very heart warming!
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #139
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Wonderful stories! I am so excited to be going on our first cruise!
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:25 PM   #140
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Great thread! Thanks for keeping it going.

We have just started talking about taking our first Disney cruise and these stories have me ready to book...reinforces everything we love about Disney...
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:44 AM   #141
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We cruised the 5-day Double Dip in September 2008. It was so wonderful. Our room steward asked my daughter if she wanted to make towel animals. Well she jumped at that opportunity. He took her to another room and then called his supervisor who came down with a camera and took pictures of her making towel animals. On our last day we were presented with a nice folder with pictures and a nice certificate for the Magical Moment. We were thrilled. Another magical moment happened in Disneyland. Our first trip was in 2006. We went to Goofy's Kitchen and she and Aladdin hit it off. She was about 6 1/2 years old. Two years later we went again to Disneyland and again went to Goofy's Kitchen. She was very very concerned if Aladdin would remember her or not. I tried to tell her that Aladdin sees many children and may not specifically remember her. Well she was having none of that. He was her Aladdin!!! We get there and he's not there. She was very disappointed. As I was heading out to the restroom, who is walking towards me???? Aladdin and I kid you not, it was the same Aladdin from 2 years ago. Well, I cornered him and told him about how she was so excited to come back but was concerend if he would remember her or not. He just looked at me with this "Mom, calm down, I'll handle this" look, asked her name and said I'll take it from here. As I returned to our table about 10 minutes later here he comes. My DD has not seen him yet and he comes around the corner, says "Hi Every.......... Taylor, is that you??? Wow, how long has it been, about 2 years??? Come here let me see you. My daughter looks at him and says "Oh Aladdin, you remeber, you remember me. She runs to him and gives him this big hug. Of course, I'm crying, she's almost crying. He really played it up. He spent about 15 - 20 minutes with us. It was truly magical. I'll always remember this. To this day, I've never told her about my little meeting with Aladdin. She's 15 now. It truly is one of the most special memories that I have.

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Old 07-30-2012, 07:57 AM   #142
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On our first cruise in 2007, my dd and my niece were selected for the pin trading. That was a neat surprise for them. My ds was only 16 months at that time and on that cruise he was all about mommy. Wouldn't go to anyone else. Except Stitch. During pictures one night there wasn't anyone around Lilo and Stitch so I asked the CM if I could put my ds on the floor with them (he wasn't walking yet). She said yes as long as no one was waiting for a picture with Lilo and Stitch. Well, Stitch and my ds just bonded. Stitch got down on the floor and played with him and they had a lovely time. I got some great pictures of that. So precious. Later in that same cruise we got another picture with Pirate Stitch and Stitch just took my ds right out of my arms and held him.

On another cruise we were coming back to board after being on Castaway Cay. We knew that Lilo and Stitch were to be at the gangplank so we waited in line for them. The skies were getting darker with storms approaching but we stayed anyway since we now had such an affection for Stitch. We were about 4th in line and the line to get back on the ship was now stretched all the way down the gangplank and onto the island. Just as it was turn for my kids to see Lilo and Stitch the heavens opened up. It just started pouring. And since Stitch doesn't like to get wet, he picked up my ds, Lilo grabbed my dd's hand and they raced them up the gangplank and back onto the ship. My dh and I had to wait in the very long line but Lilo and Stitch just stayed right beyond the security gates with my kids until we got on the ship. It was the cutest thing.
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This was our best Magical Moment. If anyone wonders if DCL is good for teens, well, take a look....







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Old 07-31-2012, 07:01 AM   #144
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I have just completed my 8th DCL cruise and we had a bunch of magical moments, but my favourite happened on the Hawaii cruise. It happened on the night we had the rotational menu at Animator's Palate. I am not too keen on the show and DH absolutely hates it. He did not really want to go to dinner that night, but as I love that menu and at that stage we had a table by ourselves, we agreed that we would go to dinner, but leave after the entree and before the show. This what we ended up doing.

We wanted to get some more photos, but we were way too early as late dinner was still in full swing. So we decided to just sit on one of the sofas in the atrium and wait. We had maybe sat there for a couple of minutes when somebody in an officer's uniform came up to us. I was a bit slow on the uptake that day and I just assumed that we were in the way. I was just about to get up, when he said something along the lines of that there is to be no more talk of waves. It was actually Captain Fabian. My DH had made a comment during the Captain's photo the previous day that he would like some more waves. Captain Fabian sat down with us and we had a great chat. He has been with Disney Cruise Line from the very beginning and was involved in the building of all 4 ships. It was very interesting to listen to him and he patiently answered any questions that we had. He spent a good 30 minutes with us. This was definitely a treat. I was impressed that he not only remembered what DH Graham had said, but also that he had recognised us. He must have met hundreds of people the previous day. The whole experience was such a treat.

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Old 07-31-2012, 09:28 AM   #145
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These stories are amazing!! Here's ours.

This was from either our first or second Magic cruise, when my son was around 6 or 7. In the Oceaneer Club, they had a slumber party with Goofy and were given adorable travel-size pillows with "Disney Magic" and Disney characters on there in black outline. The kids were given fabric markers and allowed to color them however they wanted.

As it happened, Ernie Sabella -- the voice of Pumbaa -- was on our cruise as well. One day he was doing a meet & greet, and my son decided he wanted to ask Mr. Sabella if he would sign his pillow since Timon & Pumbaa were on there as well. So he trots up there and presents his pillow, and Mr. Sabella was so excited! He had no idea that Pumbaa was on the pillows, and said so in his best Pumbaa voice. He signed the pillow for my son, and it instantly became my son's favorite possession.

Fast forward to disembarkation, and we're at that sad last breakfast when I realize the pillow is missing. I race back to the room, but it had already been completely stripped. Guest services told me to check with lost & found once we got off, but no luck. There, they gave me their phone number and told me to keep checking as sometimes it took a while for items to make it there. I called every day once we got home, but the pillow never showed up. My son was heartbroken.

I knew it couldn't replace the original, but I decided to call DCL and see if there was any way I could buy one, like you can with parks merchandise. I explained the whole story and told her I would be happy to pay whatever the cost and shipping was, just to see that sad look removed from my son's face. She told me she would check on it and get back to me.

Two weeks later, there was a package at our door. A new pillow, re-signed by Mr. Sabella. It turned out that he was on the cruise again with his mother a couple of weeks later, and they went and explained the whole story to him. The look on my son's face was absolutely priceless.

He's 16 and a Junior in high school now, and that pillow is still his most highly prized possession.

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DH & I went on a Disney cruise and participated the first night Match Your Mate game. ...... But it wasn't just winning it that made it special- it was the interactions with the CMs. They called us by name every night. Went we would enter the club, David (I believe that was his name- British guy) would always announce us- "Our favorite couple is back- here's Ben and Ashley!!!!"
My husband and I got picked to play that game one one cruise too. He gave a very memorable answer to one question, and for the rest of the cruise, we were referred to as "Couple #2" by the CM who led the game as well as people that were in the audience that night. It really made his cruise complete to have such recognition on the ship!
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Last July on the Dream, my DS, who was 7, received a Magical Moments certificate for his origami skills from the Oceanears Lab staff. He has Aspergers and does better with self play activities. He attended a session about origami early in our 5 night cruise but asked to do it everyday in the lab. He made several great pieces. We were all surprised on the last night of the cruise when we returned to our stateroom after dinner to find that he had been pixie dusted with the certificate! It did wonders for his self-esteem - it brought tears to my eyes!
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We wanted to get some more photos, but we were way too early as late dinner was still in full swing. So we decided to just sit on one of the sofas in the atrium and wait. We had maybe sat there for a couple of minutes when somebody in an officer's uniform came up to us. I was a bit slow on the uptake that day and I just assumed that we were in the way. I was just about to get up, when he said something along the lines of that there is to be no more talk of waves. It was actually Captain Fabian. My DH had made a comment during the Captain's photo the previous day that he would like some more waves. Captain Fabian sat down with us and we had a great chat. He has been with Disney Cruise Line from the very beginning and was involved in the building of all 4 ships. It was very interesting to listen to him and he patiently answered any questions that we had. He spent a good 30 minutes with us. This was definitely a treat. I was impressed that he not only remembered what DH Graham had said, but also that he had recognised us. He must have met hundreds of people the previous day. The whole experience was such a treat.

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:51 AM   #150
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This may not sound like much, but last year my family went on a cruise and brought my best friend, the first night at dinner we both ordered kiddy cocktails along with the other two girls at the table. We were laughing amongst ourselves about how we were jealous that one of the girls got two cherries. From that night on every time we sat down for dinner there were kiddy cocktails and a huge bowl of cherries for all of us.

It's just those small things that make the trips so much better.
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