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Old 01-17-2013, 09:59 AM   #181
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Tinsel Christmas decorations at DHS.
Kids TV area at check-in.
Putting on our lanyards as we drive up.
Mickey shaped electrical pole. See you real soon!
When the train drives up for the opening show, tears.
The smell in the air - everywhere on property.
Hoop Dee Doo Revue.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:22 AM   #182
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[QUOTE=DisneyFive;45033145]Being a kid again... and soaking up the magic with my family

I love this one, and I loved the PP's where she enjoyed watching her granddaughter and her saying "she IS real," and the One Republic song observation...it too transports me to that magical place every time (but I can't figure out how to do multiple quotes!!


My things would be:
that walk down an almost empty Main Street for early CP reservation
Wishes (gets me every time!!)
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:27 AM   #183
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The smells of Spaceship Earth
Finally getting on Peter Pan after waiting in line
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #184
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Walking into the lobby at AKL
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #185
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Just walking down Main St in the morning... Man I love doing that... It's what I keep remembering when I daydream about Disney.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:49 AM   #186
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Being called Princess by a CM, even though I'm 31 years old.

The moment the lights go out right before Wishes or Illuminations.

The sparkling fairy lights in the trees near the Castle.

Arriving at EPCOT by monorail--it's the way everyone should arrive on their first visit.

Feeling my own eyes light up like a child as the MSEP goes by--and seeing the same look of awe reflected in my son's face.

Chance encounters with characters as they are in transit. I don't do formal character meets, but I do love those spontaneous run-ins.

After the fireworks, when the crowds are still pushing onto ferries and monorails and trams, walking through a subdued Epcot or Magic Kingdom, enjoying the lights and the company of my family and feeling as though the whole place is ours.

That fantastic water-ride smell.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:50 AM   #187
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Walking through the Poly on the way to ride the monorail to the MK

Being at a park for Rope Drop - especially the MK

Walking down Main Street when the park first opens

Mickey shaped ice cream and dole whips

Driving on the property for the first time after arriving
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #188
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-Soaking in Main Street, USA and feeling transported to a simpler time

-First glimpse of the castle

-"Welcome, foolish mortals!"

-Taking an afternoon train ride to slow down for a bit

-My kids insisting we have to eat at CP the first morning even though they will be 7yo on our next trip. They are just as sentimental as I am.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:59 AM   #189
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I tried to think of the little things that stuck out to me on our very first trip... at least most of these are from our first trip.
  • All the big white Mickey hands waving to you walking down Main Street when the park opens.
  • Hearing the music to the “Celebrate a Dream Come True” parade as it passes by
  • The convenience of the buses. I feel like I’m at one HUGE all inclusive when vacationing at WDW.
  • Hearing that soft whir and looking up as the monorail passes overhead at Epcot
  • The smell of oranges on Soarin’
  • The shrimp and steak at ‘Ohanas
  • Watching ‘DiVine’ at AK.
  • The lobby of the Grand Floridian (wow!)
  • Standing on the beach by the Beach Club lagoon area facing the Boardwalk. Awesome view.
  • The feel of old Hollywood at HS and the street performers.
  • Relaxing and having a beer while waiting for Fantasmic to start.
  • Answering my daughter, “Yes, that is real fire” (to her amazement) as the lagoon bursts into flames the first time we saw Fantasmic.
  • Seeing the bubbles floating down during the Finding Nemo musical
  • The starry night scene during Spaceship Earth
  • The dip in the pool at night after a day in the parks.
  • While not a little thing… the full park opening show at MK. It got me misty eyed on our first stay, so surreal.
Most of all though, as I posted before, it’s being a kid again and enjoying the magic with my family.

and to all!

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #190
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yes, yes, yes

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The purple road signs on property.

I'm not sure if many people notice these, but since we drive seeing the purple direction signs means that we are finally in disney! For that week we are no longer part of the real world, just enjoying the magic :D
ditto! you have entered the wonderful world of disney, i don't want to leave!
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:29 PM   #191
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-when me, dh, and dd get in van to drive to dw.
-when we check in to resort and we have arrived
-decorating our room & window
-kicking the trip off @ ohana and walking out on beach to watch wishes
-the boat rides everywhere
-all the piped in music everywhere
-having our 1st dole float, & stuffed cheese pretzel
-our 1st ride @ mk - peter pan
-riding the monorail at night
-riding the train around mk
-smelling the orange groves in soarin and end @ DL.
-walking around WS with some kind of drink
-the music to light parade and wishes.
-seeing mickey appear @ top of mountain in fantasmic/chills
-just being there
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:21 PM   #192
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When the cast member hands me my KTTW card at check in.

Listening to the cast members at Le Cellier sing "O Canada" when the restaurant opens.

Taking a Mickey bar ice cream break while listening to Off Kilter.

Catching the cuckoo clock in the German Pavilion at the top of the hour.

Two weeks and counting.......
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:26 PM   #193
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My personal ones are:
-eating Uncrustables
-Mr Disney Bus voice
-The monorail speech
-Walking down main street
-"Paging Mr Morrow. Mr Tom Morrow"
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:28 PM   #194
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That even after 30+ trips, we always see something new!
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:32 PM   #195
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Watching the characters show respect to my little princess.
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