Our Disney Military Homecoming Surprise!

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by surfergirl602, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. surfergirl602

    surfergirl602 <font color=deeppink>Well you're one step ahead of

    Jan 8, 2008
    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.
  2. Lorelei Lee

    Lorelei Lee DIS Veteran

    Feb 6, 2011
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    I think that was absolutely wonderful!!!
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  4. thedonduck

    thedonduck DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2011
    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!
  5. SkyGirl

    SkyGirl Survivor

    Jul 8, 2007
    How fantastic! Thank your husband for his service for our country!

    You have a beautiful family!
  6. Jedana

    Jedana DIS Veteran

    Feb 27, 2011
    Darn it Disney, you made me cry!

    Welcome home soldier!
  7. Shea&Van

    Shea&Van &Waves

    Feb 16, 2011
    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 :)
  8. lynxstch

    lynxstch I Love Figment

    Feb 2, 2001
    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!!!
  9. shell8558

    shell8558 DIS Veteran

    Mar 12, 2011
    How wonderful!!! I couldnt help but cry! Please tell him thank you for his service!
  10. dislaney

    dislaney faith♡ love♡ pixiedust ♡

    Nov 25, 2009
    Wow, awesome video! Thank your husband for his service for our country! And thank you for sharing! :thumbsup2
  11. JayhawkFans

    JayhawkFans Mouseketeer

    Aug 25, 2010
    Thanks for sharing & thanks to your husband for serving and defending our country!
  12. mickeywho?

    mickeywho? <font color=teal>I think when they became trendy p

    Nov 23, 2005
    You've got me blubbering again! Thanks for sharing your magical moment with all of us - so amazing

  13. afnaechiquita

    afnaechiquita DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    That was amazing! :goodvibes
  14. ndpeirce

    ndpeirce Earning My Ears

    Aug 9, 2010
    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.
  15. mzozzietj

    mzozzietj Next trip: November 2016

    Aug 10, 2010
    I've seen the videos before but they still make me cry. I love that you and your family had such a magical homecoming.
  16. MichelleinMaine

    MichelleinMaine DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2008
    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.
  17. java

    java <font color=darkorchid>I am embracing the Turkey B

    Jan 18, 2005
    Welcome home soldier! Beautiful.:sad:
  18. maryliz

    maryliz <font color=990099>The Whoosh Fairy RULEs, the Blo

    Oct 15, 2000
    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 !
  19. JoshAndEvsMom

    JoshAndEvsMom DIS Veteran

    May 11, 2011
    Oh my goodness. Those videos are SO AWESOME! :thumbsup2 Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip!
  20. appleorchard

    appleorchard DIS Veteran

    Nov 22, 2006
    Unbelievable Disney magic! The reason we keep going back...
  21. surfergirl602

    surfergirl602 <font color=deeppink>Well you're one step ahead of

    Jan 8, 2008
    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!

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