A Simple Memory From the Magic Kingdom – Don’t Forget to Share Your Favorite Memory with Us!
by: guide4wdw – Collin
For many of us who visit the parks time after time, certain memories tend to stand out from the rest. Of course, each Disney vacation tells it’s own individual story and creates memories of a lifetime, but a select few experiences will always remain in the forefront of our minds. We all have a story tell, and the more you hear these stories, the more you start to recognize that memories aren’t always about the place, the attractions, or even the food, but rather the people you spend your time with in the parks.
Personally, for one reason or another, an incredibly simple experience will always stand out in my mind. Quite a few years ago, long before the redevelopment of the Magic Kingdom Hub, my family was looking for a place to “claim our spot” for Wishes and happened to end up right next to a signboard that depicted a layout of the parks. At the time, the board was located just on the left hand side as you made your way toward the castle, very close to where the Hub Grass (new viewing area) is today. To this day, I have no idea how we ended up there or why we even picked that spot, but it certainly wasn’t ideal. Fortunately though, the story doesn’t end there.
The fireworks began and the show went on as it does each and every night of the year. However, as we watched, I remember looking around at first my family, but also the people around us and something about that experience just stuck with me. I can remember standing there, leaning up against that park map like it was yesterday. I’m not exactly sure why, but that outstandingly simple moment surrounded by family has always stuck with me. I’m not sure if it was the joy that I saw on the faces around me as I glanced around from a new perspective, or simply the happiness the experience helped create, but there was something special about that moment that I’ll never forget.
Either way, it’s simply astounding to me that one man’s incredible dream created all of this for each of us to enjoy. No matter how old you are or if it’s your first visit or your 100th visit, you always leave the parks with a smile on your face and a new memory to share for years to come.
We all have those memories that stand out in our minds, and quite honestly it may be one of the many things that creates these outstanding online communities, as well as many in person friendships with other Disney enthusiasts. I’ve said it before, but I’ll gladly say it again, I truly think that our appreciation for this place goes far beyond the attractions and relies more on the memories these attractions and experiences create. Think about it for a minute. When you think through the best experiences you’ve had at Disney, what comes to mind? For most of us, those memories won’t be of a particular attraction, but rather a result of the attraction and the people we got to share those moments with.
Cherish those memories, and remember to enjoy every moment of those outstanding scenarios. Life’s too short to rush through the simple joys of these experiences. Appreciate every detail and you’ll be surprised what you remember years down the road!
If you have a memory that stands out far above the rest, be sure to share it with us down below or on Facebook/Twitter! We want to hear about those experiences!