OK, so I can be a little bit sappy about all things Disney to begin with, so try not to judge me by some of the things that definitely choke me up every time that I experience them in the parks. I just love all things Disney so much, and have great respect for the history of how Disney World came to be and what it continues to become. I will share a little piece of my heart with you guys and share the 9 things at Walt Disney World that choke me up every time:
9. Happy reactions and excitement from children
You can’t beat the light in the eyes of children young and old at Disney, whether it is their first time or their 100th. The magic and happiness is overflowing when you are at Disney and it can be very touching. There is nothing like hearing “Welcome Home” or “Hello, Princess” from the cast members that work so hard to make each day the most magical day of your life. My favorite is to watch the expressions and happiness on the faces of others during different shows and entertainment. It’s contagious and I’m tearing up writing about it!
8. The picture of Robin Williams at Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Robin Williams is a major character in several Disney or Touchstone movies. He was the star character in the remake of Flubber, and is pictured in the Imagination Institute for as the scientist from Flubber to be recognized in the institute. After his sad passing, this has become another spot to pay homage to him and gives you a little bit of the “feels” when you remember the contributions that he has made to Disney through his career.
7. The “partners” statue in front of the castle
There is a statue of Mickey and Walt holding hands and Walt is waving. The power and meaning behind the statue definitely bring forward all of the emotion for true Disney fans. Walt was an extremely amazing man, and he truly loved his creation, Mickey Mouse. It did all start with a mouse. Every time I see the statue, I pay respects to Walt and gratitude for all that he has given us and left for us to enjoy for year after year.
6. Carousel of Progress
This was an attraction that Walt was part of creating, so it has an added dose of nostalgia and appreciation for Walt, himself. This attraction was created for the World’s Fair and people loved it. It found its home in the parks and isn’t visited as often as I truly feel that it deserves. It is still an entertaining attraction and a great place to cool off and relax for a little bit. The ending scene gets me every time with appreciation for Walt and all that Disney strives to do.
5. Walt Disney Presents
Walt Disney Presents offers guests a chance to view the history of Walt, but has the addition of a space for guests to preview what’s on the horizon. We’ve always loved this informative collection of memorabilia, designs, and historical models about Walt. Now we get to experience the past, present, and future of Walt Disney! We still get choked up however walking Walt’s footsteps through history to give us the magical experience we get to enjoy today.
4. Voices of Liberty performances
The Voices of Liberty are an AMAZING singing group at the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot. They sing patriotic songs, Disney songs, old classics and you get the feels every time from their amazing voices. They pay respect to soldiers, America as a country and share some of America’s amazing history with the guests. If you haven’t experienced this one, you must catch it your next trip. I get a new sense of patriotism after being there and looking around the pavilion.
3. Happily Ever After
Fireworks have always been the perfect way to wrap up a day at Magic Kingdom! Happily Ever After Fireworks has replaced Wishes, but has thankfully lived up to the beautiful display of fireworks, lasers, projection, music, and storytelling Magic Kingdom is known for. With 18-minutes of “heart, heroism, and humor”, Happily Ever After will send you on your way with your own “happily ever after” ending to an unforgettable Magic Kingdom day! I’ll never get tired of the expressions on my boys’ faces and how they can’t take their eyes off of the amazement in the sky.
2. Looking at Cinderella Castle
The view from the front of Main Street in the Magic Kingdom is something that words don’t do justice in describing. Glancing down the street at the castle, combined with the sea of happy guests, the happy music and all of the amazing smells, make the view one of the best sights in the entire world. The castle is extremely impressive and reminds you of what it feels like to be a child, reminds you of your favorite movies and characters and just sets the tone for a fantastic day. I continue to be impressed and in awe of the castle even after seeing that view countless times.
1. All of the classic Mickey appearances during Fantasmic
If you are a Mickey fan, like me, than you will definitely understand why I still get choked up every time I experience this one. Fantasmic is an amazing show for many reasons, and one of these being that you get to see Mickey in many of his different classic outfits and forms. You get him in his tux, as “classic” Mickey, and as the Brave Little Tailor. You also get to see him actually drive the Steamboat as Steamboat Willie with all of his friends riding on the steamboat. This is the start of the slow tears for me, getting to see him live in action from his very first cartoon. Then later he appears at the very top of the mountain as Sorcerer Mickey (my personal favorite) and proceeds to conduct a firework show from the very top of the mountain. I get overwhelmed with emotion from the history and watching Mickey really come to life on the stage from many of his classic performances. If you haven’t seen this show, bring the tissues and make sure you stop there on your next trip!