I sometimes forget how “visible” our love for all things Disney is to other people. Yesterday’s agenda included parade watching followed by an afternoon of soccer and I was wearing a Winnie the Pooh and friends sweatshirt that I have had for nearly 20 years, Mickey earrings and watch that I wear almost daily. For both the parade and soccer we were sitting in our “Disney Fan” chairs—click here to read more.
When I sat down on the parade route, a mom next to me started to ask about Walt Disney World. Their family was a family of 6 so accommodations were of concern. I suggested Family Suites at the Value Resorts and a Cabin at Fort Wilderness—both of which sleep six. She then shared how her and her husband had honeymooned at Walt Disney World.
During the parade, the boy noticed that the parade banner used by our local hospital included the use of Disney font. I think it was the N's and D's that gave it away. Yeah, that's my boy! Another adult noticed too and I told them that the font was available via free download to a computer so it was most likely not breaking any Copyright laws. And, the use of the font, made people think Disney, not about their hospital, so it might have backfired on them.
After the parade, we were off to soccer and it was my shift to volunteer in the soccer concession stand. The other soccer moms joined me I got the “okay, we need to talk about Disney as we are going during spring break.”
“How exciting!” I replied. “What do you want to know?” The conversation went on to ask questions about character dining, specifically dinner. I suggested Chef Mickey’s. They then asked if I had dined in the Castle. Which Castle? Cinderella’s or The Beast’s? The answer would be yes to both.
I then said that I was only giving them ideas for dinner—as that is what they had asked for, but that there was character dining available for every meal—breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Okay, the wheels were really turning at this point. They said that were trying to have one meal that was more for boys and another for girls. Chef Mickey’s would definitely fit the bill and then I suggested 1900 Park Fair, as Cinderella and Prince Charming join dinner guests. I followed up with an email to both of them this morning with a link to all of the character dining available at Walt Disney World.
Somewhere in the mix of dialogue, I was asked the question about how many times has our family gone to Walt Disney World. Well, personally, I have been there 13 times, though 11 of them have been with my family—the husband and the boy. This number is in the average range based on my experiences with other Disney fans—more than most, less than some. Then came the cruise question. Yes, we are about to sail for our 6th time on a Disney ship. They both committed that someday they would take a Disney cruise, even if it was without their husbands.
I had to ask—why wouldn’t your husbands want to go on a Disney cruise? I was told that motion sickness was a concern. I can understand. At the same time, while the ship’s movement is minimized with stabilizers, I long for the feeling of being rocked to sleep on the sea.
These gals are well on their way to planning a magical Disney vacation. And, I am happy to help.
What the day also illustrated is that Disney is great “bonder” for lack of a better word. I got to hear about previous vacations and upcoming vacations, all shared with smiles and fond memories. That is exactly what Disney does—brings people together. The mom at the parade said it is such a great place to escape from the world. You bet it is! We only need the weather information as far as news goes. We very much “unplug” while we are at the most magical place on earth.
So, while I forget that I have “my Disney on”, others obviously notice and conversations ensue from there. And, of course, I am happy to talk about anything Disney!