As guests at the Walt Disney World Resort, even as guests on Disney ships, we have had our fair share of magical moments. And, while no big-extra special-magical moments happened during our Summer 2013 trip, there was more than one occasion when we were right next to the magic happening for other guests.
We had made reservations at Rose & Crown in the United Kingdom Pavilion at EPCOT one evening. The plan was to ask for an outside table so that we could watch Illuminations. It had been raining earlier in the day and the patio had been closed. Well, imagine our surprise when we were the second family to be seated on the patio when we were shown our table. How wonderful!
The other table was occupied by a Make-A-Wish family. As the evening progressed, Cast Members came to the table with the story that Mickey was stuck on the monorail and would not make it to EPCOT in time to start Illuminations. The child is the family was being asked to start Illuminations in Mickey’s place. A while later, the Cast Members appeared again; this time with magic wands. As the start of Illuminations approached, the Cast Members reappeared and counted down to the initial blast for Illuminations which appeared to be created by the magic wands. After Illuminations, a special dessert arrived along with a certificate commemorating the magic moment.
Sitting at the next table gave us a great vantage point in which to see and hear all of the happenings. And, they were just as magical for us. . . being able to witness their family’s magical moment.
Another came during our wet, last morning at Magic Kingdom. We were wondering how the park opens in the rain—opening ceremony that is. It was just a few minutes prior to opening and a Cast Member appeared from the tunnel asking for a family with a real camera. The family covered in orange ponchos right in front of us spoke up and they were whisked away and appeared as the family of the day opening the park. We were excited for them!
Had we had our noses in a menu or park map, we might have missed all that magic happening right around us. That is how Disney does it; magic all around and you just never know when and how it will appear. And when you are nearby and get to witness magical moments for others, the Pixie Dust can land on you too.