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Best Places I've Ever Been: Disney Memories

I'm sitting here watching this Travel Channel show from 2011 called "The Best Places I've Ever Been: Disney Memories" and it's an okay show I guess. However they have these celebrities talking about their favorite Disney memories and most of them have film to go with everything, it's all staged. It's really starting to annoy me, because most of us don't have a camera crew walking around with us to capture our "favorite" memories. We also don't get the special access these stars are getting, most BBB trips don't end with the kids meeting a Princess on the Rose Garden lawn. Fakey fakey fake!

So you tell me, what is your very favorite, real and true, Disney memory?

Mine is from the weekend I graduated boot camp and went to the brand new Hollywood Studios (MGM) and Mickey Mouse got down on one knee and proposed to me. It was the most magical moment ever. Then Minnie came out and boxed his ears and dragged him off for meet -n- greets.

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Thanks for sharing Kristen, great memories.

I think one of my most memorable memories was one of the first times scrappy and I went with out the kids. We were in AK and in the meet and great are and Chip & Dale were there and no body else, other then a CM or two and some other adults. Well those two started going at it, dancing around with us, and then riding the bench like it was a bucking bronco, until the CM's told them they had to calm down because children were coming. We had a ball!

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mrhub wrote:
Thanks for sharing Kristen, great memories.

I think one of my most memorable memories was one of the first times scrappy and I went with out the kids. We were in AK and in the meet and great are and Chip & Dale were there and no body else, other then a CM or two and some other adults. Well those two started going at it, dancing around with us, and then riding the bench like it was a bucking bronco, until the CM's told them they had to calm down because children were coming. We had a ball!

Hahaha love this!

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How fantastic! I know that sometimes (on other boards of course, never here!) adults that love Characters get bashed on. Honestly I think that the Character Actors work just as hard to make magic for the Grown Ups at WDW as they do the kids. There's truly some sort of magic there when a giant cartoon character suddenly becomes your friend and it doesn't matter what your age is. I'm so happy that the Characters seem to know that they make magic for everyone.

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Sharing a Mickey bar with Dad and being amazed he could bite the whole ear off.

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Watching Illuminations from the Italy pavilion / bridge. We wanted to be over by Norway, but weren't moving fast enough. Had just bought some fancy chocolates in Italy when the lights went out. We more or less stumbled upon an open railing where we leaned back, snacked on awesome chocolate and were immersed in the nearness of the fireworks. It was breathtaking!

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I love your Pal Mickey mrhub. I still take mine to the parks too Smile

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DisneyDee27 wrote:
I love your Pal Mickey mrhub. I still take mine to the parks too Smile

Thanks Dee. We try to.

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Playing in the parade at Magic Kingdom. It was 90 degrees, we were in full length uniforms, and my tuba was extra heavy because of the humidity. But as soon as we went by that castle, it didn't matter anymore.

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I have SOOOO many.. One year I won a coloring contest and got to go to Disneyland really early in the morning, have a buffet breakfast in Fantasyland, meet and greets with tons of characters then head to the theatre on Main Street and see the Lion King before it was released in theaters. It was so cool.

I think one of my favorite memories however has to be in 2009. My mom's birthday is also our wedding anniversary. Well that year was the promotion with Disneyland to get in free on your birthday if you register in advance. I signed up my mom without telling her about it and we told her we were going to take her to breakfast that morning, but it had to be early because Andy had to get to work not too late. Well, we had my cousin come along to be a ride buddy but he hid in the car in case my mom was looking, I gave her her "birthday present" which was a cd case I wrapped with the letter inside saying it was her golden ticket to Disneyland. She opened it and was so confused! I told her "we are going to Disneyland!" She was shocked! "We are?! Right now?!" It was awesome. Then she started to cry and laugh. Everyone in the whole family knew yet she had no idea. We got her a birthday button and took her over to California Adventure for the first time and treated her the whole day.

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WyckedPhoenix wrote:
Then she started to cry and laugh.

So did I! What a great story!

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Kristen K. wrote:
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Then she started to cry and laugh.

So did I! What a great story!

Awe! Thanks Kristen. My mom LOVES Disneyland like I do and it was awesome to be able to do that for her.

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My wife and I have had lots of fun and special moments, but my personel ones was back in 2009. We where in DHS in the 'Star Tours' area, DArth Vader was out flanked by a StormTrooper doing meet and greets, but the line was huge, so I did my normal and wandered off taking photos around the area. I turned round again and another Storm Trooper was working his way up through the roped area and pointed at me to come over. He signed our autograph book and posed with me for a few photos (my wife took them) I was soooooo happy...... But when we'd finished, some kids came running over thinking he'd do the same for them, he waved them off and pointed to the line and walked off back to Darth Vader. awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome

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mrhub wrote:
Thanks for sharing Kristen, great memories.

I think one of my most memorable memories was one of the first times scrappy and I went with out the kids. We were in AK and in the meet and great are and Chip & Dale were there and no body else, other then a CM or two and some other adults. Well those two started going at it, dancing around with us, and then riding the bench like it was a bucking bronco, until the CM's told them they had to calm down because children were coming. We had a ball!

When was that top picture taken? It looks like an older photo but if it was taken in animal kingdom it can't be that old

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January 2004 Jess.

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mrhub wrote:
DisneyDee27 wrote:
I love your Pal Mickey mrhub. I still take mine to the parks too Smile

Thanks Dee. We try to.

does that still work

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Yep!

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cool i thought they got rid of pal mickey

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Well they don't sell him anymore, and honestly, we have not taken him in a trip or 2 so he may not update at the park anymore, but he did 2 years ago. Might have to try him again.

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I thought that was the coolest thing don't know why they got rid of it

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My favourite Disney memory was three years ago when I was able to surprise my dad with a father/son Thanksgiving trip to Disney World, and him not having to pay a dime.

Every trip we took from 1989 until our last trip we took together, he worked his job for to pay for those trips and those trips alone. I know he sacrificed so much to make those trips happen.....And it made me feel really good and proud to be able to take him; maybe his last time, without him worrying about paying for anything.

We flew 1st class (his first time) took a limo (his first time) to the resort. I wanted to show him that everything he did for me growing up and allowing me the privileges in life paid off and I could now give him something in return. Especially at a place like Disney World, where we spent a great deal of time together when I was younger.

The trips to Disney with him were always special, and I hoped the trip I took him on would remind him of those times together. And just how special and thankful I was to be able to go with him so many times.

Funny looking back on that trip. I remember him at the airport with a big smile on his face in the 1st class line at security as we breezed past everyone else. He said, "I could get use to this son". Or on the plane (he is not a world traveler by any means) trying to pay for his drinks and having someone carry his bags when the limo driver picked us up at the airport. He had never had someone do anything like that for him I'm sure. He really had no idea what to do.

Besides my first trip to Disney. By far my favourite trip. Sorry for the length of the post. Just wanted to share that memory.

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Awww Eddie, that's a fantastic memory! Thank you so much for sharing that magic with us all. I hope that my kids look back on Disney (and me) with that much love. What a good son.

Now, someone please hand me a hankie because I'm all teary eyed from reading that.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Awww Eddie, that's a fantastic memory! Thank you so much for sharing that magic with us all. I hope that my kids look back on Disney (and me) with that much love. What a good son.

Now, someone please hand me a hankie because I'm all teary eyed from reading that.

Thank you very much, Kristen. Though I wasn't always a "good son" I can tell you that. I did my fair share of youthful "know it all" mistakes, I assure you. So don't give me too much credit just yet wink

It was a great trip and I would do it again in a heart beat. But thank you for the kind words and allowing me to share that memory with other Disney fans.

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Eddie that was a wonderful memory to share. There is not a person on this site that hasn't had their share of "youthful discretions" but it is nice to honor your father with a trip that he will never forget.

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Eddie, that is one awesome and wonderful story and memory. That you would even think to do that speaks to great character.

YAY EDDIE!! yay yay clapping clapping yay yay

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Eddie G. wrote:
My favourite Disney memory was three years ago when I was able to surprise my dad with a father/son Thanksgiving trip to Disney World, and him not having to pay a dime.

Every trip we took from 1989 until our last trip we took together, he worked his job for to pay for those trips and those trips alone. I know he sacrificed so much to make those trips happen.....And it made me feel really good and proud to be able to take him; maybe his last time, without him worrying about paying for anything.

We flew 1st class (his first time) took a limo (his first time) to the resort. I wanted to show him that everything he did for me growing up and allowing me the privileges in life paid off and I could now give him something in return. Especially at a place like Disney World, where we spent a great deal of time together when I was younger.

The trips to Disney with him were always special, and I hoped the trip I took him on would remind him of those times together. And just how special and thankful I was to be able to go with him so many times.

Funny looking back on that trip. I remember him at the airport with a big smile on his face in the 1st class line at security as we breezed past everyone else. He said, "I could get use to this son". Or on the plane (he is not a world traveler by any means) trying to pay for his drinks and having someone carry his bags when the limo driver picked us up at the airport. He had never had someone do anything like that for him I'm sure. He really had no idea what to do.

Besides my first trip to Disney. By far my favourite trip. Sorry for the length of the post. Just wanted to share that memory.

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I had a major operation in Fall 2000. It wasn't such a sure thing I would make it through. I was grounded for awhile and then I got the OK to go to Florida in early December. And then there I was at MVMCP and it was snowing on Main Street and I just felt so happy and lucky to be alive and with my family. It really felt like Christmas did when you were a little kid.

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Great memory, Eddie! What a special experience for you and your dad to have shared.

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The first (and only) time I saw The Magic, The Memories, and You. It took my breath away and I actually teared up and cried. Loved it. (and now to demonstrate the full extent of my Disney-geekness - I've actually watched it on youtube. More than once!!)

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The first (and only) time I saw The Magic, The Memories, and You. It took my breath away and I actually teared up and cried. Loved it. (and now to demonstrate the full extent of my Disney-geekness - I've actually watched it on youtube. More than once!!)

I downloaded it off you tube and watch it all the time.

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I had a major operation in Fall 2000. It wasn't such a sure thing I would make it through. I was grounded for awhile and then I got the OK to go to Florida in early December. And then there I was at MVMCP and it was snowing on Main Street and I just felt so happy and lucky to be alive and with my family. It really felt like Christmas did when you were a little kid.

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