Millions of people visit Disney Parks every year.
I’m not that great at math, but that means at least eleventy mabillion families, couples and friends making memories at the parks every single day.
And sometimes, those people could use a little extra magic.
Especially when they least expect it.
The first time we took both our kids to Walt Disney World, they were itty bitty. Our flight had been delayed by about eight hours, and what should have been a good-for-kids-who-nap afternoon arrival, turned into a way-past-bedtime nightmare. We were dragging, the kids were beyond exhausted, and no one was feeling very happy.
As we pulled up to Port Orleans French Quarter in the middle of the night, a smiling cast member awaited us, ready to take us to our room right away. What’s more, as he put Mardi Gras around our necks, tickled the baby’s toes, and gave our toddler coins to throw in the fountain, he let us know that we had been chosen as “Family of the Week.”
Each day, a surprise awaited us – Mickey and Minnie plushes, a personalized, autographed photo of the Fabulous Five, some VIP perks – and we were incredibly touched. Though I’m sure we would have had a great time anyway (it is Disney after all), that someone went out of their way to show us such kindness was truly amazing.
Then, someone tweeted me this story about the 3:00 parade and how the cast members involved made some serious magic for two little girls from Sandy Hook, and it inspired me to crowd source more random acts of Disney.
The 10 that made me smile, cry and otherwise want to sprinkle pixie dust everywhere:
Photo credits: There are a lot. Please see each individual slide for attribution.