I was standing in the lobby of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, nursing a sore throat and a few days of exhaustion. I was at Walt Disney World Resort to cover the opening of New Fantasyland and Test Track, both of which were amazing, and despite the hours of fun and magic I was ready to go home. I missed my family.
A Disney cast member asked me if I had a minute to stick around. He said there was going to be a family reunion flashmob in the lobby that would be worth seeing. He seemed pretty excited by the pending entertainment, so I decided to forgo one last churro and enjoy the show.
I am so glad that I did.
I must admit, when he said there was going to be a family reunion flashmob I pictured 96 Joneses in matching red shirts dancing to Lady Gaga or some such. I was not prepared for the entire restaurant staff to pour into the lobby and assume the position.
And I certainly wasn’t prepared for the entrance of Captain Pickering.
There was a lot of magic at WDW last week, from flying elephants to a flying dragon, and there were also a lot of bittersweet moments where I found myself missing my kids, knowing how much they would enjoy all of the excitement. The Pickerings gave me a moment of perspective, and I thank them for doing so.
Well done, Disney.
Photo: Disney/Matt Stroshane
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