Special Memories at Walt Disney World

I have been travelling to Walt Disney World for years and unfortunately I am no longer easily impressed when it comes to things happening around me while in the parks. All that changed this year when I saw Tinkerbell’s flight (for the 1,000th time) through the eyes of Maddie! This short video tells you all about it!


During this same trip … it was the last night of our trip…. we had no dining reservation….it was approaching 7 p.m. and while walking through Epcot it seemed as if the Rose and Crown Pub in the UK Pavilion (one of my favorites) did not have much of a line waiting to be seated….as luck would have it, they were able to seat my party (4 adults and one child) within 20 minutes. In typical Disney fashion, they also honored my request to sit in an area that would allow the little one in the group to see Illuminations if we were not done with dinner when it was time. Service was a bit slower than normal, but I could not complain since they did seat us so promptly without a reservation.

Mid-way through our meal, the manager, along with 2 servers approached our table to speak to the little one in my party (Maddie-age 4). They explained to Maddie that poor Mickey Mouse was stuck in a monorail traffic jam and could not reach Epcot in time to start the Illuminations fireworks show. Everyone in Epcot would be disappointed if there could not be any show so he asked them find a really pretty, well behaved little one to help start the fireworks for him. Maddie’s face lit up – little did they know that one of her favorite things was watching fireworks – so to actually be able to start the fireworks was unbelievable!

Maddie, along with her Mom, joined the cast members along the railing on the patio. She was given a large glowing wand and was told when it was time she had to wave the wand to start the fireworks. She waited patiently for a few seconds – the cast members told her to point the wand and wave – and on cue Illuminations began over the lagoon. To see the face of a 4 year old that believed she was starting the fireworks as she heard the excitement of all of the crowds in Epcot was definitely one of the most magical WDW moments I have had. Maddie is still telling everyone she meets that she started the fireworks for Mickey Mouse!