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    When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    This is a thread for you to share special stories from the parks: stories about wonderful magic moments that no human being could have planned or even much affected, leaving you sorely tempted to conclude that there really is a magical force present.

    I have several.

    1. Way back in the Paleolithic era when I was a wee sprog, my family went to Disneyland for Thumper's Easter Egg Hunt. I lost hold of my first scratcher card before we even got inside the park, but the CMs were nice and gave me a replacement, no questions asked. My first prize of the day was free popcorn--trivial, but cool for a little kid. Then as we were leaving, what should I see blowing around in front of the floral Mickey but a brand-new, unused scratcher card! My mom let us hurry back into the park for another go, and this time my prize was a voucher for a free Disneyland ticket! Talk about hitting the jackpot! For the longest time, I was convinced that the second ticket was actually the one I lost, come back to me.

    2. On a recent visit, I was in a silly mood. We rode the Haunted Mansion and my Doom Buggy got Phineas (the carpetbagger with the top hat) as our Hitchhiking Ghost, so I joked that I was stealing his hat. After we got off the ride, I asked everyone in the group to admire my ghost hat. Later in the day, we went on the ride again, my Doom Buggy got Phineas again...and his hat was missing.

    3. Remember a few years ago when it poured rain on the Rose Parade? My sister and BIL and I went to Disneyland that day. It poured in Anaheim too, until about mid-afternoon, when the clouds broke and there was a gorgeous, bold-colored rainbow in the sky. We were in Frontierland at the time, and from our perspective, the rainbow was slanting right over Thunder Mountain...right over the former site of Rainbow Ridge.

    4. One time my family went and we all split up to go on different rides. I went on the Matterhorn, and as I was getting into the bobsled, I noticed that a previous rider had left something there. It was a sweater. In fact, it was my sister's sweater, the very distinctive one she had worn that day. When we met back up for dinner, she sure was glad to get it back! Could the Disneyland spirits have guided me to the mountain at just the right time to find it?

    So, how about the rest of you? Got any such amazing stories to tell?

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    I didn't witness this, but a friend of mine did:

    Mary Poppins was out and about in Town Square doing her usual meet and greet. There was this little boy about 10 or 11 years old holding a soda bottle who kept telling Mary that magic wasn't real. As he was telling her this, he kept shaking the bottle. Mary just stood there as a proper lady and told the boy, "Magic is everywhere, you just have to believe". Well, the boy didn't believe her, and as he walked away the soda cap on his bottle flew off and soda burst everywhere. The boy, totally shocked, started yelling, "MAGIC IS REAL! MAGIC IS REAL!"

    I love this story.
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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Quote Originally Posted by MonstersGoBoo! View Post
    I didn't witness this, but a friend of mine did:

    Mary Poppins was out and about in Town Square doing her usual meet and greet. There was this little boy about 10 or 11 years old holding a soda bottle who kept telling Mary that magic wasn't real. As he was telling her this, he kept shaking the bottle. Mary just stood there as a proper lady and told the boy, "Magic is everywhere, you just have to believe". Well, the boy didn't believe her, and as he walked away the soda cap on his bottle flew off and soda burst everywhere. The boy, totally shocked, started yelling, "MAGIC IS REAL! MAGIC IS REAL!"

    I love this story.
    OMG that is so cute!

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    The real magic that surrounds Disneyland is in so many different details that it is hard to come up with just one instance where it really seemed to shine through. I’ve got so many stories this thread would never end. As Kevin Nealon so eloquently put in Happy Gilmore, “harness in the good, block out the bad.” Disneyland some how, for the most part, is able to hold all the feelings associated with the perfect day within its gates, while keeping the bad ones out. I have never had a bad time at Disneyland or felt like I was being judged in any way. I have been able to be my complete goofy self, and enjoy every minute of it. You just can’t say the same for other places. My favorite restaurant (outside of the park) is good 95% of the time, but not every time. My favorite adult beverage is usually prepared right, but not all the time. Asics usually feel good no matter how many miles I run, but sometimes they give me blisters.

    There really doesn’t seem to be anything else I can think of that emits the positive vibes needed to have a good time like the DLR.
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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Well, one time the castle was in a teasing mood at night.

    Walking around the hub (solo trip) I noticed that one of the purple LED lights cast on the lower half of the castle was malfunctioning. For a few seconds It would flick all sorts of colors, from green to red and even yellow.

    With my camera in hand, I thought I'd film this strange bug and ask MiceChat what exactly this meant, as I have no prior knowledge about LED's and the ways in which they may goof off.

    So I get my camera ready and hit record. I swear I was standing there for five minutes just staring at the castle waiting for the lights to do it again.

    I finally give up, thinking it was just a feak occurance. Right when I push the record button to end the video, the lights goof up again.

    Upon pushing the record again, they quickly went back to normal.

    This was repeated a good 10 times until finally I gave up and walked away as the castle flickered with all it's glory.

    I swear I've never seen this glitch since ((and dammit I don't have the video to prove it))

    This happened in early January. Not sure on the exact date cause I went three times that month alone.

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    As cheezy as it sounds, the magic is real for me when i see a child all smiling and happy and excited.
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    We went to Disneyland when me daughter was 5, shortly after she got hearing aids. She had only worn them for about a month and was really shy about using sign language. We were told that she will be deaf before adulthood. Well, here's the magic. As went entered the park the first person we saw was Cinderella. We waited in line and when we got up there she looked and Mandy (my daughter, and started to talk to her in sign language. Mandy was so surprised that Cinderella knew sign language she was so excited. She wanted to show her what she had learned in class and Cinderella told her to continue with it so that they could talk together when they saw each other again. What were the odds that we would get a cm that knew sign language? I was crying and we will both remember that magical day forever.

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Quote Originally Posted by lou_mom View Post
    We went to Disneyland when me daughter was 5, shortly after she got hearing aids. She had only worn them for about a month and was really shy about using sign language. We were told that she will be deaf before adulthood. Well, here's the magic. As went entered the park the first person we saw was Cinderella. We waited in line and when we got up there she looked and Mandy (my daughter, and started to talk to her in sign language. Mandy was so surprised that Cinderella knew sign language she was so excited. She wanted to show her what she had learned in class and Cinderella told her to continue with it so that they could talk together when they saw each other again. What were the odds that we would get a cm that knew sign language? I was crying and we will both remember that magical day forever.
    That is seriously an awesome story, it almost made me cry!

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Quote Originally Posted by lou_mom View Post
    We went to Disneyland when me daughter was 5, shortly after she got hearing aids. She had only worn them for about a month and was really shy about using sign language. We were told that she will be deaf before adulthood. Well, here's the magic. As went entered the park the first person we saw was Cinderella. We waited in line and when we got up there she looked and Mandy (my daughter, and started to talk to her in sign language. Mandy was so surprised that Cinderella knew sign language she was so excited. She wanted to show her what she had learned in class and Cinderella told her to continue with it so that they could talk together when they saw each other again. What were the odds that we would get a cm that knew sign language? I was crying and we will both remember that magical day forever.
    This is a great story.
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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    The most magical moment that happened to me is when I persuaded my brother to ride splash mountain. Also I know I'm not exactly wat you would call "normal" so me and my friends were riding haunted mansion during the holiday version. So when it came to the part where it was supposed to be hitch hiking ghosts but since it was the holiday version it's was holiday stuff. So we came up to that part and what comes above me and my friend is a giant holiday question mark and my friend just bursts out laughing! So that's my magical moment at DL
    So after 2 full days in a row of walking around disneyland and a four hour practice, I finally understand why my doctor told me to take it easy on my knee I still cant wait to do it again

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Quote Originally Posted by NeverNeverland View Post
    As cheezy as it sounds, the magic is real for me when i see a child all smiling and happy and excited.
    Thats what Disneyland is about making children happy!~!
    So after 2 full days in a row of walking around disneyland and a four hour practice, I finally understand why my doctor told me to take it easy on my knee I still cant wait to do it again

    AEROSMITH FTWW!

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    It is real foo!


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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    I remember back in 2006 when I when to Ariel's Grotto and saw the Princess every thing was like always Snow White would come to my table and the same stuff talk and get pictures with her. But here it gets the surprize and magic. I when back to Ariel's Grotto 3 months later and when Snow White came out she said I remember you from 3 months ago. I was completlly shock that she remember me. Then the next 3 months when I when back it was the same Snow White we had became really good friends for the last 2 half years. But on April 19th of 2008 would be the saddest day of my life when I was at Princess Fantasy Faire and in line to see Cinderella I saw on the other side it was Snow White which didn't bug me but the thing I didn't know was until she saw me when she was leaving was it was the same Snow White that was at Ariel's. I haded seen her for 5 months at Ariel's but when I saw her at Princess Faire I got out of line to see her and she had told me that this would be her last day at Disneyland. I was very upset to hear this but I had to keep my face up for the other Princess that I haded seen that day. Snow White was sad to cause we had may a great friendship. Before she had to go I kiss her on the hand. Later that night when I saw Fantasmic on the Mark Twinn I saw her again and when I saw her looking my way and had her hand on the Prince I just started to cry cause I knew I wouldn't see her again.

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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    Whenever I see Mickey Mouse.



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    Re: When You'd Swear the Magic Was Real

    1. There's this little girl who goes to the park often, her name is Audrey. She's a very sweet and cute girl, but she does have autism. I see the most magical moments when little Miss Audrey comes to the park. Everyone LOVES her. Some characters will come and play with her after they get off work. Mary Poppins actually has a picture of Audrey kissing her on the cheek hanging in her house. I'm friends with her mother and have her added on facebook. Going through the pictures and seeing the comments CMs add always makes me smile.

    I actually have a video of Hatter where she comes up to him. He absolutely loves her.
    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggbKYol19z4]YouTube - Hanging Out With Hatter[/ame]
    The part with her starts at 5:04.


    2. Another great moment was one when we were hanging out with Hatter. My friend Heather got a phone call that caused her to start crying. Hatter saw this and after every guest would come up to him he would move a bit closer to her (we were on the other side of a walk way) Once he was in front of her he pulled her up off the ground, held her in a hug for awhile, and talked to her until she stopped crying. It was very sweet of him.


    3. I did not see this one, but there's a video of it on youtube. This was before PFF, so you had the princesses walking around. The little girl LOVED Aurora, so they saw her several times, and they were always first in line. Three days they saw Aurora, and she always remembered her. The video was taken on the third day, and they ended up sitting by the wishing well, and the entire time Aurora was holding her and hugging her.
    (Video can be found here [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oltE-_-hW0]YouTube - Sleeping Beauty Disneyland - Princess Aurora - Part 1[/ame] )

    What I love even more, though, was the little girl went back three years later. Guess who she saw? Princess Aurora. They still remembered each other three years later, and Aurora was so excited to see her again.
    (Part two can be found here [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN26e4xAtWs]YouTube - Sleeping Beauty Disneyland - Princess Aurora - Part 2[/ame] )

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