I did something a little weird this week (actually, I did a lot of weird things, but this one's appropriate for MiceChat...). Since my AP started working again, I finally got to the Resort to see the refurbished POTC. In honor of the trip, I brought along my Aztec gold coin necklace, and as soon as I got into the building and saw the new island, I got a great idea. I held the coin throughout the ride, and as soon as we got to the treasure cave, I dipped my ruddy hand overboard and baptized #882 in the Waters of the Attraction.
While I didn't hear the same "THOOM" that accompanied Elizabeth's fall into the sea, I felt tremendously good about it, and my prop replica seems a little more officialized, at least to me. Plus, I'm pretty sure the pirate sitting atop the treasure pile was staring at me after I did it.
That got me thinking, though, about whether others have had (or created) any mystical, ritualistic, or quasi-religious experiences while at Disneyland. Is there something you MUST see or touch when you visit the Park? Somewhere you always go first to ensure the rest of your day will be fun? Something you believed (or still believe) about the magic that occurs there?
Here's another example: When I was a boy, I was terrified of the Haunted Mansion. I would either avoid going in, or keep my eyes closed the entire time. That changed, though, after one trip to the coin stamper machine at Pieces of Eight. For you young'uns, before there were penny-squishers everywhere, you could often find machines to print your own custom message on a souvenir coin, and POTC had a great one: a replica Spanish dubloon. I put my change in the machine, and a few minutes later I had a coin with GHOST PROTECTOR stamped on the back. Although I didn't like things jumping out at me (still don't, really), I was fine after that. After all, I reasoned, a talisman from a Disney machine should be perfect for warding off Disney ghosts.
What about you? Let's hear about your superstitions, rituals, or minor miracles!
Did your watch fall overboard on the Jungle Cruise, only to turn up at City Hall twenty years later when you went looking for your kid's hat?
Must you mutter, "to all who come to this happy place," every time you walk through the arch?
Perhaps Sadako can fill in the uninitiated on the mysteries and majesty of the Shed...!