|Bert in his sweep outfit (the best way for Bert to be)|
That same trip, we found Esmerelda and Phoebus in the France pavillion at Epcot. At the time, Esmerelda was one of my favorite characters, so I was, of course, over the moon to meet her in person. Not only that, but we were the only people around, so they spent extra time talking to me. Then, a band came out. Well, as soon as they started playing, Esmerelda took my hand and we danced together right there in the middle of France.
As you can probably tell, that first trip made quite the impression on me. But the magic continues, even now that I'm older. One trip, a supervisor gave me a free pin, for no reason at all. Scoop Sanderson gave me a pin two trips ago when I told him I had (regretably) left my pin collection at home. And, perhaps the most special to me, is a character handler named Chip, who helped me finally meet Terrence in Pixie Hollow after who knows how many times standing in line. Not only that, but he told Terrence we were special friends, so Terrence made a huge deal out of me and my family. You can't top memories like that.
So, whenever people give me the crazy stare when I say I'm going back again, I just smile and move on. I know its the magic that keeps me going back. And as long as there's magic, Walt Disney World is where you'll find me.
Do you have a magical memory of your own? Feel free to share it in the comments!