One of our favorite “extras” at Disney is the availability of the Photo Pass. Cast members are available throughout the park to take your photos and then you can order them after you return home from your vacation. The great part is: you don’t pay by the photo…you pay one flat fee and then order however many photos you would like. You can add little edits and embellishments to your photos to commemorate your visit to the Disney Parks.
One other little added benefit is that the cast members can often add in a little surprise to your photos. They are really great with the kids, leading them to the correct poses without letting them in on the secret so that when they see their pictures later…. they are surprised by what they see in the photo. Needless to say, SuperGirl was elated (and slightly confused) when she saw that in this picture TinkerBelle had stopped to pose for a picture, too!
This spring’s visit to Walt Disney World held one very memorable activity for SuperBaby. At only 2 1/2 years old he thoroughly enjoyed the parks, the rides and the food…the characters and all of the excitement….but his favorite venture was at Hollywood Studios in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids! play area.
This whole play area is designed like the Szalinkski’s backyard! There is only one entrance/exit and it is guarded by a cast member so kids can run and play…climb and jump to their heart’s content. While all of the SuperKids had fun in this oversized backyard playground….I think SuperBaby had the most fun because he was “set loose”. He wasn’t being told “Stay With Me!” or made to sit in the stroller. He could exercise some of his budding independence and use up some energy at the same time!
Sitting on top of a giant ant yelling, “Yee-Haw!” and giggling like crazy.
The day before we were scheduled to leave Walt Disney World Resorts this spring, SuperDad and I decided to extend our stay by one more day. On that final morning I ventured into the Magic Kingdom with all three SuperKids….by myself.
We had a really nice time. The kids were well behaved … mostly…and I only screamed at one bully on the tram…and then I made up for it by passing on some magic to a nice man who helped us out with our giant stroller…..but that is a story for another day.
The whole time we were at Disney the kids looked longingly at the giant balloons that vendors were selling. They begged and pleaded for a balloon. We kept telling them we would get one before we left. That last morning…in the Magic Kingdom all by myself…was the time to get them.
It was also windy and it started to rain while we were there that morning. No biggee….we survived.
But then we got the giant balloons.
I very explicitly told the SuperKids to stop goofing around with those balloons. I told them that if they popped one of those TEN DOLLAR balloons that I would not be replacing it…they would be out of luck.
SuperBoy was the only one who listened. He held his balloon very carefully. He did not goof around.
As we approached the exit of the park, not 10 minutes after purchasing the balloons, a gust of wind caught his balloon and knocked it into the side of a building…and it popped.
He tried to hold it together. He tried to look at the positive (the Mickey ears inside the balloon had not popped….to his dismay they were not filled with helium, however), he tried not to melt down…. but there were huge, enormous, gigantic, overwhelming tears brewing in his little eyes.
I wanted so badly to turn around and buy him another balloon…. but the vendor was nowhere in sight and I had JUST told them I would not do that.
We walked towards the turn styles and as the cast member at the gate was telling us goodbye she caught a look at SuperBoy and stopped in her tracks. After hearing what had happened and seeing his little face trying desperately to hold it together, Lindsay from Davis CA asked me if I could spare 5 minutes.
She got her supervisor to cover her spot and ran back into the park looking for the vendor. When she returned with an exact replica of the popped balloon I wanted to kiss her.
It was not until this moment that I got the full, unabridged extent of Disney’s dedication to “Magical Moments”.
You see…. he wasn’t just a kid with a popped balloon. He was a kid who had been struggling with his behaviors for months… struggling with meltdowns and “end of the world” reactions to everything that seemed to go wrong for him….and in this one instant…he managed to hold it together. He was practicing what we had been working on in a VERY tough situation….and then he was granted a kindness by this Disney cast member. She had no idea of all of those intricacies…she was just sure that a child should not be leaving Walt Disney World looking that unhappy.
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Clip the $5 off Disney Blu-Ray Coupon from Sunday’s Target insert
Print this $10/1 Beauty and the Beast coupon from Disney Rewards
Target sells these for $24.99. Stack the Sunday insert Target coupon with the $10/1 printable manufacturer’s coupon and your final price will be $9.99.
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