My Thoughts On The Disney Limited Time Magic Campaign

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My Thoughts On The Disney
Limited Time Magic Campaign

I’ve been holding off on writing about Limited Time Magic for a while because I wanted to experience some of the magic before forming my own opinion on it. You see, I’m the type of person who will wait to form judgement until I’ve personally experienced something, despite what the majority thinks or says. I’ve read so many articles since the Limited Time Magic campaign was announced. It always continues to amaze me how many people judge things before they’ve experienced them just simply because they don’t think it’s a good idea.

You all know that I’m a huge Disney fan, but there’s more to it than just that. I know, you’re thinking to yourself, “Jackie would never say anything bad about Disney”, right? Well, here’s the thing…we all have choices about how we’re going to view things. I’ve read about how people were so excited about Limited Time Magic and CHOSE to set their expectations very high. You see what I did there…THEY made the CHOICE to set such high expectations and that was THEIR choice. It’s magic, people! There was no promise made of how big or small the magic would be…only that there would be magic! Stop being disappointed and simply enjoy it already, would ya? Do you all remember Syndrome, the “bad guy” from The Incredibles? Remember when he said “when everyone’s super, no one is”? This sort of falls into the same guidelines for me, if EVERYTHING was spectacular, then NOTHING would be. Let’s just go back to the basics here and enjoy it for what it is. Sometimes you’ll get a Strawberry Ear Hat, sometimes you’ll get Long Lost Friends. Disney even let their fans help choose next year’s logo by letting us vote on it! When have they EVER done that? The way I see it, you can’t please everyone all of the time, but if you are able to please most people most of the time, you’re doing pretty darn good!

I also feel that the folks at Disney have a pretty smart marketing team with all of us extreme planners out there. I’m the first one to admit that I am a lot more confident about our vacation when we have a plan. Here’s the thing about that though, when something unplanned and unexpected would happen right before our eyes, there was no feeling in the world that could top that! We felt like the luckiest family on the planet when our daughter got to draw her very own Stitch with a broom and water along with a little help from a Custodian Cast Member at Magic Kingdom Park. If you’ve never seen this amazing artwork before, check out Thomas Smith’s article on the Disney Parks Blog about it. It wouldn’t have been quite the same if we’d had an appointment to do that. Think about this for a second, can you imagine the line that would form if Guests knew ahead of time that this was going to happen? That’s why I think that Disney had a real good plan when they decided that they weren’t going to announce all of the Limited Time Magic for the entire year, because then it wouldn’t be quite as special. Random Pixie Dust is super fun, I promise!

So, all that being said, I was fortunate enough to be on vacation with my family at Walt Disney World during “True Love Week” and since my husband and I are celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary this year, it was pretty special for us! We even got to attend the special Disney Parks Blog Meet-up that was held on Valentine’s Day! We really enjoyed seeing Disney Character Couples around the Park and we had a fabulous experience. I just loved having our picture taken with my parents right in front of Cinderella’s Carriage along the new walls surrounding the entrance to New Fantasyland during broad daylight!

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Now, I’m not saying that you’re not entitled to have your own opinions and state them…good, bad, or indifferent. I’m just merely suggesting that you keep an open heart and an open mind. Allow yourself to be surprised by what magic you might find while you’re on a Disney vacation! With a little bit of Pixie Dust and imagination, anything is possible!

Comments

  1. I’m with you… The surprises make the pixie dust even better! We were there on the last day of True Love and got our picture taken in that same spot. There’s a white and red heart on the door of Cinderella’s carriage that says True Love. That’s a once in a lifetime shot!

    • jjzmgailey says:

      It sure is a once in a lifetime shot!!!! I love it so much because I’ve only ever seen that carriage out at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! I do love it at night, but it was really a treat during daylight hours! I’m so happy that you were able to get a pic there too, Kristen! <3

  2. disneynut31 says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more! Magic cannot be created or planned for, it happens when you are taken by suprise. The moments looking for one big thing could mean missing lots of moments filled with magical little things. Great post!

  3. Oh Jackie! You are so spot on. I absolutely love when we happen upon something unexpectedly Magical. A round of Pixie Dust to one and all

  4. Jackie Psarianos says:

    Jackie, your words hit the mark! I’m one to have to walk through an experience to be able to fully form an opinion as well. I think it’s the only fair way to be in life. Heavens knows I’ve been judged for how I deal with my son. :)
    No two people are alike, thus, each surprise would be handled differently.
    I love reading your posts and really enjoy your blog and learn from it!
    Love ya!!

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Thanks, Jackie! You’re so right, every single person is different and that’s what makes the world go ’round! I always tell my kiddos that if we were all the same and agreed on everything, it would be rather boring. Thank you so much for reading my blog! I appreciate you! :)

  5. Well, said Jackie! I feel like just being able to be in Disney is magical, the limited time magic is just an extra to enhance what is already special. I have read too where people have expected more. I think that’s unfortunate. More people just need to enjoy it for what it is and if a little extra magic comes there way, they should be appreciative of it not expect it. Happy Anniversary (late!)! I am trying to convince my husband for our 20th we should renew our vows in Disney. I have 3.5 more years to convince him! :-)

    • jjzmgailey says:

      Thanks, Beth! I just feel like when people set their expectations high and blame someone else when they’re disappointed, that’s their fault. It’s so unfortunate that they miss the magic. Thanks so much for the anniversary wishes! The actual day is 4/17, so you’re early! We’re just celebrating all year because 20 is a biggie! My sweet friend was going to do a big hullabaloo for us to renew our vows this year, but we’ve just got too much going on with our pending move. I think we may do it next year for 21! You’ve got a nice amount of time to work on your hubby! I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  6. Tricia @ The Disney Gals says:

    Love this post Jackie and I couldn’t agree more! Especially love “if EVERYTHING was spectacular, then nothing would be.” So true! I actually don’t need a whole lot of over-the-top theatrics for our experiences to be magical at Disney. It’s always been the little touches of spontaneous magic that are the ones that stand out the most :)

  7. I agree completely! The whole point of Disney is the magical “surprises” when you’re there. Even just the little things like when they surprise you with a birthday card at the restaurant you’re in because you’re celebrating your birthday that week. It doesn’t have to be over the top to be magical…just a little magic can go a long way if you don’t set your expectations too high.

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