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!

What Does Disney Time Mean To You?

When I think about Disney Time, I think back to my very first visit to the Disneyland Resort and how when we were there for a whole week, nothing else in the whole world mattered to me. I forgot about the mortgage payment and the bills that were due. I forgot about deadlines that would be waiting for me when I returned to work after vacation. I’d completely put all of the regular ups and downs of everyday life completely out of my mind because we were at Disneyland and none of it mattered.

Our family stayed together at the Disneyland Hotel in a huge corner suite. There were eight of us, six adults and our two kids who were 2 and 6 at the time. We had the most amazing family vacation and it started us all on the road to being huge Disney fans…of course, it hit me more than anyone else in the family, but who’s counting, right? We did the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour where we learned some super cool things about how Walt Disney thought about things like buildings and decor being built high enough so that no matter where in the Park you were, you could not see any of the outside world. I literally had chills when I learned that because I just love how he thought of those kinds of details. I actually cried as we stood in the gorgeous lobby of the Disneyland Hotel waiting for our shuttle back to the airport because I didn’t want to go back to reality. I knew we’d have to do everything we could to get back there someday, and we did!

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

Photo Courtesy: Disney Parks

Disney Time is such an important part of my family’s life now and we all truly enjoy it. It’s a time where we can just be. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing as long as we’re together. Disney Parks is giving away some Disney Time with their Disney Time Sweepstakes and you can enter every day until January 31, 2013! You may even see a video or two of someone you know!

So, I ask all of you, what does Disney Time mean to you?