2001 – Happy 30th Anniversary Walt Disney World ! To celebrate, my partner and co-host Beth graciously returns with another personal Disney moment. There’s just 10 years left in our countdown to the World’s 40th Anniversary!
In 2001, Walt Disney World saw the addition of many new things. It was the debut of One Man’s Dream, Who Wants to be a Millionaire opened, Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed its first guests and Playhouse Disney Live brought favorite Playhouse Disney characters to life. Though all of these are significant in themselves there is one more thing that opened that has become a milestone for one of my children. It is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin.
Now let’s just say when this attraction first began taking guests on magic carpet rides, honestly, I was not impressed. I enjoyed the former openness of Adventureland. With this attraction plopped right into the center of this land, it seemed more distracting from the landscape than a positive addition. Of course, I am not always great with change, but honestly, I don’t think I was the only person who thought that.
|Joey’s 1st Mickey Ears, my mom was not able to get a
focused shot on us with Joey on his first magic carpet ride
Fast forward to February of 2006. This was the year that I brought my son, Joey, just 14 months, to Walt Disney World for his first trip. Of course, the first thing we did was to head to the Magic Kingdom and get Joey his own personalized Mouse Ears. After that, we tried to decide the best attraction for his first Walt Disney World experience. Since I was 5 months pregnant for Hayley at the time, and definitely wanted to be with Joey for his first ride, we went with the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. Not only was it a ride I could experience with him, but it had the shortest line at the time!
|March 2010, The whole family on the Magic Carpets (Joey
is hidden in the back.)
I wasn’t sure what he would think, but let’s just say, it only took a moment or two before he started giggling. He was just beaming from ear to ear. That is when I knew I had a Disney fan on my hands. If he was impressed with the Magic Carpets, I knew he was going to love the rest of Disney. So, though Magic Carpets of Aladdin was never originally something I thought was a great addition to the Magic Kingdom, now when I think of it, all I can picture is Joey’s big smile and all I can hear is that giggle. Of course, that seems like yesterday, even though he is now 6.5, and the Magic Carpets has become an attraction all three of my kids love.
(I want to say thank you to Orlando-Florida.Net for the timeline info I used in this post!)
Beth, thank you for being so generous with your family’s magical memories! Please visit Beth (@disneymom2jhe) at Pursuing the Magic and The Magical Blogorail. She is one busy lady, and an incredible blogging mentor and friend to so many in the Disney fan community.
Tomorrow, Stelle (@thatsostelle) from This Happy Place blog will transport us to 2002!