That moment when you get to introduce your young family member to their favorite Disney character live, in person. The look on their face when they get to meet Mickey Mouse is just amazing.
Fireworks shows and nighttime spectaculars.
How about this story? After the September 11th attacks, all of the Walt Disney World theme parks and activities were closed for the day. However, when it seemed that nothing would go on, they surprisingly ran the Electrical Water Pageant that night, with one small change...they kept the American flag floats lit during the entire trip around the lake.
On a slightly similar note, when the parks closed that day the character actors were given the choice to go home and be with their families. Many went home but some elected to stay. They were shuttled to the nearby Disney resorts and proceeded to do meet-and-greet sets for upwards of ten hours for the guests who suddenly had nowhere to go. The parents were numb with shock and the children didn't understand what was going on, but in the midst of their own fear the characters were there to offer hugs and a reminder that the world wasn't completely dark.
It's a Genius Bonus / All There in the Manual one, but when Mission: SPACE opened, it featured several plaques in the outside queue area with quotes on them from famous people related to space travel, one of them being from Christa McAuliffe, the woman who was supposed to have become the first teacher in space, but who died in the Challenger disaster. The woman who was the runner-up, Barbara Morgan, overcame her friend's loss, entered regular astronaut training, and flew on the shuttle after all, twenty years later. Morgan was invited to dedicate a plaque of her own on that wall at Mission: SPACE... and it's right next to McAuliffe's.
In the queue for Soarin' Over California, there are images and artifacts from every era of aerospace, including a photo of the Space Shuttle Columbia, dedicated to the memory of the crew.
The Partners Statue, Showing Walt And Mickey holding hands, warmed this troper's heart up, and was his favorite part of Disney world
And now a companion statue has been installed in California Adventure depicting a young Walt Disney fresh off the train in Burbank with the earlier pie-eyed Mickey sitting on his luggage. And unlike Partners, you can stand next to it for photos!
It's called The Happiest Place on Earth for a reason. Try not to be in a good mood from the instant you walk in; there's something intangible about the parks that make you warm and happy the second you're in. And kids doubly so.
The return of Captain EO to Epcot in 2010, after Michael Jackson's untimely death. While its initial popularity didn't last (it will close in January 2014), the comeback was welcomed by fans.
"To all who come to this happy place...welcome."
The construction of Walt Disney World itself, after Walt died in 1966, his older brother Roy, who was just about to retire, took complete hold of the Florida project to see that his brother's dream became a reality. It's pretty much summed up in the dedication plaque.
"Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney. And to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring joy and inspiration and new knowledge to all who come to this happy place: a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh and play and learn — together."
The day before the Disney World version of Snow White's Scary Adventures closed, an autistic fan of the attraction received permission from Cast Members to ride as many times as he wanted, until he could truthfully proclaim that the number of times he rode it during all his trips to Disney World totals 3,500. Snow White even briefly accompanied him.
The part of California Adventure that Ariel's Undersea Adventure currently resides in used to have a theater playing a documentary titled, Golden Dreams. Whoopi Goldberg portrayed the mythical Queen Califia, who took guests through the history of the state named after her, while occasionally providing encouragement to Californians in need. Eventually, she encounters a young Steve Jobs expressing his dream of selling personal computers to everyone in the world. Steve Wozniak retorts, "Dream on, Steve." Califia chimes in, "Keep dreaming. Trust me on this one", then bites from a red apple.
Remember the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse? It's Tarzan's treehouse these days, and at the end of the tour, tourists now land in Jane's camp, complete with a phonograph. A phonograph playing the song the Swiss Family Robinson danced to. Even when the park changes with the times, Disney still remembers its past.
Look hard enough in the caverns near Under The Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid at Disney World, and you'll find a carving of the Nautilus from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. That movie's ride closed almost 20 years before New Fantasyland first opened, on top of the submarines' lagoon, yet Disney still bothered including a nod.
This◊ story◊. A parkgoer's wheelchair broke down, and her cell phone was not getting any reception, leaving her unable to call her aide. She was rescued by Peter Pan, who enlisted other parkgoers to move the wheelchair into the shade, chased off people who tried to take pictures rather than help, got someone to lend a working phone, and stayed with her until her aide arrived - staying in character the whole time.
The aftermath of Mickey's fight against the villains in Fantasmic! has everything go dark. Suddenly, Tinker Bell emerges, waving her wand. Following her comes the Steamboat Willie incarnation of Mickey, driving a boat with various Disney-owned protagonists.note Disneyland uses the Mark Twain, while Walt Disney World features a replica of the Steamboat Willie boat. Most of them come from the Disney Animated Canon, of course, but Mickey's friends and even sometimes a few live-action or Pixar characters, such as Mary Poppins and Buzz Lightyear, join the ride. The passengers wave ribbons at the viewers, while the chorus reinforces the power of imagination and dreams.
The 20th Anniversary performance at Disneyland worked in appearances by characters whose presence at the theme parks had reduced drastically since the show's 1992 premiere, such as Roger Rabbit, Brer Rabbit, and the Three Little Pigs.
There's something about the voices used in Carousel of Progress that just feels very homey.
There's a reason Horizons is still one of the most missed Disney rides, even 14 years after it closed. There was something about the ride that just made you feel so good after you rode it.
The anthem of Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary, "Remember the Magic", can evoke fond memories of good times spent with loved ones anywhere, not just at Walt Disney World.
The finale of It's a Small World has children from all over the world gather in one place to sing about how even though their cultures and lifestyles can seem very different, they can find unity in acknowledging things they do share, such as hopes and fears.
ThisCracked article, written by a Disney World cast member, lists several reasons why working at the park is hard. Then concludes it by saying that despite everything the people working there wouldn't take any other job, because they truly believe in Walt's mission of making great memories for families.