I’m not even sure where to start this post. Last night was night three of Firework Fest and it was amazing for so many reasons. Wishes is just a magical display mixed with a magical soundtrack and anytime you get to see it, you’re blessed. I got to see Celebrate the Magic twice, I spent the three days with a new friend and the relationship deepened exponentially for the time spent. And I just had more fun in these past three days than I almost ever have. I mean we’re talking about being 12 and it’s your first time at the parks kind of fun. I rarely get to feel that way and I want to remember that feeling for a very long time.
The parks at night, of course, are just indescribable. Everything at Disney after the sun sets, to me, gets even more magical and because I ride the bus, I rarely get to stay after dark (except during winter when it gets dark so early) and I never get to stay until close. Each of the three nights, we closed a park and stayed until about two in the morning.
This was a magical thing and I took more photos last night than I did the other two days combined.
Last night we got there after a quick pizza stop, we sauntered down Main Street, wound our way around the back of the castle and had a lovely chat with a cast member about the castle, the new projection show, and just how amazing it is to be a part of Disney, as I used to be a cast member, and Josh just became one.
We wandered next over towards Storybook Circus, which at night, takes on such a special glow. I love watching the Dumbo Ride, meandering through the little courtyard area, and last night even enjoyed playing a bit in the Circus Train water feature.
Which might I add, Josh and I realized last night, each of the circus cars has a number on it that corresponds to one of the park’s opening!
Magic Kingdom 1971
Hollywood Studios 1989 (which is on the Giraffe car but my photo didn’t turn out sniffle)
Animal Kingdom 1998
How cool is that!?!?!
My Disney Nerd is showing. 😉
After our time playing at the circus we headed for the first of two Celebrate the Magic and Wishes fireworks in between, and a little later we went on Small World and Haunted Mansion.
The most amazing part of the night by far, though, was being there at close.
To see the park that empty was not something I’d done ever. Although I did see Disneyland closed numerous times since I often worked closing shifts.
That aside, the opportunity to just leave the park slowly, taking in everything around you. Seeing the castle without tons of people around… OH! I finally photographed the Partners statue for just that reason! There weren’t a ton of people in front of it!
I also experienced the “kiss goodnight” not once, but four times!
It was an amazing night, there’s just no other way to put it. One of the things that really came home to me last night, though, was how amazing Disney parks are in that they are always different. I go every single day and I see things that I’ve never seen before. Coming up this week I’m going to do Holiday Whiplash when I go to Magic Kingdom Monday for the last day of Halloween and come back Tuesday for the first day of Christmas. But beyond that, it’s the company you keep as well. Who you are, what your experiences are, that all plays off the magic.
For instance, Donna and I, we looked through the shops, had lunch and often ice cream, and spent long amounts of time discussing life and spirituality. Amy and I, we’re kind of random, but we usually do a few FastPass rides, have lunch, laugh a lot, and just hang out. When I’m there by myself I’m in over the top gratitude mode and I’m just looking and connecting with everything. Josh and I, even the last three nights were each different from the next. The last night, pretty much all we did was take pictures and it was so much fun!
That’s why so many people come back time and again. It’s why so many of us have annual passes. It’s not that we all like or do the same thing, it’s that we all find something in that world that resonates with our soul, makes us happy and speaks to us. No matter where we come from, how much money we have, how good our health is, how many kids we have… none of it matters. Disney speaks a true universal language that allows us to attach our own dialogue to it and make it personal.
I’m going to wrap this up because I have to get out to Epcot still today and it’s getting late, but thank you all for being a part of my journey. I hope what I share brings you joy, maybe makes you think sometimes, and most of all, makes you feel the magic. Please check out my Patreon page if you’re able to support this dream, even with just a dollar or two a month, it’s deeply appreciated. Blessings, love and light, always to you all.