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Subject: WDW Trip Report Date: 10/27/2001 11:49 PM
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Nine of us (4 grandparents, 2 parents, and three terrific kids aged 3, 4, and 6) visited WDW the week of Oct 14-21.

As you may recall from my previous posts, we almost cancelled the trip. If it were up to me, we probably wouldn't have gone. I was more worried about possible inconveniences (at the airports, etc) than the scarier possibilities. But I was outvoted, and I'm very glad we went! For one thing, the flights were no problem....landed 30 min early coming and going. Added security measures were a welcome inconvenience!

And..it's true....the little ones open your eyes to the magic. I can vividly recall 4 yr old Katie's interaction with Donald Duck at Chef Mickey's (I was the only one in our group who witnessed it). Katie wanted to show "her baby" (a plain-looking doll) to Donald when he was greeting visitors in the entrance hall. Unfortunately, she went up to him just as the characters were changing shifts (Pluto was coming on). Donald kinda brushed her off, and I almost forgot about it.

At least 15 min later, Katie and I were getting ice cream at one of the dispensers, when Donald came from behind and tapped Katie on the shoulder. After a short exchange, he took the doll and cradled it in his arms. Donald and Katie communicated for several minutes....a silent exchange that I (perhaps too old for magic) could only watch in awe.

There were many other priceless moments that week.

But I also witnessed some magic that is better appreciated by grownups. I lost count of how many interactions we had with CMs that week (50? 100? who knows?) I can truly say that I don't ever recall being treated so well by so many people at one place. Grandma and I were bowled over by the great attitude and many kindnesses shown by the CMs.

We stayed at Carribean Resort, which I highly recommend. I'll gladly provide suggestions to anyone interested, but I'll just say now that it's a good value, and a nice resting place when you need a break from the theme parks.

Well, this note is getting too long, and I'm getting too tired. I meant to write sooner, but have been catching up on things, and didn't want to put off this note any longer.

Disclosure: I've never owned Disney stock, didn't believe in magic (until now), and have no hidden agenda in praising WDW. I just wanted to tell the world that I sure "worked" for us.

One final note....the magic was not only apparent in the exceptional level of service by CMs, but in the warm, friendly attitude of guests. Countless little impromptu chats with visitors were an unexpected "goodie" for us. I didn't actually see pixie dust, but I have no reasonable explanation for such an atmosphere!

Thank you all for the tips and encouragement over the past few months while we planned this trip. I hope I can pass the kindness on to others.

Grandpa Jack
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