Why I Cry at Walt Disney World

Anyone else know the feeling? You get to your resort, get settled into your room, grab a bite to eat like it’s no big deal being there. You board the Disney Transport bus and head to the park, no big deal either, right? You arrive at the bus depot and you start to feel the anticipation of what lies ahead. FINALLY, you walk through security to the turnstiles and get admitted. Now it hits you! YOU’RE AT THE MAGIC KINGDOM! As you approach the train station you see the beautiful flowers. As you clear the tunnel, tears begin to roll down your face as you realize that you are so happy to be here! That’s what happens to me every time I walk into the Magic Kingdom. It is typically the first park I visit when I take my vacation at Walt Disney World.

Our first family visit in Feb. 2012
Our first family visit in Feb. 2012

I love the feeling of being a kid in awe of the creation that began with Walt Disney. I grew up watching “The Wonderful World of Color” on Sunday evenings and remember the opening of Disneyland on our old Black and White television. In my mind, Mr. Disney was the greatest man on earth. I have loved all of the classic movies and even the original Mickey Mouse Club in syndication. And, being in a place that Walt designed, but was unable to see to completion! And, that thought causes me to be a bit emotional, also!

And then there’s the other end of the deal! Leaving! If you use Disney’s provided transportation for all of your needs, then the ride back to the airport is aboard the Tragical Express. I’m not sure what to call it when you have a 17 hour drive home ahead of you, but I’m sure I’ll be wailing a good bit of the way. In my heart, I never want to leave. This is the only place in the world where I feel I can be myself! It is my hope to relocate, someday, and be a part of the magic.

So, yes I cry going into the Happiest Place on Earth, and I cry harder on the way out! And, I am so looking forward to it on my upcoming trip!

Getting around on Disney Transport

Disney bus

I love riding the Disney Transport bus, when I am at Walt Disney World. I am a bus driver in my at home life, so it is no big deal. In fact, sometimes it’s nice to have someone drive ME around!

But, with so many people from so many different places, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has, or makes use of, the public transit system. As a result, it could be even easier to miss that there may be some who have never been taught the proper bus etiquette when using Disney Transport. So, we’ll try to look at a few of those here, today!

1. Be patient, especially with those who are in ECVs or wheelchairs. You never know what someone’s ailment may be, but keep in mind that Disney drivers are professional and do a great job helping these guests quickly to get everyone else moving.

2. This is for the Men…be a gentleman! If an elderly person, or a lady with a baby, comes aboard, get up! Most of the rides around WDW are 20 minutes or less! I know at the end of the day, it’s easy to say we’re tired, but chivalry needs a little resurrection!

3. If you have a stroller, either move to the rear of the bus or fold the stroller up. This will allow for more people to join you in the excitement of going to one of the parks. This is an incredible courtesy, and also happens to be a federal law.

4. While waiting at your Resort Depot, allow those coming off of the bus to proceed first. This will help the exchange of passengers go quicker and you will be off to your destination in no time. This isn’t a problem at the parks because of the use of switchback queues.

5. Be courteous to your drivers. They are working hard to provide you the safest and friendliest ride. In many cases, the Bus Drivers are the first people we come in contact with, and they are a fabulous source for information and assistance. We left a backpack at the Port Orleans – Riverside on our way to Animal Kingdom. We asked the driver if there was a way to check. He got on the radio and within a few minutes, they had the bag and told us where we could recover it. That’s service!

If we all strive to make use of these few simple rules, everyone’s vacation just might feel a bit more magical, don’t you think?

Have a blessed and Magical evening!!