Showing posts with label friends and stories. Show all posts
Showing posts with label friends and stories. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Disney Friends

I really do have the best job.  One where I can help people plan trips to the happiest place on earth.  And it also has allowed me to connect and to form the basis of friendship between myself and so many others.

Many moons ago, I was a "Mommy blogger."  And from that platform, I met some amazing women and forged some deep friendships.  I was fortunate enough to deepen those bonds over a mutual love for Disney.  I was even able to take my first mom's only trip with my bloggy friends - Shannon and Angie.  (Who's up for another mom trip?!)

My family tends to visit the parks in the "off season" - and one year, we kept running into the same family.  We saw them at Epcot by the Living Seas.  We saw them at Ohana for dinner.  We saw them at pin traders.  Eventually, we exchanged information and continued that connection through Facebook.  That family as it turns out - well, they started a Disney travel agency and invited me to join them.
But - even with all this Disney friend love, I have a favorite story.  The one we refer to as "Katie's Disney boyfriend."

See, my kids are both extroverts.  When we are in line - well, they don't want to talk to their parents but to everyone around us.  It's really not that unfathomable that my girls fancy themselves the Disney experts.  And they like to share their tidbits.  They'll ask people where they are from.  How long they are staying.  Where they are staying.  If it's their first visit.   About their favorite park.  Favorite ride.

So, we were at Epcot during the food and wine festival - and we were waiting in France for our dinner reservations at Les Chefs de France.  When Katie struck up a conversation with a man by the fountain.  She found out that he's a local.  He was visiting the food and wine festival.  And then she peppered him with her usual questions.  His favorite park.  Favorite ride.  Favorite restaurant in Epcot.  What he would order that night at Les Chefs.  (Then I asked her tonight if she remembered any part of their conversation.  She remembers what she asked, but not his answers.  Explaining, "Mom, that was THREE years ago, and I was ELEVEN."  Can you hear the teen mockery in her voice?)  He was quite game to be interrogated by said eleven year old - and they had a great conversation.  And he was even willing to have his picture taken before he went into dinner.

I'd love to be YOUR Disney friend :-)!  You can subscribe to my website through the google friend connect in my right side bar (under the heading "Followers"); and you can like my page on facebook and keep connected to all sorts of Disney specials and information.

And if you want to see more pictures of Disney friends, please check out Deb's Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Have you made friends through/because of Disney?