The Year of a Million Dreams

Today I’ll share with you one of my favorite moments while at the world! So get comfortable because it’s story time!

I’m not sure if y’all remember the Year of a Million Dreams. It was a campaign Disney created, and began back in October 2006 and ran through December 2008—just a tad bit longer than a year! But anyways banners were everywhere proclaiming that this was the Year of a Million Dreams, Cinderella Castle Suite stays were possible for anyone to win, and they were giving away Dream Fastpasses!

My family was visiting WDW during this promotion and we loved the spectacle. I personally believed there was a bit more excitement and anticipation in the air during our visit; probably because you never knew what was around the corner. Well my family and I decided to go to Animal Kingdom one morning and we knew of the second entrance through Rainforest Café (for those of you who don’t know there are turnstiles between the exit from the gift shop of Rainforest Café and the actual Animal Kingdom Park). Once we got there we saw two cast member’s, each one had a Year of a Million Dreams book bag hanging off their shoulders and we were wondering what was going on. As it turns out they were passing out surprise Dream Fastpasses to each person passing through the turnstiles at the entrance!

Once it was our turn to pass through the turnstiles, the cast members congratulated us and gave everyone in our party the Dream Fastpass that could be used for the rest of the day within Animal Kingdom. My family and I’s entire day was made. We were ecstatic and couldn’t wait to use these fastpasses for all the rides.

Now it may sound silly that fastpasses are a magical moment for me. However, I think the idea that anything could happen, a surprise could be right around the corner; that was what made it magical. Disney wants families to have memories that will always be cherished, and just by receiving these Fastpasses I began to understand the magic and wish fulfillment that Disney prides its self on. Walt Disney World will always be a place for families to escape reality and enter a world of fantasy, adventure, and dreams that can come true.

-Woody

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(Photo property/courtesy of disneytoinfinityandbeyond)

Do you have a magical moment you’d like to share and/or want posted on our blog? Then email us your story and who knows maybe you’ll see it on our next Magical Moment Monday!

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