The following story was sent in by Katie from California. This is her most memorable magical moment at Walt Disney World.
I was roommates with Buzz and Woody during their Disney College Program and spent many glorious days in the parks with friends, as well as on my own. One of the “magical moments” that happened to me occurred while I was killing a few hours before my shift in Tomorrowland at “Stitch’s Great Escape.”
I was over in Fantasyland, hoping to ride the Carousel and “it’s a small world.” I absolutely love these attractions. When I looked around, I saw a custodial cast member doing something a bit out of the ordinary. Instead of sweeping up garbage with his broom and dust pan, he was painting with them on the pavement.
There was no one else around, watching him, at the time. There was just me and I knew something was up. I saw him draw a big circle and then a smaller one. Then, he turned to me and asked if I wanted to help him draw Mickey! I was surprised that I was being chosen to help with this “water art” (I learned later on that this was the proper term for what was happening). It was a simple act that completely made my day. This Mickey we painted was not perfect, but it was beautiful to me. It also made me appreciate other Cast Members for the jobs that they do. This particular custodian made my day just by letting me help create a temporary masterpiece on the pavement of Fantasyland.
I think magic is made in all sorts of ways. It can be as small as helping make water art or as large as spending the night in the Cinderella Castle Suite. Regardless, when at Disney, I think it’s important to realize just how much magic is surrounding you. Especially in the smallest gestures.
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