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What’s your favorite Disney memory or even your worst?  Some things that happen in Disney parks that are universal: The first time you saw the castle, eating at Cinderella’s Royal Table, watching the fireworks at night. All of these make for special memories but sometimes it’s the odd moment that you don’t plan or one that doesn’t even seem important at the time that sticks out in your mind as something special.  Perhaps it’s even something that isn’t so pleasant.

I remember once when my twins were babies sitting next to an older couple on a bench in Liberty  Square.  They were easily in their 70s and local passholders, so they’d seen everything and frankly, they were bored. While my twins napped, a rare moment in itself, the couple started to bicker in the most amusing way about what they were going to see next and I couldn’t help but start laughing. We started talking and it turned out they were there with their grandchildren, who were visiting from someplace halfway across the country.  It was one of those moments where you connect with a stranger, something I find happens a lot in Disney parks. It wasn’t one of those big memories, like when my children saw the castle for the first time, but it was something small and lovely that has always stood out in my mind.  I’ve often wondered what they did next. Did they go home? Stick it out for the grandchildren’s sake?  Who knows?

In my job, I often hear from clients about trips they took as kids or those that were momentous because they were “good-bye” trips to loved ones, even trips where they celebrated new beginnings, like honeymoons or being cancer-free. Today I’m wondering about you. What are some of your most special memories, big and small?  How about the not-so-great ones?  Did these times take on a greater significance as the years have passed?  Please share with us in the comments.

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For more travel planning articles by Chris, check out her Disney travel blog, Everything Walt Disney World. Chris is also a member of the Mouse Chat podcast team and an authorized Disney travel planner with Pixie Vacations, and visits the parks about 55 days each year. To get free planning and assistance with your next Disney vacation, please call her at 919-889-5281 or email at [email protected] You may also fill out a quick Disney Vacation Quote form here.