Welcome to our special “Disney Memories Week and Giveaway”! This week, while I’m on vacation, we are celebrating Disney’s year long “Let the Memories Begin” theme: each day, one of our great writers will share a favorite Disney memory….and will provide you with a chance to win a $50 Disney gift card. From now until Sunday July 10, you will have up to 2 chances to enter each day by commenting on the blog post and/or our Facebook page. The more days/times you comment, the more chances you have to win. (But please, to be fair to everyone: only ONE blog entry and ONE Facebook entry per person per day…)
Please note: ONE winner will be selected from all who enter by midnight ET, on Sunday, July 10. Good luck….and Let the Memories Begin!
Narrowing down the happiest days of my life to one specific memory is quite a task. I decided that it would not involve any of my kids since I have three and, although I have special memories of each one, I wouldn’t want to choose one over the other. I couldn’t think of a specific memory between my husband and myself that stood out particularly bright against the rest. So, I decided to go with the person who started it all, my mom.
My mom was the one who introduced me to Walt Disney World when I was a teen. My first trip was when I was 15 and my sister, Linda, was 17; and, together with my mom and stepdad we enjoyed an awesome trip. After my stepdad passed on in August 2003, my mom soon began planning a trip for my family and my sister’s family to go with her to Walt Disney World as a tribute trip to Louis’ memory. After all, Louis was the whole reason she went to Walt Disney World in the first place, taking her two teenage daughters to tag along.
That trip in 2004 was a lovely, loving time for all of us. That particular visit to WDW stands out to me for several reasons: it was the first trip I had taken with my mom since I was a teen; it was the first trip I had taken with my sister since we were teens; and my mom and Louis had made an unforgettable trip for us again. What put it on an even grander scale was that our children, our spouses, our mom, my sister and me were all together in the most magical place on earth. It was truly wonderful!
On the last day of our visit, my mother told me she had bought me something special as a remembrance of the trip. The picture above is the gift. The Princess Wedding Dance snowglobe is the most beautiful snowglobe in my collection. It resembles a beautiful wedding cake and displays all the Disney princesses and princes in their wedding attire. When you wind it up, it plays beautiful music as each couple dances to their wedding song. I would have to say that even now, whenever I look at it, it is and always will be one of my most treasured Disney mementos; not only because of the sheer beauty of it but because of the wonderful memories I hold of that special visit. I am so thankful that I am blessed to have this treasure to enjoy for all my years to come and to serve as a reminder of just what a wonderful and loving mother I have been blessed to have for all these years.
Question 1 (answer below in the comment section): Who was the special man that made Brenda’s first trip to Walt Disney World possible?
Question 2 (answer on our Facebook page): What is the name of the special gift Brenda’s mom gave to her?
Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.