My Favorite Disney Memory by Kelly

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Having visited Walt Disney World 21 times I have a TON of Disney memories!!  I do have to say that among all of those magical memories one stands out in particular, that was a trip that I took with my family in October 2010.

This trip was not only special because we got to see a very good friend of the family as Ariel at Magic Kingdom, but because it was the trip that my son created the “Dollar Dance.” Now we all know that kids are kids and that they say and do the darnedest things. Here is the story of the day the “Dollar Dance” was created.We had two adjoining rooms at Pop Century Resort. My brother in law (Adam) is somewhat of a rap artist…he drops a beat every now and then. So while everyone was in my room, Adam and Logan (my son) were in the other room getting ready. I could hear Adam beat-boxing and Logan was just staring at him. Adam decides to ask Logan if he could dance to his beat…Logan said, “No way!” Adam offered Logan a dollar which sure did do the trick! Logan went to town, rubbing his knees together, pushing his legs out like a chicken, thrusting his arms back an fourth…Oh my, it was the funniest thing I had ever seen!! Keep in mind that this was early in the trip.

Logan was so happy that he made a dollar and we were all thrilled to have a great laugh. The dance was so darn cute that we wanted to keep seeing him do it. Naturally, Logan gave me his dollar to keep tabs on it, I put it right into the case that I carry around my neck. Throughout the rest of the trip at various times we would ask Logan to perform the, “Dollar Dance” for us…and would you know it he would say, “Show me the money.” We had no problem shelling out at dollar each time because I just kept pulling the dollar out of the case around my neck,  in other words, it was the same dollar every time.

The best part of the story is when we went to go and see the daytime, “Celebrate You” parade. If you are not familiar with this parade, it is quite interactive. The parade stops in front of the castle and pulls people into the street to dance. My kids are not great at participating in this sort of thing at all…I was begging them to join in the fun!! Would you have it, Logan offered to do his special of the week, “Dollar Dance.”  Not only did Logan do the dance but my very shy husband joined in the fun, as did my teen daughter Lexis, my little cutie pie Lucas, along with Adam and grandma Jo. I was of course videotaping all of the fun so I did not join in…wink wink. :0)

Now I know that this is a simple memory…but it is one that I will never forget. Logan still does, “Dollar Dance” and we all still laugh every time we see it. I am sure that when we return to Disney World in October, we will be asking him to do the dance again. Oh yeah, and before you worry about the dollar that he really never made…no worries. Grandma took him shopping on his last day with all of his “earned” dollars.

Question 1 (answer below in the comment section): What is the “best” part of the story …and why do you think that is?

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Kelly, her husband, and three children live in the Chicagoland area. Kelly has been traveling to Walt Disney World since the age of two. She considers Walt Disney World to be her primary vacation destination.  With 20 plus trips under her belt she still enjoys researching and learning new things about the most magical place on earth! Kelly began Disney Guru in August of 2010 with the vision of sharing fun vacation tips and magic with all fans of Disney World.

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14 Responses to My Favorite Disney Memory by Kelly

  1. shawna says:

    I think that the best part of the story is the family togetherness that 1 little dollar brought to the family. That has to be the cheapest Disney gift ever! I am hoping for that at family church camp this week! Wish me luck.

  2. ELLA says:

    I think that the best part of the story is it is so great that one single dollar brought so many laughs and good times to a family.

  3. Kim Orvis says:

    Besides Disney bringing a family together but also how it doesn’t really matter if you let loose and just be. Your husband joining in during the parade along with the kids is a good example. It is a great story that can be repeated over and over and never forgotten. Disney has an uncanny ability to let you relax and let your hair down and make unforgettable memories.

  4. Kim says:

    The best part is when the rest of your family joined in. Memories are often better when shared with family.

  5. amy warren says:

    the best part to me was everybody joining in the parade,and that you were able to tape it. this is great to watch over and over through the years!

  6. Rochelle says:

    I liked that he did the dance for the same dollar. That’s what grandparents are for to take them shopping. We love the interactive parades. We all dance like we are young again! Great memory!

  7. Dawn Tucker says:

    HAHA. I love that you kept showing him the same dollar each time, but glad to know grandma made sure he really got to spend what he’d earned. We have less than 150 days til our first ever trip to WDW and I can’t wait to start making memories.

  8. Pat says:

    That when Logan still does the, “Dollar Dance” the memory is relived! How wonderful that is.

  9. Michele says:

    I think it was getting Logan to break out of his shell and dance, and have fun during his trip while entertaining the whole family. Love the Move it, Shake it parade, we got to dance with Donald last trip! It’s great remembering all the fun times of past trips.

  10. Lynn Brooks says:

    Love the story. My favorite part of the memory was when the whole family except the mom “wink wink” got out into the street and danced. I love it when the whole family can get together and have fun no matter what they look like while doing it. LOL. It was also great that Grandma took Logan shopping from all the Dollars he deserved.

  11. Karen Harris says:

    We are headed to Disney with my kids for their first time, I can’t wait to share this experience with them!!!

  12. Ryan says:

    I think the best part of the story is that Kelly hid from being caught on tape by operating the camera!

  13. susan says:

    Great story/memory…the best part of your story, is the magic that you & your family were able to experience, and will always remember! I hope that I get to see Logan’s dollar dance, when we meet in October…I will make sure to have some dollars handy! :)

  14. Bird says:

    We want to see that video, Kelly!!

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