Chapter 2 "Remember When"

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 During Disneyland's Golden 50th anniversary my husband and I had traveled from Denver to the resort 5 times. We were both in the travel industry and back then the resorts discounts were much more generous. We decided our 6th and final trip of 2006 would be a great opportunity to have a family vacation with our teenage son. My husband's parents would join us and  celebrating their first visit. We flew into LAX on Memorial Day for a week's stay. With a package of 4 days in the parks, and a stay at The Best Western Park Place Inn. Over the years my son and I have grown very close to my husband's family. So I was very excited to share my favorite place in the world with my new parents! It was also a chance for my husband to see there was more to the Southland than 300 acres in Anaheim. We took a guided tour of Orange County and a combination tour of Hollywood and Universal Studios.


On day 2 we were visiting the Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure. While my father in-law was checking out the view of Paradise Bay my son approached him and advised he was getting FastPasses for an attraction and asked if he'd like to join in. The older man replied yes and handed the boy his ticket. As my son walked away my father in-law looked at me and asked what he had agreed to go on. I turned him around and pointed to California Screamin' the longest roller coaster in California with a loop around a silhouette of Mickey's head. I give him credit for going through with the thrill, but unfortunately it took him out of commission for a great deal of the visit. So the last night was special for many reasons, one of which was he was able to join us for "Remember Dreams Come True" Firework Spectacular and he LOVES fireworks!

We had planned well so we were in the Plaza in front of the forecourt of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It was such an emotional night for me having my loved ones there watching this amazing show pay tribute to my favorite place in the world. The show is based on the feeling one gets taking "the grand circle tour of Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom" on the Disneyland Railroad. Traveling through each land and all the major attractions through the years. After each performance as the lights slowly came up the resort played a song written by Richard Marx and performed by LeAnn Rimes. I still cry every time I hear "Remember When"  Not only does it put words and music to the exact way I feel about this magical place, but musically it is an incredible song. Now when I hear it I flash back immediately to that night. With my arms around the two most important  people  in the entire world, my son and husband. The tears were streaming down my face as always. My husband looked at me as never before. "We need to move here!" His words rang in my ears as I saw the smile on our sons face. He explained that we all needed to be part of the magic everyday, and that Southern California would be better for our health.  He of course also knew my dream has always been to work at the resort. Well of course my water works increased.  The three of us stood in front of the most beautiful building in the world holding each other and crying.

At the end of that visit there I was again beside this wishing well quarter in hand. Full of gratitude and switching up the customary wish yet again. This time the safe return we were wishing for was as Cast Members, Californians, and  happy and healthy transplants. We knew we had a lot of work and planning ahead, but with any luck we were about to start our last winter in Denver.

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