Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Disney Friends

I really do have the best job.  One where I can help people plan trips to the happiest place on earth.  And it also has allowed me to connect and to form the basis of friendship between myself and so many others.

Many moons ago, I was a "Mommy blogger."  And from that platform, I met some amazing women and forged some deep friendships.  I was fortunate enough to deepen those bonds over a mutual love for Disney.  I was even able to take my first mom's only trip with my bloggy friends - Shannon and Angie.  (Who's up for another mom trip?!)

My family tends to visit the parks in the "off season" - and one year, we kept running into the same family.  We saw them at Epcot by the Living Seas.  We saw them at Ohana for dinner.  We saw them at pin traders.  Eventually, we exchanged information and continued that connection through Facebook.  That family as it turns out - well, they started a Disney travel agency and invited me to join them.
But - even with all this Disney friend love, I have a favorite story.  The one we refer to as "Katie's Disney boyfriend."

See, my kids are both extroverts.  When we are in line - well, they don't want to talk to their parents but to everyone around us.  It's really not that unfathomable that my girls fancy themselves the Disney experts.  And they like to share their tidbits.  They'll ask people where they are from.  How long they are staying.  Where they are staying.  If it's their first visit.   About their favorite park.  Favorite ride.

So, we were at Epcot during the food and wine festival - and we were waiting in France for our dinner reservations at Les Chefs de France.  When Katie struck up a conversation with a man by the fountain.  She found out that he's a local.  He was visiting the food and wine festival.  And then she peppered him with her usual questions.  His favorite park.  Favorite ride.  Favorite restaurant in Epcot.  What he would order that night at Les Chefs.  (Then I asked her tonight if she remembered any part of their conversation.  She remembers what she asked, but not his answers.  Explaining, "Mom, that was THREE years ago, and I was ELEVEN."  Can you hear the teen mockery in her voice?)  He was quite game to be interrogated by said eleven year old - and they had a great conversation.  And he was even willing to have his picture taken before he went into dinner.


I'd love to be YOUR Disney friend :-)!  You can subscribe to my website through the google friend connect in my right side bar (under the heading "Followers"); and you can like my page on facebook and keep connected to all sorts of Disney specials and information.

And if you want to see more pictures of Disney friends, please check out Deb's Focused on the Magic!

So...what about you?  Have you made friends through/because of Disney? 
 
Katrina

15 comments:

  1. I have talked to my friends about a meet up at Disney that is not just for a conference. Although I love going with my family, it would be another great experience. Thanks for sharing your memories :)

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  2. Looks like a great time was had by all. Funny - we try to strike up some conversations in lines as well.

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  3. Disney is the best place to hang out with friends!

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  4. I've had the chance to meet fellow bloggers and friends at Disney. It is so great to meet in person, especially at a place that we all love so much. I hope we can meet up sometime! :)

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  5. That is so cute that your kids enjoy talking to other guests, mine are too shy for that, LOL! I'm still fairly new at blogging, but that would be so awesome to meet fellow bloggers/Disney lovers at Disney...would be so fun!

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  6. What fun! I love meeting up with my online Disney Friends in WDW! It's usually when I'm traveling solo or with just one son. When I'm with the family there doesn't seem to be enough time:) I'm looking forward to meeting up with some Disney Friends for the F&W Fest opening weekend.
    Thanks for sharing and for joining in on the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop fun!

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  7. Great story, it is truly a magical place ;-)

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  8. I love meeting my online Disney Friends (as well as my IRL ones) at Disney!

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  9. I so love Disney! I can't wait to be there. It would be awesome to meet bloggers!

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  10. Our mom trip was so fabulous! And I loved meeting Kelly while we were there too. We must plan a long weekend or something for next year, but we might have to kidnap Shannon because Shane isn't down with all of the Disney love. And my goodness, Katie has excellent taste in Disney friends! What a cute guy!

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  11. What a great place for a girlfriend's trip. I haven't met any bloggers in real life yet but any Disney park would be a wonderful place to meet. Love the story of your daughter. Fantastic take on the theme.

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  12. There's no way I'm letting my daughters read this post. They've been forbidden from talking to any boys for at least the next ten years (I'm very familiar with that "teen mockery" tone though). I think it's great that you make new Disney friends wherever you go, although at the rate your daughter is going your Christmas card list must be huge!

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  13. That was such a great trip, wasn't it? I'm so ready for another "mom" trip! Now, just what to do about my husband being less than thrilled...

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  14. I'll be doing my first Disney blogger friend trip in a about a month. Can.Not.Wait!!! Disney friends are like no other! :)

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  15. I love these stories. I think it's truly awesome how Disney brings people together!

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Thanks so much for saying "hello!" I like to know that I am not talking to myself :-)