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Magical Blogorail Red: A Walk with Mickey Mouse

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Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Red. Enjoy the ride as we share some of the bestย  Character interactions in the Disney parks.

Back in 2010, my family took our–at the time–semi-annual trip to Walt Disney World. It would be our third time to visit the World, but it would mark a first for us, a sad first. It would be our first visit without Grandma.

Grandma and Grandpa (my mom and step-dad) had traveled with us to The Ultimate Field Trip to Walt Disney World in 2006 and 2008. It seemed that would become our regular vacation with them, but then Grandma left this world all too soon in the spring of 2009. When 2010 rolled around, we weren’t sure if we’d return to our beloved Walt Disney World, because we couldn’t talk Grandpa into going with us, and we feared it wouldn’t be as magical without them. But then we realized a dose of Disney magic was just what we needed to heal our broken hearts!

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PhotoPass pictures from our 2010 UFT trip, booked by 3D Travel Company

Our 2010 WDW trip was definitely one of our most magical visits ever! Not only did a vagabond troubadour at Animal Kingdom create a birthday song for Chloe and Adam (mostly about their shoelaces–or lack thereof), but the two of them also got pulled into the parade at Magic Kingdom to dance with Donald Duck, and Kyle took part in a street performance at Hollywood Studios and was given a $1,000,000 dollar bill to buy new socks! (If only that were legal tender, lol!) As great as those moments were, however, the highlight of that vacation was when Chloe and Adam took a walk with Mickey Mouse.

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We had walked over to Animal Kingdom’s Camp Minnie-Mickey to explore the activities (pre-Wilderness Explorers), when we noticed several costumed Characters walking out for their meet-and-greets. We posed with Goofy, Donald, Chip & Dale, and Minnie Mouse before heading toward the back of the campground area. As we approached the entrance to Mickey‘s pavilion, the Mouse himself walked right up and grabbed Adam’s hand! Then he reached around and took Chloe’s as well and guided them along with him. We couldn’t believe it! They walked all the way down the path hand-in-hand with Mickey and took lots of sweet pictures with him. (That’s me in the pink tank-top behind them in the above photos, videoing our trek.)

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Sadly, Camp Minnie-Mickey is no longer there, as that portion of the Park is undergoing re-imagining and expansion for the upcoming Avatar-inspired land. However, Mickey Mouse and his best girl Minnie are still meeting and greeting their friends in the air conditioned Explorers Outpost building to the right of the Tree of Life. And better yet, Guests can schedule FastPass times for that special moment.

We will always remember our walk with Mickey Mouse as a very special treat. It was certainly something we did not expect–a moment of magic that brought us much chEAR!

Have you had a special Character encounter at the Disney Parks? I’d love to hear your story! Leave us a comment below :)

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is A DISNEY MOM’S THOUGHTS.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
2nd Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts
3rd Stop ~ The Disney Point
4th Stop ~ Disney Mamas
Final Stop ~ Ashley Aspires

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  • http://heidi-strawser.com Heidi Strawser

    What a sweet memory! Mickey is awesome! I’m guessing you’re glad you decided to go back for that trip, despite your misgivings.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Oh, we were definitely happy we went!

  • Becca_LoveOurDisney

    What an amazing moment! I am sure Grandma was looking down smiling. How long afterwards did the kids talk about their walk with Mickey?

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      I’m sure she was :) The kids STILL talk about it!

  • AshleyAspires

    Oh my goodness, how cute is this?! Thanks for sharing your awesome character interaction!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Ashley! It was a very special moment!

  • Lin @ DisneyMamas

    What a sweet story! That must have been amazing for your kiddos! Do you know if Minnie and Mickey are still in their safari attire in the new location?

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Yes, I believe they are in the safari clothing. It was supposed to be “Camp Counselor” uniform at Camp Minnie-Mickey, so it might be altered a little in the new location.

  • http://thedisneypoint.com/ Rosanne Mottola

    Isn’t it strange how Disney magic appears when we need it the most? Thanks for sharing this heartfelt story :) I love this!
    Rosanne @ The Disney Point

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      That Disney magic has wonderful healing power! :)

  • DIStherapy

    What a sweet story with your Grandpa! We did the same thing with our mom the Christmas after my father passed- the Walt Disney World magic left us all smiling through the occassional tears. Thanks for sharing this touching story Jodi!

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Aw, that’s sweet! It’s a magical place in many ways.

  • 400 Miles to Disneyland

    Wow! What a special memory! Very sweet, Jodi.

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thank you!

  • http://www.adisneymomsthoughts.com Beth Green

    What a great memory! Did you guys do anything special to get so many special treatments that trip!? I’m always trying to figure it out! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      No, we didn’t! Maybe we just had a certain look on our faces, like we were in desperate need of some Disney magic ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://www.IAmADisneyNerd.com/ Dawn Cullo

    What a fantastic memory – I love it when this type of magic happens. Do Mickey and Minnie normally walk around on the trail?

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      They were just coming out. We just happened to be in the right spot at the right time. Sadly, the trails are gone now, though, to make room for Avatar.

  • Maureen Litz- Diehl-Brown

    What a great story and forever magical Memory! Where is your favorite park to meet Mickey?

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Ooh, good question! My new favorite is at Magic Kingdom, where Mickey “talks” to you!

  • Lee Beatens

    Such a nice experience for you and your kids, Jodi! The best character interaction I had was being photo-bombed by a Cast Member. lol

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      LOL! We’ve been getting some silly PhotoPass photographers lately who like to take selfies ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • http://www.mydreamsofdisney.com Mickey

    What a great experience, Jodi! I’m sorry that your Grandma wasn’t there to witness it in person, but she was certainly smiling down from Heaven! Do you have any other experiences that come even close to comparing to this one?

    • http://www.magicalmouseschoolhouse.com/ Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

      Thanks, Mike! Oh, let’s see…it was really cool when the troubadour made up an impromptu birthday song for Chloe & Adam and their lack of shoelaces. It was really funny when Kyle got picked on by Studio mogul Shelby Mayer at DHS and was given a $1million dollar bill to buy new socks, and it was pretty amazing when Chloe & Adam got pulled into the MK parade to dance with Donald Duck. I could probably go on… :)