Our Favorite Disney Memories 2006

Disney Memories 2006

Sophie and her Meemaw sitting on Minnie’s Love Seat!

August 1, 2006.  On that day, Cindy, Sophie and I took Meemaw to Walt Disney World to visit the Magic Kingdom for the day.  For my Mom (aka Meemaw) it was her first trip to Disney World since she went with me on my very first Disney trip, 27 years before.  Currently, this particular trip is also the last time that Mom has been to Walt Disney World.

Since we were just there for the one day, we didn’t really spend a whole lot of time planning this day out — we just took it and went with it, and I’ve got to say, that one-day trip was one of the best days I can remember.  We were relaxed, we rode the rides and saw the things that Sophie and Meemaw wanted to see — we even convinced Meemaw to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer (which she didn’t like, and wouldn’t ride again!)  Let’s take a look at what were our favorite memories from that single day trip.  I’ll start with my favorite memory.

Mike’s Favorite Memories

If I had to pick one thing that would stand out as my favorite memory from that trip, I think it could best be summed up in the joy on Sophie’s face when we rode the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups…

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This picture of Sophie with that look of joy on her face is one of my favorites.

That look, which never gets too old for me to see, is one of my favorite moments in that day trip.

Cindy’s Favorite Memories

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On the Monorail, here’s a shot of Sophie with her eyes covered.

To surprise Sophie, we joked that we were taking her to New York City for the day, but imagine her surprise when we got to Walt Disney World!  I think this picture is cute because she’s got her eyes covered before opening them to take in the Magic Kingdom all at once.  I know as a kid I could never do that!  Another memory that Cindy liked was how Sophie talked Meemaw into riding Goofy’s Barnstormer.  Meemaw didn’t like it, though, and wouldn’t ride it again!  Still, she tried it, so that was what was important!

Sophie’s Favorite Memories

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Cinderella got married at her Castle!

For Sophie, her favorite memory was being there with her Meemaw.  She remembers riding the Barnstormer with Meemaw, and I remember this picture of Sophie, Cindy and Meemaw on The Magic Carpets of Aladdin:

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Meemaw, Sophie, and Cindy enjoying a ride on the Magic Carpets of Aladdin!

Now that’s a ride that is more Meemaw’s speed…Speaking of Meemaw, I called her last night to find out what her favorite memory of that day was — and I have both her favorite memory and her least favorite memory!  Stay tuned!

Meemaw’s Favorite (and least Favorite, too!) Disney Memories

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Meemaw riding one of Prince Charming’s Regal Horses!

When I talked to my Mom last night and explained what I was doing, I could almost hear her roll her eyes over the phone.  Then she proceeded to ask me how I should expect her to remember something that happened nearly eight years ago!  After talking with her a little bit, though, I did get two true emotional answers to the question “What was your favorite Disney Memory from 2006?”

The first real answer Mom gave me was that she just really enjoyed seeing Sophie’s excitement at being at Walt Disney World; at experiencing with Sophie the joy that she had with all the rides and fun that she had with everything.  Hands down, that was my Mom’s favorite memory — seeing Disney through Sophie’s eyes.

Then I asked her about the roller coaster, Goofy’s Barnstormer.  At that moment, just like that, Mom flipped from favorite Disney memory to worst Disney memory!  She told me in no uncertain terms that she hated that ride, that she couldn’t understand why anyone would like it, and that she thought she was going on a baby rollercoaster.  At that point, I almost fell out of my chair laughing…I think the text expression is ROFL…

So there you have it, my friends, our favorite memories from our one day trip to the Magic Kingdom in 2006.  This was a lot of fun, and next time, we’ll be looking at 2007, and our first ever visit where we stayed on property.   So tell me, please, what are your favorite Disney memories?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!  Remember, here at My Dreams of Disney, we’re working on turning My Dreams of Disney into Your Dreams of Disney!

Saving Mr. Banks at AMC Fork and Screen

The AMC Theater at Downtown Disney!

The AMC Theater at Downtown Disney!

I’ve always wanted to see a movie in the AMC Theater at Downtown Disney (also known as the Fork and Screen because you can eat while you watch the movie!), but there was never anything playing that I wanted to see when I was there. But Saving Mr. Banks is only playing in limited release in Canada right now, so when I learned that AMC was screening it during my current visit to Florida, attending was a no-brainer!

And what better movie to pair with a review of the Fork and Screen seating arrangement? So you get two reviews in one here, folks! First, I’ll discuss the dining experience (gluten-free options included) and then a brief look at the film itself.

First off, the theatre was excellent. Small enough to be intimate but with a screen big enough to do the movie justice. However, if you were watching a mega blockbuster action movie, one might wish for something bigger. But for a film like Saving Mr. Banks, it felt just right.

Saving Mr Banks

We went on Monday, December 30th, at 12:00 noon for the Fork and Screen presentation. You can see the little symbol just above the time I attended in the picture above. And here is a screen capture of the auditorium from the official AMC site, as taking pictures in the actual theatre is forbidden, and Disney even mentions that rule with the word ‘prosecution’ not-so subtly included:

Theatre Seating

The seating was very comfortable for the movie, but for eating, you had to sit on the edge of your seat so as not to spill on yourself. The picture above shows trays at each seat, but we had a counter at bar height. The trays would have been a bit better, but this is a minor point.

The food was fantastic! My in-laws had the Mushroom Swiss Burger ($10.49 – Sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese top an all-American beef burger with lettuce and tomato on a toasted brioche-style Kaiser roll served with fries). I had the Double-Decker Club ($10.99 – Shaved ham, turkey, and crisp Applewood-smoked bacon piled high on Texas toast with fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and Parmesan peppercorn aioli with fries, instead of the chips). The portions were generous and well-priced for what you got. The full menu can be seen, with prices, on the DTD AMC website.

On the downside were the drinks: $4.50 for a diet coke! My complaint about this, beyond the obvious, is that the price was not marked on the menu. So it was quite a surprise when I got the cheque! I only had one glass with no refills so as to not need to make a pit stop during the movie. But if I had have known what I was paying, I would have drunk refills until I wet myself!

DD Club   Shrimp Tacos

Now on to the gluten-free options. My wife had about five things to choose from, which anyone with Celiac Disease will tell you, is copious for Disney at one location. She had the Thai Bang Shrimp Tacos ($10.99 – White corn tortillas layered together with southwest sauce and Cheddar Jack cheese, then topped with sweet and sour slaw and crunchy breaded shrimp drizzled with Thai bang sauce. Served with fresh tortilla chips and house-made salsa). For the gluten-free option, the shrimp were grilled instead of breaded. My wife said the helping of shrimp was very generous and the whole meal was tasty indeed. And she didn’t have any reaction afterwards, so a good job was done with the food preparation to avoid cross-contamination, which is always a concern. So kudos to the kitchen staff and also to our servers, who were all top-rate!

And now to conclude with a very brief review of the film. We all thought it was wonderful. Only die-hard Disney fans will worry about the inaccuracies of the events being depicted. Tom Hanks did a credible Walt, but yes, he didn’t look like him. But mere minutes into the film, you completely forget about that and buy into Tom’s interpretation. This I will attribute to the genius of Tom Hanks, one of my favorite actors! We laughed, we cried, and everyone agreed it was, again, a wonderful movie.

A tip to those who have been jaded by people claiming the film misrepresents ‘known’ facts about the events depicted: Give your amateur Disney Historian the night off and just enjoy the film for what it is. Seriously. Take this tip to heart!

I will give the dining experience and the theatre itself a combined score of 4.75 stars out of 5, simply because of the exorbitant price of the drinks! The movie gets a 5 out of 5 stars. But if I had to pick on something, I’d have to say I’d have liked it to be longer. Not bad if that’s all one can complain about!

Final say: Go see this movie wherever you can! And when you do, have your say in the comments below, please.

P. S. – Don’t forget to save your tickets and enter them into your Disney Movie Rewards account for points!