Dear Anonymous Disney Employee: A Letter to the One Who Made My Day Magical {Day 20}

Dear Anonymous Disney Employee,

I was expecting our second baby. Grandparents offered to take our two-year-old son for a handful of days so I could join my husband on a business trip to Florida before baby was due in three months. I jumped at the opportunity to get some time away at one of my favorite cities, Orlando. Well, to put it more accurately, I jumped at the opportunity to get some time alone at my favorite American destination, Walt Disney World.

While my husband readied himself for days of work, I readied myself for a few days at Walt Disney World!

I was six months pregnant and all alone, but that didn’t stop me from visiting “The Happiest Place on Earth,” Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It’s not every day a Minnesotan gets to wear a sundress in January, so I was sitting sweetly in all my glory. Warm weather + blue skies + Magic Kingdom + freedom to do whatever my heart desired = recipe for a great day!

It was, in fact, a perfect day. I walked at my own pace, ate when I wanted to, stopped and listened to Belle read a story in a hidden wooded area, and took in every ride that was safe and appropriate for a woman who was six-months pregnant. The Main Street parade was, as always, one of the biggest highlights of my day. I snapped some shots there, and asked a stranger to take my picture by the castle to mark the memory for a lifetime.

I didn’t think the day could get any better.

But there’s one anonymous Disney employee who turned my perfect day into a magical day. I was in Fantasyland, by far my favorite area of Magic Kingdom. I really wanted to get on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride, but the line was ridiculously long and I wasn’t willing to wait 90 minutes for Tigger and Pooh. I went to grab a Fast Pass so I could come back later within a designated timeframe and walk right in without waiting. But when I got to the Fast Pass kiosk to insert my card, the Disney employee attending the kiosk looked at my pregnant belly, smiled, handed me a Fast Pass that was valid upon receipt, and said “have a magical day!”

My heart was stirred. I smiled, said “thank you,” and walked right in! The Pooh ride was sweet and whimsical, and I was convinced beyond a doubt – the day was truly magical.

So thank you anonymous Disney employee, whoever you are, for turning my perfect day into a magical day. Because going above and beyond is what Disney does best. That’s why it’s called “The happiest place on earth.”

May all your days be magical,


*If you’d like to read more from my #31Days Letters to the Unthanked series, click here for the landing page where all the letters are listed and linked!

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