Saturday, October 23, 2010
One of the most memorable experiences we had during our trip to the Disneyland Resort last month had nothing to do with seeing the beautiful fall decor, meeting a couple of Disney Villains, experiencing the spooky touches of Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, being treated to a fabulous dinner at the Big Thunder Ranch or even getting a special spot to view the new "World of Color" light and water show at Disney's California Adventure.
No, it had everything to do with getting up early, being in the right place at the right time, and getting sprinkled with just a bit of pixie dust and Disney Magic. On September 19 we were selected to be Family of the Day at Disney's California Adventure Park. Every morning they choose one family at random to be the first family in the park and open the park up to the rest of the visitors, and on that special day, we were the chosen ones. We were at the front of the line waiting to be let into DCA, but so were many other families, so we were quite lucky to be chosen!
As Family of the Day, we got the royal treatment. First off, we were escorted into the park by a group of about fifteen or so Tower of Terror bellhops (as well as two very special bellhops, Chip and Dale!), who walked beside (and in front and behind) us from the park entrance to the Tower of Terror. The kids (okay, the grownups as well) got a real kick out of having a cavalcade of our own personal attendants, and they loved being able to pose with Chip and Dale without anyone else waiting in line.
Since we were the first family in the park, we were also the first to reach the Tower of Terror. Once there, we signed their Family of the Day guestbook and posed for a photo taken by the park's roving Photopass photographers. As Family of the Day, we even got our own private elevator ride on the Tower of Terror!
After the ride ended, a bellhop surprised us yet again with a complimentary photo of Alfie, The Pea and I screaming as our elevator plunged us to our doom (3Po and Jammy were quite envious of our photo, but not enough to overcome their terror of the Tower of Terror).
As if all that weren't enough, as Family of the Day, we were given complimentary Fast Passes to the ride of our choice. The whole thing was such a special experience, and one we will treasure forever!
Perks aside, we all agreed that being treated like someone special really made us feel special, which made becoming Family of the Day such a wonderful memory. I think every family wants to feel special, and that is why the Disneyland Parks are coming up with a wonderful program to make every family feel special in 2011.
Beginning in January 2011, Disney PhotoPass photographers will be sharing photos they've taken of Disney Park guests in a larger-than-life way: at the Walt Disney World Resort, they'll be projected on the soaring spires of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, and at the Disneyland Resort, they'll be projected onto the “it’s a small world” building. As many as 500 photos will be used per day, so make sure you pose for those PhotoPass photographers and you could be featured in the show!
Also, Disney Parks will be making user-generated content part of future TV commercial spots, print advertisements, newsletter articles and vacation planning video segments.You can share your own Disney Park memories by uploading photos and videos at www.DisneyParks.com/Memories; some memories will be shared online, while others may be selected to share in print ads, brochures and other marketing – including television ads to air across the United States and Canada. Imagine starring in a Disney Parks ad -- how special would that be?
It's all part of Disney Park's 2011 ‘Memories in the Making’ campaign, which will celebrate the family vacation memories created in Disney theme parks every day.
Disclosure: I did not receive a sample or monetary compensation for this post. The trip I am blogging about was a Disney-sponsored mom blogger event. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.