It’s mine! All mine! Do you hear? Mine! Not yours!*

*Said in my best imitation of Daffy Duck.

Seems an Ohio family won what has got to be one of the coolest prizes ever. An entire morning at Disney World all to themselves. The only other people present were the park performers and employees, not a single other guest in sight.

CNN.com – Family gets Disney World all to themselves

The Magic Kingdom was eerily quiet, with only the chirping of birds, piped in orchestra music and the sound of their footsteps filling the 125-acre park. They were about halfway up the red carpet to the Cinderella Castle when all that dissolved and 1,500 mice, maids, baseball players and princesses came streaming out of hiding to welcome them.

“There were like thousand and thousands of people in the streets all of the sudden,” 13-year-old Derick Spangler said.

The Spanglers, of Randolph, Ohio, were the first to win a marquee prize in Disney’s “Year of a Million Dreams” celebration. One of 50,000 online entrants, they were rewarded with a morning at the Magic Kingdom all to themselves—and a VIP tour.

By noon the family had been on Space Mountain, to the Dumbo attraction, on a carousel filled with Disney characters and on the Jungle Cruise, where 11-year-old Ashley Spangler got to drive the boat. All were free of lines, of course.

I’ve wanted to go back to Disney World for over a decade now. Being able to run about the park with just my family would’ve been so wicked cool. Guess I should pay more attention to some of the sweepstakes Disney puts out.

Link via Boing Boing.

9 thoughts on “It’s mine! All mine! Do you hear? Mine! Not yours!*

  1. Yes it would have been cool, But to me this was even cooler. And I would not trade the memory for anything. In 1959 I was 5 almost 6. We drove from my aunts house in Burbank,CA to Anaheim. It was a two lane road with mostly Orange Groves on both sides. We stopped and picked some. And then we went to Disney Land. Walt was there, as was all his friends.

  2. I rest my case regarding the American Disneyland Mentality.  Go gorge yourselves.  But, alas, how will they keep the smoke from the burning cities, biowar, riots, etc. from seaping into this “Magic” kindgom of dellusion, hmm?

  3. I rest my case regarding the American Disneyland Mentality.  Go gorge yourselves.  But, alas, how will they keep the smoke from the burning cities, biowar, riots, etc. from seaping into this “Magic” kindgom of dellusion, hmm?

    rob, I’ve been going to D-land for over 30 years.  The place holds special memories for me as a kid.  I like to go there ‘because’ it is free of the distractions of the outside world.  My mind can be free, and I am able to engulf myself in that world.  My daily concerns, and anger at the news, and horrors of the world, is gone from my mind.  I recognize and accept that this is my escape from the daily routine.  I don’t live there.  It’s just a few days a year that I cherish spending with those I love.

  4. I, too, enjoy the DisneyDream.  I’ve even taken a few foreign colleagues to the World version.  But, i also recognize it is a symptom of a pernicious cultural pathology in our society.  Case in point (hilites mine):

    I like to go there ‘because’ it is free of the distractions of the outside world.  My mind can be free, and I am able to engulf myself in that world.  My daily concerns, and anger at the news, and horrors of the world, is gone from my mind.  I recognize and accept that this is my escape from the daily routine.  I don’t live there.  It’s just a few days a year that I cherish spending with those I love.

    It’s important to understand that the very things you goto Disney for are the exact elements that shall, in the near coming years, make impossible it’s continued existence.  If we as a cultural collective continue to ignore the world, the world will come to us (e.g., 9/11v1).  ThemeParks, et al, will soon be untenable security risks, due in large part to our desire to “forget” and “escape” from the growing global reality.

    Mickey is a marked mouse,
    from the very things you go there to ignore.
    Drink up, quickly.

    rob@egoz.org

  5. I don’t think we have to worry about Congress shutting down Disney Land/World. Disney owns them.

    As for the bombing type of terrorists, they do minimal damage. They only kill a few hundred, maybe thousands, of people a year. Not that even one life is insignificant, but there are plenty of bigger things to worry about.

    If a bomb did go off at Disney World, Disney would close off the damaged sections and open up the rest of the park within days.

    There are plenty of things to worry about. The shutting down of huge money makers is not one of them. Don’t worry, be happy.

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