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As it’s Veterans Day, I thought I could update you all on one particular part of my recent Disney trip.  Watching the Flag Retreat ceremony.  You may remember my earlier post listing it as something I wanted to see while we were there.  Well Monday nights saw us at the Magic Kingdom (again) and since we were on Main Street around 4:30, Matt’s family was gracious enough to wait with me to watch the ceremony.

I hope they weren’t disappointed.  I sure enjoyed it.  We watched the procession to the flag pole, heard the Disney Band play our national anthem, and my little patriotic heart beat heavily in my chest as many entering or exiting the park paused to watch this time-honored tradition; some even removed their hats or placed their hands over their hearts.  It was a proud and heart breaking experience watching the young soldier selected to carry the flag march past with our beloved stars and stripes held tightly in his grasp, followed by his proud parents and just as young wife pushing their small child in a stroller. 

Then just like that, it was back to the trip, deciding what ride to go on next.  Free to do as we pleased without a care in the world.  Another first added to my Mother-in-Laws list. 

Thank you to Matt’s family for letting me watch the ceremony.  Thank you to Disney for having that ceremony every day.  But most of all, thank you to all those who have served in our US Armed Forces in the past, to those who are currently serving, and to the families who love and support them through it all.  Happy Veterans Day and God Bless America.

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Continuing with my list of things that I love about Walt Disney World, I thought pictures would speak better to what is on my list today.  Enjoy.

(Pictures from allears.net and Brian Bennett from MousePlanet.com)

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“Welcome aboard TTA travelers!  We hope you enjoy Tomorrowland Transit Authority’s super skyway.”

The TTA (now called the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover) is a must-do for me when I go to Magic Kingdom.  That may sound strange to some people, but it’s true. 

I love that at most times of the day you can go for a ride and enjoy a cool breeze while you’re sitting without waiting in line.  You get a nice view of Tomorrowland where you can check out how long the line is for Space Mountain, make fun of people waiting in line for Stitch’s Great Escape, and even get a pretty spectacular view of the castle a few times. 

It’s a ride that I can (and have) go on over and over again.  On my last trip with my husband, we found it a good way to wait out the few minutes we had left before our Fastpass was good, or just get out of the sun for a little while. 

I can almost hear those announcement chimes ringing through the humid Florida air.

“Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow.  Your party from Saturn has arrived.  Please give them a ring.”

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Picture, if you will, a family on vacation.  They’re having a lovely time touring along Sunset Boulevard when they happen across a towering hotel at the end of the street.  They can see lush gardens behind a towering gate with a bellhop waiting at the entrance.  Soft music beckons the children closer, but their parents are hesitating.  There’s something not right about that place they think.  They refuse to go any further.  Their children insist, what could happen in a place like this, they ask.  Still the parents are unsure.  After a few minutes of discussion, the children and their father decide to go into the hotel.  The mother waits at the gates, worrying at the fate of her children and beloved husband.  Before long, she hears what she believes are elevator doors, and terror grasps her heart as she’s sure she hears her family screaming in the distance.  Avoiding the stare of the sinister looking bellhop beckoning more unsuspecting guests through the gardens to the hotel, the mother can do nothing but wait, hoping for the safe return of her children and husband. 

 The wait is fast becoming unbearable, and just as she’s about to go off in search of her family, she hears something that makes her pause.  Could it be?  Yes, thank the Lord, our mother hears the laughter of her children, the welcoming sound of her husband’s voice calling her name, returning to her from another part of the hotel.  They run to her with smiles on their faces and strange stories of a haunted elevator, a gift shop, and a request to do it all over again.  Only this time, she should come along. 

 Yes my friends, that was my family’s first encounter with the Tower of Terror (if only slightly exaggerated).  It took us a long time to convince her to go.  To my mother’s credit, she was fairly afraid of heights, but did eventually go on.  Also to her credit, once we got her on, it was hard to get her to do anything else, she loved it so much (as we knew she would)!

 I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ridden the Tower of Terror.  I know that I’ve ridden it 11 times in a row when I worked at WDW.  We only stopped because the park closed.  I’ve also tested how well the cast members pay attention when working the ride, leaving various items in the pre-show room to see how quickly they pick them up again.  I wonder if they ever kept my Doug Live! lunchbox…

 Tower is a ride that I never tire of and I’m so excited to “drop by” the Hollywood Tower Hotel again!

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