I’m just back from a media trip to Disney World in honor of the launch of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Roller Coaster. I have a lot to share, but I’m going to start with a magical moment that even Disney couldn’t orchestrate.
If there is any doubt, Disney hosts some of the best parties out there. In honor of the new Mine Train ride, they closed off a portion of Fantasyland for an evening and gave us unlimited access to the The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Ride and Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid. We also got a time slot for unlimited rides on the new Mine Train roller coaster. We enjoyed photo ops with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There were some killer pink adult beverages, delicious food, and – joy! – carts with ice cream and popcorn.
But of course Disney needs to add a little something extra, so they decided to bestow us all with “Dwarf Names” upon our arrival at the party. When a (very tall) dwarf walked up to me and handed me a pin, proclaiming, “And you are Quirky!” I thought nothing of it. Quirky is a word I use liberally to describe myself and, more recently, introduce myself. It was only when he handed my friend Keri a pin and named her “Tricky” that I got confused.
“Did you know that my blog name is Quirky Fusion?” I asked, holding up my name badge. I was still trying to figure out how he had read the tiny print on my badge and found the appropriate pin so quickly.
“No. Really?” he replied with some surprise.
I think we were both confused and stunned for a moment.
And then [kudos to a talented actor!] he quickly recovered and said, “You and I will have to go mining later. I’m certain there’s a diamond out there with your name on it!”
I spent the rest of the night checking out name badges and pins to see if there was actually some slight of hand or trickery that matched me with the perfect pin, but I found no other similar pairings. Looks like there was a little extra Disney magic for me that night!
Disclosure: I attended Disney World as a guest as part of a media event. Travel, accommodations, meals, and park tickets were provided. There was no additional compensation and the opinions in this post are my own.