Side (Main) Street Immersion

The Dillos did something at the start of 2018 that they had not done this entire decade. They experienced a WDW vacation together. Stay tuned for ALL the updates forthcoming.

 

One of the goals of my Diz trips, whether a quick two day excursion or a week long with an almost two year old who you give your focus to, is to take a little time to stop an take in my surroundings. EPCOT at night (the fountains!), standing on Hollywood Boulevard (the sounds of the traffic signal!), sitting back on the Peoplemover are all past examples where I try to take that opportunity.

On the final day of our trip, we marathoned morning to night at the Magic Kingdom. Said two year old surprised us all and took her longest nap of the week (was the ambient noise of the park a little too familiar for this NYC kid?). The final leg of the nap we found ourselves on the east side street of Main Street USA, and this is where I got to take a little bit of that time in an unexpected location.

When I was eleven, I spent a day doing one of the kid friendly behind the scenes tours of WDW. I received sketches from an artist, saw the utilidors for the first time, and received a history lesson in the second story windows throughout the “opening credits” of the Magic Kingdom.

Even on most recent trips where we sat curbside eating foot longs from Casey’s Corner, I didn’t spend the time I should have re-familiarizing myself with the imagineers, the legends, the pioneers behind the happiest place on earth.

If you get the opportunity, check out the (small but) fantastic book, ‘Windows on Main Street’ by Chuck Snyder, for a thorough guide to the names behind these very deserving acknowledgements.

And if you’re wondering if this location is an optimal nap location for your toddler… depends on the number and energy level of children discovering the scavenger hunt based Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom spot.

Brother Dillo

 

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Moa-mmy Moments 

I’ve recently been watching Moana with my 2 year old son. Truth be told I have yet to make it to the end since we’ve been watching leading up to bedtime. So far I like what I see: the music, the look and the fact that it makes me want to stay at the Polynesian (as if I don’t want to do that everyday anyway). But – this isn’t a blog to review the movie.
I’m having a mommy moment. I’m watching a new Disney movie with my kids (my younger one is almost 8 weeks old so she’s not watching, just in the room). Aside from Pixar, this is the first Disney movie my 2 year old has been sitting through. It’s all crazy to me. Crazy that I’m at this stage of my life. Crazy to see my son act out scenes. Crazy to be able to see the Disney DNA running through his veins.

Sidenote: Not that I don’t enjoy hearing well known celebrities behind many animated films, but it wasn’t like that in my day. I’m happy that Moana is played by 16 year old Auli’i Cravalho in her acting debut. By having an unknown talent, it brings back that feeling that anyone can be a Disney princess and they’re not reserved to famous actresses. The same feeling girls felt while singing ‘Part of Your World’ during recess…um or so I’d assume. 

So far this movie is providing an ode to some of the older Disney movies mixed with a feel of the Polynesian and of course the modern music of Lin-Manuel Miranda. This all equates to major points in my book. 

I love the fact that I get to enjoy Disney movies with my kids, it’s a new level of awesome. 

Sister Dillo