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Like being a kid again

Last night I went to EPCOT and saw Michael Jackson’s Captain EO, the 3-D movie that was a collaboration between Jackson, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. I went to the Magic Kingdom, saw the Carousel of Progress and got to marvel at the fact that Walt Disney put this all together in 1964. And then I got to watch the original Electric Parade.

I flashed back to being 10, going with my dad to see Captain EO. Just my dad and me, leaving my mom and siblings behind. “The men”, out on the town. We went on rides, ate food that my mother would have frowned at, and had the best night of our lives. We stayed until the park closed and the parade had stopped, and it was late and dark and empty on the road when we headed home. On the way back home, we stopped at Perkins and had some Mother Butler pie. The memory, one of the very few that I have of quality time with my father, is still crystal clear, like it happened yesterday.

And while tonight’s viewing of Captain EO reminded me how cheesy and horrible it was, and the 3D was miserably done, and the Carousel of Progress is peeling and getting more decrepit each year, and the parade is like the masturbatory wet dream of a cracked out artist, the memories they elicited were just as magical as the first time.

22 thoughts on “Like being a kid again”

  1. I remember seeing the parade as a kid and thinking it was awesome. When I saw it as an adult I took my kid, who thought it was awesome. It’s become a rite of passage.

  2. My husband favorite attraction is the Carousel of Progress. We have to see it at least 1000 times while we are at Disney. I love Disney World. I think you can feel the magic in the air and there is a feeling that all of yours dreams can come true while you are there. I could sit and look at the Castle all day long. Or sit on Main Street and watch the kids see the castle for the first time.

  3. So I like this song but I still say you shouldn’t have replaced the music, even with the talking in the background. The parade with the original music is FUN, this track (especially this version!) is on the wrong side of mopey. Like the “When you wish upon a star” commercials Disney would air.

    Way to go Adam, you ruined fun.

  4. I love Disney. I don’t care if the paint is peeling or the “future” is people talking to each other on television. It is the most magical place on Earth. Mostly, because it brings out the magic in you.

    I was not paid to write that comment. Sadly.

    1. @Faiqa, I fully agree, and I am paid to say that, but I mean it 😉 My perspective is tainted being a cast member and dealing with people who don’t show their “magical” side… but at some point everyone has their own personal “Disney Moments.” Mine has and ALWAYS will be the very first time I saw wishes (Jan 2007) and I actually cried through it because I realized what I had been missing as a kid. But Adam, the original music is what made it! (and seeing Elliot & Pete the dragon!)

  5. Memories like that are awesome. I’m blessed that I have great memories of Disney as a kid, teenager, college student and adult. Every experience is different, but every one is precious.

  6. That’s what I discovered back in January. No matter how much you see with your adult eye, if everyone kind-of collectively believes in magic, magic there is.

  7. I feel the same way every time I take my kids to Disneyland. Now that I’m older, I can see behind the facades and the guidewires explain away much of the “magic” that enchanted my childhood. However, sharing it with them allows me to indulge my cognitive dissonance for a day without being thrown into the loony bin.

  8. I dragged the boyfriend to see the Electrical Parade when he was here, right before they shipped it off to you guys. The music alone brings back so many memories of watching it as a kid. He didn’t quite understand why I needed to see it before it left California.

    Having our passes and going as often as we do, I don’t get tired of it. The food maybe, but never the Disney magic. Even if I’ve been on Pirates about a billion times. It’s my son’s favorite, so we go.

    And for the record, I like the glasses.

  9. adam!

    the very FIRST time i rode thunder mountain, i was sandwiched between my dad and your dad. i’ll never forget it. both of our families were there together, and it was like THE biggest coming-of-age moment for me ever. i was finally tall and tough enough to handle the “wildest ride in the wilderness.”

    i love carousel of progress more than you know. my fam once got stuck in it while it was broken, and since we all still know the lyrics to entire ORIGINAL song (“now is the time, now is the best time, now is the best time of your life…”).

    and captain eo? i can;t even comment further or else i will come. all over myself. holyshit i love disney more than air in my lungs, and i love the disney of our childhoods the most of all.

    i leave for hawaii in less than a week. you’re making me freak out and feel as if i MUST go to disney before i leave.

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