While writing my recent newsletter article on “Walt Disney World Hooks“ I was basically sharing how I feel regarding very specific memories I have of Walt Disney World and how those moments grab me.
I had no idea what kind of a reaction that newsletter article would have.
The emails have been pouring in and I need to share them with everyone.
So here is what may be the first of many blog entries on everyone’s “Walt Disney World Hooks.”
All entries are shared verbatim as received.
First up is Susan Albert:
This is a response to Mike Scopa’s “Hook” article.
You took the words right out of my mouth with Golden Dreams. As soon as I hear the first notes the tears begin to flow. Christa MaCuliffe and John Kennedy Jr. get me even more emotional since I remember their deaths.
Another Hook for me is for Wishes. As soon as I hear “Star bright, star light as well as when the song Wishes comes on at the end I get a shiver. I could see it again and again.
I’m sure I have more hooks. I’ll be in the world on Thursday so I’ll think about what else hooks me.
Thanks for a great article.
Kim Goodman shares:
“I love Mike Scopa’s latest article “WDW Hooks”! As I started reading I immediately thought of my own “hook”. I love the music you hear as you are leaving the Magic Kingdom after the evening fireworks. A walk down beautifully lit Main Street, the spectacular fireworks and the magical music makes you want to come back time and again to such a happy place. An occasional trip the local Disney store, where sometimes you hear similar music, helps to get through to the next trip.
Linda Cosby tells us of two hooks:
Regarding Mike Scopa’s article on what our Disney “hooks” are, I have two very special memories that I look forward to that scream “DISNEY!” every time. The first is the smell as you walk into the lobby of the Polynesian resort. It’s a wonderful mixture of tropical plants that I have never experienced anywhere else. Not even in Hawaii. The other moment comes at the beginning of the Main Street Electrical Parade when the music starts. Those first notes and introduction absolutely bring chills. I am so glad that parade is back where it belongs even for a little while!
Laura V tells us of her hook:
I have a “hook” that I would like to share. I have had the pleasure of visiting WDW 14 times in my lifetime (so far). Each time we visit One Man’s Dream at Hollywood Studios I have my moment. Just looking at Walt Disney’s pictures through the years and reading about all of his wonderful dreams and ideas gets me every time. Just knowing that future generations will get to enjoy his dreams and be their reality is a wonderful thing.
Juli Ruffing tells of an audio hook:
Mike- I know exactly what you mean. As I was reading this week’s feature article I was thinking about Main Street just as you predicted but as I thought further another little hook moment came to me. I know you’ll think I’m crazy because I’m sure it’s something most people who go to WDW dread but it’s really my favorite part. It’s the moment your boat enters the tunnel at Small World and all the noise of the landing finally fades away and you hear the song.
Heidi Potenza and I share the same hook:
I am writing to comment on the WDW “Hooks” – Mike you have positively hit on something here with your column! I got goosebumps as you described to a “T” one of my favorite hooks. When I hear Peter Pan and see Nana below and then hear “You can fly” I really know I’m in my favorite place once again! The other way I know I am really at WDW is when I dig into that first bite of my banana bread pudding at the Main Street Bakery, while watching my sons eat their cheesecake and colossal cupcakes. We traditionally do this the first night we arrive and that is how I know I am truly “hooked” once again! Thanks for the incredible thoughts!
How many of you share this hook with Brenda Lewis?
I wanted to give you my “hook” for Disney World. It is whenever I am riding on the boat from the parking lot over to the turnstiles at the Magic Kingdom and I hear the train whistle. Then I watch and see the train approaching the station. That is the exact moment that I realize that I am almost there – just about ready to enter the magic of it all for another day at Disney World
Rita Schlenner’s hook reminds us that these hooks all begin from our first visit.
Talking about hooks at Disney–my first ride on Peter Pan was great-that was 30 years”¨ago..I am retired now, and the first thing I will do when visiting Disney is ride my favorite ride PETER PAN. My husband and I will be visiting the park and staying at Port Orleans, Riverside. This will be our 5th visit and Peter Pan will be our first ride. Thank you for the news letter-hope to see you at the park.
Finally, get out the tissues before you read this heartwarming email from Jenny Beck:
In response to Mike Scopa’s call for our Walt Disney World Hooks, I can think of countless experiences that last for just a few moments but hook me. Standing in World Showcase Lagoon as the first notes of “Let There Be Peace on Earth” flood the park, with men and women from all over the world standing all around me… the first dip in the dark as you ride Space Mountain… starting to bounce in my very own honey pot on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh… passing underneath the jumping fountains on Splash Mountain… having your vehicle turn to let you feast your eyes on the glorious planet Earth high above you on Spaceship Earth… the few exhilarating seconds as you wait for your elevator to plummet to the ground on Tower of Terror… These are all hooks for me. The best hook, however, might not meet your full criteria as an attraction experience, but it’s an experience that keeps attracting me to Disney. My first trip to Disney World was with my sister in 2001 to celebrate my upcoming college graduation and her nearly completed Ph.D. program. As we passed through the turnstiles into the Magic Kingdom, about to lay eyes on the place we’d only imagined until then, we passed from being sisters to friends. We’ll only have that first time once, and we shared that experience – and the tears and giddiness – with each other. It wasn’t about seeing the Castle for me. It was about standing beside my sister on a nondescript section of street in the Magic Kingdom. It was our first time traveling anywhere together as adults without our parents. Our choice to be together was no longer Mom and Dad’s but was ours. Disney World is the only place on earth, literally, that gives me the chance to experience the birthplace of my adult relationship with my sister and, more importantly, the moment when my sister became my friend.
Something moist and salty ran down my cheeks while reading Jenny’s email.
Thanks to everyone who has shared these hooks. There are more to come so be on the lookout over the next week for more emails I will be sharing with everyone.
Meanwhile, I need to read more email.