Disney Memories of the Past

29 Nov

One of my favorite and funniest Disney memories of the past is probably one of Beloved’s absolute worst.


Disney memories from Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad


She was a toddler about three years old and not a rookie.  Living in the Sunshine State, she had a handful of visits to the Magic Kingdom under her belt.  Where she had previously been content to ride around in a stroller, on this particular trip she ventured out into the park via sneakers.  She was so enthralled with the lights, sounds and smells of her adventure that her every sense was on overload.

It didn’t take long before she pooped out and we were carrying this tired little sweaty baby everywhere. And by “we”, I mean Just Plane Dad.  For those that haven’t been here, Florida is hot, very hot, and sticky in the summer.  You “pre-cool” your car before getting into it.  Yes, that hot.  Just Plane Dad had been carrying Beloved for a while when I finally took pity on their poor steamy souls and we searched for air-conditioned shelter.

Character Autographs

One of the coolest spots at Walt Disney World is the tent where you wait for autographs.  It’s a large building made to look like a circus tent with ice cold a/c pumping throughout.  Not only is in cool inside but they have dim sconce-like lighting that offers a cozy tent-like feeling.

Revived with a little blast of cold air, we decided to “chill” for a bit and get in line.  Meet and greets are usually done outside where you wait in the sun for a gloriously long two hours, so we’d never even bothered.  Cooled and happy now, we fatefully make the decision to attempt our first character autograph.  How bad could it be?

Mickey and Minnie

Inside, we get our pick from several different characters.  Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Pooh are all thrilled to see us…well maybe they were thrilled to see our beautiful blonde haired, blue-eyed cutie.  Either way, we head on up for our signature and gratuitous photo op.  Beloved takes one look at her “friends” close up and lets loose a wail that could be heard throughout the park.

In true Helicopter Mom fashion, my instincts take over and we run back to the line.  “No problem, Just Plane Dad can get the signature while I hold you from afar.”  More crying and outstretched arms for Daddy who’s getting the moves put on him by Minnie.  “What?  That won’t work either, darn.  Ok, we’re intelligent adults, we can figure this out.”

Solution, I will place you over my shoulder, face buried in the nape of my neck and just slowly back up until we’re close enough for the picture.  Then poof!  We’ll shoot it.

What is Goofy?

Feeling triumphant that I’ve come up with the perfect solution, we reach Goofy.  Beloved is calming down, so trusting she was, and we slowly sidled up beside him.  Ready, say cheese, and poof…no poof.  Beloved makes the fatal mistake of opening her eyes and sights up Goofy; all 7 feet of him.  I have to admit, I never noticed how big Goofy really is; like really…tall…big.

She starts failing her arms at him with a precise boxer-like back hook, if that is such a move, and it’s a continuous stream of hits.  We have never laughed so hard in our lives and I’m pretty sure I peed a little.  I can guarantee that Beloved did.  Now before I lose my hover status, yes, we did move away quickly and exited the character hut, never to return.

Our girl did calm down and didn’t seem any worse for the wear due to the incident.  We still laugh about how she kicked Goofy’s butt that day.

Chuck E. Cheese

Time passed and you would have thought that we’d learned our lesson, but unfortunately, Chuck E Cheese suffered the same ill fate.  Poor mouse came over to the table to wish a happy birthday to the kids and Beloved lost it.  We no longer frequent that establishment.

To this day, we have only a small handful of character photos that don’t appear to show our kid as a blur leaving the photo.  Funny enough, the photos she tolerated are always with small cute characters like Stitch and Piglet; both of which happened when she was a teenager taller than the character.  She’s never been photographed with Goofy that I’m aware of.  Funny how those cute little Disney characters are so incredibly scary in person.


Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad

24 Responses to “Disney Memories of the Past”

  1. Sharisse May 12, 2015 at 2:03 PM #

    I grew up going to Disney Land, but I’ve never been to Disney World. I’m looking forward to going one day with my little one, but hopefully we won’t have a similar experience with the characters, haha! 🙂

  2. TL Hayden May 12, 2015 at 11:48 AM #

    She’s so frikkin adorable. I can’t wait to take my little one to Disneyworld. We took her to Sixx Flags last year she started off being scared of everything, but eventually got on the kiddie rides after my brother put her on one and refused to take her off even while she hollered and screamed. I guess after she realized it wasn’t so bad she got on everything and talked to all the characters too without fear.

  3. L. E. Mastilock May 11, 2015 at 11:45 PM #

    My kids were scared of Goofy too! He’s just so big! And they didn’t like that the characters don’t talk. How can you explain that to a child? Next time I will avoid the characters.

  4. Anne Campbell May 11, 2015 at 10:47 PM #

    I still have my Disney autograph book from when I was about 11. My oldest got freaked out by Santa and other characters when he was little, and my favorite Christmas picture is of him trying to jump off Santa’s lap! Then, my middle son came along and LOVED characters. He would go right to them–especially the Chick Fil a chicken that they had before the cow.

  5. Jamie May 11, 2015 at 2:07 PM #

    Crazy how things change – fun while it lasted, right? My husband loves all of the Disney memories!

  6. Michelle May 11, 2015 at 10:52 AM #

    I saw this happen recently at Easter. I tried to help the other mom. Her kid just would not go near the Easter Bunny. I think it’s because these kids know something is off, but they can’t figure it out.

  7. Tanya March 4, 2014 at 9:47 PM #

    So adorable! We have high hopes for how our kids will react to the characters but mine are unpredictable! Thanks for sharing with my Small Victories Sunday linky. I hope you were able to visit some other fantastic bloggers and come back next week to link up 3 more posts!

  8. Marie July 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM #

    Absolutely hilarious! Gotta love Disney, right? I remember when my middle son was about 2. He went up to Darby and Pooh and made a super loud vomiting noise. I’m sure it scared the heck out of whoever was in those costumes. But thank god it was only the noise…not the real thing. Thanks for the laugh. Stopping by from Ladies Only Blog Share.

  9. Cher April 11, 2013 at 11:29 PM #

    I miss Disney World!

    Stopping by to say hi from the Ultimate Blog Party!


    • HeliMom April 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM #

      Thanks for visiting. I’m sure Disney is about to get crazy as Florida warms up. We were there a few weekends ago for spring break and it was a mad house!

  10. Elizabeth April 11, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

    Hi!! New follower here, I found you on the UBP13! Your blog is absolutely amazing! I am a new blogger and hope you can come by and follow me at http://www.mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com!

    • HeliMom April 12, 2013 at 8:34 PM #

      What is UBP13? Thanks for visiting regardless. I appreciate your kind words. I currently in a re-do phase while taking a blog class so expect some changes. I’ll head to your site now.

  11. Kathryn March 19, 2013 at 1:36 PM #

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    • HeliMom March 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM #

      Love the blog. Your little ones are adorable. Was trying to leave a comment but it didn’t seem to work. I’ll try again.

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    • HeliMom March 17, 2013 at 6:29 PM #

      Thanks for visiting. I’ll head over there right now!

  13. Sue March 14, 2013 at 2:34 PM #

    Stopping by from Thumping Thursday blog hop, following you now on G +

    We didn’t go there until my daughter was like 8 and my son was about 12, so they weren’t afraid of the characters. We got lots of photos, and autographs. But I’m sure if they went when they were little they would have been scared to death.

    Especially my son, who was always scared of Santa, etc.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • HeliMom March 14, 2013 at 8:31 PM #

      Ha hah, my daughter is still afraid of Santa. Funny thing is, the only photo I have of her with the jolly old elf is when my sister took her to the mall; and don’t you know, she sat on his lap. Never for us…at least I got one picture!

  14. Julia March 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM #

    My son was leery of the characters his first trip, but by the end of the week he had conquered his fear. Thankfully my daughter was a little more easy going – probably because her brother was having so much fun.

    Thanks for stopping by this week.

    • HeliMom March 14, 2013 at 8:32 PM #

      Sounds like your daughter was so brave. Kudos to her big brother for showing her the ropes. You are most welcome; love the hops!

  15. noel March 11, 2013 at 2:51 PM #

    I can’t wait to take my little girl to disney one day…dressed up as a princess and all, of course!! Although I can’t stand waiting in lines so I imagine it won’t be as fun for me but… :)) New follower from the hop!


    • HeliMom March 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM #

      We were just there again this weekend, Spring Break, and oh boy the lines were long. So fun though. We saw so many Cinderella’s so your daughter will fit right in. And the Downtown Disney has Bibbity Bobbity Boutique that will dress them up, glitter in hair and makeup. So cute! Thanks for visiting, come back soon!

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