Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Dreams Come True! Dreams Come True!

Well, at least at Disney World they do!

My brother, Austin, has been slightly offended that I have yet to mention him on my blog. He's always doing great things to try to earn the "Favorite Uncle" award, and thus be mentioned on the blog.

You know, the one that tens of you read each month.

And, a note to the other fantastic uncles and aunts in our lives, you are much appreciated as well. It's just that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, folks.

So, I've decided to dedicate an entire post to Uncle Austin and he would be the first to tell you that he could view the whole thing on his fantastic little IPhone. Shouldn't we all be so lucky...

We'll address his great deeds in the order that they happened - if for no other reason than the importance of historical accuracy.

Back in June of this year, Austin scored us some free tickets to the Magic Kingdom so Matt took the day off and Uncle Austin learned the joys of spending the day with two preschoolers at the happiest place on earth. Seriously though, it really was tons of fun even though I kind of felt like I had three kids rather than two. Beggars can't be choosers, people.

Here is the happy uncle and nephew on the carousel.

And, here Uncle Austin gives Abby a front row seat to the parade. Austin used to work at Disney and he was quite a celebrity so he still knows forty-eleven people who work there. Including this guy from the Mary Poppins section of the parade. Austin got about half a dozen different characters to come right up to Abby - she was elated!

Oh, the magic carpet ride. We had to do this one twice so they could each have a turn with Uncle Austin. I didn't feel unloved at all...

And, here is the reason for the name of this post. We watched the show that they have at Cinderella's castle. Abby was in complete awe of the spectacle before her and was mesmerized by the entire show. At the end they chant "Dreams Come True" over and over and over and over. It became Abby's "thing" for awhile and she said it all the time, especially when talking to her uncle on the phone. Also, for some reason she got it in her head that Austin lives at Disney World. To this day, if you ask her where he lives she'll tell you Disney World. And there is no mistaking the look of pure envy that crosses her face.

So, once the weather got a little cooler around here, Matt generously offered (read: gave in to my unrelenting requests and pleas) to get annual passes for the family. As soon as Austin heard about it he joined us for our first official trip with the passes and bought a pass for himself.
You may be impressed with how much he must love my kids. And he does. But, the hidden truth is he loves Disney just as much. And that is another reason why it is so much fun to go there with Austin. He worked at Disney for years in many capacities. The most fun being when he did character sets in the park. He was quite a legend in his time. Frequently called on to be Goofy in important parades. And, one of the few to do the Beast - Austin was great at what he did.
And, as a result, he knows SO FLIPPIN' MUCH about Disney. Important little facts that help make the day go by more smoothly and thus that much more fun. He is a wealth of information.
We went to MGM on Saturday while Matt had a day of watching the rivalry football games. The Indiana Jones Stunt Show is Drew's favorite show, so I begged Austin to volunteer to be one of the "extras" in the show. I figured the kids would LOVE it and then I could get some great pictures.
A little bit of yelling and hand-waving landed him a spot in the show. My last word as he walked away was "look this way so I can take pictures!"

Here he is during his little interview. They asked him to do the Goofy laugh and he nailed it!! The crowd was more than impressed.

Abby was also impressed. And overjoyed. She couldn't believe that Austin was actually part of the show! At least I'm pretty sure that's how she would have felt if she hadn't fallen asleep right before the show began. She missed the whole thing.

After they dress up all the volunteers, they pick one person (randomly) for a special little scene. Can you believe they picked Austin? It was awesome. I got the whole thing on video...

See him looking over at me for a picture. What a good listener!

Now he's waving!!! He's really risking everything for a great picture and I don't have the decency to even snap a clear photo. I'm asking Santa for a new camera.

It was a fun day and we stayed much longer than we had planned. I think Uncle Austin had a good time, but he'd also be the first to tell you how much work it is to take these kids to the park. He's got a whole year ahead of him though, so we better pace ourselves and not wear him out too quickly.
Because, these kids aren't crazy at all...

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