When I saw the video on the Disney Parks Blog, I knew it wasn’t a dream. I was actually a part of history at the New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
Now that the new Under the Sea – Journey of the Mermaid has opened, there is a body of water named Ariel’s Grotto. The entire area stands on the same spot once held by the renowned 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The closure of an attraction loved by many, including me, isn’t taken lightly by Disney. Imagineers saved, bottled and labeled water from the lagoon. This water took a special role in the continuing rolling out of the new Fantasy Land.
As a blogger who attended the New Fantasyland event on October 22nd – 24th, 2012, I held a glass of that precious water and poured it into Ariel’s Grotto. And was a part of Disney history. As Chris Kelley, the Imagineer who spoke during this momentous occasion said, I “became part of Magic Kingdom history.”
(I am the last person, with a white top. Standing by my scooter)
It was a life changing moment for me, a fan of Disney for over 40 years. It is something that I will treasure forever. My entire family will hear about it and it will be passed along to my grandchildren one day.
- This is part one of of posts reporting about the New Fantasyland Event. Stay tuned for more.
As an invited guest to the New Fantasyland event for bloggers and social media, I was allowed access to areas and events in the New Fantasyland. I and my family were provided with 2 nights at the Polynesian Resort, some meals, park tickets, entrance to Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and swag. I am not required nor was I asked to write about the events by Disney. All opinions are my own.