What's the most joyful moment you've had at a theme park?

March 31, 2023, 12:55 PM

It could be a ride, a show, or just a shared moment with family or friends. If you also are in the mood to read some nice stuff on the Internet for a change, please share your joyful stories from past Disney, Universal, or other theme park visits.


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March 31, 2023, 2:26 PM

I did go to a Theme Park in Orlando Until I was 38.

We entered the Magic Kingdom – We were so excited.

I still remember seeing the Castle for the first time – at 38. I had a tear in my eye. I could not stop looking at that damn thing…

March 31, 2023, 3:11 PM

Man, so many with most recent my four year old nephew's joy at Disneyland seeing Jungle Cruise, Astro Orbiter, Toy Story Mania and more.

Also just the first time on so many rides from original EPCOT to Test Track, Tower of Terror and more. The first time on any ride is special and hard to capture again.

April 5, 2023, 11:51 AM

In 1988, I had my first encounter with Epcot Center when my show choir performed at Disney for what was then "Magic Music Days." A group of my best friends traveled around Future World together when I met a purple dragon that changed my life forever.

Experiencing Journey Into Imagination together as a group was a remarkable emotional memory. We rode it several times and sang along to one little spark as the choir we were...in gorgeous harmony. It was the trip that started my collection of all things Figment and I'll always associate him with my high school memories.

April 5, 2023, 1:21 PM

Show choir? Show choir?!?

As a former chow choir nerd, I think we need a thread on show choirs and theme parks. I never did perform at Walt Disney World, but my choir did a competition at Kings Island my senior year, and then my old choir did make it to Disney while I worked there.

April 5, 2023, 1:38 PM

December 1982 - Front row working crowd control for candlelight processional at on Main Street at the Magic Kingdom.

1997 - 3 PM parade Magic Kingdom, Snow White picks my three-year old daughter out of crowd and dances with her on Main Street.

April 5, 2023, 9:09 PM

Taking my best friend to Tampa's Howl-O-Scream in 2021. He had been to HHN a few times, but never there, so he had no clue what to expect. I just had a fun night showing everything to him and the scare actors got him good a couple of times in a way that Universal never could.

Edited: June 1, 2023, 10:59 PM

In fact, there are a tonne, the most recent being my 4-year-old nephew's excitement at Disneyland's Jungle Cruise, Astro Orbiter, and Toy Story Mania. My high school choir competed at Kings Island instead of Walt Disney World my senior year.

June 2, 2023, 2:21 PM

For me its my first ride on "Hydroid'94" at La Ronde in Montreal. Even though at the time it wasn't revolutionary or truly anything special but having never experienced a motion simulator before this was so eye opening to me as a kid. It definitely sparked my love of theme parks and even though its been almost 30 years I still remembered it!

I had to look it up to check on the spelling of the ride and can't believe I actually found a video of it! If anyone is interested this site was actually pretty neat.


June 2, 2023, 5:41 PM

Christmas 1972, my first visit to the Magic Kingdom, riding the monorail from the TTC through the Contemporary Resort and then seeing the park come into view - just amazing!

Edited: June 5, 2023, 9:55 AM

We first visited the USA in 1995 when we went to LA.
Disney had always been very much part of our childood as we grew up in England during the 60's.
However I have to admit that, despite that love of the films, I wasnt particularly interested in visiting Disneyland because I didn't care for funfairs. My wife encouraged me to go and so we did. As we walked through the tunnel into the Park I stood in the Square and took in the view down Mainstreet to the Castle. I turned to my wife and said " I want to live here ". Nonsense of course but I was hooked. If the buildings and the atmosphere hadn't already got me under their spell the first ride certainly did. We stood in line for 2 hours for the newly constructed " Indiana Jones " .
I don't think that ride has been surpassed since then almost 30 years ago and we went on to visit California and Florida 8 times in the following 10 years.

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