13 5 / 2014

My magic moment would have to be watching night come in Magic Kingdom. Seeing the lights turn on and the park transform into a night time wonderland was amazing. Being there with all these great people was wonderful and something I’ll always remember.

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13 5 / 2014

I think a great example of wayfinding would be the mountain in Animal Kingdom. In a park where the view is mostly obscured by trees the mountain is easily seen from most of the park and is a very iconic looking landmark. It draws in guests to it and acts as a weenie as well.

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13 5 / 2014

An excellent example of wayfinding, was Main St. USA and the castle. It directed guests to the center of the park, so there wouldn’t be as many traffic jams along the way. They also included sidewalks along the edges which gave guests an area sectioned off from the main walkway down the center of the street. - Megan Kirn

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13 5 / 2014

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Right before we left Typhoon Lagoon. -Megan

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There were a couple of theming differences between Universal and Disney. The most glaring was the fact that Universal usually went BIG, where Disney was a little more conservative with the themes. The best examples of this were in Islands of Adventure. When you walked into Jurrasic Park, they had…

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The most magical moment for me was having the opportunity to be able to see the Magic Kingdom through fresh eyes. All I remember from my trips before were glimpses, and this trip gave me the chance to be able to enjoy the Magic of Disney through adult eyes - Megan Kirn

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12 5 / 2014

For me, one of the most magical moments was when we all were wearing our ears and waiting to watch Fantasmic. It was great because I realized that this was going to be the first fully different experience at Disney World. 
I want to thank Beth, Kate, and everyone else for making this the best Disney experience I’ve ever had. Until next time. 

For me, one of the most magical moments was when we all were wearing our ears and waiting to watch Fantasmic. It was great because I realized that this was going to be the first fully different experience at Disney World. 

I want to thank Beth, Kate, and everyone else for making this the best Disney experience I’ve ever had. Until next time. 

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12 5 / 2014

Gretchen Kessler

My magic moment was when we rode the Peter Pan ride. The reason I chose this moment specifically was because of the way the ride operators closed the seating restraints. There are several rides at WDW that have the doors to the ride cars close automatically, but the difference here is that the operator pretended like he was closing the doors through some pixie dust magic, waving his hands over the bar and then snapping his fingers right as the doors closed, giving the illusion that he had done this through some special powers. This was the moment that really stood out to me as being magical, and I watched for something similar on other rides, but Peter Pan was the only one that did this, specifically. 

Gretchen Kessler

My magic moment was when we rode the Peter Pan ride. The reason I chose this moment specifically was because of the way the ride operators closed the seating restraints. There are several rides at WDW that have the doors to the ride cars close automatically, but the difference here is that the operator pretended like he was closing the doors through some pixie dust magic, waving his hands over the bar and then snapping his fingers right as the doors closed, giving the illusion that he had done this through some special powers. This was the moment that really stood out to me as being magical, and I watched for something similar on other rides, but Peter Pan was the only one that did this, specifically. 

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12 5 / 2014

I was originally going to say that my magical moment was visiting the German Pavillion at EPCOT, having dinner in the recreation of a Biergarten, and remembering a time that I would love to do over. But I regrettably (or maybe not so regrettably) have to change my answer. 

After a fantastic dinner on the lake at World Showcase, and after watching Illuminations, I went with some of the greatest people I know to the magic Kingdom for one final trek. We rode almost all of the classics one more time, enjoyed ice cream sundaes, and by the time we left, I don’t think anyone has ever seen the park so empty. (Aside from maybe Roy O. Disney himself) 

I can’t explain how grateful I am not only to my classmates for making this one hell of an unforgettable trip, but to Beth Novak, my professor, role model, and friend, for dreaming this up and for giving me the chance to be a part of this. This is truly a sad morning for me, but I can’t imagine a better way to end my four years as a student of Ohio University. ‘Til next time, Walt Disney World!

I was originally going to say that my magical moment was visiting the German Pavillion at EPCOT, having dinner in the recreation of a Biergarten, and remembering a time that I would love to do over. But I regrettably (or maybe not so regrettably) have to change my answer.

After a fantastic dinner on the lake at World Showcase, and after watching Illuminations, I went with some of the greatest people I know to the magic Kingdom for one final trek. We rode almost all of the classics one more time, enjoyed ice cream sundaes, and by the time we left, I don’t think anyone has ever seen the park so empty. (Aside from maybe Roy O. Disney himself)

I can’t explain how grateful I am not only to my classmates for making this one hell of an unforgettable trip, but to Beth Novak, my professor, role model, and friend, for dreaming this up and for giving me the chance to be a part of this. This is truly a sad morning for me, but I can’t imagine a better way to end my four years as a student of Ohio University. ‘Til next time, Walt Disney World!

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12 5 / 2014

My most magical moments were anything and everything that I’ve never done before. Be it talking and meeting new, amazing people on the trip, riding new rides or old ones I’d missed, or getting to do behind the scenes experiences that I never would have been able to do without this trip. I can’t pick a magical moment because there are so many. Even one day when it was really hot ordering a Mickey ice cream bar felt like a small, but magical moment.

Thank you Beth, thank you Kate, thank you every person on the trip for being so awesome.

My most magical moments were anything and everything that I’ve never done before. Be it talking and meeting new, amazing people on the trip, riding new rides or old ones I’d missed, or getting to do behind the scenes experiences that I never would have been able to do without this trip. I can’t pick a magical moment because there are so many. Even one day when it was really hot ordering a Mickey ice cream bar felt like a small, but magical moment.

Thank you Beth, thank you Kate, thank you every person on the trip for being so awesome.

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12 5 / 2014

My magic moment was being in Magic Kingdom last night when it was really sparse with people. 
This has been such a wonderful experience I never would have been able to have without Beth and without all of you. I had so much fun and will remember this forever. ❤️ 
-andrea

My magic moment was being in Magic Kingdom last night when it was really sparse with people.
This has been such a wonderful experience I never would have been able to have without Beth and without all of you. I had so much fun and will remember this forever. ❤️

-andrea

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12 5 / 2014

I’ve had so many magical moments on this trip. The first being experiencing Disney with people who had never been to Disney. It was a different experience because I had to think about what they needed to see and do rather than skipping things I didn’t necessarily like. The second being trapped on Rockin’ Roller Coaster. To be able to see the WDW cast in action while we were literally stuck in a situation was awesome. Third, this one time at Captain EO when I heard a little girl ask her mom why she was crying, to which her mom responded “I just miss Michael.” Fourth, the food. Freaking delicious everywhere! Fifth, crying at Illuminations on the last day when We Go On started playing. And lastly, but probably most important, my magical moment was being here with all of the people on this trip. Everybody was amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to experience this with. Thank you.

-Becca

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12 5 / 2014

Some of the most magical moments I had while at Disney were during shows like the rope drop at Magic Kingdom and Illuminations pictured above at EPCOT. Illuminations was a perfect way to end my Disney trip, especially since it is one of my favorite firework shows Disney puts on. But all their shows, not just Illuminations, are truly works of art. From the music, to the fireworks and technology, to the story the shows tell, I am constantly immersed and impressed at what I am seeing. 

-Joey

Some of the most magical moments I had while at Disney were during shows like the rope drop at Magic Kingdom and Illuminations pictured above at EPCOT. Illuminations was a perfect way to end my Disney trip, especially since it is one of my favorite firework shows Disney puts on. But all their shows, not just Illuminations, are truly works of art. From the music, to the fireworks and technology, to the story the shows tell, I am constantly immersed and impressed at what I am seeing. -Joey

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12 5 / 2014

My magical moment was originally our final dinner, but then on the way to Magic Kingdom we met David the monorail cast member from London, England, who made fun of me for routing for Manchester United and having a barbecue sauce stain on my shirt. He then said we made his day, so in return it made my day. It was a great way to end a great week at Disney World!

My magical moment was originally our final dinner, but then on the way to Magic Kingdom we met David the monorail cast member from London, England, who made fun of me for routing for Manchester United and having a barbecue sauce stain on my shirt. He then said we made his day, so in return it made my day. It was a great way to end a great week at Disney World!

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11 5 / 2014

The Illiminations show and buffet in France was a fantastic magical culmination of my second trip to Disney World with Ohio University. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to do this and it makes me sad to leave such a great group of professors, graduates, and upper classman. Both trips have taught me to believe in my dreams and to never stop trying to realize them no matter what obstacles I may face. Despite my normal pessimistic attitude, Walt and his dream have inspired me to focus on the positive and stay optimistic as I continue to learn and grow. I wanna give another shout out to Beth because she has been the best professor, mentor, and overall best person I have met through my adventure at Ohio University. If and when I go to Japan to teach I plan on being an awesome professor just like her. So thank you Walt and thank you Beth. I will do my best to carry the torch and spread the magic.

The Illiminations show and buffet in France was a fantastic magical culmination of my second trip to Disney World with Ohio University. I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to do this and it makes me sad to leave such a great group of professors, graduates, and upper classman. Both trips have taught me to believe in my dreams and to never stop trying to realize them no matter what obstacles I may face. Despite my normal pessimistic attitude, Walt and his dream have inspired me to focus on the positive and stay optimistic as I continue to learn and grow. I wanna give another shout out to Beth because she has been the best professor, mentor, and overall best person I have met through my adventure at Ohio University. If and when I go to Japan to teach I plan on being an awesome professor just like her. So thank you Walt and thank you Beth. I will do my best to carry the torch and spread the magic.

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