We had a Mickey-filled weekend planned for my birthday trip to Disney, which included Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, accommodations at the Wilderness lodge, a trip to Epcot and lots and lots of fun. For our Disney-lovin’ family nothing could spoil the weekend, not even a popped balloon. Little did we know that balloon would prove to be a magical moment we will never forget.
If you have been to the Magic Kingdom, no doubt you have seen the balloon man walking down Main Street with a balloon bunch so big children stare in wonder at how he stays firmly on the ground. They are beautiful floating there above the crowd, and the purchase of one is often met with squeals of delight. As regular Disney guests, we don’t often partake in the balloon thing, but this was a special occasion.
Mickey balloons, for those who have not visited, are a balloon inside of a balloon. (This is important to the story, so stay with me.) Inside an outer clear balloon is a Mickey shaped balloon. For the Halloween party, these special balloons were orange with spider webs on the outer shell – very cute. Although these balloon are unlike your ordinary latex, made of some special Disney plastic that is very tough. But they can, and they do, pop.
There were no tears over the popped outer shell luckily, and Mickey’s head (the important part after all) bobbed along behind us.
As we prepared to leave the park past midnight with exhausted kids in tow the balloon man, still selling his wares, stopped me with a simple question.
“Can I fixed your balloon?”
“Fix my balloon, you can fix my balloon?” I questioned trying to figure out how in the world he was going to get an outer shell back over my Mickey head.
“Well I can’t fix it, but I can fix the problem,” he replied taking a hold of my balloon and then passing me a brand new, intact balloon.
Shimmering with Pixie Dust, I think I muttered thank you, but I am sure the grin that spread across my face and that of my daughter’s said it even louder.
I can’t fix it, but I can fix the problem. And that he did.
Why do Disney parks capture the hearts of children and adults from around the world each day? Because of the thought and care that goes into training cast members to sprinkle a little magic on their guest’s day. Thanks balloon man, and thanks Disney.
Oh and that balloon, still floating in my living room 2 months later. (Yes, I am serious.) A wonderful reminder of our magical Disney weekend and a moment none of us will soon forget.