Harry Potter Debuts

Maybe This Is Just A Dream
Maybe This Is Just A Dream

Harry Potter has a new attraction at Universal Studios. It debuts this morning.

However, instead, I’m at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, in the breezeway of Cinderella Castle.

Yes, at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. How I got here is a mystery, or maybe, Magic!

Harry Potter is an incredible franchise, but there’s no where else I’d rather be than Disney World on this, the first day of our annual summer vacation.

Oh, I hate to rub this in, but I’ve been here since 5AM. The Magic Kingdom is a special place before the sun comes up. (Wait, maybe this is just a dream…)

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. The Castle at 5:00 am is magical. I miss that part of being in the operation.

    I don’t miss wondering if I’m saying good morning or good night to the Castle at 5:00 am. 😉

    Enjoy your vacay

    (And please adjust the focus. You’re a bit fuzzy. Or do you need a shave?)

  2. And the people make the Magic too!

    I don’t know if you noticed, Jeff, but during Illuminations Sunday night I was standing behind my son. I decided to move off to the side to get a better view of his face as he reacted to the show. The look of awe and wonder on his face was priceless! Thank you for the invitation to join you and your class.

    As we were exiting the park I noticed my son kept wiping his eyes and nose. I asked him if he was okay. He said he wasn’t hurt but that this was the best vacation ever and he was sad to see it end with the best fireworks show in the world. We stopped in front of France and had ourselves a good cry.

    You can’t put a price tag on that kind of experience.

    Thank you, Jeff.

  3. David, you have humbled me in my tracks.

    As you know, there were many people there from all over the world. We were building relationships as quickly as we could because the class lasts only four days.

    As I focused on them and their needs, you disappeared in the crowd and none of what you described was visible.

    There were even a few quiet moments, once IllumiNations started that I sat quietly, reflecting on the beauty of the moment and the significance of my role in shaping those four days.

    As a welcomed Guest and cherished friend, extending the offer to you was simply common sense.

    Thank you for the reminder of the power in seemingly insignificant gestures, like mine, but especially like what you just did in your comment.

  4. Having experienced IllumiNations as a guest of a DI class, I wanted to step aside so the current students could take in as much of the show as possible. I just happened to catch the illuminated sparkle in the eye of a 10-year-old.

    We go through life doing those seemingly insignificant gestures not to get praise, but because it’s the right thing to do. Thanks for setting the example you have and inspiring me to do the same for others.

  5. David, you’re welcome.
    This brings great solace to know that the ripple effect is alive and well.
    Keep doing great work.
    Others need you to do great work.
    The world needs more people doing seemingly insignificant things – you know, random acts of simple kindness.

  6. The definition for vacation varies, depending who you ask.

    And yes, while Harry Potter is an amazing franchise, it hasn’t been mentioned.

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