In a week when it all ended….the World Cup dream and for some, the glorious weather, it could be easy to feel a bit down. But, you know me, I am a constant beacon of positivity and unrelenting joy, so you won’t be finding that here.

The genius of the timing of our holiday this year is that just as everyone else will be lamenting the end of the summer holidays and grappling with the buying of school uniforms and the horror of doing the daily lunch box again, we shall be shedding the worries and woes of every day life and jetting off to kill ourselves with artery clogging amounts of food.

Having watched a bit of the Trackers this week, I have to say that WDW seems to be really upping its game on the food front, especially from a quick service point of view. There are not enough minutes or notches on my belt to fit in all the fantastic looking stuff I am seeing. It is a challenge I am willing to take on of course, and one that I feel the years of training on previous trips has prepared me for.

With a real risk of peaking too soon, WDW fever and excitement arrived bigly in the Mkingdon household this week. This visitor from the US was probably the most welcome one the UK saw, but that isn’t difficult. It’s a sign of how fevered said excitement is when Louise joins in. As enjoyable as she finds the trips, she does not share the obsession levels of the rest of us, but, at times, such as these, she’s all in. We’re ready!

There’s little that can happen to peak my excitement levels. They remain on a constant throughout the year, rising by small increments the closer we get to the next trip. Sometimes though, something sneaks up on you. It grabs your heart-strings, tumbles your tummy like a drop on a coaster and shoots fresh adrenaline through your veins. This is not some class A drug, well, not as everyone else understands that. It is something random, a smell, a memory, a feeling or in this case, some music.

Emily was up in her bedroom, working her way through her WDW play list yesterday afternoon. I was up and the down stairs packing all my band gear into the car for last night’s gig when I heard some familiar strains drifting down from her penthouse (converted attic). O Canada was the first. I cannot over document my affection and admiration for that song. I would sell my home and all its contents and give the meagre proceeds to any random Canadian citizen after hearing the first few bars.

On my next sweaty trip up the stairs to collect some other heavy musical object, it happened. My stomach flipped, the dizziness came and I was instantly transported to another place. It wasn’t last night’s food rebelling against me, no. It was this…

Now, there’s five hours of that thing so I apologise for ruining any plans you might have had for your Sunday. I chose to start that at a certain point for you, which was the theme that I heard Emily playing. I can’t begin to describe how tangibly that particular piece of music put me in Epcot in that second. I could feel it, smell it and touch it. Countless memories of so many trips, the heat, the bright sun, the torrential rain, the twinkling night-time lights, the excitement of the first Epcot day of the trip and the gut wrenching sorrow at the last. All of these, brought sharply to mind by one simple piece of music.

It’s a part of me, it’s a part of us. An immovable, unavoidable building brick of our family history. All of that from one small section of what some might call “muzak”. If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right!

See what I mean about peaking too early? I have to go back to work tomorrow and pretend I’m both OK and actually interested in what’s going on. Surely if I played that to my boss and explained he’d be fine with me just not working until we go away? No, I suspect not. He’s never been. He was thinking about going once and asked my advice. I think I frightened him to death with the word document I just so happened to have on my laptop with detailed planning advice. I find it saves time.

In the end he went to California and did a road trip with three kids under ten. He didn’t go to Disneyland either. It was probably for the best. As other colleagues over the years have done, he may have returned underwhelmed and then I’d need to find a new job.

Till the next time…..

6 thoughts on “I Got The Muzak In Me

  1. I always look forward to my weekly email informing me your blog is there to read. Today, however, I think I’m going to burst with excitement as my next Disney adventure begins THIS Saturday! And your blog only fuelled my excitement further 🙂 I have been counting down with you as we booked around the same time you did. Your advice and info is valuable even though this isn’t my first trip to Disney. This year we plan to finally eat at Teaks Neighbourhood Grill, which I’ve wanted to do since I read about it from you. I just love reading that other people share my obsession and that I’m relatively normal haha. Next Sunday, I will read your blog later than normal as I will be in Magic Kingdom.

    So from one Disney nut to another – see y’all real soon °0°

    1. That’s lovely thank you. Say hello to the folks at Teak for me and have a fab holiday. By the way you are excused from reading this nonsense when not in the UK!!

  2. Ha ha, you have prepared document for friends too!! I knew it. But they still ignore half of it. lol. Love that music too. I love that we depart at the same time but to different Disney locations , us on DCL Alaska and then Aulani and you to the second, main nesting site. The looking forward to the trip is the so much part of the actual trip itself. For us it is normally is when my son starts getting excited but as he no longer comes with us every time I have to be content with extensive YouTube cruise Vlogs and Tim Tracker pushing up the excitement too- those cheeseburger spring rolls will have to wait until next Sept 2019 for us!!

  3. Hi Craig
    Just thought you might be interested in the olive garden offer we have just had.
    You probably already know about it but basically you buy a meal and you get one free.
    Yesterday we ordered online 2 meals and got 4 meals with breadsticks ,salad etc for $40
    Thought it might be helpful on the wallet and with a baby on board.
    Have a great holiday!

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