Mickey Mouse and I go way back, albeit a bittersweet memory. When I was seven, my sister and I traveled to Disney World on a special trip with our grandparents. On this trip, I didn’t have a fancy autograph book like the one I made for my son on Shutterfly (below) for his first trip to Disney; I had a small white notepad of tear-off squares of paper, which I dutifully toted around each park from character to character (this was in December of 1991, before any designated character spots), collecting almost every character’s name, except… the elusive Mickey Mouse Himself.
I was in line outside to meet Mickey at an impromptu character meet & greet when someone cut in front of me in line. A cast member then cut the line off behind that person, since Mickey had to leave for a parade.
I…was…crushed. Heartbroken. I was SO bitter that someone had cut me in line, and that Disney had clipped the velvet rope (at least, that’s what I remember them using to block me from the Mouse Himself) RIGHT in front of me, when it should have been my turn to meet him.
For the next 21 years, I harbored a bittersweet memory of Mickey Mouse, until my next trip to Disney in February 2013. I had two things on my Bucket List for this trip: 1) Meet Mickey to get his autograph. 2) Run my first half marathon. In that order.
I was completely overcome with emotion when I finally met Mickey, and when my (then) 6-month-old got to meet him. I even teared up a bit as I approached my pal Mickey for the first time at the age of 28.
On my next trip to Disney, I have a new goal: to wear a Mickey medal after completing my very first marathon. It’s SO fitting that Mickey is on it and that the whole medal has a more “classic” look to it! I am so excited that some lucky folks who got sneak peeks of the 2014 Marathon weekend medals shared their pictures of Disney’s newest bling a few weeks ago – extra motivation! And now RunDisney has released photos on their Facebook page as well.
My husband and I will be attempting 5 of these medals!
You’d better believe two of those medal pictures will be printed, cut out, and taped to my treadmill in the next few weeks! The Princess medal was a sparkly incentive to train for my first half, and now I’m training to bring home Mickey and Minnie for my collection! Right next to this, of course.