We've all been there and done that. We surround ourselves with as much of our beloved Walt Disney World as we can so that, while we're away from our happy place, we feel connected and closer. It may be a favorite poster hanging on your wall, or your favorite WDW t-shirt (you know, the one that you refuse to give up wearing regardless of the fact that it's become a stain magnet), or the forty-two Funko POPs all lined up in a row above your desk. We do what we must to stay linked to the place that brings us copious amounts of joy.
In this week's episode of the Best and Worst of Walt Disney World, I mentioned a time that, on a trip to our happy place, my husband helped me bring a bit of the magic home.
I am a huge fan of Disney parks background music loops, sounds, and spiels. Years ago, I hunted down an MP3 of the "Por favor, manténgase alejado de las puertas" monorail spiel. Some wonderful Disney World fan had recorded the iconic announcement, and had put the MP3 on the internet so that other fans could download it as their ringtone. It was mine for a very long time. Just before our visit in 2012, I had also found an MP3 of the Star Tours chime. Star Tours is a favorite attraction of mine (long live the Rebel spy!), and the chance to have the happy little chime as my text tone was too good to pass up. It's been my text tone ever since.
One track that I couldn't find back in the day was an audio recording of the launch spiel from Rock 'n' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith. I wanted to change up my ringtone, and I thought that the audio that begins to play as your limo pulls away (including Steven Tyler's countdown) would be the perfect answer. I searched and searched to no avail.
Fast forward to our trip down to the magic in 2012. It was our turn to ride Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and I mentioned my search for the audio recording and its lack of positive results to my husband. He is, by nature, a very competitive person, and he loves a good challenge. And he loves his wife, so the wheels started turning. We watched the pre-show, filed out of the studio and into the alley, waited in line, stepped into the limo, and got settled. And then my husband, brand new iPhone in hand, figured out the best way to hold his phone against the speaker located on the seat back between us. He had already begun recording, and was determined to get me the recording that I wanted. Let's just say that he completed his mission. I have a full recording of our ride on the coaster that day in 2012, including audio of the cast members coming by to ask us to pull up on our shoulder harness. And my husband's iPhone survived the ride. Whew. He's my hero.
When we got back home to Maryland, my hubby imported the 3 minute recording into GarageBand and asked me which portions of the on-ride audio I wanted for my ring tone. I wanted the spiel from "Okay LA, crank it up..." through to Steven's "5, 4, 3, 2, 1!" He edited out a bit of the lull as you wait in the car for the countdown and launch, and left in the launch and a bit of the first song. It was perfect, and was just what I was searching and searching for. And it connected me to my happy place when I was almost 900 miles away. Eight years later, it's still my ring tone.
So, what about you? What crazy things have you done to help connect you with Walt Disney World while you're away? Please let me know in the comments section below. Rock on!
If you haven't watched this week's Best and Worst of Walt Disney World: The BEST Attraction at Hollywood Studios Bracket Challenge, you can watch it below: