Finding Disney Away From Disney

November 6, 2016


As Disney fans, we are always looking for that little something when we are away from the parks to make us smile and feel like we are closer to ‘home’. I had a really neat experience with Disney away from the parks and wanted to share the magic.

This past weekend, my husband and I had reservations for brunch at The Jefferson Hotel. If you aren’t familiar, The Jefferson Hotel is located in Richmond, Virginia, was built in 1895, and has had some of the most prestigious guests including Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and 13 US Presidents (immediately think Hall of Presidents). Along with that, the hotel also has a staircase that was rumored to be featured in the movie Gone with the Wind. A very rich history and beautiful property all around.

Imagine my surprise when I see someone dressed as Alice from Alice in Wonderland also waiting to be sat. While we were waiting for our table, in came the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter. Shortly after, the Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum joined them. They weren’t there to entertain, but were there for brunch as well (mind you it was the day before Halloween so costumes were welcomed). I didn’t want to interrupt their meal, so when I saw The Tweedle’s walk nearby, I asked if I could have a picture with them, and they said they would love to. As our meal drew to a close, I went over to their table, introduced myself, and we gathered for a picture on the famous staircase. They were so nice and accommodating, and it took my heart back home to Disney. I felt like I was at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian for breakfast.

So, whether it’s a hidden Mickey or a group dressed up like a Disney movie cast, it’s always fun to spot little pieces of Disney in an unexpected place. Thank you to this group for making my day!

Where is the most unexpected place you’ve found a little piece of ‘home’?

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