Daniel felt a little guilty for not dropping everything to spend time with Kim after the meeting; but as the new heir to the Disney fortune, he could not go back on his word of spending time with some of the cast members. He was trying to be everything to everyone. He had no clue where Kim was staying that night, so he would have to wait until the next day to see her. It seemed like a long time to wait but he had so much to check up on if he were to “run” the company.
Back at his hotel room at the Contemporary, a backpack full of paperwork to look over sat on his table. Daniel knew he was not going to be a suit, so his backpack served him well as a briefcase. He sat in front of his laptop looking at storyboards that were sent digitally to him already. Daniel made notes about everything, but he could not focus. There was so much going on that work was the last thing on his mind.
Staring out his window, he could see the park lit up in the darkness. It made him think about everything that had happened before going to California. He thought about the characters he had met and all the things they had told him. He still thought about how Wilbur and Ariel told him that Kim Possible was bad news.
Part of him believed them because any time he had been around her his emotions took over. His thoughts about her were not very Disney-like. He knew that he felt something for her that he never felt before. It was either true love or only lust. He knew he would need to figure it out before he saw her the next day.
Daniel stepped out on the balcony of his room and closed his eyes. He wished himself to the Magic Kingdom. When his eyes opened, he was standing in Fantasyland after the park was closed. No one was around, so Daniel wandered as he gathered his thoughts. He saw a bench next to the Dumbo ride. Just as he sat, a voice yelled up at him. “Hey, watch it, buddy.”
Daniel jumped back up as he saw he was about to sit on Jiminy Crickett. “I’m sorry. Didn’t see you there.” He sat next to him instead of on him.
“That’s okay. I didn’t want to get smashed by your big human behind. What are you doing here? I would have thought you would be out celebrating or something like that.” Jiminy continued.
“I’m tired of all the socializing. I got stuff on my mind.” Daniel said to his new little friend.
“The girl?” Jiminy asked.
“How did you know?”
“There’s been talk. You do know that we all talk to each other.” Jiminy responded as he took a seat with Daniel.
“What has everyone been saying?”
“This and that. I’ve heard that Hollywood Studios has been a bit lonely without Kim Possible there.” The cricket told Daniel as the two of them conversed.
“What do you mean, without?” Daniel asked.
“They took Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable out of the parks. Not sure why though. So, what is your problem with the girl?”
“It’s not a problem. I am just trying to figure out if I am truly in love with her or am I just infatuated with her.” Daniel realized he was talking to a cricket about love advice, he laughed.
“Sounds like you need to talk to people who have experience in girl problems.” Jiminy motioned for Daniel to follow him. He led Daniel to the back door of one of the buildings in Fantasyland.
Inside the room were all the princes from Disney’s classics. Prince Phillip from “Sleeping Beauty” was there, as well as Prince Erik from “The Little Mermaid.” Prince Charming from “Cinderella” sat on a chair talking with Prince Adam, better known as Beast from “Beauty and The Beast”. Jiminy told Daniel that they were the guys to talk about girl troubles. The princes noticed Daniel at the door and invited him into the hang-out the guys used to get away from their girls. A private club they called it. Daniel pulled up a chair and began to chat it up with the princes.
Daniel felt extremely comfortable in the guys’ hang out and decided to ask for some girl advice from the best of the best, he thought. “How do you know if it is love or not?”
Prince Charming, the most famous of the princes was the first to answer, “You just know. For me, it was love at first sight. After our first dance, I knew she was the one I wanted to be with for the rest of my life.”
Prince Erik added, “And you’ll go to the ends of your kingdom to find her. Once you have met the girl of your dreams, all others just seem to not exist any longer.”
“But what if she’s not the girl? How do I know if I just want to, you know?” Daniel felt the need to censor himself in front of all these real characters.
The Beast laughed as he responded, “We know what you mean, no need for censorship behind closed doors. Erik has a daughter with Ariel. How do you think that happened? Look, you let her go and she came back. Just like Belle did to me. I knew that she loved me when she came back to the castle with me while I was still in my hideous state.”
The group of princes exchanged stories about their adventures with their princesses, they laughed, joked, and drank lots of beer. Daniel became one of the guys and was invited back at any time he wanted to get away from his girl.
Back at the hotel, Daniel was content with his decision to pursue Kim, or whatever her real name was, he thought. He made reservations at his hotel for lunch and ordered some flowers to be at the table for them. He was going to make a good impression since it would be the first time they had talked since he left for California.
The next morning, Daniel got up and took a swim at the pool. He thought the bit of exercise would lift his energy. He had been nonstop since he had become part of the Disney family. Back in his room, Daniel checked his email after his swim. There was an email from Roy that read:
Good Luck with your date today. Hope everything works out okay. Sorry, it took so long to get her back to you.
It made Daniel happy to see that Roy was living up to his side of the bargain and the email reminded him that Kim was just a few hours away. He was a bit nervous and tried to keep his thoughts away from the fact that he wanted to bring her up to his room. He was going to be a gentleman and wait.
Daniel picked out a nice clean shirt, with no stains. He realized that his wardrobe could use a little help. He thought about calling Iger’s secretary, Marcia to help him with that. His decision changed and he added: “Get a secretary” to his “to-do” list.
Daniel arrived at the restaurant a bit early, still nervous. The restaurant was a buffet, which had really tasty food. He chose the restaurant so he could see what kind of girl he was getting. Was she going to be the dainty salad eating girl or would she grab some prime rib and go to town? He was hoping for the latter.
The flowers were already on the table in the corner. It was a popular restaurant with the families because Disney’s most famous characters always stopped in for photo ops with the guests there. Daniel waited for his redheaded cutie to arrive.
She did and right on time. She came over to the table and complimented him on his restaurant choice, “I love this place. They have the best prime rib and pork chops here.”
Daniel was relieved that she was a beef eater too.
The two of them enjoyed the great food and each other’s company. Daniel filled Kim in on all the stuff that he had done over the past month.
Kim told Daniel about her adventures while he was away too, which Daniel thought was a bit weird. If Roy was correct and she was not Kim Possible, why did she have stories?
Daniel did not know whether he wanted her to be real or just a cast member pretending to be Kim. If she was just a cast member then maybe she might be a little mental since she was talking about fighting crime. If she were Kim Possible, Daniel had to figure out if he would want her to continue the dangerous lifestyle.
As they sat there talking about everything and anything, the waiter came over to the table and sat a plate in front of Daniel with a box on it, “Compliments of the Chef.”
Daniel looked up to see Mickey Mouse dressed as a chef over by the food. Mickey waved at Daniel. He opened the box, inside was a diamond ring. He looked back over at Mickey, accompanied by his friends, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy. All of them were giving Daniel the thumbs up. It was like they were giving Daniel the green light.
Kim asked, “What’s in the box?”
Daniel stood up from his chair and kneeled on one knee in front of her. He opened the box in her direction, and she let out the excitement that she tried to contain.
Daniel asked, “Will you marry me, Kim Possible?”
He pulled the ring from the box and she held out her hand to accept his proposal, “Oh, Yes! Oh, Daniel. You are my prince.” She agreed to become his wife.
They hugged each other; Daniel saw that Roy had joined them for the occasion as he stood next to Mickey with a smile on his face. Roy finally approved.
The restaurant celebrated the engagement of Daniel Disney and his future bride, who was not dressed in her Kim Possible action wear. The guests had no idea that the new Disney family member was engaged to one of the characters. Daniel and Kim were excited.
One guest came over to the table to congratulate them, “Congratulations! I can see that you are meant to be together. I hope you will be happily ever after. Like the fairy tales.”
Both Daniel and Kim thanked her for her kind words.
The next few days, Daniel and Kim were inseparable, except at night when the two returned to their separate places. Kim had moved out of the apartment that she shared with Ron. Roy put her up at the Saratoga Springs Vacation Homes until after the wedding. Ron had moved into the room with Kim as they reconciled their problems, which naturally ended when she could be a part of Daniel’s life. Kim and Ron were best friends and Daniel wanted to make sure that problem was fixed.
He was still unsure about the whole “Kim Possible” thing. He knew it would have to come out in conversation eventually. Daniel knew it needed to be sooner.
One night while having dinner, Daniel decided to ask the question. “What’s your real name?”
“Huh?” she replied as she did not understand what Daniel asked.
“Your name? I only know you as Kim Possible. And if we are getting married, I need to know. I can still call you Kim since you’re used to it.”
Kim laughed, “Silly, it is Kim. Okay, It’s Kimberly. I don’t have a superhero name. I just use Kim.”
“No! I mean, come on. What is your real name?” Daniel insisted.
“I swear it’s Kim Possible. You wanna see my ID?” Kim pulled out her id. It read Kimberly Ann Possible.
“Did you have your name changed?” Daniel asked.
“Nope, the name my parents gave me,” Kim said with confidence.
Daniel asked Kim about her family. “Well, my father’s name is James. He is a rocket scientist. My mom’s name is Ann. She is a brain surgeon. I have two twin brothers, who are younger than me. Tim and Jim. I call them the Tweebs.”
Daniel responded, “That makes sense why you could figure out all that science stuff at that lab we saw.” Daniel was a little impressed, but at the same time, he was apprehensive in believing her. Even if she was Kim Possible, her smartness almost made him feel a little self-conscious.
After their conversations, Daniel went back and checked what she said against the documentation that he found online about the cartoon. She must have memorized everything about the show, so she could live it in real life.
The duties at the Walt Disney Company began to call on Daniel. He knew that eventually, the fun would have to stop, and he would have to get back to his new job. Daniel was going to be leaving Orlando for a while to begin his tour of all the parks around the world. Kim was a bit sad that Daniel was leaving. She was safe though, as Ron had already begun the planning of the best day of Kim’s life.
As a goodbye gift, Kim asked Wilbur for a favor. Since Daniel agreed to be part of Disney, Wilbur changed his mind about Kim. She wanted to use Wilbur’s time machine to take Daniel to meet his father. According to many characters, Walt would check in from time to time to see how everyone got along. Walt used the time machine to travel from the past to the future with Wilbur’s help. Wilbur knew Walt would approve of the mission, which was why he agreed to help.
They did not tell Daniel where they were taking him, but they mentioned that it would greatest gift he could get. Daniel did not hesitate. The three of them traveled to a faraway land, as Wilbur called it, to meet the most awesome man in history. When they arrived, Daniel stood in amazement by the beauty of a world that seemed to straight out of a cartoon, a place with rolling hills, streaming rivers, and a sky that was never filled with clouds.
“Where are we?” Daniel asked.
“The most wonderful place your imagination could take you,” Wilbur said.
Just as they jumped out of the time machine, a man walked up to the craft. Daniel could not believe who was standing in front of them. It was Walt, himself.
“Welcome, Daniel,” Walt said as he gave Daniel a great big hug. Daniel was a little apprehensive in hugging a man that was supposed to be dead but was standing in front of him. He hugged back.
“Are you real?” Daniel asked.
“I know what you are thinking, my son. How can I be here, right?” Walt began to walk and motioned for the group to follow. “It is simple. Magic and dreams. I’m Walt Disney. I can create the illusion of about anything and you’re a dreamer, so it is easy for you to see what I created for you. You just need to forget about all the things you learned in school, like science, and feel what is in your heart.”
It was hard for Daniel to let go of the differences between what was logical and what could be possible with a little imagination. He tried. Walt stopped and faced Daniel. With a kind smile on his face, Walt said to Daniel in a stern voice, “Stop fighting your imagination. Dreams do come true if you believe.”
They arrived at a picturesque castle right out of a fairy tale. “Welcome to my home,” Walt announced to the group. The castle was just as anyone could imagine. Kim was in awe over the size and beauty.
She leaned over to Daniel and whispered, “Can we get a castle after we are married?”
Walt overheard her comment, “Oh yes. And congratulations are in order. Have you set a date for the wedding?”
Daniel quickly replied, “No!”
Walt chuckled, “In our world things like that happen overnight. You got a great girl on your hands there, Daniel. Don’t let her get away by stalling.”
“I won’t,” Daniel assured Walt. He grabbed Kim’s hand.
As they continued to walk through the house, Walt mentioned they had company, “I took the pleasure of inviting your aunt and uncle to dinner with us.”
He opened the door to a large living area. The company stood up, as Wilbur exclaimed, “It’s Roy and Edna.” Wilbur ran into the room to give hugs to everyone.
In the room was Walt’s wife Lillian, Walt’s brother Roy and his wife Edna, and Walt’s other daughter Sharon. Walt had brought all the family to the castle for dinner with Daniel and his friends. Everyone sat around the living room. They talked and exchanged stories about the “good ol’ days” as Walt called them.
Everyone had followed Daniel’s childhood and was so happy that he decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps at Disney. Although many things had changed at Disney after Walt had died, Walt insisted that he was there the whole time as a whisper in the ears of the animators and Imagineers at the company.
Listening to Walt discuss Disney and how it had changed, Daniel had so many questions to ask him but did not how or where to start.
Kim had questions of her own too. This was the first time she was meeting him face to face. “I need some help on a few things if I can pick your brain a little bit,” Kim asked. Walt agreed. “What is Shego’s weakness? I need to stop her once and for all if I am going to get married, you know. I can’t keep fighting crime my whole life.”
Daniel seemed a little annoyed that Kim was still on the whole living as a crime-fighting superhero. Walt smiled at Kim, “Fighting crime is who you are. Think of your life as you did in high school. You were a cheerleader and a crime fighter. You will just be exchanging the cheerleader for Daniel’s wife.”
In amazement, Daniel asked. “What you are saying is this girl, right here in front of us, is truly a crime fighter and I’m gonna marry her?”
“I created her for you.” Walt explained to him, “She is exactly what I knew you would want. Pretty, strong, independent, and the kind of girl that would keep you in line.”
Kim smiled, “I’ll keep him in line, alright.”
After a wonderful evening of dinner and conversation, they said their goodbyes. Walt walked them to the time machine. “Daniel, just because I am not there with you every day, know that I am only a time machine away.”
That made Daniel happy to know that Walt would be close and would be watching over him. Walt waved goodbye as the craft took off and flew out of sight. Daniel, Kim, and Wilbur returned to the present day.