All Because… (or, Why I LOVE Disney World)

I never went to Disney as a kid (cue the violins); I heard other kids talking about it in elementary school but I knew it wasn’t an option for my family so I never really got excited about it. Then, one year when my brother and I were in high school, my parents gave us the option to either go to Disney World as a family, or go to our rented beach house – that we went to EVERY year – and bring a friend. Angsty teens that we were, we chose the beach house. Spend time as a family? No way. Besides, Disney was “lame” and “for kids”, and we were certainly not kids. Ugh… what fools we were. I still shake my fists in rage at teen me for that one.

img_1233Here it is – the first post!

This is kind of exciting for me, because I’ve been tossing around the idea of writing a Disney blog for a year or so, if not longer.   The first post is always the hardest though…what should I write about? There are so many things to talk about, where do I even start? There is no way that I can even begin to cram all things Disney into one little post!

Gosh lady. Relax. Take a breath.

Anyway, I figured that this initial post might be a good place to tell you a little bit about why I’ve decided to write a blog about Disney in the first place. I touch on this a little in my “About” page, but here I’ll give you the full nitty-gritty of what put me on “Team Disney” for life.

I never went to Disney as a kid (cue the violins); I heard other kids talking about it in elementary school but I knew it wasn’t an option for my family so I never really got excited about it.  Then, one year when my brother and I were in high school, my parents gave us the option to either go to Disney World as a family, or go to our rented beach house – that we went to EVERY year – and bring a friend.  Angsty teens that we were, we chose the beach house.  Spend time as a family? No way. Besides, Disney was “lame” and “for kids”, and we were certainly not kids. Ugh… what fools we were. I still shake my fists in rage at teen me for that one.

Fast forward about a decade or so to 2005; I was in my mid-twenties, married and had a three year old daughter (I still have the daughter, by the way…she’s just much older now). It was that year that my mother-in-law decided to surprise us with an invitation to join her and her husband for an all-expense paid trip to Disney World.  Only, I felt kind of awkward thinking about spending a whole week with my in-laws, as we weren’t super close. So again, instead of being completely amped for this amazing gift that was being given, I went back into “Disney is lame” mode.  I had NO idea what was coming.

Ok, this is going to get a little cheesy and emotional here, so consider yourself warned.

I went into the trip thinking that we were going to an amusement park for a week.  What I experienced from the moment I stepped onto Disney property was a place that was truly – I’m just going to say it – magical.  The attention to detail that went into everything from the food to the rooms to the rides and attractions transformed this place into a living, breathing story book and as silly as it sounds, for that whole week, I was a kid again. A kid who had to swipe napkins from every food stall because her tears of wonder were causing her mascara to run into her eyes.

I have returned several times since, and I have to say that I still feel that way each time.  I have learned to pack waterproof mascara though.

Ok, so why the blog?

Let me ask you this.  Have you been to Disney World? Are you thinking about going but want to know more first? Have you been several times but you just enjoy reading about it because it brings back happy memories? Are you wondering if you should try that restaurant or stay at that hotel? Do you hate everything Disney and you are just trying to figure out what the hype is all about?

Well, there’s your answer!

Happy reading. 🙂

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