I like to think that I am a non-commercialism, non-materialistic kind of person. We don’t have real cable, so the girls only watch PBS. They only see commercials during the football games Mark watches on the weekends. We don’t eat fast-food and I cringe every time my little ones sing that awful song “McDonald’s, McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut.” I rarely buy them stuff, so in turn they rarely ask for stuff.
With all that being said, I must now admit I am obsessed and a wee bit addicted to Disney World-that place that SCREAMS commercialism and consumerism. I love that place in a way I just can’t even explain. Every time I get the opportunity to witness one of those opening shows at the parks, I get chills all over. The first time we took the girls to Magic Kingdom, I totally teared up when those performers came out and did the song and dance before the rope dropped.
Before we moved to Florida, I had been to Disney World about 3 or 4 times. Once we got here and I discovered the Florida resident discounts on resort stays and tickets, I was sold. We took our first trip as a family when Bella was 2 and Callee was 5 months. It wasn’t extremely successful. Bella had a bad cold and Callee was just a contrary baby in general. If I’m remembering correctly, Mark cursed the place but I wasn’t ready to give up on it.
I’ve managed to talk him into going back at least twice a year since. As the girls get older it keeps getting better and better. Bella and Callee are super tall so they’ve been able to ride all the roller coasters (except for the Aerosmith ride which only Bella is tall enough for) for over a year now. The girls agree that their favorite ride is Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom. When I try to think of my favorite ride, I can’t really come up with one. What I love is the feeling of being there.
There truly is something magical about the place. Walt Disney must have had an amazing soul to plant the seed for a place that transformative. When I was driving Lissa through Orlando on I-4 and passed all the exits to Disney World, I swear I could feel the energy. Every cell in my body does a happy dance when I get close to the property. Even Mark, who I once had to drag kicking and screaming to the place, gets excited these days about going.
Once again a Disney World adventure is closing in on us. I am doing all I can to stay in the NOW moment, but frankly all I can think is Disney, Disney, Disney!! For the time being, it’s our one major splurge. It’s the gift we give to our family, the gift of time spent together, adventure, and of course MAGIC!