When you wish upon a star
It makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
– Ned Washington
Those lyrics are some we’ve all heard. Even though Disney’s Pinocchio was released in 1940 most of us know the lyrics without realizing it.
I grew up a Disney kid. I remember getting The Little Mermaid on VHS when it was released. It was the first full length Disney movie I owned. I still have it. In fact, I dusted off the VCR the other day so my daughter could watch it. I still know all the words to it as well as multiple other Disney movies. (My husband gets after the kids and me for saying the words along with the movie. LOL)
I’ve been fortunate enough to be someone who has been to Disney Parks. I’ve been four times. Once to Disneyland and three times to Disney World. I loved every single trip. It never gets boring or old. There is always something new, something more magical than the time before.
We went to Disneyland in California when I was about 5 years old and I remember being in awe of everything. Being that it was that long ago I only remember bits and pieces of the trip, but I loved the Dumbo ride and It’s a Small World. Disney was celebrating something that year so for every umpteenth person that came through the gates they would give away a plush Mickey Mouse. I was lucky enough to be one of those guests. I was thrilled. I still have that tuxedo dressed Mickey up in a closet sitting with his Hawaiian Minnie Mouse. Everything there was just so great.
We drove to Florida when I was 8 years old. It took two days. Of course, we did some sightseeing on the way. Disney World was fantastic. We rode lots of rides, watched lots of shows and took plenty of pictures. The thing I remember the most was Space Mountain. This is a rollercoaster that is indoors and is in the dark. Different parts of the track glow or light up. It’s fantastic, but I remember being scared and my mother didn’t want us to be seated at the front. By the luck of the draw, we were indeed seated in the front. I had lots of fun.
My best friend in junior high invited me to join her family when they went to Disney World one summer. This was by far the most fun I had had. We were tall enough to get on all the rides and were able to ride all we wanted. Even at 14 I had a blast at Disney World.
My husband and I were married in the fall of 2007. We went to Disney World for our honeymoon. It was fantastic. It was over ten years since the last time I’d been and I was still ready to ride Space Mountain and any other coaster they’d come up with since then. My husband had never been so I wanted to make sure we did everything we possibly could while we were there. We watched lots of shows, enjoyed Downtown Disney and took advantage of staying at the resort. We didn’t want to leave. We even joked about getting jobs there and just living in the park. LOL
We will be taking our kids to Walt Disney World for the first time this summer and we couldn’t be more excited. I’ve had fun every time I’ve gone and I can’t wait for my little ones to feel the magic that is Disney.
In the words of many a Super Bowl winner, “I’M GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!” 🙂