Today’s post is going to be a little different.
Maybe it’s the arrival (finally!) of Spring and I have Spring Fever. Or maybe it’s that I have shared a lot of information with you over the past weeks, and I want to take a bit of a break….
Whatever the reason, today I want to talk about “Why”…..as in, “Why” visit Walt Disney World?
I actually get asked this ALL the time. Usually as in, “Why? Don’t you get tired of it?”….or “Why? Weren’t you just there?”
Nope, don’t get tired of it, and yup we’re going back. Again.
Why do we love Disney World so much that we go back multiple times, so much that I have spent literally thousands of hours scouring the internet and reading books to find ways to save money so that we could have an affordable Disney vacation and go back repeatedly?
If you are reading this and are a Disneyphile (is that a word?) then you already understand.
But since The Affordable Mouse is all about helping folks plan their first trip to Walt Disney World, then you are probably wondering yourself…..
“Why is all of this worth it? What is it about Walt Disney World that makes people go through all of this? It’s just a theme park…”
Would you believe me if I said it’s all about the magic. Seriously!
Let me tell you about that magic…….
It’s the magic of seeing a young child completely and totally believe in dreams, and fairies, and pixie dust, and knowing, just KNOWING, that if you wish hard enough, your wish will come true. And the magic of seeing those wishes and dreams reflected in their face when they see a castle up close, and dance with a princess, and see a fairy fly.
The magic of seeing an older child or teenager forget for a few days that they are supposed to be “cool” and instead let their inner kid out, wear a Mickey Ears hat, and scream like crazy on Tower of Terror….right next to their parents who they are actually enjoying spending time with.
The magic of a young adult couple who are so in love that they believe that fairy tales do come true and decide that there is no better place on earth to get engaged, or married, than that place where princesses live happily ever after with their prince charmings.
The magic of families gathering, with multiple generations, to share in the joy of being together, with no worries, no cares, just love, and laughter.
The magic of tearing up when you hear a song that you heard as a child because it reminds you of a time when all was innocent, and simple, and true.
Walt Disney World does not create the magic, contrary to what many think. It just creates a place where people create the magic for themselves. Oh yes, the cynics will say (and with some justification perhaps) that it is just one big show that is set up to get people to spend lots of money.
Well, yes, you can look at it that way. But to me, I don’t see Disney World as a show so much as a stage…albeit an extremely elaborate one….that puts all the pieces in place, for the show to take place. The show…the magic….happens when the players…the guests…play their parts.
We come, we play, we laugh, we share, we pretend for a few days that there are no worries, no cares, no problems that can’t be solved. In other words, we create magic.
THAT is why we go back.
Don’t get me wrong, the wonderful theming, the attention to detail, the food, the shows, the attractions, and the customer service….they’re all pretty great and really help to make for a fantastic vacation.
But you can find all these things in other locations, and enjoy them tremendously. It doesn’t keep you coming back again and again and again though.
What keeps you coming back is the magic.
I hope you have a magical day!
This post is part of the Disney Blog Carnival where you can find a variety of wonderful and interesting Disney articles. Please be sure to visit the Carnival and enjoy reading!
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