Have you ever found yourself caught up in something just because someone else is? That’s the beginning of my relationship with Disney. I blame it on my youngest kid. Because of him… I became a reluctant Disney fan.
From the time Dan was 8 years old, all he wanted was to work at Disney.
Pretty cool dream… to work at the Happiest Place on Earth. Every day would be filled with magic. So, after graduation from Culinary School, he set off to live his dream and… made it come true.
Up until this point, the last time I had been to a Disney park, was way, way back when I was a small child. That trip was to Disney Land, in California. Since then, my parents had visited a few times, without me. They loved to ride through the Haunted Mansion and experience the magic of Disney, without kids... Or me… since I am an only child.
So, I had never been to DisneyWorld nor had any of my kids, until Dan. Since he has worked at Disney, we have visited no less than three times a year. The first time was like ok...well let’s go see where Dan works. But with that first visit, I become a fan, dare I say, fanatic?
I look forward to each visit. Planning places to eat, rides we have to ride, and a list of new things I need to check out at the Disney store. But, the funny part? Now I tell everyone, your next trip should/needs to be to Disney. Who would have thought?
Here’s what I Iearned. Disney isn't just for kids. It’s a great place to escape the world and have fun. The food is fabulous and the magic of the parks just draws you in, whether you like it or not. We have stayed off property (that’s Disney lingo for “not at a Disney resort”) and on property (at a Disney resort). I have to admit, I love staying at a Disney resort.
Even the value resorts, like All-Star, offer a place where a couple can relax and simply enjoy their time together. Each has a poolside bar that serves, amazing drinks. Plus, you can easily hop a shuttle bus and head over to Disney Springs for a night of dancing, music or even shopping.
Today, I will admit, I am no longer a reluctant fan, rather a full-on Disney fan. After that first visit, I truly understood why people go back year after year. It’s magical, but it can also be adventurous, romantic and really anything you want it to be. What are you? A reluctant fan or a fanatic?
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Michele & Kevin O'Connor
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