I get the question a lot of “why do you love Disney so much?”, “why do you go to Disney so often?” especially because I’m an adult and so a lot of people think that liking Disney as an adult is weird. And not that I feel that I HAVE to explain myself, but I thought I would share a bit of why I do love Disney so much, and why I’m forever wanting to go back to the parks, and introduce Cameron to it all.
Nostalgia/Memories– For as long as I can remember, I just have memories of going to Disney World, and watching Disney movies, and loving all of the characters. Now, I may have not gone to Disney as often as I remember going as a kid, but it seemed like once a month we were going to Orlando and going to the parks. I also remember watching all the Disney movies on VHS, and seeing The Lion King (the animated original) in theaters. So when I think of Disney, I think back to my childhood and how in awe of everything I seemed to be. These were happy times, so it’s always nice to have those memories to look back on.
Never the same visit- “Why do you keep going back to Disney?” I think most Disney fans probably get that question over and over again from people that don’t really understand the magic of Disney. For me it’s simple, it is never the same visit or never the same trip. Because there is so much to see and do for all ages at Disney, it’s so easy to go again and again and be able to experience something new each time. And even if you are riding the same rides, seeing the same characters, or watching the same parades, the people you are with and the specific situation may be just the littlest different that it makes the trip as a whole different. We have taken Cameron to Disney more than a handful of times while we were staying in the Orlando area, but not one trip was exactly like the one before. That to me makes every trip special. And now with Cameron getting older, and taller, she is starting to be able to ride more, and she is understanding more about the trips and starting to have favorites, and things she wants to be able to do when we go.
The Magic– There is just something about the magic about being at Disney. It’s hard to stay mad, or get mad, or be mad at Disney. And if you are mad at Disney, you are doing it wrong. Seeing your child’s face light up as they ride it’s a small world for the millionth time, or when they see their favorite character and run in for the hug, it just melts your heart. Yes, there is a potential to have a less than spectacular day, especially when going with children, but that can happen anywhere.
Bonding with your child– Believe me, I know there are plenty of ways that you can bond with your child outside of spending the money at Disney. And I do bond with Cameron in those other ways. But taking her Disney, or watching Disney movies is one additional way that her and I can get closer and bond as mother and daughter. It thrills me that some of her favorite characters are some of the ones I grew up loving as well. So I think just having this one extra level that we can have together is great to experience.
Family time- Additionally we love Disney because our family loves Disney too. A lot of full family vacations have been taken to Disney. Extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins, the whole crew, and these visits and vacations become super magical because we are spending them with the ones we love, and may not get to see so often due to distance.
These are just a few reasons as to why I love Disney so much, why I’m hoping Cameron will have a bit of that love in her growing up, and why I’m always wanting to go back even though I’ve been time and time again.