Hello out there in the Disney world! Wow, it’s been a full month since my last post and that means my trip to Disney has come and gone! In case you missed my last article, go check it out considering it is the precursor to this one! If you did read it but need a little refresher, I talked about doing things differently and trying new things on my upcoming trip. After going many times in my life, I was going solo for 10 days and I wanted to try some new and different things. I am here to report that I was successful in this attempt! I had a short list of things I had intended to do while there and this was it.
• Country Bear Jamboree
• Swiss Family Robinson Tree House
• Tom Sawyer Island
• Eating a Mickey Bar on Main Street in the middle of the day
• Standing in line at Expedition Everest to enjoy Joe Rhode’s beautiful creation
• Watching the shows over at Hollywood Studios
• Sitting in the lobby of the Wilderness Lodge and winding down
• Slowing down and taking in the little things that most people overlook
As far as my list was concerned, I actually did rather well! I watched Country Bear Jamboree in an almost empty theatre, I did Swiss Family Robinson TWICE, I sat (and napped!) in the lobby at Wilderness Lodge, and I slowed down in general while on my trip. Sadly, I did not get to venture onto Tom Sawyer’s Island, I didn’t watch any shows at the Studios, and I wasn’t able to stand in line at Expedition Everest. I was halfway successful in eating my Mickey Bar on Main Street USA. That is actually, a sad story. I searched for an open vendor during EMH one night for a Mickey bar. I finally found one as well as an empty bench at the partner statue in front of the castle. I got one good bite out of my Mickey bar, and PLOP! It fell onto the ground. While I was terribly sad (and hungry!), I still attempted to mark that off my list. It’s the thought and effort that counts right?!
The biggest thing I found myself doing differently was taking afternoon naps. I’m not going to lie, they are not allowed on trips to Disney World. However, this time I was forced to relax a little more due to a health condition. Naps were an easy way to get a second wind as well as to keep myself energized enough to even be able to hit the parks. I also took the Wild Africa Trek tour (I highly recommend this tour) which was another first for me. There was one thing though, that stood out to me, that I did differently this trip. I did a LOT of character meet & greets. I had so much fun doing these! Since I was by myself, it was a great way to capture moments of my trip with me in the picture but it was also a way to return to the essence of Disney. Some of my most favorite pictures from Disney while growing up are pictures with characters. Stopping to take the time to stand in line helped me to renew a new sense of Disney I haven’t experienced lately.
While I did not keep to my list of things I wanted to do, I did complete quite a few of them. I experienced Disney in a whole new way once again and it brought a new sense of magic! I think that is one of the most beautiful things about Disney. You can go a million times and you will always find something new each time. I had some pretty magical moments thanks to a few cast members as well. People look at me like I am a lunatic when I talk about going back to Walt Disney World. They can’t fathom why I would want to go AGAIN and so close to the previous trip. I just smile and even if they don’t get it, I know the secret. I could spend every day there and find something new on a ride I’ve ridden a thousand times, or a cast member can make a trip so special, or just being there can lift your spirits and reenergize you. The magic of Disney is that no matter how you go about your trip, there’s always a new treasure to discover or new magic to experience. I hope each and every one of you push yourselves in a new way on your next Disney adventure wherever it leads you. You won’t regret it! It makes a world we know and love so much, a whole new world!