“That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old.” Walt Disney
Don’t you just love how Walt Disney World brings out the kid in us whether we are 8 or 80? Where else in the world are you going to see grown men wearing mouse ears and carrying Mickey balloons? How about when a teenager sees their favorite character and forgets to be cool? This is a big part of the Magic of Disney for me, and I think that’s exactly how Walt wanted it.
Most Disney Fans have a Walt Disney World vacation tradition. Our visit it is not complete until we have taken a flight with Peter Pan toward the second star to the right and straight on til morning. We love flying over London and seeing the traffic below and on to the Mermaid Lagoon and to Hook’s pirate ship. Each time we look for something we may have missed before, even though I am sure we have seen it all by now. It is by far my husband’s favorite ride, and we ride it as often as possible.
Growing up, Buzz Lightyear was a favorite of Dakota’s – and we always have to fight the Emperor Zurg while in the Magic Kingdom. I am horrible at video games, but I admit no matter the score, I always have fun on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I even beat the boys once last trip!!
The fun goes beyond the parks with great Disney movies, one of the few choices that are sure to please every member of the family. The Pixar movies in particular resonate with my Mike and Dakota, we never miss Monster’s Inc., UP or Ratatoulle when they are on TV – there’s something special about unexpectedly finding them on ABC Family, Disney Chanel or HBO. With Halloween coming up in a couple of months we are sure to watch Nightmare Before Christmas, don’t you just love Jack and Oogie Boogie??
Today I would like to encourage you to remember what it’s like to be 12 again. Go ahead and have an ice cream cone at lunch or play on the swings at the park… and if you happen to be at Walt Disney World – ride Peter Pan’s Flight once for me. Finally, thank you Walt for your wisdom and insight that still rings true all these decades later!!
Donna Kay – http://www.disneydonnakay.com/