For the most part, I have heard from people that are looking forward to going (or returning) to Disney World, as well as those that remember with great fondness trips they have taken. But I have also encountered several that have made statements like, “it is overblown” or “if I never go back it will be too soon.” And to be honest, it baffles me. I can’t help but wonder how it could draw that sort of response.
Yes, Disney World is expensive, but there are ways to cut corners and keep your expenses to a minimum if you try. Yes, it can be hot (it was in the mid 90’s with high humidity the week we were there), but you can also plan your trip when it isn’t as hot (Heck Wendy was complaining how COLD is was when she went back in February). Lines can be long for some rides, but thanks to FastPass (this wikipedia entry is a bit dated, but gives a good overview of FastPass), you can get a ticket and return at your specified time for the ride later allowing you to explore more of the park. So what is it really? What did I get to experience that these people didn’t?
The only thing I can come up with is, that beaming smile.
We had just stood for a half hour (to get a good seat) in the sun, we had been walking through the park for about 4 hours by this point, she was hungry (because we were going to lunch after this show), and yet look at that smile. Look at the anticipation as she was awaiting the appearance of some characters (in this case from the Playhouse Disney Shows).Â Yet hot, sticky, sweaty… it didn’t matter.
Now, I will admit, I had a great time in my own right, so that only makes it better for me, but even if I found Disney less that what I had anticipated, I can say for sure that no matter how much I spent on a vacation, it was all worth it, to see that smile.Â To experience every morning the sheer joy of her unbridled enthusiasm of the upcoming days events.Â To listen to her regale others with her journey’s.Â Even people that we knew were at the same park.Â In amazing detail she could recount every step, every character she met, and of course how much fun she had in doing so.
So, were other people not paying attention?Â Did they miss this with their own kids?Â How could something that brings that much joy to a child be something that you don’t crave again and again?Â Sure for some reasons, financias, time constraints, whatever, I may not be able to do this “all the time,” but anything that can bring that kind of smile to her face… Yeah, I want as much of it as I can.Â Because I am addicted… to her beaming smile.