Having never been as a kid, I used to think Disney Parks were just gigantic amusement parks. I assumed it was a similar experience to the fairs that flew through town once a year, only bigger and more permanent. While I was always curious and knew I wanted to go eventually, I didn’t think it would ever be ‘up there’ on my list of favourite places in this world.
Then, I experienced Disney as an adult with my kids and totally discovered that I had a very strong Disney side. Ahh, the joy of travel and the discovery of a new place along with self-realization. The happiness that Disney brings out is a piece of me that existed only long ago, hidden deep and buried with age.
It all started when I first walked through the gates and saw that majestic castle at Walt Disney World in Florida. I stopped in my tracks, held my breath and immediate tears formed in my eyes. I felt like a kid, full of wonder, hope and magic. It’s the immediate belief that anything can happen, and all is possible. Just when I think my senses can’t take much more, I look over and see that my daughter is in amazement as well, and we are experiencing this together.
I revel in seeing my girls light up at every turn, that incredible sparkle in their eyes of true amazement. It’s the way they skip as we go, and hold tightly to my hand through the day. Being taller, I spot the princess first and watch my kids’ reactions as we get closer. I wait for that moment … and there it is. Jaw drop, eyes pop, huge smile and run!
From that first visit to Walt Disney World to many visits afterward (including Disneyland), we’ve made so many memories at Disney. It’s when my oldest got her magical fairy tale makeover on her birthday and danced with Rapunzel in her castle. Relaxing with Dole Whips in the shade while scouring the map and planning the next ride to take. Hearing everyone’s wows as the fireworks lit up the sky and going on many rides back to back, cause each one was “the best ever!”
On our last visit, we took Grandma with us on our travels, to make it a multi-generational trip. My girls loved showing Grandma all of their favourite rides, attractions and places in the parks. For Grandma, experiencing Disney with her grandkids meant the world. Even after the trip, she couldn’t stop raving over all that we saw and did – complete amazement and awe! Plus, we learned that Grandma has a strong Disney side that includes pretty fast and exhilarating rides – who knew!? Does Disney make you feel like a carefree kid? Definitely!
My Disney side is full of laughter, cheeks hurting from smiling, eager to fill each day – good times and many (many!) memories. It’s experiencing life through new eyes, while probably wearing fashionable ears on your head. It’s the celebration, wonderment, magic and memories that occur with each and every hug.
My Disney side is all the best parts of myself, my family, life and cherishing the moment as it happens. It’s a side that everyone has, the only question is, have you discovered it?
Let loose, come play and bring out the fun in your family at Disney Parks! What’s your Disney Side? It’s the side of you that laughs more, screams more, and just plain lives life to the fullest. It’s the side of you that comes out to play the moment your family steps into a Disney theme park. Discover your Disney Side at disneyside.ca.
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