It all Started with a Mouse
It all Started with a Mouse

Disney. A worldwide name that resonates within all of us. A man who brought joy and fun with his creative and ingenious ideas to everyone around him. A man whose imagination brought characters we all can relate to…(yes – even those baddies as they are us when we are at our weakest and then overcome by our most desired heroes.)

Like most kids out there, I grew up surrounded by Walt’s dreams and his most prized characters. Mickey Mouse was in the centre of my first wristwatch; my dad’s closest friend impersonated Donald Duck on each visit, and Santa faciliated a visit from Pluto on my 4th Christmas as I excitedly watched Cinderella beside him. These childhood memories were what they were thanks to one man’s incredible dreams.

I was a very blessed child. My father took me to Disney World in Orlando for the first time at age 6. He felt that was the ideal age to absorb the magic and remember the things that touched me and the emotions felt when receiving a high-five from Mickey and a smile from Goofy. (Gawrsh!) He was right as to this day, I remember the most incredible details of my first Disney World holiday.

I remember riding on Dumbo the flying elephant and feeling the excitement in my veins as I pulled the feather to make us fly higher and higher. The thrill of making Dumbo fly just like Timothy gave me a smile wider than my favourite Cheshire Cat. And on that note, I remember spinning in Alice’s teacups as the Door mouse appeared from above. My dad remembers being dizzy from non-stop spinning, but me, well, my six year-old heart was full of happiness as I disembarked and winked happily at the Mad Hatter upon my exit.

I remember my dad buying lunch in Frontier land opposite the Pirates of the Caribbean and raving all day long of his homemade and hearty Monte Christo sandwich. The free silly straw in the shape of Mickey’s ears followed me all day long assuring I would stay hydrated with every bottle of water.

And then, I come to one highlight that made my eyes moisten upon reminiscence – riding my Dad’s favourite of all – 20,000 Leagues Under Sea. Now, we all know children can be impatient buggas, but Dad can attest that I stood patiently in the hour-long queue to enjoy this incredible attraction. We marveled at the underwater sea life and gazed through a porthole smiling at the divers waving back at us. You truly felt as if you were submerged and surrounded. It was such a highlight. Why did my eyes moisten? Well, Dad’s favourite attraction left the park in 1994 due to technical issues, forcing immediate closure. (sigh…). Children and adults today cannot enjoy such an incredible ride, attraction, underwater phenomenon. How lucky was I that I could? Extremely.

Submarine Ride at Disney World Magic Kingdom. courtesy of http://www.omniluxe.net/
Submarine Ride at Disney World Magic Kingdom. courtesy of http://www.omniluxe.net/

My childhood memories are plentiful and bring me joy to this day. It has been years since I passed through the gates of this Happiest Place on Earth and completely forgot how the magic touched me, ran through my veins, and made me such a happy person. Disney just has the knack of nurturing the inner-child in everyone, and it doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, you can relate to him, his dreams, or at least one of his characters.

Magic Kingdom Disney Orlando
Magic Kingdom Disney Orlando

It seemed like forever since I enjoyed this haven of imagination, smiles, and magic; Forever since I dabbled with pixie dust amongst every little prince and princess around me. Being absent in my life for so long, I had forgotten how much I loved it here and how important that nurturing was to the development of my character and imagination. It isn’t until you are away from it that you forget just how much an effect this place has on the world around us. Dramatic? Perhaps. But until you set foot inside this world of opportunity, this world of face-painting, sparkles, and snow-cones shaped like snowmen, and star showers in the sky every night, you cannot fully appreciate just how special and innovative Disney truly is.

 

Epcot Disney World Orlando
Epcot Disney World Orlando

 

Disney Hollywood Studio Orlando
Disney Hollywood Studio Orlando

I dove in head first upon my return. In three days, I spent nearly 50 hours exploring, embracing, and absorbing the Disney atmosphere and never looked back. It was an experience that I shared with my husband who had never been to Disney World before. It was a clean slate to make new moments ours and feel the magic together. My childhood memories were sprinkled within as we took in every sweet and every sparkle.

Disney is a part of my life. I think of my time spent there through the years and can only smile. I want everyone to have just as much joy when visiting the parks that we will be featuring and exclusive new section on Fill My Passport. You will find tips, tricks, and advice on planning your ideal Disney experience. Stay tuned as we build this section and provide you with the important details, ensuring you enjoy every minute.

For a place with such a positive affect on humankind, bringing out the best in us, Disney truly pulls out all the stops with a land of no worries, little stress, offering an escape from the real world. Take a step and allow yourself to be enchanted.

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Laughter Imagination and Dreams
Laughter Imagination and Dreams