Bob and I are back home after spending several days in the magical place known as Disney World. The word magical is often used at Disney (as well as in this blog post) and there is a reason for it. The people behind all things Disney have figured out how to create a place that is exciting and special for both children and adults. It truly is…. magical.
We went to participate in the annual Princess 1/2 Marathon, I did the 10K and Bob completed both the 10K and 1/2 marathon. It was really hard, but I’m so glad I actually did it. As I mentioned in my Yes Post, I really want to start stepping out of my comfort zone and doing more! This run kicked my butt, but it motivated me to get out there and continue doing races although I think I will stick to 5K’s for now. 🙂
And I finished it!
Aside from the races, we spent a couple of days visiting Animal Kingdon, Magic Kingdom, and Disney Springs. This was my first visit to the Animal Kingdom and it was everything I dreamed of… and more. I really wanted to go on the safari ride because that is what I always think of when I think of the Animal Kingdom. It was spectacular and I loved every second.
Also, ladies and gentleman, Pandora was amazing. I’ve seen Avatar before, but I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan. Doesn’t matter. This place was freaking sweet. I can’t think of any other words to describe it. If you get the chance to check it out… I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT! All caps means I’m serious.
The Tree of Life was mesmerizing, especially when it was lit up at night. What’s the count on my usage of magical?
Throughout our time there, we made a few observations that I wanted to share with you all:
Stroller-wielding parents think they are invincible.
I stopped counting how many times I had to dart one stroller only to have to dodge another as we made our way through the park. It was comparable to truck drivers on the road. They aren’t going to stop- you are. And you do. Because it’s almost guaranteed the consequences for you will be much worse. And double-wide strollers, well don’t even get me started. They are the worst. We also noticed that families liked to walk 5-6 people across and their bond was impenetrable. As a couple, one might assume it would have been easy for us to navigate throughout the park. This would be incorrect. I stopped counting how many times I was run into, elbowed, almost tripped, with absolutely no apology. It’s not like I’m hard to see. People just don’t play when it comes to Disney.
Families starting vacation vs families ending their vacation are easily identifiable.
Families that have just arrived are wearing their brand new personalized matching shirts, mesmerized by all of the magic that Disney offers. Parents are buying their sweet children whatever they want and everyone is smiling and happy, ready for the ultimate Disney experience. Then you see the family that is barely keeping it together. Gone are the matching family shirts, in its place, is whatever shirt is the “least dirtiest”. Parents are no longer caught up in the experience of seeing Disney through their kid’s eyes, they just want their kids to listen to them and take a nap. Sun-burned and tired, they are trying to hold on to the magic, but everyone is ready to get back to their routine, own beds and individual space.
Most grandparents looked like they wish they had chosen the seniors-only trip to the beach.
So many grandparents started their vacation with big dreams of quality time with their precious grandbabies to find that quality time with their grandchildren at Disney is completely exhausting. And if they have to hear Hakuna Matata played for the 23rd time that morning, they may explode.
There were a lot of service animals.
I wholeheartedly believe in the power of a service animal. They can definitely relieve anxiety and provide assistance where needed. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that there were many animals that were identified as service animals that were actually just family pets that owners did not want to leave (or pay for the costs of leaving them). I’m just saying.I get it, it’s pricey. But the little chihuahua I saw jumping on everyone it saw just didn’t exhibit the traits you’d expect to see from a service animal.
Disney is exhausting.
I don’t know the last time I was this tired. Yes, I ran a 10K, but that isn’t what wore me out, I blame Disney. With Disney music constantly playing, kids with so much energy running around like they own the place, all the walking to and from each ride and oh yeah… it’s hot. So hot. My feet hurt. My head hurt. My entire body hurt. Am I being dramatic? Yes. Do I care? No.
Seeing Disney through kid’s eyes is actually really sweet.
From the little girls dressed up as their favorite princess to the boys who thought they were really a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean cast, it was fun seeing Disney through the eyes of the 50 million plus kids that were there. And although so many of them were hopped up on way to much sugar, running low on sleep, and on the brink of a meltdown, watching their eyes get big when Tinkerbell waved to them in the parade or seeing how jazzed they were to hear their favorite Disney song being played, it was hard not to get swept up into all of the “magic” of it all! Our last night there, we got to see the fireworks show and it left me speechless. I didn’t take any pictures because I was so entranced by the entire show. It was absolutely beautiful.
I’m glad to be back to my normal life, it’s quiet and predictable. But we made great memories at Disney with our family and we are so glad for that!
What is your favorite thing at Disney? Tell me about it!