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Monday, October 10, 2011

Taking My Boy to Disney World Was Way Down the To-Do List

I need a vacation from that vacation. That's right, I just paid a big chunk of change to fight crowds, get a sunburn, walk many miles with a 40-pound kid on my shoulders, and catch some hideous cold from no telling what country. Toss in some horrible food, several downpours, too many foreign men in small bathing suits, thousands of crying kids, and well, that was my recent vacation. Sounds fun, huh?

Okay, okay, so that's not exactly how it went. That's just how I thought it was gonna go. You see, I had been dreading that Disney vacation since the day Jack was born. It just always sounded overpriced and over-hyped. Of course, I knew the time would come...I could only hide from Orlando for so long. Right around last March, my wife uttered those six dreaded words. "I think Jack's ready for Disney." I attempted to put up a fight, but my position that "he didn't care about Mickey and those other goofy characters" didn't stick. Nope, there wasn't enough pixy-dust to sprinkle on that lame argument.

Even though foreign men do need to rethink their swim-wear and I did catch a horrible cold, Walt Disney World was quite magical. I even got sucked into the excitement. Before long, I was hunting down Disney characters and racing for rides. Words can't describe the look on Jack's face as he jumped  for Mickey, Pluto, or one of the way-too-many princesses. I gotta admit, I was just as bright-eyed behind the camera when he was posing with Cinderella, Ariel, Rapunzel, or Belle. And right after that, "Captain Jack" was stabbing at the air and doing his best pirate impersonation. And right after that, he was chomping on popcorn, guzzling a Coke, and dripping ice-cream all over his shirt. This was his moment, and I was along for the ride.

It was just one of those trips when the rules were bent and the boundaries were broken. We were in Jack's world. Some parents adapted better than others. Those larger families looked a bit more tired, sweaty, and grouchy. I'll never forget hearing a wife lecture her husband because he needed to "learn his princesses." Of course, when you're surrounded by giant teacups and flying elephants, it's hard to take yourself too serious. Not to mention, everyone is do dang nice. It really is a magical place.

While I'm not about to book another Disney trip any time soon, it was definitely a vacation to remember. Kids are in our world every day, so it's only fair we enter theirs from time to time. Even though I needed ibuprofen and hot showers to get through it, I'll never forget my boy's magic with Mickey. With all that said, I do need a vacation from that vacation.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Hub and indeed it did sound like a wonderful bonding experience. Princess test later....

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  2. Thanks DR and Disney was SO MUCH better than I predicted. I never went as a child and totally get it now.

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  3. I did the Disney trip with the family when I was five or six. I have the odd memory of it, and since I'm childless, I doubt I'll ever go back.

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  4. It's meant for a kid, no doubt.

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  5. Great Post! I've done Disney with and without kids. My most recent trip was with my kids and in-laws (and I live in Orlando anyway), and I remember just how tired I was! But yes, all that pain, torture and sore legs is worth it to see how happy the kids are (I did it with three kids, one being a toddler). Whew! I can totally relate to how magical it can be even for us. It is indeed an amazing place that allows us to escape and dream for just a momoent, too. Take care and enjoy your son! They grow up too fast!

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  6. Thanks Lena and they do grow up fast. Well, that is how it's already feeling even though he's only 6.

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  7. oh I would be so interested in going back to disney land soon! Just to see how it feels as an adult. The excitement alone would get me! Fun! (Have you ever seen that one Roseanne episode? So me and my family He he he he)

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  8. I can see it, Nicole, I can certain see that family going to Disney.

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