They’re only little for such a short time.
Okay, who am I kidding, they’re little for quite long enough to test-drive every last nerve of your very being. But they’re only young enough to be thrilled by Mickey, Minnie and the gang for just a short while. Maybe until they’re 12? Maybe until 10?
Disney isn’t just that loveable mouse from our childhood, it’s not just a cartoon franchise or a resounding rendition of “It’s a small world after all.” Disney is an all-consuming entity that can find its way into a child’s heart as deeply as it can find its way into the depths of your wallet.
The Disney Store
The Disney Cruise
Tokyo, Paris, Orlando, Anaheim, Shanghai, Hong Kong
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Rides, fireworks, parades – and countless trinkets and treasures they can’t live without.
Yes, but do you Disney?
We just can’t decide. There are so many other places we want to take our children. My boys are 5 and 7. They’ve never been on a plane. Is the first place we whisk them away to going to be a culturally contrived yet magical kingdom? Shouldn’t we show them the ocean? A Costa Rican Sunset? An Amazon rainforest? The Valley of the Kings? The Great Barrier Reef? The Great Wall of China? Something exotic, foreign and real? Or do we simply indulge them in the fantasy while they still buy into it, and let them go on thinking that the world beyond our city limits is really the happiest place on Earth?
With the recent purchase of the Star Wars franchise, my husband is full forces in for a Disney adventure. Not the least of all because of the new Star Wars park, bringing that galaxy far, far away to a park not that far away at all.
I’m torn. I have great memories of Disney World as a kid. But it just seems like a vacation that would require a vacation from my vacation. Yet there’s so much to do, so much to see, so much excitement. Why not let them believe just a little bit longer, let the world be that place that magic makes happen.
…Honey get your mouse ears out, we just might do Disney.