Friday, July 11, 2008

Disney: A major addiction that needs a support group or just a fun vacation spot??!!

Since acceptance is a step that all people who have an addiction must go through, I will admit and I do accept that if they had a Disney Addiction Support Group I would DEFINITELY be one of the first in line to join! LOL I LOVE Disney. And I don't just mean all of the Disney movies from Snow White through Enchanted (even though I do love all of them) and I don't just mean the Disney channel in the mornings (even though I leave it on for me and blame the fact that it is on from 7-11 AM on my 2 1/2 year old) and I don't just mean the merchandise or the toys (even though my Christmas wreaths are shaped like Mickey) and I don't just mean the parks (even though we have been to WDW 10 times since we moved to Cape Coral 15 months ago)... but I mean EVERYTHING Disney!! I love it all!! I think there is something so magical about an empire (because let's face it, Disney is way more than a corporation!) that does so many things to make people feel so great. They make you believe in fairies, princesses, happy endings, fairy tales, true love and everlasting friendship. They make you feel like you are 10 when you are 32. They bring out smiles, waves and hello's from strangers as you walk through the parks. They make you look at things through the eyes of a child and smile when you are at your most cynical, frustrated and stressed points.

Like any addiction there is the general Disney addiction and then there is the major weakness that puts your addiction out of control. For me that major weakness is the parks. I LOVE going to WDW. If I were to have my way I would buy a house around the corner from WDW and spend every day in the parks! :) I can't go there enough. And I am proud to say that I have passed my addiction to Disney onto my children. :) Mike has officially grasped the character photo pose. :) He runs up, gives the characters a hug and then turns around and backs into the character and says Cheese!! He loves Mickey, Pooh Bear and Handy Manny and Peter Pan. Katie is a HUGE princess fan. Anything princess is right up her alley. She is a definite dreamer and fairy tale lover. And they both LOVE the rides! :) They have their favorites and I have mine and we hit all of them every time we go. We love walking around the parks. The smells and the sounds (even though they may be mostly from the smellitizer machines and that wonderful Disney music piped through every inch of the park) to the food, the shows and the rides (the only place where you can get any nationality of food, see shows that could be on Broadway and rides as tame as Small World to thrill rides like Expedition Everest) to the Cast Members that greet you everywhere you go with a smile and a "Have a Magical Day" greeting (even though if it were anywhere else I could consider that a very 'Stepford' like characteristic) it really truly is the most magical place in the world! :) And I am happy to say that My name is Chrissie and I'm a Disney addict!! :)

With love from Happy Valley,