Sal - The Best Magic
Being a parent, you look for things to do with your kids, things that will make your children happy.The first time I can remember knowing about Disney World was when I was nine years old and saw a commercial about a new ride they were getting. I also grew up watching and when I found out there was a place to meet him and get a chance to go on rides I was hooked, that's without even going on a single ride yet or even going there. The problem was my family could never afford to take me there. They were not fans of Disney to begin with let alone being able to afford to take me there. At school, I would hear kids talking about how they are going to during and how awesome its going to be. It stunk that I was never able to go as a child.
Fast Forward to 2002. I got full custody of the kids and everything they do now, would be my decision. Knowing how much I loved Disney you would think I would have taken then quite a few times by 2002 but I was never able to. But things change and I had a good enough job that finally i was able to take them every year from now on. Mind you , I only got the chance to go to Disney once before back in 1997 when my friend took me for 4 days. It was a dream come true, and from then on, I made a promise to myself that If i had kids, I would bring them there so they could have a great memory to have for the rest of their lives.
I didn't take Isabella till this past Feb. We had a special moment that I would like to share with everyone.
Isabella wasn't a real big Disney fan at all. Matter of fact, she watched Dora and Spongebob more then anything. But one thing she loved was pretending to be a princess and watching any princess on TV. I told her a month before our trip started that we were going to Disney World and would be meeting a real princess. She was kind of interested in the fact she would see a princess but having been to carnivals and other parks she wasnt really excited at all. Now, I have to remind you she has no idea what Disney World is. All she knew was that, it has rides, and there is a princess there.
I am very lucky to have a wife and 15 year old son who are tolerant of my Disney addiction. John, my son, actually tries to tell me that his addiction to X-Box is “just like your Disney addiction”. What he doesn’t realize I will never tell him is that mine is a lot worse. John is so tolerant of my problem that he contributes as an author to my website on Tuesdays and talks about his favorite things in Disney World and things that people should know about. I am lucky to have John. I met his mom when he was 8. When we started going to Disney World, I was excited to share it with them both, but I have been the lucky one. I have been given memories from Disney World that I would have never had if I wasn’t a father.
On our last family vacation to Walt Disney World my wife and I allowed our kids to experience the Kim Possible Adventure on their own. We met them after for dinner and both my kids couldn’t stop talking about their experience. Even though I wasn’t with them for the Kim Possible Adventure I felt like I was because their enthusiasm was extraordinary and I felt their excitement as if I experienced it with them.
As mentioned in Donna Kay’s mentoring Monday’s my very favorite Disney experience occurred during our June 2001 Disney family vacation. My son was 8 and my daughter was 5. We were in Disney’s Hollywood Studios formerly known as Disney MGM Studios waiting to meet up with my brother and his family. While we were waiting for my brother’s family Snow White came out of nowhere and walked right over to my children. She was so warm and friendly to my kids. They were so excited to talk to Snow White and as a parent seeing their joy at meeting a Disney princess was about as magical a moment that a dad could ever ask for.