It took 28 years, but I actually got to go to Disney!
As every kid I dreamed of going to Disney. 90s advertisements on TV didn’t help either, and it became an obsession. I remember in kindergarten we took turns bringing home a stuffed bear. When we returned from the weekend, we had to tell the class about the “adventure” (imagined) we had, mine was to Disney world.
We would sit in the cat at the grocery store with my grandma while my mom got the groceries and we would pretend we were driving somewhere. Mine was always to Disney World.
However, growing up below the poverty line, with only one parent working consistently, we never had the money to go on such an expensive trip. As I grew up, my travel priorities went to “go big or go home” to wanting to visit Europe. Which I did, three times.
Fast Forward to my adult life where I am raising a stepdaughter, and my sister lives in Florida, and she is getting married. Naturally, we HAVE to go to Florida for the wedding (they live near Orlando) and naturally it’s the best time to try and go to Disney World.
My stepdaughter had already had said adventure when she was five with her grandparents, and a Disneyland trip when she was 8, so she viewed this time to Disney as a cherry on top. For me, it was like a life goal coming true.
Sure, it sounds silly and it sounds a little extra for a 28 year old to care about Disney. But damn it I did!
Disney World had always been held as, thank you 90s ads, as the epitome of joy and fun! While I am by no means the biggest Disney/Pixar fan I know or have met, I do have my love of movies like Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brave. I also grew up, like most 90s kids, with a hoard of Lion King, Pocahontas, and Little Mermaid merchandise.
The nostalgia is REAL.
Given the travel opportunity and feeling a little heavier in my pocket I felt like it was the best chance to go and enjoy some magic in my late 20s life.
I could not JUST go to Disney World either, I needed to make sure that it was going to be the perfect sampler of what Disney World actually is. This meant scheduling our day for the Magic Kingdom and planning to hit all of the highlights!
I planned the crap out of our very full and very exciting day. I have to thank Disney Food Blog, the Disney Website for keeping me sane. (Also, you HAVE got to get that My Disney Experience App to help you with your day, fast passes, and other adventuring.)
Overall, we were able to get the almost perfect day in Disney World – stay tuned for more!