By Molly Elias
I basically have a desire to go to Disney World every single day. And all of these reasons, plus a ton more, are always relevant to me in my life. Disney is always calling my name and sometimes I just can’t say no. But the majority of the time, I just end up daydreaming and thinking of all the reasons I want to drop everything, hop a plane and go:
- To bask in the warmth: I live in the North. I am cold. Disney is such a great place to warm up! People from all over flock to Florida as a typical vacation spot for the heat and unfortunately, humidity. Everyone expects Disney to be hot and are generally disappointed when it’s not. Winter is coming, which means the North is about to get really sad, really quick. What better time to escape to the warmth?!
- To analyze all the new additions: Let’s be honest, Disney freaks can be very analytical. Sometimes dangerously so. We want to judge everything and decide for ourselves if something is worthy of being in the Park. When we can’t be in Disney and are stuck at home, we YouTube and Facebook stalk every picture and video that we can find to get a taste of the new stuff. But it’s just not the same. Disney vacations are a great time to add a new ride or attraction to your list of favorites!
- To not miss major festivities: I hate missing the Food and Wine or Flower and Garden Festivals or Star Wars Weekends or any of the fun irregular stuff that happens throughout the year. It’s so rough when a friend or family member goes to Disney without me! I hate feeling like I’m missing out on something important or ridiculously fun. Those are usually the times I find myself on the Disney World website planning a hypothetical, unlikely vacation…
- Because I’ve been craving a Mickey Bar since I left last time: You just can’t get a Mickey Bar anywhere else, except on DCL of course, but that’s entirely different. Food is simply better in Disney World. Now, I’m not much of a breakfast person, but if the princesses are coming, I’m in! Dinners become experiences in Disney. And snacks are like souvenirs: things to be remembered. I can no longer get a turkey leg in any place other than Magic Kingdom. Everybody loves food; I just happen to love Disney food a little bit more.
- To experience the seasonal decorations: Holiday’s in Disney are my favorite! It makes me so sad to miss out on the massive Christmas trees and millions of lights covering every square inch of Castle. Nothing gets me into the holiday spirit like walking down Main Street and seeing all of the decorations and smelling fresh cookies from the bakery before starting my day in the Park. The Streets of America are a can’t miss for me. Christmas just isn’t the same without a showing of the Osborne Family Lights. Tis always the season to go to Disney!
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- To escape reality: Who doesn’t want to do this every once and a while? Any kind of vacation is great and can literally and figuratively transport you to a more relaxing place, but Disney is a different kind of escape. The Happiest Place on Earth is rightly named. For most of us, stress seems to melt away in Disney. Work doesn’t follow you to Florida. School doesn’t follow you to Orlando. Stress can follow you to Disney, but Disney can take it away.
- To feel like a kid for a few days: Each year that I’ve gone to Disney, I never seem to feel older. Disney has a unique way of catering to all of our emotions, whatever level they may be. Age doesn’t seem to matter in Disney. And I don’t care how old you are: everyone loves a Mickey hug. Hanging out with Disney characters puts the pause on disbelief. I am almost twenty years old and talking with the princesses still makes me giddy. In a recent college class, my professor blamed Disney for making adults act like children. While I don’t completely agree with that statement, I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing.
- To live the magic: This title speaks for itself. Being in Disney is the truest form of magic I have ever known. Just like when we’re being skeptics, Disney fanatics scour the internet to get a glimpse of the magic, but it’s still not the same and it’s never enough. There’s something about being in the parks that not only makes you feel like a kid, but also makes you appreciate being young and being young at heart. Disney has a feeling that you simply cannot get anywhere else. I never want to miss out on this feeling and I never want to take it for granted.
…are your bags packed yet? What is your top reason for wanting to go to Disney?