By KEVIN STUDER
Tale as old as time. Tune as old as song… We all know what it is like when you go to Walt Disney World.
Though, it seems that some people give up going to Disney World after a certain age because it is no longer fun or they seek more thrills. But, this is not the case. Disney World lets you reawaken the child in you.
From Lynn, Disney World is only about a three and a half hour drive making it a perfect trip for the weekend. Yes, it is expensive, but we will get to that later. Once you enter the gates with Mickey and Minnie on top, there is a certain joy that fills you.
It is very different being in Disney World as an adult. There are aspects that are not as magical anymore, but there are many aspects that you did not realize were magical until you get older.
When there is a character walking down the street, we now understand that is not the character straight out of the movie, but there is still something about them that makes them real.
When I went to Disney recently, my group of friends and I ran into several characters including the Evil Queen from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” Now, I have had a fear of this character – mostly when she is in the old hag form – since I was three and I cannot even watch the movie anymore. I decided to approach her and tell her about my fear, and even though I knew that was not the actual queen, I still felt scared and started to have a higher heart rate and a shortness of breath.
There is nothing else like this feeling that a character is real even though you know they are not. The fact that these characters are whom we grew up with makes them so real.
Going to Disney also lets you forget the real world for a bit of time. Walking through the parks and going on rides makes you forget that you have all these responsibilities when you get home because you are so caught up in the moment and the magic.
It also was not until my most recent Disney trip that I realized how much parents love their children. Parents are the superheroes of the trip as they wait in line for almost two hours to let their kids meet the characters.
When there are little shows for children and the parents have to participate, they do go all out. We watched this father rock it out dancing with his son at an event in Downtown Disney. You could tell that the dad was wondering what he got himself into, but he never slowed down and did everything he could to make sure his son would have an amazing time.
When you do get older, you realize how expensive everything is. Just getting into Magic Kingdom for one day is $99 per person ages 10 and up. So you do have to learn how to budget and spend your time wisely, but do not be afraid to treat yourself.
Walking into Magic Kingdom and seeing Cinderella’s Castle still takes my breath away at 20 years old. There is so much to do and see that it really does not matter what age you are, you can still have fun.
So go to Disney and let it go for a weekend because there is always a whole new world waiting out there for you to explore.