You guys, I'm going to Disney World. I have this crazy, reoccurring Disney pattern in my life. Where from the time I was 7, to now, I have gone to Disney World once every 5 years. Exactly 5 years. (ok maybe once it was 6 yrs between trips). No matter what. It's not something I plan, but it's a fact. The last time I was there I was 28. I had won employee of the year at my job at the time and got to pick a vacation. With a 2 year old, duh, where else could I take him? When I go again this May, I will have just turned 33. Five years to the month you guys. It's what I call my 'Disney Fate.'
To further clarify, even though it's a trip for work, I'm not working in the Magic Kingdom, or Epcot or IN any of the parks at all. I have a conference that yes, is on Disney property. However, I'll be in an exhibit hall every day all day. I'm not sure it will even be possible for me to go into the parks while I'm there. BUT, since I'm staying on property I can ride the monorail and busses to the other resorts, and stand outside Epcot and take selfies if I really want...
While I know this is still really awesome and I will be involved in the magic even if it's indirectly. This trip also got me thinking and reflecting on some of my favorite Disney quotes from movies and Walt himself. But also some regrets as well...
I have shared a little about what I do, like my real job, here on my blog before. You all know or will learn right now, I've been an event planner (in some capacity) for the past 11 years; ever since I graduated college. I was a recreation and tourism major (yes this is a real major) and have been very fortunate to always have jobs directly in my field. One of my greatest regrets, though, was not taking part in the Disney Internship in school.
Like most people, I love Walt Disney World. I've been lucky to have the opportunity to visit the parks many times. In college, in a communication class strangely enough, I saw a presentation by a lady who worked at the Disney Wedding Pavilion. It's on it's own private island in the Seven Seas lagoon. The chapel window was built in a way to perfectly frame Cinderella's castle in the Magic Kingdom.
Fast forward to now. Walt Disney World holds a special place in my heart, like it does so many people. I'm not a Mickey / Minnie freak, I don't even really have a favorite Disney movie (Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, duh). And OMGG I really want to go to the new Be our Guest restaurant. Yes I've blogged about this before, if you are feeling de ja vu.
I'm not going down to Orlando for this conference for another month or so. Actually, I'll be on the gulf coast of Florida for another event in just over a week. But something about starting to plan for Disney Wold just holds a special place in my heart. Even if I don't ever get to actually step foot into the Magic Kingdom or Epcot.
Do you love Disney World as much as I do? Do you agree with me that I'm the worst mom ever for not being able to bring Gav to Disney with me? Is there any way I can make it up to him other than bringing him gifts and/or planning a Disney vacation for us?
I did find this website, it's through Disney and you can buy a single day ticket for entrance to the park after 4pm - close. I am going to look into it. I will have three days that I know for sure I have no plans after 5pm. Have you or anyone you know taken advantage of this after 4 pass before?