As a kid in the Caribbean, I never got to experience the magic of Disney. It was a dream I lived through a Mexican show called Chiquilladas, since they used to go every year and livestream from the parks. I used to daydream about walking into Cinderella’s castle and magically turning into a blond princess. (Blond since society conditioned me to think that the ultimate form of beauty was based on the level of melanin in my body. White simply meant Beauty. Anything else pretty much depended on how close the person got to the Anglo-Saxon features.)
Once we immigrated to New York and I made my first salary, I decided to take my little brother and sister to Disney! I was 18 at that point and they became my legitimate excuse to go without looking immature (super important for a late teen). We were all living in Washington Heights and for those of you who know my home town, you know what this means.
We went from the piropos of the drug dealers (who literally start escorting you publicly and shamelessly from age 10) to the gentle greetings of the Disney characters. It was an unforgettable experience!
Today, I take my own kids to Disney at least once a year with the Disney Social Media Moms. It has become a family tradition. We use every single excuse to organize a trip. My boys have become the official tour operators for their cousins and any friend who goes to Disney for the first time. I captured a candid conversation we had about the parks. I hope you enjoy it!
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