For the past year I’ve been writing here six times a month with posts ranging from the emotional and serious to the downright ridiculous — all of which have expressed how Disney has profoundly impacted my life as a parent. I’ve enjoyed sharing my Disney stories and anecdotes with you, but since my days as a regular contributor to this site are coming to a close, I want to take this opportunity to share just one more magical memory with all of you, to help you understand what Disney means to me and so many others.
In February of 2009, my family attended a social media event at Walt Disney World Resort, and while we were blessed to be far away from the three feet of snow that blanketed the ground in our home state of Maryland, Florida was far from hot and steamy. While I was in conference sessions all day, my husband and family braved the Magic Kingdom in the cold rain. That evening we shivered through our last chilly night of the conference and hoped for a nicer Saturday before flying back to the Maryland snow.
While the rain didn’t follow us into Saturday, the gloomy cold certainly did. We ran through our morning riding Thunder Mountain Railroad wearing cozy gloves to warm our hands, and bracing ourselves against the wind as Dumbo flew through the air. In the final hours before we left for our flight home, we were strolling from Fantasyland into Tomorrowland when suddenly, for the first time in days…seemingly in weeks…the sun broke through the clouds.
Everyone around us stopped walking and burst into applause. The people walking towards the Tomorrowland Speedway, everyone heading into Cosmic Ray’s for lunch, the line forming at Space Mountain – everyone. They cheered and clapped their hands for the simple pleasure of the warmth of the sun.
Where else do we feel such a sense of freedom, of shared happiness with everyone around us? Where else is such a feeling of community created, from which pure joy flows so freely?
To me, that is the magic of Disney.More On