Welcome to those of you joining me from 400 Miles to Disneyland and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
I've mentioned before on this blog that I used to go to Disneyland with my parents ALL the time, starting when I was 6 months old, but this month we are talking about the first time we went to a Disney park as an adult. Technically I did go to Disneyland a few times when I was 19 and had moved out of my parents house. I mean, I lived about 10 minutes away! Yay! And while it was a whole different kind of magic being able to go whenever I wanted and as an "adult", I honestly don't consider that my first trip as an adult at all.
There were a few years between that time and the next time I had the opportunity to go to a Disney park. In that time I had moved to Virginia, met my now-husband, moved to Cuba, and had a baby. *phew!* Our daughter was born with very mild hip displasia (she's totally fine now) but while they had practically everything we would need at the hospital in Cuba, they sent us off island quite a few times in order for her to see a specialist for her hips. The second time we went, she was 2 months old. We were on the plane to Jacksonville, FL, and Aaron turned to me and asked what we should do during the time we were in Florida after Ashlyn's appointment. I half-jokingly said that we could to go Walt Disney World since it was just about 2 1/2 hours away. We both laughed at the time, but then a few days later, this happened.
And then this (while I bawled my little eyes out).
This was not only my first trip to Walt Disney World, but it was both Aaron's and my first trip to Disney as adults (he had been to WDW once as a kid) and Ashlyn's first trip to Disney at all. It was a completely different experience to go as the parent instead of the child. You see things in a whole new light. You start to believe in fairy tales again. Even if you never quite stopped believing, the spark gets stronger.
We've gone many, many times since this first trip and it just gets better and better because now my daughter is old enough to understand more and enjoys the characters. I may not completely remember my trips as a kid with my parents, but now I can understand even better why it was important to them to start taking me at such a young age and why they believed so strongly in the magic, even as adults. We may not have been able to do absolutely everything that first trip, though we did do a lot, but it was something I will never forget. I don't think I even fully realized just how different my point of view was between my early trips and now as an adult. Just always remember, the magic isn't just for the kids. :)
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Joanna and her Amazing Technicolor Interwebs.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane
2nd Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
3rd Stop ~ 400 Miles to Disneyland
4th Stop ~ Disney in Our Blood (You Are Here)
Final Stop ~ Joanna and her Amazing Technicolor Interwebs