Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Disney World

Note: Have you guys ever had any problem posting on Blogger? Last night I wanted to post this post, but it wouldn't let me. Like I wrote it last night, and when I tried to post it, it said "your blog post has been posted," but when I tried to look at it by viewing my blog, it wouldn't work! I really need to switch to the new Blogger interface, don't I? Too bad that I hate it.

So, technically, I didn't fail BEDA, right? Right?! I'm really hoping this works right now, after just switching to the new interface. Ugh, Blogger, you're killing me!

One place that I've been constantly fantasizing about is Disney World. I've been there about 5 different times: when I was in 5th grade, in 6th grade, in 7th grade, in 8th grade, and the summer of 2011 (I have this weird thing where I remember everything based on what grade I was in). Last year, I worried that when I got to Disney World again, it wouldn't be as special as it was when I was a kid.

That was not the case at all. I loved it as much as I did when I was a kid. Of course, it probably would have been awkward if I had actually chosen to stand in line to meet Mickey Mouse, autograph book and pen in hand and Mom holding the camera, waiting to take pictures. That's one thing I really miss about going to Disney World as a child.

In The Fault in our Stars, Augustus Waters protested when he found out that Hazel spent her cancer Wish visiting Disney World. He bashed Disney World for a bit, which I really didn't like. While Disney World is something like manufactured happiness, it's something more than that. It's happiness in the same way we buy books, so we can escape from the realities of life and be someone a bit different for a little while. Disney lets us be a kid for a day (or two, or a week).

It means more to me as I'm growing up than it did when I was a kid. I think of every memory I've made there, and how my favorite memories from Disney aren't the rides I went on (though those were fantastic), but just the fact that I was there. I remember hiding in gift shops, trying to buy a poncho because it was pouring outside, or sitting in some cafe with a singing robot in the middle of Tomorrowland, trying to cool down in the awful August heat while eating a burger. There's a vibe to Disney World that you can't avoid. It's this infectious happiness that captures everyone.

Tomorrowland's always the place we go first in Magic Kingdom. :)

I've always told my mom that when (if?) I get married, I want my honeymoon to be at Disney World. Guys, I know that's really really lame, but it was true when I was 10 and it's true now. Whenever we go on vacation to Florida, we only spend a day or two at Disney World, which is never really enough for me. I know my mom would never be willing to spend an entire week at Disney World, because she gets tired, and my sister doesn't love it nearly as much as I do. I look at all the people I know that spend their honeymoons relaxing on some Caribbean island, and I just can't imagine myself doing that for a week (or more). I'd go insane with boredom.

I don't know why it means so much to me, but it does. All 4 parks hold something special for me, and no one I know shares that feeling. I don't know the next time I'll go back there, but I really hope it's soon.


  1. I visited the four parks when I was 16 (the only time I've been) so I did see through some of the "manufactured" happiness but I still enjoyed it. It was the experience that I remember more. I liked the stunt shows and rides that were more story based (like the one where the alien gets free).

  2. I've only been to Disneyland once when I was 3 and my parents always tell the story of how we had to stand in a cue for hours to meet Tigger and then when I finally met him I ran away crying. Hmm..

    However the thought of Disneyland now sounds amazing, and I am desperate to go there (and Harry Potter world!)

    Also I was wondering if I could have your e-mail? (Not in some creepy way! I just want to ask you somethinggg.)

    1. Haha sure, no problem: annaphora94@yahoo.com

  3. I'd love to go to DisneyLand/World - you're so lucky to have been so many times!


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