October 21, 2010

The magic of it all.


If you've read this blog for any length of time you know that I love Disney. I'm not someone who has Mickey Mouse hand towels in the guest bathroom or Goofy slippers by the bed -- not that there's anything wrong with that -- but I do adore Disney World and Disneyland. I will admit that when I step on to Main Street and take one look at the castle, I get swept up in the magic of it all.

It's corny but true.

Eric, on the other hand, has been my reluctant Disney accomplice.

That is until we had kids.

Kids who swear they see pixie dust in the air the moment we arrive in Orlando. Kids who ask when we can return to Disney before we've even left. Kids who from their very first visit to Disney World have been completely and totally swept up in the magic of it all too.

And it's hard to see the absolute joy on their faces and not be swept up in it too.

So yesterday afternoon Eric and I picked the girls up from school without much fanfare. They jumped in the car and started chatting away about their day. We'd been driving for about 20 minutes when Michal commented, "There must be a lot of traffic. It sure is taking a long time to get home."

We'd been driving for about 10 more minutes when Kenna spotted the airport sign. She laughed and said, "Dad, get off here. Let's go on vacation."

Eric just smiled and said, "OK."

Both girls were quiet and then started asking, over top each other, "Are we really going on vacation? Are we?"

I just said, "It's a surprise."

By the time we checked in and got to the gate they both were about to burst. Kenna was hoping we were going to California and Michal was hoping for Florida.

Both were hoping for Disney.

When they finally saw the sign at the gate that said "Orlando" they were ecstatic.

This morning they each donned a new Disney t-shirt and, once they were dressed, Michal pronounced them "all Disneyed up" and then said, "Wait. We need a little sprinkle of Pixie Dust."

We were barely in the gates before the requests for Peter Pan's Flight came in stereo. I really believe we could do nothing except ride Peter Pan's Flight, see the castle and a few fireworks and the girls would be thrilled.



We watched parades, Michal and Kenna danced and danced with Dale and Mickey Mouse during the Street Party, we had lunch with Tigger, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and the much-loved Eyeore and the girls traded pins to their heart's content.


This cast member was from Guangdong Province just like Michal and Kenna are!





Oh, and we watched the Main Street Electrical Parade, rode rides and rode Peter Pan's Flight a few more times.

And we all, of course, got totally and completely swept up in the magic of it all.


  1. What an amazing surprise for the girls! I happen to work at Disney World as a singer/dancer/comedian, so I get to enjoy the magic daily! Maybe I will spot you all at one of my shows! If I do, I will certainly try to get your attention. :) I hope you have fun!!

  2. Check out dad's new specs. Nice. Looks like you guys had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you later today.

  3. What a fun surprise for the girls. Peter Pan's Flight has forever been my favorite ride at the Magic Kingdom!
    Have a magical vacation!

  4. Anonymous10:23 AM

    I am always tickled to hear people's responses to Disney. My brother is a an executive at Disney and we go all the time. My nieces went to Disneyland so often when they were little that the fun wore off if you can imagine. I tell me brother each time I read your blog adventure to Disney that the joy continues from one year to the next for your girls.

  5. Looks like soooooo much fun! I love a surprise vacation.

  6. I think that surprise will be one they will remember when they are grown up!

    Never been but would love to go! It's a bit further from the UK mind!

  7. My husband was the exact same way. And now he is as likely as me to say, "you think we could squeeze in a quick trip to see the Mouse and friends when we are at your folk's house?" I laugh (under my breath) and tell him that is a great idea (all the while I had it up my sleeve.) Better to let him think it was his idea- right? We have been to Disneyland 3 times in the last 15 months (went just 3 weeks ago in the rain)- and are counting the months until we can go again.

    Love your post, and your blog.
    Such cute girls- and a wonderful family.

  8. I'm gushing with excitement just looking at your pictures on this post! I LOVE Disney World---I confess that I tear up when I walk down Main Street. I'm pathetic! We are planning a trip for late January/early February. i seriously can't wait. I'm counting down the days!



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