What IS the magic of Disney?

The magic is about their eyes. The way their eyes widen and sparkle in response to the wonders of Disney. Let’s face it, there’s nothing extraordinary about the rides and waiting in line for three hours in triple digit weather to meet Elsa and Anna could be described as insanity.

Each time is a new trip for our family as our children and their interests grow. This time we had a six year old wanting to explore big kid adventures like Thunder Mountain’s roller coaster-ness under daddy’s protection and Disney dollars burning a hole in her pocket for shopping Main St. There was our curious and loving four year old who’s heart and thrill for adventure is bigger than his below 40″ frame where he measured below the cut-off each time he tried for a big-kid ride like Cars Racers, who we then distracted from this disheartening short-kid news with shopping and meeting Super Heroes. And then there is the tiniest child of all. A one year old whose spirit for life is her fuel. She thought it was all for her. The rides. The shows. The characters (at a safe distance).The parades. The joy. And the spinning. What a discovery to  watch her happy-laugh on the tea cups.

So enjoy the pics. Forgive the fumblings of out-of-focus, in-motion selfies and doublies on rides. And for an absence of pictures. At some point, I just have to set the camera down and live it because 1) I am not adept enough to fully focus on enjoying it with my family and fully focus the photos 2) my daughter asks me to put the phone away and I think that’s reason enough.



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We enjoyed our SoCal resident discounts and spent two days; one park per day. Two full days turns out to be not enough time to experience it all but also too much time. Teagan was SO excited about it all she didn’t go to sleep until almost 11pm each night. Josiah spent his whole time talking/processing to us that “Mickey is ALIVE!” and “Captain America is ALIVE! I wonder if Captain America has to brush his teeth. I will ask him next time. I will see him and ask him if he goes on a mission to save the day and comes home and” …..(lots more processing Captain America) and crashed mid sentence on the way to the parking lot. And Selah now has Scarlet Fever. No joke. I’m thankful to live in the day and age of penicillin so this Oregon Trail of life won’t be cut short by bacteria. We are home. We are resting and rehydrating since we somehow chose the only over 100 degree weather southern california has seen in years to go for our trip. The expense and the heat and the arranging work and school and yes, even the feverish rash afterward was all worth it for Nate and I to nudge one another on the arm as we redirected eachothers’ attention back to the faces of our children.
Any way you approach it, taking three mini humans to Disney without backup is hard. But their eyes make it all worth it. We can’t wait to do it again!

1 thought on “What IS the magic of Disney?

  1. What wonderful photos of pure family joy! It seems like life as a parent is almost always beautiful chaos; thanks for sharing such a sweet part of yours :).


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