A free trip to Florida, a good friend, a rental car and 2 hours later.......I am pulling up to a small city.....Walt Disney World.
I have had the dream of going there my entire life....My friends all went and taunted me with dreams of the teacup ride, the Minnie mouse ears, the thoughts of life size characters hugging me, the fun food, the princesses and the feel good dancing.
As I drove in I had butterflies.
A cute 85 year old man sold us our tickets - his name was Leonard. He gave me a button that I was a FIRST TIME VISITOR which I wore proudly.
And then we made the walk in to the MAGICAL KINGDOM - after I spent $22 dollars on sequined Minnie Mouse Ears. I would've spent $100 on these precious ears.....
I walked in - excited like a 6 year old. It was the perfect day out.....75 and sunny, and a bluebird day.
It was like a tiny city - the details were amazing! After one minute of being there I saw Daisy and Pluto! Then - I still and will only believe - A parade started as I walked down the street. That parade was for ME. And not one other person in the world will make me believe that it wasn't. I wept. Cried like a baby. It was Minnie and Mickey and everyone was singing and dancing and colors and characters and everyone was happy and smiling and singing and dancing! As was I. It was electric and emotional and amazing and all SO HAPPY! I bawled....and I will admit I needed to bawl.....right at that second as everyone in the whole place was happy and singing and dancing and I cried that life could be so good when sometimes it just isnt. I cried that Minnie and Micky and Pluto and Donald and Goofy and Bambi and Marry Poppins wanted to make me and every single other person in this place to feel amazing and happy and magical. And it was. I danced and sang and felt like a 6 year old. And then I saw the castle and cried harder. And then I made my friend cry. And then I danced in the streets with the jungle book bear and sang and Mickey gave me a high five. And by the way- this all happened within the first half an hour I was there.
Its true - they do make dreams come true - they do make memories. They do.
I went on its a Small World.
I climbed the Smith Family Robinson Tree House.
I got Pics with Frontier Donald Duck
I saw kids get so excited from seeing a character they cried because they didn't want to leave them.
I had a smile on my face that didn't want to wipe off.
It was the best day I have had in months.
then off to Epcot we went to see the Flower and Garden show. I love flowers, plants and couldn't wait to see everything. And drink champagne while doing it. And we did. Mumm Cordon Rouge.
We went through France, Germany, England, Italy, Sweden, China, Morocco, Japan, Mexico, Africa and every other country I forgot about.
We had more champagne and a crepe from France
We saw orchids in huge forest growing from the tops of trees
We went to Coral Reef Restaurant and I flirted with the scuba divers in the aquarium feeding the sharks.
Then I had pictures with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald Duck. Then I got in trouble for "goosing" Donald Duck. (Champagne was kicking in??)
Then the Fireworks and laser show.
I left with a smile on my face and if I would have been 6 years old - I would have left kicking and screaming. I wanted to stay forever - I wanted to be a princess and live in the castle and live happily ever after. It was a dream come true and Im sorry I waited to go until my 30s. I WILL go back. I WILL.
Thank you Walt Disney for making this magical place. Thank you for installing these memories into peoples hard drives and letting kids and adults live in a fairy tale land, if even for 1 day in their lives.