Why I’ll Never Be Too Old or Too Cool For Disney World

Less than 70 days until I go back to my roots, you guys.
You guessed it. I’m going to Disney World!

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Considering that the name of this blog was influenced by Disney, and that my homesickness for my second home will soon cease, I think it’s time I wrote a little about my die-hard Disney obsession.
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Before my passion for travel, there was Walt Disney World.

Before I ever considered traveling internationally as a legitimate possibility, there was Epcot’s World Showcase.

Before I ever imagined I’d hike paths around volcanoes, there was Animal Kingdom.

Before I became a ‘traveler’, I thought Walt Disney World was one of the most spectacular places in the world.

Now that I have had an array of life-changing experiences, I still think that Walt Disney World is one of the most spectacular places in the world.

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FYI, not the cute one in the front. (left).

While I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who either put up with my Disney obsession, or who are complete Disney fanatics themselves, I have come across my fair share of people who are completely opposed to ever visiting.

These people generally fall into one of two categories:

  • Those who think that Walt Disney World is “just an amusement park.”
  • Those who think Walt Disney vacations are a waste of time in comparison to authentic travel

I had my first out-of-the-country experience at twenty-two, and had only regularly began road-tripping the east coast at about eighteen. So while I now count the days until I can embark on some new exotic adventure, there will always be a part of my heart that aches when I’m away from Disney World for too long. For a good portion of my life, Walt Disney World was the “adventure” I looked forward to every year.

Literally, every year.

In fact, my trip this August will be the first time I have gone longer than a year without visiting. #sonotokay

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Fifteen. Converse, too much black eyeliner, and my first dye job. Clearly feeling bad to the bone, even while standing next to Mary Poppins. – Epcot’s Norway, 2008

Coming from a single-parent home meant that vacations weren’t always in the budget. And I remember the first year that we were finally able to go! After years of awing over the Disney resort commercials at the beginning of every VHS (#nostalgia) we were finally going to be that cheesy family from the commercials. From that point on Disney became our traditional family vacation.

While some may have had a more diverse range of travel experiences at a young age, I feel lucky to have had as many adventures as I did. And I do mean adventures.

Where else could you visit eleven different countries in one day, while enjoying a Mickey bar in between? Or go on an African safari without having to purchase high-priced airfare?

By the time I realized how much more of the world I wanted to see, I had already woken up in a resort where giraffes slept beneath my window, soared over California, and had lunch in a castle; all in the span of a week.

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The trio & the ‘Eiffel Tower’ – Epcot, 2015 (left) ; Pre-English Lunch, Epcot’s U.K., 2015 (right)

A couple of years ago, my mother took her own passions for travel and Walt Disney World and started her own travel agency, Map to Magic Vacations. Today, she and some other amazing agents have helped countless families create their own memories in five continents. And also many at the different Walt Disney resorts.

Some may always view Walt Disney World as “just a theme park”, but I have a different perspective. Disney for me, has always represented adventure, persistence, and memories I’ll always remember.

And while the world may be slightly more accessible to me now, and I definitely plan to take full advantage, I”ll never be too cool, too old, or too above strolling down Main Street, U.S.A, giant pretzel in hand, on my way to meet Mickey.

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7 thoughts on “Why I’ll Never Be Too Old or Too Cool For Disney World

  1. I feel almost exactly the same as you on this. I am double your age, and never went to see the mouse until I was married and in my 20’s. I have enjoyed taking my kids there. We don’t get there as often as you, but I crave the feeling of walking under the tracks at the magic kingdom and feeling my blood pressure drop.

    Like you, we did not do world traveling when I was a kid. We never even made it to Florida. Since becoming an adult we have been all over this continent, and some of Europe. However, if I go too many years without walking down Mainstreet USA with my kids (who are about your age) I start to get drawn there.

    Happy travels

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  2. I agree with this post 1000%. I love Disney World but I also love traveling to “actual” destinations. I don’t see them as competing, however; they are two very different but equally wonderful vacations. Disney is NOT just an amusement park. It’s an experience that is unlike any other. So much nostalgia happening over here!

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  3. I completely agree you can never be too old for Disney World! I’ve been to Disney twice and absolutely loved it! The first time, I was 7 and the second time I was 12. I would love to go again now that I’m older. Disney is such a magical place, so I know I would love it just as much now (or maybe more!) compared to when I was a kid!

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  4. You’re right, there’s not much in between – you either love or hate Disney! It’s such an amazing place (if you can handle the hordes of people – it’s SO crowded nowadays!

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