Prelude to a Magical Adventure

If you know me, you know how much I adore Disney World, and all things Disney for that matter! I have my grandparents to thank for my very first Walt Disney World adventure – and boy, was it magical. I was 4 years old. It was Christmas, and I was in awe of EVERYTHING.



I have so many wonderful memories of my family’s Disney trips growing up; we always stayed onsite at the Yacht Club, so that resort will always have a special place in my heart. As I’m sitting in the lobby of Fort Wilderness now, I’m reminded of a particularly special trip for which I chose to prepare a report of all the learning experiences I had while in the parks. My mom meticulously planned these Disney vacations and made sure that my sister and I had plenty of structure and time to recharge at the resort. Recharging could mean actual naps in the room, pool time, or snacks in the club lounge.

Side note: I haven’t tried this as an adult guest, but my family always skipped the dining plan in favor of going Club/Concierge level and taking advantage of the complimentary drinks and snacks offered all day long. I understand it’s a bit of a steep upfront cost, but if you’re not set on eating all of your meals at restaurants or in the parks, it could save you quite a bit on dining! I was a picky kid, and my sister and I were both grazers, so it worked very well for us! Someday, Shawn and I would like to try it ourselves, and when we do, I’ll do a post on pros/cons. 

During that trip, I spent a decent amount of recharge time journaling in the lounge for my report, and because a cast member noticed this, I got my first taste of that “extra magic” Disney is known for (less and less these days, though, I’m sad to report). One of the concierge cast members noticed my journaling and gave me a special certificate to take to a stationery shop at Downtown Disney. In exchange for that little bit of thoughtfulness, I picked out a beautiful Minnie themed journal and one of those fancy, heavy pens with the WDW logo on it.

My last “childhood visit” was for a band trip in high school, during which we actually got to march in a parade! While it was certainly a bucket list worthy experience, it came with all of the ridiculous drama that any high school experience – and especially when one involves band kids – tends to entail. Not that I don’t have fantastic memories of that trip…


…but by the time I finally returned last Christmas with my fiancé and his family, those trips all felt like lifetimes away. I finally returned to Disney for the holidays last December, and it felt like home. It’s hard to describe if you’re not one of those folks who just has Disney in their DNA (insert joke about corporate greed here…har dee har har), but I feel happier, healthier, and just filled with joy when I’m in the World. I’m lucky to have the privilege to visit fairly often again, thanks to my generous future in-laws, who happen to have that Disney DNA as well!


All that to say, it hasn’t quite been a year since my last visit, and my retail work makes it a little difficult to join my fiancé and his family on every single adventure (this is trip 2 of 3 for them, but my first this year), all of my trips from now on will end with a sincere “See Ya Real Soon!”, because I’m sure I’ll be back again and again. While I don’t intend to turn this into a “Disney blog,” you’ll see a fair amount of Disney and travel posts from me, both of the storytelling and how-to variety, and I hope you enjoy them!

Please let me know if there’s anything, in particular, you’d like to see or learn about, or if you have any additional feedback!


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