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So don't tell my children, but the Discussions Have Begun around here. The "okay, when do we bite the bullet and take this crew to Disney World" discussions. Do we wait until all three of them have hit the minimum height requirement for most of the rides? Or go sooner, while they're all younger and we might get more OMG AMAZEBALLS CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OMG bang for our bucks?
Is Cinderella's castle still listing to the left like that? Where are my legs? What's with all the shrubbery in the photo? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT MY PARENTS' PHOTO FRAMING DECISIONS.
My family took two trips to Disney World: Once when I was an adorable little five year old.
FACT: I loved Robin Hood because there was a song in the movie that mentioned the word "underwear."
And then again when I was a tragically awkward 12 year old:
Oh dear God.
So...yeah. I actually remember each trip pretty equally. When I was five, the highlight was the Character Breakfast.
I met Snow White and my brain melted out my ears. I think I may have even cried.
When I was 12, I spent a lot of the trip fantasizing that I was actually there with Joey McIntyre from New Kids On The Block, and that everywhere I walked the crowds were so jealous of us and our love, which was pure. And real.
Expectation, meet reality. And my fanny pack.
Meeting the characters as a five year old:
Bubbly adorable joy! With pigtails!
Meeting the characters as a 12 year old:
I feel like it loses a little something once you're THE SAME HEIGHT AS THEM.
Wearing a 'MICKEY' t-shirt to Disney World = Totally being That Guy.
I loved both trips, though, in different ways. When I was little, it was magic. When I was on the cusp of 13, it was...well, it was fun to still be a kid and at least pretend that I still believed in that magic (and that my autograph book would be worth millions someday, because I mean like PINOCCHIO SIGNED IT).
I kind of can't wait to go back and see what kind of Disney my boys get to experience.
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