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Trip Reports & Member Reviews Discuss True Confessions . . . The Full Story in the Vacation Planning forums; Originally Posted by jaymie It was touch and go there for a minute but I am most relieved that the scrapbook has been saved! You gotta love Minnie! Jaymie, it's ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaymie View Post
    It was touch and go there for a minute but I am most relieved that the scrapbook has been saved! You gotta love Minnie!
    Jaymie, it's so fantastic that you are commenting as if you were in the story with us! I just love it!
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    DD#3 is sounding like my little sister only my sister would have socked Minnie in the nose and biten Mickey's ankle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicks_ahoy View Post
    DD#3 is sounding like my little sister only my sister would have socked Minnie in the nose and biten Mickey's ankle.
    Nick, your post made me laugh so hard that I snorted. What a visual!

    I'm so glad that my daughter didn't do that. I would have shriveled up and died.
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    Approaching An Epiphany?

    APPROACHING AN EPIPHANY?
    As we sit on a bench in Mickey’s Toontown® Fair, I am perplexed by a situation that I have never faced before. I have checked off all the things that I set out to do in the Magic Kingdom®, and I still have half a day left before I will be forcefully ejected from the park.

    A quick survey of the family reveals a sweltering, uncomfortable, tired and ragged group. I return to the question that plagued me on our last visit to the Magic Kingdom®. Would our time in the Magic Kingdom® be better served by taking a break, going back to the villa, getting something substantial to eat and resting for a while? I am absolutely conflicted about this proposition.

    As a NDM, naps are simply not a part of the plan. It violates the concept of maximizing every Disney minute. Why would one spend time sleeping when the park is still open for activity? Whether you are tired, uncomfortable or miserable is truly beside the point because being in a Disney park is not always about pleasure.

    A NDM is wise enough to recognize that sometimes the best memories are born out of endurance. A family’s bond can emerge stronger than ever when all members of the unit work together to overcome the trials of difficult weather, unreasonably long lines and testy attitudes.

    On the other hand, the Disney Vacation Club has somehow changed the Disney framework to which I am accustomed. This was something that I anticipated, but now I come face-to-face with its reality. Presently I have so much more time in Walt Disney World®, maybe “maximizing every minute” can be defined differently.

    There is not so much pressure now to have every Disney minute packed with activity because there will always be next year to pick up where we left off. For this reason, maybe our minutes could be “maximized” by allowing everyone to revive themselves rather than forcing them to have fun whether they like it or not. The idea is so new, but it is something I am willing to consider.

    I decide that I will present the options to the other family members, and allow them to express their opinions on the matter. I also determine that if they agree that they would enjoy a refreshing break, then I will relinquish my neuroticism on this issue and grant everyone the freedom to leave.

    My proposition is met with confused facial expressions. It has never been imagined that I would consider such a move in our theme park strategy. There is a brief silence while my loved ones ponder their current circumstances. Do they want to stay and fight against the harsh elements that presently challenge us, or do they want a reprieve?

    DD8 is the first one to speak, “ Mom, I don’t think we should go. Why would we leave when we don’t have to? I mean, there are still so many things that we can do here. I know that we have already gone on all of the rides, but now we can go back to all the ones that we like best. Plus, we haven’t gone in any of the shops yet. And I really wanted to look around the shops. It just doesn’t make any sense to leave right now.”

    I am a bit shocked by DD8’s response. She has either read my thoughts, or she is internalizing the lifestyle of a NDM. Is this how a future NDM reasons when they are eight years old? She seems wise beyond her years. I feel as if Providence smiled upon me when I was chosen for the honor of mothering this bright, NDM prodigy.

    I look to DS6 for his contribution. He appears completely exhausted, and it is logical to expect him to suggest going back to the room. So I implore, “DS6, how do you feel? Do you think you want to go to the villa for a little while and come back later?” He takes some time to deeply consider his answer and finally says, “No. I want to stay.”

    It is now DD3’s turn. She has returned to ****ing her thumb as if it is the source of her life’s sustenance. She has seemed fairly miserable since we hit the early afternoon. “Would you like to stay, DD3,” I ask in a tone that suggests she can freely resist the notion. But she looks at me with big eyes, removes her thumb from her mouth and definitively says, “Yes.”

    Next is the opinion that can trump all other opinions. I turn towards DH for his input. I suspect he is the least inclined to stay. While he has steadily matured as a Disneyphiliac, he still is a man who appreciates a good nap. I also don’t anticipate him having a pressing need to repeat the attractions for hours and hours. “Well,” he begins, “It is incredibly hot, and I am really tired. But our dinner reservations are in a few more hours. It may be best for us to stick around until then. After dinner, we can decide whether we want to go.”

    I am speechless, and I feel like I have just lived a touching and sentimental scene that would qualify for movie status. “NDM brave enough to lay her neuroticism down to accommodate needs of her family; family decides to adhere to neurotic style that has always been imposed upon them”. I am certain such a movie would bring tears to eyes all across America, for what could possibly be more moving than this moment I just lived?

    It is a good feeling to evolve as a person and be willing to sacrifice what is most comfortable and familiar to me. But the greater gift is my family’s reassurance that—all along—they have approved of the regulations and indoctrination techniques that I have subjected them to.

    Maybe one day in the future, as our family matures in our Disney Vacation Club membership, we will find that it suits us better to leave in the middle of our visit to a Disney theme park. Should that day ever come, it is comforting to realize that I am emotionally able to release my family to pursue this new idea. But for now, they have made clear that they not only tolerate my NDM nature but they fully embrace it, support it . . . even appreciate it. I am a little overwhelmed by this touching moment and tuck its memory deep in the purest area of my heart.
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    I became Disney crazy at 15 years old. We have 245 days left until our Disney vacation and I'm happy to find other NDM's like me.

    Your story is wonderful. I'm picturing all the rides as you ride them and my oldest daughter is 3, so I can feel your DD's excitement.

    I'll check back for more of your story and sign up at your website.

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    Aw...that was so sweet! It seems like your oldest daughter really is learning from her NDM, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amywhite11 View Post
    I became Disney crazy at 15 years old. We have 245 days left until our Disney vacation and I'm happy to find other NDM's like me.

    Your story is wonderful. I'm picturing all the rides as you ride them and my oldest daughter is 3, so I can feel your DD's excitement.

    I'll check back for more of your story and sign up at your website.
    Amy, I was so excited to get your e-mail this morning. Thanks for making the jump!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LisaAnn View Post
    Aw...that was so sweet! It seems like your oldest daughter really is learning from her NDM, huh?

    She is definitely beginning to show some "fruits of my labor" . Love that kid!
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    Flutter, thank you so much! I hope you stick with me through the whole thing. I will try to get more up today.
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    Walking Down Main Street

    WALKING DOWN MAIN STREET
    After the question of resting has been resolved, it is decided that our family should return to Main Street, U.S.A.®. DD8 made a powerful and valid point during her well-presented argument. We had not yet fully explored the majesty of Disney’s commercial avenue.

    Our family is due for a final snack before our dinner reservation rolls around, and Main Street, U.S.A.® is an ideal setting for leisurely munching. So we board the train in Mickey’s Toontown® Fair and travel around the park, getting off at the desired destination.

    As we stroll down the pavement, we find a little side street that is intriguing. There are quaint little shops and even a picturesque table with chairs tucked away in this cul-de-sac. All agree that this is where we should relax while we finish up the edibles that were packed for the day. I look around at the architecture. It truly is spectacular. The attention to detail is nothing short of astounding, considering that this is an area that most guests never see. There is a quaint shop with a beautiful tiered window display, a wedding boutique and a jeweler all tucked into this tiny niche. On the upper level of one of the structures there is a small veranda adorned with hanging ferns. The other side of the street has the appearance of an antiquated office building. The windows advertise a dancing studio, talent agency and a vocal coach. As I listen carefully, I realize that there is some noise coming from the upper window of the office building. I can make out the sound of tapping shoes and a basic piano accompaniment in the style of a Rockette rehearsal, complete with a choreographer barking orders at his tiresome tappers. This is unbelievable! Disney has even gone to the trouble of providing a soundtrack to this miniscule, insignificant but completely charming little corner.

    I sit quietly and nibble my muffin, fascinated by everything that my senses take in. How have I gone my entire life without ever knowing about this endearing area? This, apparently, is one of the things that I have missed out on for so many years with my frantic, “commando” way of functioning. I am a little saddened by the idea that there may be many more little places such as this that I am absolutely unaware of, and yet I find some comfort in knowing that I now have the freedom to find one or two more of these places every year when we come back.

    This adorable, hiding spot inspires DD8 and I to search Main Street, U.S.A.® more thoroughly. DH, DS6, and DD3 like the idea of strolling but not necessarily exploring, so we decide to split up once again.

    DD8 and I leave our sweet family for some more “girl time” in this enchanted place. It is fun to go anywhere the wind blows us simply because we can. When we pass an old-fashioned cinema, we automatically get blown into its enticing doors. For the time being, the cinema is serving as an art gallery, so we browse the beautiful pieces displayed. When we venture further in, we discover quite a few other hidden gems like a beautiful room that seems to be designated for private parties or special events. There are also small portrait studios with exquisite backdrops and props.

    There are no other guests in the back of this building that I can see. I start to wonder if we have trespassed into a forbidden area accidentally, but I am fairly certain that I never saw any type of barricade. Then I make out some people in suits toward the extreme back end of the room. DD8 and I approach them to ask if our curiosity has taken us too far. As we get closer, we see something that reinforces the concept of taking time to find a treasure that may be hidden on the road less traveled.

    Standing in front of a Crystal Palace photo backdrop we find the delicate and innocent Snow White. It seems likely that the men in suits are simply her bodyguards, but there is absolutely no one near this vicinity. I am a little shocked by her presence, for I can’t understand why she is standing around in an area that is not currently serving a purpose. However, when the Disney fates decide to bless you with a gift, you don’t ask why. You show gratitude and take it.

    Snow White gestures that DD8 should come join her. DD8 hesitates. She is intimidated by the idea of being offered the full attention of the original Disney princess. I encourage her to proceed. After all, she wouldn’t want to offend Her Highness by remaining aloof.

    She approaches the royal beauty, and Snow White immediately begins chatting away in a high-pitched yet adorable voice. I observe from a distance. I cannot hear all that these two discuss. It seems that I catch a comment here or there about the dangers of apples and a preference for strawberries.

    I try not to stare, but I can hardly believe what is taking place before my eyes. My beautiful child has somehow chanced upon an exclusive audience with, arguably, the most famous Disney princess of all time. There is no rush to give another person a turn to visit with her. There are no distractions to take their focus from one another. It is just Snow White and DD8, and it seems as if time is standing still. It is a hallowed occasion, and I am afraid to speak and risk breaking the magic of moment. So I continue to wait in silence, allowing DD8 to take all the time she needs.

    After a while, the men in black suits inform Snow White that it is time for her to go. She apologizes to DD8 for abruptly ending their special meeting. She must get started on making dinner for seven dwarves. DD8 graciously releases her to attend to her responsibilities and thanks her for a memory that will never be forgotten. With a big embrace and a few kisses blown to the wind, Snow White disappears from our sight as she is escorted from the building by the men in black suits.
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    Oh, what a beautiful memory for you daughter! I look forward to reading your posts everyday! Thank you for sharing these stories with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDM#1 View Post
    Jaymie, it's so fantastic that you are commenting as if you were in the story with us! I just love it!
    Wait a minute.............I'm NOT in the story with you? How can this be? I feel as if I'm right there next to your Neuroticness and adorable family. Oh well, back to reality I guess......but wait! There is more to read. I'll get back to reality later, I'm loving the one on one time with Snow White.
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    The Confessional

    Hey everyone! I have a new feature up on the website called the confessional. THE CONFESSIONAL is now open for use of the NDP community. It is a place for those in our circle to purge their souls of the deepest, darkest secrets concerning the Neurotic Disney things that they have done in times of Disney desperation. There is no need to carry the burden of Disney neurosis on your own anymore. Share the crazy things you’ve done for a Disney “fix” in the confessional. You never know . . . some of us may decide to join in on your neurotic activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baccimia View Post
    Oh, what a beautiful memory for you daughter! I look forward to reading your posts everyday! Thank you for sharing these stories with us.

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    You are very welcome. I'm so thrilled that you are enjoying this.
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