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Finding Disney in Those Pre-Vacation Jitters

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life


Animal-Kingdom-Christmas-CharactersEach time a Disney trip is planned, from the moment the tickets are purchased, the idea of its arrival never really goes away. It’s always in the back of our subconscious, giving us something to look forward to. In other words, we of course don’t forget that a Disney vacation is coming up. We know it’s getting closer.

But then there are those moments when we realize how close it really is. It’s not that we forgot we were going, it’s that that it’s suddenly hit us as to what that truly means: We’re going. And those, perhaps, are the most euphoric moments in the Disney planning process. It’s coming. It’s almost here.

I’m experiencing this right now, as a last-minute trip is days away. There will be those times when I’m cleaning up, or I’m making breakfast, or doing miscellaneous everyday tasks, and I remember: It’s almost time. And really, it’s a good thing I’m often by myself when this thought prompts itself because to any sane person the reaction is something estranged and eyebrow-raise-worthy.

This trip is particularly monumental as I visit Walt Disney World with a friend who, for a long time now, has never understood why I love Disney so much. He knows that I like it, but never really “got” it. I hope we can break him, and from the research he’s been doing (on his own!) and the conversations he’s initiated so far, even before the trip has begun, gives me hope that we might just do the impossible.

The excitement of visiting my favorite place in the world, added to the thrill of experiencing it through my friend’s eyes, well… I pinch myself every time it hits me, and it’s hit me a lot lately.

When and how does that realization “hit” you? How do you show excitement for your pre-Disney jitters?


(Image © Disney.)

Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.