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Your going to Disney again????????????

How is this for answer to the question of:

You are going to Disney AGAIN ??!!??!!??!!??

Written by John Zamgwar.

So you think you understand Disney?

It's easy to forget what things are all about. What you were so upset about this morning. What the book you read last month was all about. It's also possible, in this time of layoffs and mothballed hotels, to forget what that 40 square miles of Florida known as Disney World is all about.

With apologies to Dr. Seuss for borrowing his rhyme scheme, there are many things, that while related to Disney World, are not what it's really all about.

It's not about Mickey or snow globe parades. Nor breakfasts, or lunches, or new pins to trade. It's not about light bulbs or things that once were, or oversized characters covered with fur.

It's not about steam boats with whistles that blow, or will there be new rides next time that you go. It isn't about Peter, Tink, Hook or the Croc, Nor about profits, and mergers, and stock.

It's not marketing surveys, what's right and what's wrong. Or when you can go, when the lines aren't too long. Not Dole Whips, or Churros or iced Kaki Gori, or Pressler or Eisner in some newspaper story.

It's not about Muppets who appear in 3D, or about Pooh, where Toad used to be. It's not Bashful, or Grumpy or Sleepy or Doc, or colorful lions that live at Pride Rock.

It's not The Castle, the colors, or some new plush toy fad (It's not? It's not? Surely Zamgwar's gone mad!) It's not that a century's passed since Walt's birth or a park filled with animals, or a celebration of Earth.

It isn't character photos, with The Beast or with Belle, or even if Main Street has that cookie dough smell. Not The Tree of Life's carvings, or a salute to show biz. But there is one thing it's about, that it certainly is!

It's about magic!

Not the kind of magic that makes rabbits appear from hats. But the kind of magic that can stir the soul.

In an adult's eyes, the sights, sounds and smells of the Mouse can work magic on a faded memory. They bring back a time long ago, when Walt filled the screen on Sunday nights and Uncle Henny told you not to sit too close to the old RCA because it had radiation. It reminds you of when Mom was THE Mom, and if your KITCHEN smelled of cookie dough, you might get to lick the bowl.

In the spring and summer, the fresh cut grass and fragrant roses of Disney World's wondrous landscaping can whisk you to backyard days of scabby knees, and cardboard refrigerator box rocket ships.

In its winter holiday splendor, you might recall the pictures askew on the wall and a trail of pine needles on the floor, signaling that Dad had recently dragged a Christmas tree through on its way to the living room.

Disney World's attractions bring to life long ago View Master 3D pictures of Disneyland. Pictures you might have looked at in youthful amazement before drifting off to sleep, to dream of a far away with where the Matterhorn was a ride, and monorails were real.

During the clackety-clack of Big Thunder Railroad, as it climbs the hill, you may catch a glimpse of a child, clutching his big brother's hand. The sight might suddenly transport you back to your own brother's side, at parks with names like "Playland" or "Palisades" or "Freedom land".

Then as the wind blows through your hair on its descent, it peels back decades, compelling you to seek out a hug from an oversized mouse.

A pause on a bench in Epcot can stir the feelings of amazement that were part of a childhood family trip to a glorious World's Fair. A place where the wonders of the future, and the beauty of the cultures of the world , shared the same stage.

Whenever age works its cynical, critical ways on us, it's important to remember what it's like to be a kid, in a place where fairies fly overhead, every day is the Fourth of July, and bedtime stories come to life. In the eyes of a child, even the awful Big Hat may just be the most "splendiferous" thing they've ever seen. Remember, to a 6-year-old, causing Dumbo to soar skyward at the pull of a handle, or seeing a bright red steam engine pull into Main Street station *is* an E-ticket attraction. That's because Disney's magic never seems to fail on kids. They still believe everyone, regardless of appearance, is a potential pal, the good guys always win, and every story has a happy ending. To the young, and young at heart, the magic is in how they feel in surroundings that to them are, like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way".

It only fails on people who may have lost the magic of childhood, in themselves. For as I've always said, it isn't the place that makes the magic, it's the people.

If you can keep the Magic of childhood alive inside of you, it will keep not only Disney World, but the real world, a wonderful Carousel of Color, and tomorrow will always be just a dream away.

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So true!

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Perfectly said - thanks for sharing, mrhub!

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That's great. Thanks for sharing!

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awe....i'm such a sap...sitting at my desk teary eyed... thanks for reminding me what it really is all about MrHub... mickey

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J am sure blessed that Jan and I lived that magic for so much of our lives.

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Yes you are Joe, and you always have those "Magical" memories.

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That was excellent. Thanks MrHub for sharing. There were times when those exact sentiments were what kept me going.

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Thanks mrhub that was wonderful. Actually there was a discussion in my department about going to WDW. A co-worker came back to work today after spending 2 days at MK and Epcot and 1 day at Blizzard Beach. She said she probably wouldn't go back. I told her she didn't even scratch the surface. She was complaining about the cost etc. There were others who don't understand why an adult would even want to go. Unfortunately they just don't get it. Oh well they can't ruin my love or enthusiasm for all things Disney.

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Thank you so much for this, Mr. Hub! I am going to print this out and distribute to all those who keep asking me why I am going to Disney "AGAIN."

I feel all those things that poem describes. mickey

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yay yay yay yay yay

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MrHub- clapping clapping
I quit trying long ago to try to "explain" Disney magic and why we are going AGAIN. Glad to be on board ( pun intended) with others who get it!

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That was awesome mrhub...this would be great to give to those who never understand why I want to keep going to Disney...it will forever be my most favorite, magical place.

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mars1990 wrote:
MrHub- clapping clapping
I quit trying long ago to try to "explain" Disney magic and why we are going AGAIN. Glad to be on board ( pun intended) with others who get it!

There's no way to explain it. Experience it or you think Disney is lame. That's how I look at it. Disney is awesome. I bet you that kids inthe Orlando area think more positively of Disney than kids in the rest of the world because they have EXPERIENCED it the right way. Once you do it right, and you realize it's magic, you'll never again look at it the same way. But I don't think you can teach someone it is magic without experiencing it, and even then it can be unteachable.

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That was amazing! Love it! Something all of us feel.

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mrhub, this is spectacular... I needed this. I hate having to explain to people who just don't know or don't get it why this 35-year old man is going back to WDW for the second time in three years, and the sixth time in seven years. Sometimes I feel a twinge of embarrassment when telling people I'm going back, like I'm a fool for not choosing a vacation spot they would prefer, or a place that doesn't seem like it's only for children. My explanations are the same every time... it's not just about the characters, or the movies, or the stories... or getting your picture taken with Mickey or Goofy. It's about the fulfillment of the dreams of one man, a man that just wanted people to have fun, relax, free themselves of the cynical trappings of our world and make their own dreams come true. It's about how everything is picture perfect and clean, and how you have to try really hard to find a piece of trash on the ground. It's about a place that invokes happiness just thinking about it. It's a place where total strangers do their best to make your time there absolutely magical. It's a place where no small detail is overlooked. It's a place that makes people like us happy, inside and out, because we can relive great childhood moments and memories without remorse. This place is truly magical... you can't deny it if you've been there, and you won't understand it if you haven't been.

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I hate to say it but for me it is all about the magic. The characters, Mickey, the colors, the plushes, the balloons, Mickey Mouse bars, going under the Main Gate, the memories of our last trips and the anticipation what can happen this year. I don't get the fond memories expressed in the message but maybe others will. So I will copy it and use it with the ones that look at me crazy when I say how could I not want to go back. It is the most Magical place on earth.

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I just encountered his recently, "but you just got back from Disney!" "why would you want to go back?" "I was there once but I didn't think it was anything special" ... and on.... and on....

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Haha... we get this too.

I've been to WDW:

APR 2010 - CBR - 7 days
JAN 2012 - CBR - 7 days
NOV 2012 - POR - 11 days
FEB 2013 - POR - 8 days
SEP 2013 - BWI - 8 days (just got our luggage tags!)

I've had people at work actually do a double take when they hear I'm going back to Disney World for vacation. eek

They're totally confused as to why as we don't even have kids. eek eek

I just tell them it's our vacation spot. LOL.

We just like living in the WDW bubble for a week and getting away from the "real world". awesome

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KenJ wrote:
Haha... we get this too.

I've been to WDW:

APR 2010 - CBR - 7 days
JAN 2012 - CBR - 7 days
NOV 2012 - POR - 11 days
FEB 2013 - POR - 8 days
SEP 2013 - BWI - 8 days (just got our luggage tags!)

I've had people at work actually do a double take when they hear I'm going back to Disney World for vacation. eek

They're totally confused as to why as we don't even have kids. eek eek

I just tell them it's our vacation spot. LOL.

We just like living in the WDW bubble for a week and getting away from the "real world". awesome

I hear ya Ken and that's exactly the way we are. It's the only place we go on vacation. Our escape from reality. Believe it or not, I don't get ask the " your going again?" question anymore but I get the "where do I start?" question now.

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I teared up reading this! It is so true, especially now as an adult. I've been going to Disney World every single year since I was a baby and it always brings back memories of sitting on my dad's shoulders watching parades, thinking I was on top of the world. I am 25 now and the magic still stirs in my heart when we get there. I just love it. sigh. My parents are going in Sept. without me and I'm so jealous!

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Thanks so much Mr. Hub! I too teared up reading this! It is so true. When people ask where my happy place is, I always say Disney. The other day I was wearing a Mickey and Minnie shirt when I picked up my son at HS BBall camp and a little one ran up to me to touch my shirt! No matter what the age, the magic is there.

I am also so glad I have shared that magic with my children so they can pass it on. I'm just so glad to have a place like this forum to share my love of Disney and then we take it out and share it with the world Smile!

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For me its not about anything you can buy in the park, its not about a character even though I have my favorite ones. its all about Angels smile and seeing her truly happy.

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Hazegry wrote:
For me its not about anything you can buy in the park, its not about a character even though I have my favorite ones. its all about Angels smile and seeing her truly happy.

Beautiful muchlove

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Perfectly said.

It is all about the magic and the memories. Each trip I have taken to the World has offered something new in its own way. A new experience, a new memory, a new feeling. That's why we keep going back. THAT is the true magic of Disney to me.

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I love Disney because I feel closer to the man himself. I spent many Sunday evenings in his presence watching "Wonderful World of Disney" and in movie theaters. I always wanted to go to Disneyland and then Disney World was built. So it brings back happy memories of my childhood.

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I'm lucky. At work I don't get asked "you're going to Disney again?" but I do get asked "when are you going back to Disney?" One lady I work with, when I see her I just say how many days until my trip because I know she's going to ask.

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As I was sitting here reading this, tears are flowing....it is so good to be a part of those who
do "get it" !! The magic of Disney always makes things better !! Thank you Mr Hub for sharing !!
mickey

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Here's someone's video explanation about why they are repeat visitors.

To the couple in the video: if you are on this board, let us know!

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What a great video

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That is so cute! It would be fun to see all of us make a video like that and post it here. Ours would be minus the skipping and jumping though. Heck at this point I am just hoping I can walk on our next trip.