Saturday, October 5, 2013

Showing Our #DisneySide

I've loved Disney since I was a little girl. Goofy was my favorite character and The Little Mermaid and Snow White were my favorite movies. As a kid I dreamed about visiting the Disney parks but it wasn't a family vacation we could afford.

Two years ago, we ventured on our first family vacation to Disney World. And our true Disney Side came out! 

Our first trip to the Magic Kingdom was so wonderful - I cried when I left. I cried because I was fulfilling my childhood dream.  And I cried because I felt The Boy didn't understand the true magic of DisneyThe Boy enjoyed some things but he was young and many of the attractions were either frightening or overwhelming for him. If we went now (and we definitely want to go back) I think it would be better for The Boy. Especially if we went to Disney Land and visited Cars Land - I just know he'd LOVE that for sure. 

When we planned our trip, we had no idea we would be there for Star Wars week. That made The Husband happy. He was definitely showing his Disney Side that day. He made us nearly 3 hours (yes, 3 hours) to get an autographed photo of Jeremy Bulloch aka Boba Fett. 

And when I saw Snow White, I was determined to have my photo taken with her. There is something about Disney World that brings out the kid in all of us. 

But you don't need to get on a plane or take a vacation to show your Disney Side. The other day while at Toys R Us The Husband went on and on about the new Disney Infinity figure sets. The Husband has been up many late nights playing.

And I was giddy with excitement when I met Jodi Benson. I went home that evening, put on The Little Mermaid and sang my heart out.

Part of what makes parenting fun is getting to relive our childhoods with our kids. I want The Boy to play video games with his dad. I want them to bond over Star Wars and Marvel comics. The Boy is named after a Marvel Super Hero. I want The Boy to see me enjoying Disney movies just as much as he does. 

I want The Boy to know that just because we grow up doesn't mean we have to stop having fun. 
How do YOU show your Disney Side?

The Husband's Disney Side

Disney is running a "Vine Your Disney Side" contest through October 31 and selecting one winner per day. Be sure to Vine your Disney Side and tag #DisneySideContest for a chance to win up to $10,000. See for rules.

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