It was years in the making. Conversations here and there, watching the girls get another year older, finances beginning to work out, and then the offer we could not refuse led to a decision . . . we were going to Disney World!! We made the announcement to our daughters exactly 79 days before we would be leaving, and the wait was excruciatingly slow.
Finally, THE day arrived, and on November 4th, off we went on our little adventure. I had never been to Disney World, so at first, I was a little taken back. Where are all the "thrill rides" that are the hallmark attractions of other theme parks?? I understood all the Disney characters being everywhere, but I guess I was expecting more.
Then it happened. My littlest girl met Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty to the rest of you), and the magic happened for her. When it happened for her, it clicked for me too, because then I was able to start seeing everything through her eyes, and instantly I was stunned and in awe of everything around me.
Throughout the rest of the next week we visited the four main theme parks, (Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot) and each had its own little bit of magic to add to the experience. That word, experience, became what defined the adventure for all of us. Disney World was not a destination or a journey, it was an immersive EXPERIENCE that only really works when done through the eyes of a child.
My greatest magical moment happened for me personally when I saw "Illuminations" - the fireworks, laser-light, fountain, and fireworks show that happens every night at Epcot. I had heard about this before, music and fireworks, but the experience was so much greater than I could have ever imagined.
Through the eyes of my children, their smiles, their laughter, and their wonder I was able to see and hear and experience things I had never seen, heard, or experienced before. What made it even better is that we did it together, as a family, and to sum it all up I would have to say it was simply magic.