We are coming up on a month soon, can you believe it? Yeah, we can’t believe it either. Out of the past ‘almost’ 4 weeks, I have personally missed only a couple days of not hitting the Parks. The main and biggest reason for moving here was to enjoy WDW whenever we felt like it, so of course, we will be. Craig has to work to allow us to have this wonderful lifestyle, which I am VERY thankful for, so I am in the Parks more with the kids to give him some time to work quietly at home.
I have heard on more than on one occasion “Aren’t you sick of it?” My answer is always “Heck no!” Now, I have been told that the 2 month mark is about around the time you sum up what the Parks will really be or feel like to you as a Resident. Well I am here to tell you that at almost one month, I am having a BLAST with the Parks. Nothing is off limits, and I love that I know how to get there, to park, to get around things, and to enjoy it to its fullest.
The wonderful thing about Walt Disney World, and having a Premium Annual Pass, is that you have a choice of 4 Parks, 2 Water Parks, and also DisneyQuest. The total of major things to do is seven items, so there are plenty of options that we can mix up from week to week. We don’t even have any special events going on, so when Food and Wine start, Holiday Events, etc… it will add even more to do.
I have found that if you pace yourself and don’t attack the same things every time you walk into the Park, you will keep it fresh and interesting. I never go to the same Park back to back days because it won’t be as exciting to me, so I always choose a different one. I try to go at different times of the day to experience new things. What I might have seen one morning last week, is completely different at night this week. I love just enjoying it all, where I inhale and exhale magic the minute I walk through the turnstile.
I make a goal out of my day to give it some purpose, especially at the Parks. One day we will just go to find hidden Mickeys, the next day is all about pin trading, and the next will be just about finding as many Characters as possible. Having World Showcase at our doorstep, I could spend an afternoon at each Country just exploring. I want to read a good book while sitting in the Gardens at the U.K., or enjoy a really yummy beverage on the steps of Mexico. I want to sit in Morocco with my thoughts and enjoy the peace of that place, and then after go and rock it out with “Off Kilter” in Canada.
The BEST part that keeps everything new and exciting are the people- those who I get to meet, who want to actually meet US, those who work at WDW, and the visitors who we get to know in every line are what makes this so much fun. I am so excited to meet friends at Epcot in the morning, and then another great meet up tomorrow afternoon as well. The ride I may have ridden a thousand times before becomes something so much more when I get to ride it with a new friend. The favorite snack becomes something different when it’s bought for a family member in town or a friend who needed a pick me up.
The biggest key to it all is to treat every Park visit like it is your first. Smile, laugh, and cry at those amazing moments you never saw coming. Skip down Main Street, even if you are by yourself, because life is way to short to NOT skip! Help others around you with directions, give away one of your pins, or buy a balloon for a child waiting for the parade. Walt wanted us ALL to experience the magic that we have inside ourselves in this amazing and beautiful place. What you feel when you are at Walt Disney World is ALWAYS inside you, it’s this place that brings it out in the best ways. So when you are not at WDW, as the song goes, “Remember the Magic” and that feeling you had, and I promise you, it will always be with you.
“Aren’t you sick of it?”