I am one of five children. My family could never afford a "true" family vacation. Living in Oklahoma did not help matters either. Branson, Missouri was close enough for most of my friend’s families to go but California and Florida was out of the question. Any trip was too much for us. Then IT happened. My dad was offered a job opportunity that would take us to California.
The anticipation was intolerable. I had dreamed of this day. I knew all of the songs. I knew all of the movies. Now I was ACTUALLY getting to go to Disneyland. I didn’t know anyone that had been to Disney (either park - and yes the town really was that small). Here I was – on my way.
The Castle was huge and gorgeous! The crowds were nonexistent. I think that I was able to meet all of the characters and take pictures with each of them. The whole experience seemed so surreal. (Now is the perfect place to mention that I was a junior in high school).
Disney to each of us has a meaning. For me it is the possibility that extraordinary things happen not only to ordinary people- but to people that society has forgotten or cast away. Belle wasn’t the only one to have a happily ever after. There was a “Beast” that not only found his princess but learned how to love and found love in return. Pinocchio was a real boy because Geppetto put the effort into that puppet. True friends stuck it out even when it was not popular. Ariel was able to get her prince because of the efforts of friends.
Anything is possible with a little pixie dust and faith, but I think that the Disney magic goes far beyond the ever popular cliché. It is the possibility that there is promising resolution after a misfortune, that there is hope that going against the grain can actually work AND make you successful.
When I was able to go to Disney World for my first time last September it even started to take on a whole new meaning for me. It is a way to bond people together. There are a lot of us out there who partake in this “Disney Magic”. I was lucky enough to find a soul mate that sees the potential of this little Cinder Girl.