This past weekend, I traveled to see my lifelong bestie, Meredith. She’ s been working at Disney World for the last four years, but sadly her time in Florida is coming to an end. Selfishly, I’m really happy she will be home soon, but I know that Disney has impacted her life more than she could ever express.
How can I be so sure? Her enthusiasm for the parks has made me love Disney like a six-year-old girl.
I went to Disney Land with my family when I was very young and almost lost my head on Space Mountain, but we never did the whole Disney World thing like so many families do. I don’t remember watching a ton of Disney movies when I was younger, and I don’t remember ever falling in love with a prince or dreaming of being a Disney princess.
Frankly, I only remember being scared of the stepmother and the other nasty characters when I saw Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, so when Meredith decided to go to Disney World for the Disney College Program, I actually didn’t visit her for a long time. Why would I? I was settling into college and Disney World wasn’t on my to-do list.
Plus, I may or may not have been a little bitter that she left.
Anyway, when I finally went to Florida to see my her, she took me to see the very best of Disney. It didn’t me take long to realize that Disney isn’t just for kids! And it isn’t just about characters in movies I never saw or never liked.
She took me around the parks like she had been there her whole life, taking me to see her princess friends, getting me past insane lines and telling me the history of Disney. It was just so insane because even though I never loved Disney before, there was something so familiar about everything there. Even her friends are always so welcoming! Kelsey and I have a blast making the characters we meet feel as uncomfortable as possible, which is surprisingly entertaining. (Scroll down to see our photos with Rapunzel and Kylo Ren)
When you’re at Disney you feel different, the atmosphere feels energized and you become completely engrossed in this little world that no one can ruin. I’m sure it might seem different if you have screaming kids with you, but for enjoying as young adults it’s great. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being 22 and swooning over Prince Charming, acting goofy as all get out, and getting chills when you see the fireworks show at the end of the night.
Meredith always shows me the best time at Disney World, and I’m so thankful for the memories we’ve created – although they may be just a small part of what has made a Disney career special for her.
I tip my imaginary cowgirl hat to Walt Disney for creating this endless legacy that continues to make history, make kids smile and make dreams come true no matter what age you are.
Thanks for stopping by! ♥