31 Days of Disney: Quality Time

Originally posted May, 2011:
In the spring of 2009 I wrote a post titled “Why Disney?”  I wondered why other Twitter users loved Walt Disney World as much as my family, so I asked the question to them, posting their answers later in the day.  Every time my family visits Disney, be it a quick getaway or a solid week, I am reminded why I enjoy my time at Disney so, so much.  Last month while learning about what is next for Disney at a Disney Dream Christening media event, one Disney executive summed it up in a way that spoke perfectly to my heart and my own experiences. He said this…

We are living in a busy world.  Many homes have two working parents.  Children are active in sports and hobbies.  For some people, a week at Walt Disney World is their way of making up for the last four months of simply not getting to spend enough quality time with their family.  For them, this is their quality time. (paraphrased)

I couldn’t help myself.  I teared up.  This is exactly Why Disney for me.  From the moment my family piles into the car to head to the airport I know that we will all four be together, and my focus will be 100% on them.  While I am working, I absolutely need to focus on work.  While I’m in the house with the kids there are meals to be made, dishes to be washed, laundry to be folded.  The ability to just be – just spend time – comes to me at Walt Disney World better than any other place on earth. I was so happy for that reminder last month and for every cherished Disney memory I have with my family.

So now I want to ask you.  Why Disney?

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  • Sue

    Just like you, vacations are the one time I can really focus on my kids and my family. Disney is like a complete escape from reality…everything is clean, people are friendly, and everything is magical. One of my favorite moments is walking down main street right at park opening when everyone is waving their mickey hands and saying “good morning.” When we are home, everything is so rushed we don’t take the time to even wish each other a good morning. It’s almost like being an another world when you are at disney.

  • I love the kids magical looks in the pics. What great memories that were made!

  • As a child, I was lucky enough to visit Disney World three times with my family. As a parent, we have managed it just once. We took our then 6 year old with our then 18 month old and it is still one of the happiest holiday memories we have. I completely agree- you make your time count in that place. For us, it’s a 9 hour flight and a whole world away from real life, making it all the more special. That said, it will be a long time before we manage to get there again- but we will!