My love of all things Disney started when I was very young. My nursery had Winnie the Pooh in it after all. However, when I was 7 everything changed and I really became a Disney addict. At 7 my family took our first trip to Disney World. It was a bittersweet experience because my sister who was 3 at the time was very sick with a rare form of cancer. However, for those 4 days we were there I forgot all about the hospitals, masks, and sickness that was an all to present part of our daily life. As I grew up, I couldn’t wait to go back to the parks, read books about the parks, wrote term papers about Walt Disney and Disney World. My license plate on my first car was “WT DSNY.”
When my future husband and I met, he had been to Walt Disney World exactly one time and I don’t think had seen a Disney movie since he was 8. I don’t think he really realized what he was getting into with my love of all things Disney, but he tolerated my obsession. After we became engaged, I immediately suggested that we get married at Walt Disney World and I think he was willing to go along with it. Unfortunately, getting married at Walt Disney World was WAY out of my parent’s budget. We had a lovely wedding and there were Disney touches involved!
A few years after we were married we took our first trip together and it was my first trip as an adult. I saw the parks through a whole different lens and experienced a different side of Disney. Since having children we have been nearly every year and our kids are also big Disney lovers. Last year we took our first Disney Cruise as well. Although he isn’t nearly as excited as I usually am about going, he has caught the bug too! Which brings us to the title of this blog.
Last year, my dear cousin moved to California about an hour away from Disneyland. We decided that we were going to go see her in January and I announced that if we were that close then we HAD to go to Disneyland. It has been a dream to go there and we started planning a the trip. A few weeks later, my in-laws called to say that they wanted to go on another Disney Cruise and wanted to know if we wanted to go again. We talked about it and decided that we would. In mid December, my in-laws left the frigid land of Illinois to go to Florida about an hour from Disney World and we had plans to visit them at the holidays. Around that time it dawned on me that we had the unique opportunity to complete the “trifecta” (Disney World, Disneyland, and a Disney Cruise). I casually mentioned this to my dear husband one day and he immediately shut me down, kindly informing me that I was going to get my Disney fill in 2015.
Christmas morning as we were opening presents he pulled an envelope out of the Christmas tree. It was simply addressed, “To: Sarah, From:Phil” I opened it and this is what it said:
During the last 16 or 17 years of our life together, I have had to hear about and experience the Disney fanatic lifestyle. I have enjoyed it although my feet hurt when walking all those crazy miles. Anyway, I am extremely proud of your for being the teacher of our kids. Most people will buy the teacher something for Christmas, I didn’t and I’m sorry for that. Most people will buy their wife a gift, I didn’t do that either. Just to give you an example of how hard it is to complete a trifecta, I have been trying to do it in dog racing in Sarasota for the last 8 years and have had no success. However, since we are going to get to go to Disneyland in January, and then a Disney Cruise in February, I guess we should complete the trifecta. So my gift for you this Christmas is we are going to Hollywood Studios at Disney World to see the lights.
I cried through the whole letter! He speaks my Disney language and knows the way to my heart! It was an incredible gift and I absolutely love the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights. Nothing says Christmas cheer like dancing lights and snow in Florida! We had a wonderful day at the Studios and the crowds that are usually crazy at this time of year were not bad at all.
Love that we got one last picture with the hat before it comes down!
In all seriousness, I feel extremely blessed for all the opportunities that our family has to travel. These trips provide many memories that we cherish. However, take away the trips, and I am still extremely blessed with healthy children and a pretty cool hubby that understands what makes his wife happy! A little bit of Disney magic each day! May your family be blessed in the New Year and have a little bit of Disney magic each day too!