Obviously, we love Walt Disney World. I know I mentioned that my parents took me and my sisters there countless times. And, I will admit, in the beginning of my own parenting journey, I took my children to Disney purely for the memories and nostalgia factor.
But, somewhere between 2011 and 2014, our family Disney vacations began to evolve and our time in the theme parks started to represent something even more powerful than pure entertainment.
It is as simple as this:
My profoundly gifted daughters can be themselves at Disney.
They can act their chronological age and their mental age at the exact same time, without constantly being self conscious.
And, Disney has become our escape…An escape from our extreme lives.
Day-to-day, my daughters have to exist in an extreme dichotomy of situations and they constantly have to choose which “version” of themselves to represent.
There is the college student version: Responsible. Mature. Studious. Goal oriented. Attentive. Serious.
And, then there are the little girl versions…who still enjoy playing with Barbie dolls, sleep with stuffed animals and splash about in swimming pools.
A child-like calmness washes over my daughters when they step onto Main Street, USA. Instead of college students, they are innocent children ready to tackle Splash Mountain!
It is a surprising, odd and interesting phenomenon.
The simple joys of Walt Disney World rejuvenate their spirits and relaxes their chaotic brains. Honestly, it does the exact same thing for me.
My family can enjoy a 5 hour, 10 course dinner at Victoria and Albert’s, learn about hydroponic farming during the Behind The Seeds Tour, study marine life for hours at the Epcot aquarium and giggle uncontrollably while spinning the tea cups inside Magic Kingdom…All in one day, if we choose.
Disney is the perfect balance of everything my family needs.
It is freeing and playful. It is educational, historical and cultural. It is beautiful and majestic.
There is no other place like it.
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