Surprisingly, I’ve been missing Disney World a lot lately!
It’s surprising to me because it was expensive for us to go since we don’t live close to Florida, and I hated paying the $4,000 to $5,000 for the trip.
So I decided to ask my daughter (she’s 6 mind you), if she missed Disney. She shrugged her shoulders, which means not really. Thinking that she must not have understood, I asked her which vacation she preferred better, the one at Hilton Head, that we when to this past summer or Disney World. I posed this question to her believing she would say Disney World instantly. She didn’t! My daughter (also called pumpkin, princess, sweetie, sweetie-pie, etc) said she liked both vacations about the same!!! This little discovery was an amazing answer to me! I was a bit shocked, I thought Disney would be the winner, hands down.
My 6-year-old is very smart (she tests at an ending 3rd grade reading level, not bad for a beginning 1st grader), and already judges things much like an adult would, so I was thrown for a loop!
That’s when it hit me! She doesn’t have the same base background that I do with Disney! As a very young child, I use to get excited every Sunday night to watch the latest Disney special on TV (or were they reruns by then). I’ve seen all the classics, I know almost all of the characters (both older and newer ones). But to my daughter and son, Mickey at Disney World is just some person dressed in a costume. I don’t think they felt the magic that my wife and I did.
So, while the value of my investment in the Disney World experience may increase for my kids as time folds (nostalgia), currently Disney is a bit of a disappointment for me at the moment, at least for generating excitement from my daughter. This may change with time (nostalgia kicking in again).
I was sick the entire time I was down there (flu), and yet I still wish I could go back again! Could it be that my daughter is too smart to enjoy that magic of Disney? If so, that makes me a bit sad!
We’ll have to go again sometime, perhaps I can embellish the experience somehow! For me, now that a bit of time has passed, the money spent on the vacation seemed well worth it!
Do you find that sometimes kids enjoy a cheaper vacation more so than an expensive one?