Today is a lovely day to talk about love…..
While this blog is mainly about “how to do” Disney, it is also a way for me to include what Disney means to me and why I love it so much. It is a way for me to explain why I am so passionate about what I do. It is also a way for me to go back through my photos, and recall how they made me feel. This photo is one of my favorites ever taken…….Let me tell you why.
First, it is a photo of my Sydney and Gabe, after a ride that I adore….Dumbo. A classic, simple ride at Magic Kingdom that lifts you high into the air, with spectacular views of the nightly fireworks (which is when we chose to go). The lights, the sounds, the music that we heard….made it all so brilliantly beautiful. Hearing my children giggling and then seeing them cuddle and point to the fireworks that seemed as though we could touch them, was one of the most magical moments I experienced that evening. When the ride was over, we of course, took the time to take this photo op, so we could always remember that we had this night together, soaring with Dumbo. “Don’t just fly….Soar!”, as the movie goes…..and that’s exactly what we did.
Next, the main song from Dumbo, “Baby Mine”, was a song that I sang to my babies, night after night, and sometimes during their afternoon nap times, every single day of their lives when they were little. It holds a particular fondness to me, that I will forever cherish as their mother. I simply can not hear the song, or even think of this movie, and not think back to when they were tiny babies, wrapped tightly in my arms, when it felt as though nothing else existed during those moments except us. As a mother, I would give anything to have one more glide in the rocking chair with them, one more afternoon of stroking their eyebrows as I sang to them, watching them fade away. Those days are long gone now, but the memories, I will hold in my heart for the rest of my life. So, for me, Dumbo will always be the most precious Disney movie to me, and maybe now, the most precious ride, for the memories it has given me, as a parent. And just like the lyrics say, “You’re so precious to me, sweet as can be, Baby of Mine,”.
Finally, when I was a young child, Dumbo was my favorite movie, and my children have always known that. If they see a Dumbo trinket in a store, they beg to buy it so I can have it. So, the connection that is there, between my love of Dumbo, and myself and my children, is something that we feel and we share together. It is something I shared with my parents as well. My father loved the crows that sang in the movie, “When I See an Elephant Fly,” and he will tell you those were his favorite parts of the movie. My mother used to watch Dumbo with me, and I would crawl in her lap as she would stroke my hair and rock me, sometimes, to sleep as well. The parts that would make me so sad, when Dumbo would be made fun of by others, my mother would just hold me, and remind me of what Timothy said to him, “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up,”. She always helped me see the positive when I was down, just like Timothy did for sweet Dumbo.
What I love the very most about Disney are the memories that it has given me, that I am able to carry with me and recreate with my family. A movie, such as Dumbo, that I have loved for over thirty years, still makes me feel the same way when I watch it, and it holds so much more meaning for me now that I can share it with my children as well. Then, to be able to go to Disney World, and put it into live action, riding the rides, feeling as if you are really a part of something magical, all while being with people you love and cherish. There truly is nothing like it.
That is why I wanted to take this job, to share my love of Disney with others, and while doing so, allowing others to share their Disney love with their families. I love helping others find their magical moments. I love helping others find a ways to connect something from their past and make it part of their present, something they can share with people that they love. Let’s find that magic together. Contact me today to start your Disney adventures: firstname.lastname@example.org