I’ve always heard about the magic of Disney, but I’ll be honest: I wasn’t really sure if I bought the idea. Call me a skeptic but growing up, I preferred to keep my feet firmly rooted in reality than in fairy tales.
When I became a mother, though, something started to change. Suddenly I wanted to believe.
Our family recently spent a few days at Disney World, and like any parent I wanted to make it special for my children. I spent a lot of time planning and researching our vacation, deciding which rides and attractions my kids would enjoy the most. My husband and I asked each child their number one priority: For my 9 year old it was riding Space Mountain. My 5 year old wanted to visit the Haunted Mansion.
What was my toddler’s wish? To meet Sleeping Beauty.
My boys’ wishes were easy enough to grant, but meeting Sleeping Beauty was trickier. We weren’t able to reserve a spot at any of the character meals with the Disney Princesses, and I knew the lines to meet the characters in the park would be really long. I told my 3 year old that we might have to settle for waving at Sleeping Beauty in the parade.
We spent the final day of our trip at Epcot and enjoyed lunch in the France Pavilion. Suddenly, Sleeping Beauty appeared out of nowhere! I think the look on my daughter’s face says it all.
If I had any remaining doubts about that famous Disney magic, they were erased that day. I became a believer, but more importantly, so did my little girl.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. She writes about all things toddler at Babble’s Toddler Times. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.