We’re all granted different doses of Disney throughout our lives.
As Janice wrote back in March of 2009, she and I had very little exposure to Disneyland growing up. Besides one trip when we were six years old, we never tasted the parks again.
It wasn’t until Janice brought her family to Disney World in 2009 that she discovered the magic of the Mouse’s land and vowed to try to bring her family there as often as possible.
I was granted a Disney dream when Janice and I both brought our families to record a video shoot with Disney. We shot video on the Disney Cruise line so our children got to experience Mickey’s ship and they got to spend a day with us shooting video in the Magic Kingdom.
It was a slightly different way to experience Disney, since we were on a super tight schedule and shooting a video, but the memories were just as special.
Janice’s camera was stolen at the airport on our way, and since she’s the photographer between us, I don’t have many photos of the trip. But I do have this video and I love watching it over and over…
Janice’s family has been very fortunate to have had a few trips to Disney World including two trips for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration that we help coordinate.
My girls have only had the one trip, so far.
Last year, I did attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration but I couldn’t afford the flights to bring my girls and I wouldn’t have had anyone to look after them while I was at the conference. So I attended the conference alone. I had a fantastic time networking and hanging out with friends at the event.
This year, again I couldn’t afford to fly my girls down. (We live in Vancouver, BC, Canada and the flights to Orlando aren’t cheap.)
Since Janice and I have so much work to do, I stayed home to manage the fort and engage with attendees on Twitter.
Janice is still with her family enjoying a couple extra days in the parks and flies home tomorrow.
While I look at the many adorable photos of Janice’s family enjoying the magic of Disney, I smile. Yes, there’s a little pang of jealousy as I wish the shots were of my girls. But I focus on planning how I’m going to save and bring my girls to Disney again soon.
Disney is such a magical place and I wish we all could go as often as we’d like. I think of the lucky families who live in Orlando or in California and how often some of them can visit.
But mostly I just enjoy the thought of the millions of children who get to enjoy the magic and I dream of taking my girls again. It’s a dream that I know will come true.
Share Your Disney Memories
We’d love to see photos of your family’s Disney memories… whether it’s from a trip to Disney World, Disneyland or your baby snuggling a Mickey Mouse doll.
It’s all magic and it grows when we share it.
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And in the nature of full disclosure… Disney paid for our video shoot trip in 2009 and produced the videos. Disney has also paid for some of Janice’s trips and some park passes and other expenses. She has covered costs for her family’s travel and many of their accommodations and expenses on various trips. Janice’s and my travel and conference related expenses were also covered last year for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration as were Janice’s this year.