Go Ask Mom

Go Ask Mom

Amanda Lamb: Feeling the magic

Posted January 23, 2011

Amanda Lamba and family at Disney

OK, so I admit it, I was sort of dreading the Disney World vacation. Actually, not just sort of, a whole lot.

I knew the kids would have a blast - that's what fueled me. But as I am not a big fan of crowds, lines and cartoon characters, well let's just say I was anxious to say the least. I had so many people tell me: "You're going to have sooooo much fun!" I was like, really? You know me, will I really enjoy it? I was skeptical.

I'm here to say folks that it's confirmed - I am not impervious to the magic of Disney. It started almost immediately, the feeling that anything is possible at Disney (except for maybe a fast pass to Space Mountain on a crowded Saturday). I saw the joy, the wonder, and the possibility through my children's eyes.

Amazingly, despite the lines, the crowds, and the exhaustion, there was little whining from my children - and surprisingly, also very little from me. Their enthusiasm and excitement was infectious, from my oldest daughter's recounting of every detail of every scary ride she rode, to the Minnie Mouse ears that stayed permanently fixed on my little one's head. I found myself agreeing to things I wouldn't normally agree to - animated shows, posing with cartoon characters, and ice cream in the middle of the day.

Now as I sit in the car on I-95 taking the long journey home, I see my Minnie asleep in her car seat behind me, the ears, the dress, the gloves, the whole shebang. She is cradling a stuffed Bambi and holding a ribbon attached to a Mickey balloon that looms just above her head.

My oldest one who will not as easily admit to being touched by the magic (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree) is asleep with her Mickey lariat around her neck complete with 12 pins of Disney characters she has collected throughout the trip.

I can't help but get a little misty-eyed, but I am comforted by the fact that once touched by the magic, you know you will return.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.


Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • blahblahblah Jan 24, 2011

    I've been to DW about 6 times. The best time was the first week of December. The parks are decorated for Christmas so we got to enjoy that. There was next to no one there because everyone was waiting to go over Christmas break. We rode Space Mountain three times in 30 minutes, had front row seats for the nightly parade, walked right into any restaurant without waiting. If I ever go again, it will be in early December for sure.

  • Killian Jan 24, 2011

    We took our kids when they were 5, 7, and 8. It was a phenomenal experience for them, and we had a blast seeing them so excited. My husband still shudders at having to ride Dumbo 5 times because our youngest wanted to ride it, but ONLY with Daddy. (I took the girls on Space Mountain!)

    But I have to offer an apology to anyone who came in contact with my son at Epcot and Animal Kingdom those last two days, as he broke out in chicken pox the day we got home! (You're most contagious just before you break out.) =)

  • tt0102 Jan 24, 2011

    I'm so hungry. I need eggs!

  • lbbrogden Jan 23, 2011

    What a wonderful family memory that your whole family will never forget!

  • kittiboo Jan 23, 2011

    That is the truth! We took my daughter over the summer (she was 2.5) and we knew she would love it, even in 98 degree weather. But to me it was just a tiring trip to a crowded, hot amusement park with no big thrill rides. But- it really was magical. I admit to tearing up over my daugther's firsts on that trip- first time on the monorail ("mamarail"), first time seeing the castle, first time on a ride... It was so awesome that we went BACK over Christmas. Which, magical as it was, I do NOT recommend. Talk about some crowds, and boy was it cold for Florida! Next time we go (once we dig ourselves out of debt for the xmas trip), we'll go in the off season for sure. Glad you enjoyed it!