The (truly) Happiest Place on Earth

Throw Back Thursday. This post was first published on 20-NOV-2012. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with me.

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Last week we took the girls to Disney. I did not want to go. That is not an understatement. My parents guilted me into it. They wanted to take Allie back before she lost the magic. I didn’t want to take Boo and also didn’t want Allie going without me, so I caved.

And I am so glad that your mother is always right! The girls had such a nice time. Boo did awesome on the plane. Allie as so excited, which I expected. What I did not expect was the courtesy of the Disney staff. They allowed us to use our stroller in line, gave her front row seating so she could see the shows and most of all? The characters were so kind and friendly.

Allie is in love with all things Princess and Fairies. I was worried about Boo. How would she react? Should I bring her close or just let her hang in her stroller. However, the Princesses and Fairies wouldn’t let me! They asked for me to wheel Boo over and were so kind. They welcomed Boo to touch their clothing, their hair, provided hugs and kisses. I was amazed. I thought for sure Boo would freak. But instead she looked at them and saw magic.

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We visited another theme park while we were in Florida and it just was not the same. They had little or no accommodations for the handicapped. Boo couldn’t interact with with the animals like she could at Disney, the handicap seating was limited viewing. If I had not been to Disney I wouldn’t have known.

But now that I do, I will be saving for another trip. Because to see this look in my Boo’s eyes is worth every penny we spent.

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11 thoughts on “The (truly) Happiest Place on Earth

  1. Mariska

    Glad you had a good time! I'm sure it must feel great when Boo has such a good time!

    We were in Disneyland before we had our youngest with Down syndrome.
    But I remember even then noticing how everybody was so nice to those with special needs, and it made a big impression on me. I had never been too interested in going there, but that trip changed my mind. So when our youngest is a little bigger, I hope we'll get a chance to go back!

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  2. Dana

    Did you ever read my story in the Mother of All Meltdowns? It’s called, “You’re at the Happiest Place on Earth. Why are you Crying?” You get the gist.

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    1. firebailey Post author

      I remember it on your blog 🙂 Thankfully we never had that crying episode at Disney. I do remember seeing this one pregnant like about to give birth woman with 2 kids under 5 and thought to myself what the hell were you thinking?

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  3. Kristi Campbell - findingninee

    YES. We need to take the kids to Disney together. Although I heard that they took away the special needs pass? Not sure if that’s true but if they have the pass, we so have to go, together. If they don’t have the pass, they suck.

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    1. firebailey Post author

      I think they do have the pass, it is just more discrete. Though after Bridget saw an Elsa impersonator the other day and almost had a stroke she was so excited they might deny her one!

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  4. tamaralikecamera

    We went early this year and I think we’ll go again. My daughter still believes in princesses and magic so readily, that it seems a waste not to go when we have relatives down there paying for our plane tickets.
    I can’t wait.

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