Good vs Evil: How to Recapture the Joy of Disney Parks

gvsca

As in any good Disney film, with great sorrow comes great happiness, great hardship brings great rewards, great Villains bring great Heroes, and love always conquers evil. The juxtaposition of these great themes is one that we have come to love and expect from our Disney entertainment. But what about reality? What happens when you create memories that threaten to taint this precious balance between good and evil? I’m talking about bad experiences at Disney. And, not the experiences which you can tap a Cast Member on the shoulder, have them sprinkle a little Disney Magic, and you’re back on track.

Sure, we’ve all had those moments: inconsiderate people cutting in line after you’ve already been waiting the posted wait time (AND THEN SOME!), returning to your hotel room with sore shins from being run into by strollers driven by careless parents all day, or bouncing, bobbing, bumping, blundering your way through capacity crowds for 8 hours under a relentless burning sun while simultaneously forgetting that sunscreen exists. But those are all things that we have come to expect from Disney Parks if you’re a true Disney fanatic. If you’re wise in your planning and patient then you can still have a great time, even if you’re not a Disney fanatic.

But what happens when the enjoyment of your trip is jeopardized by the people with whom you are travelling? We all have those people in our lives, family members we can’t stand, significant others whom we are trying to recapture the romance with…friends whom you don’t really know until you’ve spent 5 days in a hotel room together, eating together, sleeping together, putting up with each other’s quirks all while trying to maintain a Disney-like composure. Usually the solution is to not travel with each other. But, let’s face it, humans are gluttons for punishment, and if these people are in your every day life, chances are you have had to (or misguidedly wanted to) travel with them at some point or another.

Regardless of whom this person is to you, what do you do if you are a Disney Fanatic and you take a trip with someone that you would rather forget? Most people would probably just cross Disney off their travel list, never wanting to be reminded of those foul memories ever again. For me, that will never be an option. So, how do you return to a joyful place which also holds painful memories for you?

First, if you can, deal with the emotions of the traumatic event before your next Disney trip. If you must cry, cry. If you’re angry with the person, tell them. If you cannot communicate with the person, do your best to try and resolve those issues within yourself: journal about them, go into a room and shout, scream, and sob, seek advice from a trusted person. If those emotions are still fresh, then revisiting Disney could be like pouring salt on an open wound. Second, remember the joy that Disney brings you and allow it to fill you up so that there is no more room for those negative thoughts/emotions. The joy of Disney is a reward all its own and should not be limited to those whom you travel with. Third, focus on the moment, this one, and that one, and the next one…Don’t dwell on the negative memories, but try and make new ones that will dwarf any Goliath of a memory which threatens to extinguish the joy that Walt wanted to bring to us all.

Lastly, and I cannot express this enough, imbibe discretionally. In the right quantities alcohol can be an outstanding social lubricant which bridges social gaps, dissolves anxieties, and helps even the shyest wallflower come out of their shell. However, with the plethora of cocktail options emerging at Walt Disney World and now the Disneyland parks, it is easy to over-imbibe and cause a negative experience for which there is no one to blame but yourself. Remember, Disney is expensive, you’ll be wanting to remember those memories, not grasp at them in a drunken fog.

For me, this is just theory. I plan on putting these techniques to the test in a couple of months when my husband and I embark on a last-minute birthday trip to Walt Disney World. But I refuse to allow my love of Disney to be tainted by anyone or anything. It has been a love of mine since my first memory of walking down Main Street USA when I was 10 years old, with a grin on my face so big that it made my cheeks hurt. It was where I created amazing memories with my high school peers and won first place in the Music in the Parks choral competition. It was my first and second vacations with my now husband, where he proposed, where we were married, and honeymooned. It’s safe to say that Disney is so engrained in my life at this point that if wild horses were dragging me in the opposite direction, I would muster my strength to stand and drag them back to Disney!

DLR UPdate 17
DLR UPdate 16

Related Posts

 

People in this conversation

  1. Comments (1)

  2. Add yours
Rated 0 out of 5 based on 0 voters
There are no comments posted here yet
  1. Rumpelstiltskin

Good Post!

  Attachments
  Guest

Leave your comments

Posting comment as a guest.
0 Characters
Attachments (0 / 3)
Share Your Location

Disney Elite Top Rated Posts

Magic Kingdom Momma
09 October 2017
The Resorts
Deluxe Resorts
Special Events
Cast Members
​Yeehaw!Well howdy there, pardner! Do you have a pony lovin' child in your household? If you do, and you plan to be in the Central Florida region sometime in the future, I highly recommend you mosey o...
Ree725
22 August 2017
The Parks
Epcot
There are no shortage of things to celebrate in our lives, but a birthday is a guaranteed party every year. For the past two years, I have celebrated my special day at Disney World's Magic Kingdom—...
Rumpelstiltskin
21 August 2017
Movies
Lucasfilms
Disney is reported to be in the early development stages of an Obi-Wan Kenobi stand-alone movie. This is one of several movies that are planned outside the Skywalker Saga. Disney has a Han Solo movie ...
Magic Kingdom Momma
04 September 2017
Disney Springs
Merchandise
Disney Springs
I was fortunate to have visited Walt Disney World (WDW) a number of times before moving to Central Florida in June of 2012, when my husband was accepted to graduate school in the area. My very firs...
Magic Kingdom Momma
17 September 2017
Food
The Parks
The Resorts
Disney Cares
Passholder Perks
Hurricane on the Way…When my family and I learned that Hurricane Irma was churning its way straight toward us, seemingly growing more powerful and dangerous day by day and hour by hour, we knew our Se...
LostBoy
01 October 2017
The Parks
Disneyland
Disney's California Aventure
Special Events
At a recent outing to the resort my dear friend "St. James" was looking forward to the delicious pumpkin flavored beignets. To our Halloween horror the Mint Julep Bar has discontinued the flavor! So I...
LostBoy
30 December 2017
The Parks
Disneyland
Disney's California Aventure
Merchandise
Pin Trading
The Resorts
Special Events
Cast Members
The highlight of my working life occurred while I was working at the Disneyland Resort for Walt Disney Travel Co. (I began working for the company in 2007). The promotion for that year was "The Year o...
Magic Kingdom Momma
03 January 2018
Food
The Parks
Merchandise
The Resorts
Passholder Perks
Disney Springs
Cast Members
Those who know me know this: I love Walt Disney World, art and really good coffee. So imagine how thrilled I was to come upon one of the coolest things at Disney Springs, Mickey Mouse latte art!You ca...

Disney Elite Top 5 Leaderboard

1
Ree725
1301 Points
2
LostBoy
1243 Points
3
4
admin
852 Points
5
belle
635 Points
View Leaderboard

Recent Comments

Mariamay posted a comment in WDW UPdate 21
nice post
Guest posted a comment in WDW UPdate 8
I like <a href="http://www.google.com">Nice Post</a>
Guest posted a comment in DLR UPdate 9
Thanks a lot for the kind of perfect topic I have not a lot of information about it but I have got a...

Top Quiz User

USER NAMEPOINTS
Belle60
kimsloan24@comcast.net10
Magic Kingdom Momma10
admin10
Belle10
and so on... 
Cron Job Starts