I both love and loathe that question. I was trying to catch up on my Disney podcasts at work today. There is nothing better to listen to when you’re just checking, copying and pasting metadata for digital library records. So, during Lou Mongello‘s interview of Jeff Kurtti (I told you I was way behind), Mongello brought up the question that starts this blog. As someone who is counting the hours (literally) to her first Disney trip in two years, an impossibility long time for me to go between trips, I’ve recently been getting this question again.
|My sister and I at Chef Mickey’s, Sept. 2009|
I often preempt the question to be honest. Before they can even ask why I’m going again, I launch into all the new attractions and things I need to see, do and eat while I’m there – actual new things and then other things that I am going to do for the first time. Yes, I’ve been 12 times and still haven’t done everything yet. This trip coming up has lots of firsts since I’m going on my first Disney cruise ever this time around, finally getting to the Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian, and seeing Hallowishes from the Polynesian beach. But it’s not just the new things one goes back for. I truly feel like I am going home when I go to Walt Disney World. This is the place I grew up; the place I am completely myself – the happy-go-lucky, adventurous 8 year old I guard jealously most of the time gets free reign when I am in the kingdom of Disney in Florida.
Will people stop asking me this question? No, not any time soon. For some people, they don’t get it and that’s OK. Every one has their favorite vacation spot for one reason or another, Walt Disney World is mine and I get to see it again in 81 days, 3 hours and 4 minutes!