Sunday, May 8, 2011

Why I Love Disney

Soooo—sorry I’ve been MIA for a few days. I spent the last weekend of April in the mountains, and then re-entered crazytown Monday—school, tutoring, t-ball, dance. Yep—exit spring break, welcome back insanity.

And even more insane—I spent Tuesday and Wednesday prepping for a trip to Disney World.

That’s right—Disney World.

Don’t hate. Don’t be jealous. Don’t think “Wait—didn’t she just have spring break?”

I didn’t exactly go for the fun of it. It wasn’t a complete vacation. I didn’t get any writing done. I barely got to read.

Why not, you ask?

Because I made the special trip to Disney for the class of 2011. Uh-huh, I spent the past four days chaperoning ninety high school seniors on their senior trip. Endured a twelve-hour bus ride. Got little to no sleep. Had to make sure ninety eighteen year-olds weren’t being complete boneheads.

And I’ve chaperoned this senior activity since 1998.


Well, because we do have a little fun. This year I took my own kiddos with me.

And well, it is Disney World.

I’ve driven through the gates a number of times, and it’s never lost its magic. Never. It never gets old. Not even the shows I see every year or the rides I’ve ridden, uh,…a katrillion times. The parades still tug at my heart. Soarin’ still brings tears to my eyes.

Nope--didn't have any fun. At. All.

And one of the most magical things about Disney(to me) is the “man behind the mouse.” I will never tire of hearing about his dream and his journey towards making his dream come true. And I loooove Disney quotes—from Walt Disney. From his movies. Talk about quotes that keep you going. Well, here are some I find rather inspiring. (Yes—I’m on a quote kick again)

Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

A dream is a wish your heart makes. (Cinderella)

The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.(Mulan)

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming… (Finding Nemo)

Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. (Pocahontas)

Yes, the past can hurt, but the way I see it, you either run from it, or learn from it. (The Lion King)

Hope is the greatest of the gifts we'll receive. (Beauty and the Beast)

Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. (Winnie the Pooh)

Remember: Always let your conscience be your guide. (Pinocchio)

Reach for the sky! (Toy Story)

Take it from an old spectator. Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya. (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

Listen with your heart, you will understand. (Pocahontas)

Any of these speak magic to YOUR heart today? Or do you have a favorite Disney quote that inspires YOU?


  1. It takes some serious bravery to chaperon 90 soon-to-be-released seniors. And especially to take your kids along for the madness!

  2. Wow, must have been a real bummer to have to go to Disney. I might consider taking your place next year, but I'd need some serious persuasion.

    I LOVE Mulan!!!!! Great quotes.

    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. That's awesome that you got to go to Disney World. I went once when I was 9...but I live in the West. It's kind of hard to make it there. I want to go to Disneyland sometime with my kiddos.

    I love that you quoted Walt Disney, and the Disney character's. My first research paper in 9th grade was on Walt Disney. It was a lot of fun to learn more about him...although I don't remember much now :) He's awesome.

    I've been MIA as well. Mostly because I was sick for a week and things have just been busy. You know, life. It gets that way sometimes. Thanks for coming over to my blog. It was fun to hear from you again :)

  4. One of my favorites.. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing"--Walt Disney

    what a great man he was :)

  5. I have never been to Disney World - but I do love Disneyland so I'm sure I'd like *world ;)

  6. Life is tough ;) I used to teach TEFl and take students on walking tours of London so I know a bit how it must be.

    I knew that Winnie the Pooh quote anywhere :)

    Hope you can get back into the swing of it and find some reading/writing time!

  7. Disney is a wonderfully magical place! My husband and I used to go for the weekend BEFORE we had kids.

    Have you ever been to Disney for New Years? It was incredible!

    As for my favorite quote... When it is a beautiful day and we want the kids to play outside, we remind them:

    "The sun is shining, the tank is clean..." (Finding Nemo)

  8. OMG I am so jealous. I am obsessed with everything Disney so this post was the best treat! Some favorite quotes:

    "I am not a prize to be won," Princess Jasmine.

    "Here's where she meets Prince Charming...but she won't discover that it's him till chapter 3." Belle

    "It isn't right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas...and thinking..." Gaston from Beauty and the Beast

  9. 90 H.S kids yikes. Hat's off to you.

  10. I do love MULAN, the quote and the movie.

    And Pooh. Pooh has the best quotes, but A.A. Milne probably deserves credit for most of those.

  11. I love this post, looks like you had fun despite all the eighteen year olds! Love the Disney quotes!

  12. You are stinkin' tan! Jealous of that.

    My skin is so white it is translucent.


    I enjoy hanging out with teenagers ... even if some of them are bone heads. I'm in charge of 40 teenage girls (12-18) going to girls camp this summer. YAY me.

  13. Glad to have you back and thanks for the wisdom. Much of it speaks to me. I've always loved that quote about moving forward. So important to remember!

  14. I love Disney and I'd love to go to Disney World one day. Plus chaperoning a trip like that seems like it'd be a perk of the job!

  15. Technically that Beauty and the Beast quote is from Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Not that I have seen the film. I certainly don't have the song the line's from on my iPod. Cough.

    I know you told us not to be jealous but I kinda am. Sorry! I can still be glad you had fun though.
    - Sophia.

  16. I'm a sucker for Disney, too. I've only been to Disney World twice, but we're making a plan to go back. It's for all ages, it's awesome and like you said- it never loses it's enchantment. Glad you had fun!

  17. We really did have a great time. The kids were all fabulous. I'm just looking forward to getting back to writing!


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