Unless you have an annual pass to Disneyland (which I do), most locals end up going when they have out of town visitors. I realized while I was people watching, that despite the fact everyone comes to Disneyland to enjoy different parts of the same experience, it seemed most people were either in their own world or complaining that they were not having as much fun as they should be! It made me wonder how many people truly chose to be there!
There’s more people that are older, like your age (that’s ok, at least he didn’t say middle-aged) and they are here without kids…and they are the happiest!
That’s the part that I was thinking about, as I do every time I walk through the “magical gates” wondering if visitors were expecting Tinkerbell’s Pixie Dust to transform their day. Yet it was true, the majority of people did not seem happy. I’m sure the heat of the day played a part, but what about the “E” word as we call it in our house. Expectations. How many times have we all heard...
“it’s Disneyland - the Happiest place on Earth! “You’re gonna have sooo much fun…it’s amaaaazing….we have been waiting the whole year…your cousins will be there…we are going to go on every ride…we’ll be the 1st ones in the park and the last ones to leave…I’d sleep there if I could… now remember, we’re not here to buy toys – there’s a lot to see and we paid a lot of money…”
“Fantasy meets reality.” There can only be disappointment when you expect, because all too often what you have in your mind is the “ideal” or (eek yes I’ll say it) perfect situation. You end up putting what you want (expect) onto others, and not taking their needs into consideration. For example, you may have an endless supply of energy, you thrive on the excitement and the energy of other people and are genuinely excited to share this with your visiting family. The day finally arrives..you forgot the park opened an hour early for hotel guests so there are already lines, and it’s the last day before the blackout dates for annual passholder’s, so it’s extra crowded. No worries, everyone is together and this is gonna be awesome! Or not…
That said…let the child within your heart live forever. If you love Disneyland (like I do) don’t let it stop you. Get your Mickey ears, go have fun and post a photo on the 2bepositive facebook page! Who knows maybe we’ll have a Positive People Party down Main Street
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