There. Post finished. Do I need to say anymore?
But seriously, the last time I went to Disney World I was 16. It was as magical for me then as it had been when I was 6.
The adventure for me starts on the drive there. American roads always seem so big and wide compared to our motorways. The signs being to appear, leading the way.
You park the car and ride the shuttle – usually entertainment in itself if you get an amusing driver.
And then you walk through those gates and step onto Main Street USA. Looking past the shops and restaurants and stalls, you look up and there it is. Cinderella’s castle.
I swear that is my favourite view in the whole world. I could stare at it for hours. It just inspires so many feelings. It’s a majestic and beautiful structure. It brings back memories of all the amazing things that have happened in the movies, that start with an animation of this very castle. It fills me with visions of Cinderella, running from the ball; the princess that every girl relates to. The ordinary girl transformed into royalty. And it doesn’t matter how old you are, you remember the excitement and wonder of being a child who believes in magic, looking up at a truly fairytale castle.
Before my children were even born, I dreamt of the day when I would get to share with them my favourite place on Earth. When we would ride on Peter Pan’s flying ships, the Mad Hatter’s tea cups of course, It’s a Small World! I can’t wait to see their faces when they meet their favourite Princesses. When they watch their first parade or see the fireworks over the castle. We’ll collect autographs along with memories. Memories, that if they’re anything like me, will make them smile even when they are much older, less innocent and have learnt that not all dreams really come true.
My parents are planning on taking us all there at Easter 2016, when the girls are both old enough to appreciate what is happening. I can’t wait and am already looking forward to planning all of the lovely things that we will do together. And I know, for at least a little while, I will look up at the castle and once more believe in magic and happily ever after.
All images courtesy of https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/en_GB/