If you don’t recognise the picture that I’ve used at the top of this post, it is of Spaceship Earth in Walt Disney World. I’ve worked there in the past, and I still refer to it as being my dream job. In fact, I would happily go back right now if I could.
I’m not too bothered about most of the films, but I love going to the theme parks. Most adults go on holiday to encounter culture, architecture and new experiences. On the other hand, I like to go away and act like a five year old. To paraphrase the Song of the South, Walt Disney World is my happy place.
When I first started working in London, I would visit Disneyland Paris two or three times a year as it is convenient to get to. However, in about 2006 the price to stay on site sky rocketed and I found that it wasn’t too much more expensive to go to Florida for a week. So I moved my sights to the big place, and I haven’t looked back.
I cannot sit around doing nothing while on holiday. The idea of me spending a day sitting on the beach is almost as painful of the idea of me losing weight. Too distressing to contemplate! I love to wander around and just get on with things, and cannot keep still for more than a few moments. I can only handle being in a city for a couple of days before I get bored and want to move on. I spent a year going to a Disney Park every day and was never restless.
The other thing I adore about going to Disney is the fact that I don’t need to worry about things.
Let me put it like this, I arrive at Orlando airport and Disney puts on a coach to my resort. If I want to go to a park, well there is a bus that takes me there. If I want to do some shopping, there is a bus to Downtown Disney for that. If I want to go out for a fancy meal, well Disney World has forty or fifty restaurants. And at the end of my stay, there is even a coach to take me back to the airport. I can spend my whole holiday in the Disney bubble, and not have to think about anything.
I like not thinking.
The easy criticism is that you can’t really go unless you have children. To be honest, I think that having children around is more of a hindrance than anything else. That came out so wrong! Let’s just say that you’ll be surprised how many people go there without children. You just have to be a child at heart.
When I’m there I feel that I switch off completely from everything else. The crowds don’t other me, as I feel that there is always something else that I can do. I feel safe, relaxed, and never bored. I’m writing this post smiling to myself whilst thinking about my time there. If that doesn’t describe a happy place, I’m not sure what does.