5 Ways To Know You're Obsessed With Disney World

5 Ways To Know You're Obsessed With Disney World

It's a magical place.

There is a major difference between loving Disney and being a total Disney fanatic. Thanks to my dad's side of the family, I found myself becoming the latter growing up. Being a Disney fanatic is no easy feat: each vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth seems like a four day marathon to try and fit all of your favorite rides and experiences in. Even though every trip ends up being exhausting, nothing beats being in Walt Disney World.

1. You know the best spots to watch the fireworks.

It is essential to know exactly where to sit (or stand squeezed next to countless other tourists) to watch some of the best fireworks in the entire world. For the Magic Kingdom fireworks, for example, you have to somehow find your way to be directly in front of the castle (which may involve shoving and angering tourists around you, but #memories, right?).

2. You love all of the classic snacks there are to eat.

They all cost upwards of five dollars or more, but just eating a Mickey Ice Cream bar or a Dole Whip in the parks makes it all worth it. These are snacks you can't get anywhere else; your mom may try to recreate them with a Pinterest recipe, but nothing beats the real thing.

3. You like the classic thrill rides, but your favorites are the "boring" ones.

Yes, we all love Splash Mountain and Expedition Everest, but the rides I hold dear to my heart are the ones you don't necessarily need Fastpasses for, like the PeopleMover, Spaceship Earth, Carousel of Progress, and so many more that aren't too exciting but hold so many memories. These are also amazing rides to hop on when you're sweating buckets in the 95-degree Orlando heat.

4. You know that the best feeling is driving through the official Walt Disney World sign.

Nothing beats this: nothing. For me, Disney has always been a lengthy seven hour's drive away through the most rural parts of South Georgia and Florida, so touristy Orlando becomes a gleaming beacon of hope, cheesy I-4 and all. When you finally pass through the magnificent purple, yellow, and red sign adorned with every single Disney character there is imaginable, you know you've finally made it.

5. When you leave, it physically hurts you.

Who would be happy to leave the place Where Dreams Come True? When it's your final day in Walt Disney World, you feel it and you feel it hard--where else can you get giant turkey legs, ride a rollercoaster, and meet Mickey Mouse all in one place?

Even though the trip may feel extremely short, you always know you have until next time to meticulously plan and do it all over again.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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Just take one minute to think before you act, will you?


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4. Plastic Waste

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5. Student Debt

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6. Stray Animals

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