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Happy Places and Magic

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

It's the beginning of summer and I'm already dreaming of the fall! I hope that all of you have your own happy places in which you feel comfort, joy, and create lots of memories. I have several happy places but one happens to be Disney World. 

During my two-year residence in Daytona, I decided to obtain a Walt Disney World Annual Pass so that I could have easily accessible entertainment. After all, the drive was less than an hour half one way, and a Magical  Day at Disney provides many opportunities to be transformed into a storybook world full of princesses, characters, and rides. For me, the expense is well worth the experience- but I love meeting characters, people watching, and the thrilling adventures of rides like Tower of Terror or Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs Mine Train. While I love all 4 parks, I'd say my favorite one is Epcot- because my pension for travel and european culture always wins over anything else! While I've had lots of great experiences, nothing will ever beat the first time walking down Main Street USA and witnessing the parades and shows!

Disney World and Disney Land will both reopen in July after their closures due to Covid-19. I won't immediately jump in the car to head down to Florida, but I do have an October trip that has been planned for a while. Knowing that the Magical life at Disney parks will be different in upcoming months, I'm challenging myself to still see Tinkerbell's magic at work by embracing those changes when the time comes. I love going to Disney in the fall- the weather is cooler, the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties are amazing, and the food and wine festival at Epcot is always delicious! Whether these things happen or not, I still am looking forward to visiting my happy place and finding a bit of magic.

I hope that you find ways to see out your own happy place and find magic this summer, even if it's more local and not as far away as you once traveled. Finding your happy place will help you retain some sanity and be balanced. I won't say things will be normal, because I believe it's going to be a LONG time before we resemble anything like normalcy, especially given the vastness in demographics across our states. But perhaps, if each of us stretches our imaginations, we will find ourselves relaxed in our happy place, ready to take the next adventure life throws at us (even if it's a murder hornet!)

"In bad times and in good, I've never lost my sense of zest for life." 
Walt Disney

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