Disney A to Z: Disney is a...Bubble
You may or may not have heard of the term "Disney Bubble". Probably many heard it for the first time in reference to the recent NBA playoffs where players were in an isolation zone at Walt Disney World to protect them against COVID while finishing off their 2019-2020 season. But for those of us that KNOW Disney, the Bubble has been part of our lives for many years. The Disney Bubble is very real and is a vital part of our vacation experience. It is one of the main reasons we feel the need to return time after time after time to Walt Disney World.
So what exactly is this "Disney Bubble" you ask? It is a complete immersive experience that begins as soon as you enter the kingdom (drive under the WALT DISNEY WORLD arch) and everything feels different. The worries and stresses of life seem to fall away. Bills, grades, work, home maintenance, crazy family schedules, they all float to the back of your mind. And in place of all that, memories of past trips and anticipations of fun times ahead fill your thoughts. The youthful, happier kid in you emerges. I will admit the last few miles before I reach that sign each visit are the hardest for me. My family will attest that I become a little giddy as we approach that moment that Mickey and his gang "wave" us through the gate of the Kingdom and I announce , with joyful tears in my eyes, "WE'RE HOME!"
Once inside the bubble we feel safe, stress and worry free, and are able to enjoy life in a way we can't (or won't) on a normal day. If we desire, we can tune out the outside world and immerse ourselves in the magic around us. My husband loves the bubble for the simple fact that he can pack the car keys away for a week -- the stress of driving, traffic, and parking are gone. My kids love it because they can let loose and enjoy those childhood favorites such as Pooh, Tinkerbell and of course Mickey. I love it because it gives our family a chance to really be together without distraction.
The Bubble is where daughters will gladly wear matching shirts with mothers and siblings will hug and hold hands without eye-rolling. It is where the wearing of silly ears and hats is encourage and striking funny poses for family pictures is a must. It is where the years between generations disappear as everyone embraces their inner-child. And sometimes the Bubble creates a little more Magic like watching your son propose to your future daughter-in-law in his happy place. The Disney Bubble changes you, encourages you to create magic, inspires you to look at others in a kinder way, and refreshes you to return to the World outside the Bubble. How does this work? It honestly is the Magic of Disney. There is no way to adequately explain it; it's a feeling that many people understand once they enter the bubble for the first time and open themselves up to the idea. Yes, there are those that are immune, but for most it is something that conjures up wonderful thoughts and memories every time someone mentions the bubble. The only way to make it real is to visit yourself.
When we are outside of the Bubble, we revisit memories and share stories of our time inside. We talk about and plan another trip. We put a countdown on our phones to look at daily to inspire us. And we encourage others to come with us because we want them to experience and love the Disney Bubble just like we do.
**As I am typing this my future daughter-in-love is standing near by and out of the blue (having no knowledge of what I am doing) states, "I want to go back to Disney!" We introduced her to the Magic the beginning of January. That is how strong we feel the pull of the Bubble.
Have you experienced the Disney Bubble? If not, would you like the opportunity to do so? Let's talk soon to get your "Disney Bubble" experience booked!
About the Author:
Pamela has been visiting the Walt Disney World parks for over 30 years, first as a child herself and most recently with her granddaughter.
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