I’m Grateful to be a Neurotic Disney Dad – A Month of Thanks

Chris W. (NDD #300) (73 Posts)

Since going to Walt Disney World and Disneyland at a young age, Chris has always enjoyed Disney music, TV shows, movies, and trips to Walt Disney World. But his appreciation of the overall Disney experience has greatly increased over the last few years. While waiting for the next chance to work on his Disney photography skills, Chris passes the time listening to Park/Resort audio, WDW podcasts, and checking out the work of other Disney photographers. To Chris, there are no bad Disney trip photographs or photographers. Non-Disney pursuits include spending time with his wife and children, watching and listening to baseball broadcasts, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and LSU. Chris is a third generation professional engineer in Louisiana, working mainly on asbestos, lead, mold and demolition projects. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWhitePE and you can check out his Flickr photo stream: chris_white2323.


 

As part of our “A Month of Thanks” celebration, we asked our readers and contributors to share their stories about why they are thankful for Disney. Here is just one of those submitted. If you would like to share why you are thankful for Disney, please see this article or contact Maria (NDM 130)


I’m grateful to be a Neurotic Disney Dad. It’s only fitting that my first contribution answers the question (for me, anyway) of why I’m grateful for Disney in my life. 2014 in some ways has been very challenging at work, while also trying to keep up with our hectic personal lives. So one of the things I’m trying to do is focus on the overwhelmingly good things in my life and be grateful.

And Disney helps me with that.

Disney entertains me. Disney entertains my children. We watch the TV shows (I’m sure you have the same love/not so much love) relationship with some shows and movies that I do. We watch the movies in the car – well, I listen. You know you’ve played a DVD enough in the car when you know the movie’s lines but have trouble visualizing the scene since you’re driving.

The movies, especially the ones I call “old school Disney” live action and animation films, are timeless. They span generations. And so do the songs.

Sometimes it’s difficult for generations to relate, especially through music or movies, or places to go and things to do. We love sports, but there’s certainly a roller coaster ride of emotions involved with following teams. At least Disney helps me forget about how the Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series in 106 years (oh, for just one!).

When it comes to our love for Disney, my family and I have something in common – and we always will. And, I expect, I have something in common with you – great memories from the Parks and Resorts. Or maybe a budding interest in photography.

When we’re at the Parks and Resorts, time seems to stand still. That’s a big deal to me since time seems to be moving way too fast, and my children are growing up way too quickly. It’s a great way to hit the pause button. How many of us need to do that every once in a while? And I think we’d all like to make those precious times last just a little (or a lot) longer.

a chance one on one encounter with Cinderella - in the Castle!

a chance one on one encounter with Cinderella – in the Castle!

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he’s a charmer

I mean, who says, “I’m sure glad this trip is almost over, and tomorrow we’re going home”? The drive to Disney World is ALWAYS shorter than the drive home, probably because I’m driving faster on the way there than on the way home. But even though we’re tired and sad to leave, we come back recharged, with new great memories.

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While at the Parks and Resorts, we can look to the past, see the present, and peer into the future. I know there are some who don’t care for some of the attractions from a particular area or era, but Disney’s done pretty well considering the overall concept is decades old. When you’re there, you can see parts of the world most of us won’t get to see.

Disney makes it ok to sing along at the attractions, or while watching the show. I love the “Frozen” soundtrack, but the best renditions of “Let it Go” have come from my kids singing in the car.

Disney makes it ok to always be a kid. Watching my wife ride a roller coaster, I can see the vivacious little girl my wife was, and get a glimpse of how she became the wonderful, full of life woman she is.

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I’m thankful for the online community of fans. This community is overwhelmingly positive and supportive, whether it’s tips on how to secure dining reservations or the best deal on tickets, to giving photography tips and sharing sites with Park and Resort audio.

I’m thankful for the trips we’ve taken and how they’ve added to my gratitude for the gift of my wife and children.

And I’m thankful that I’d go back and relive those trips again.