When You Just Can’t Go to Disney – The Neurotic Tales

Maria H. (ndm#130) (2246 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin’ wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney 🙂 Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life – A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects – create~inspire~share.


Sometimes, you *really* want to go to Disney, but you just can’t get there. This is something I was faced with over the past weekend. I know. You are probably wondering what in the world I am talking about. Living in Central Florida, you would just think I can go to Disney at the drop of a hat. But, you see, this whole “real life” thing exists here as well, and sometimes, it just isn’t that easy.

This time of the year, many parents have a full calendar. I am one of those parents. NDK’s end of the year dance recital was last weekend. This event is a big deal in our home, and had Friday and Saturday booked on the calendar. Honestly, I wasn’t bothered by this at all, because there was always Sunday, right? We could go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends then – no problem.

dance recital costumesNDK is a bit of a “dance-a-holic,” if you will. She took part in four different classes this year, which accounted for six routines in the recital. This also translated into six costume changes and four pair of shoes. Because there was so many clothes, the easiest way to transport all of her costume pieces was a suitcase. Light bulb! I pulled out my American Tourister Skate Spinner suitcase and stuffed it full of hairbows, shoes, bobby pins, hair spray, and lots of other dance recital goodies. With the catchy slogan of “pack more fun,” and being the “official luggage” of Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I felt like I was bringing the magic with me! I even had the Mickey luggage tag attached.  NDK’s final dance routine was a sweet ballet number choreographed to “The Rainbow Connection,” sung by none other than Kermit the Frog. Extra bonus magic!

american tourister skate luggageWhen Saturday’s recital was over, we all went out to an early dinner and became faced with what to do afterwards. It did not feel right to just “go home” and end the fun, but we were all tired from the long day. There was not enough energy to have visited the parks, so we decided to go see a movie. NDK’s eyes lit up. Being her special day, we let her choose the show. She knew what she wanted to see. We were off to the bargain movie theater to see “Cinderella.”

CinderellaNow, NDK and I have seen “Cinderella.”  NDK also saw it with her older sister. So, this made the third time she would see this movie in the theater. Can I just say that this movie was even more beautiful than it was the first time? I think I may have cried more the second time than I did when we first saw it. And poor NDD. He had quite a weekend with dance recital madness and crying girls during the movie!

Let’s just be honest. When Sunday morning finally rolled in, I was just plain exhausted. The thought of attending Star Wars Weekend just was not appealing. NDK didn’t think so either. Feeling very let down, we decided to just stay home and rest. It felt very bizarre for it to be the weekend and not be in the parks. And then I started to think about all the ways Disney crept into our every day lives over the past weekend. I quickly put on one of our favorite Disney CDs, sat back on the couch and watched NDK play for the rest of the day.

It felt great to have a bit of Disney with us during the two days we were busy with her recital. Sometimes it is fun to pull Disney into everyday life and roll with whatever the day brings. How do you keep Disney in your day when you cannot be “at home?”