There is a lovely song in the musical “Camelot” titled “if Ever I would Leave You.” King Arthur is singing to Queen Guinevere, musing about how if he had to leave here it wouldn’t be in springtime, or summer, or on and on. I thought of that song as Spring Break 2112 started this week. I went out to get in the car and the air smelled like Florida, or more closely, Disney World.
Spring is one of my favorite times to visit. All the memories come flooding back. It is a respite from the winter, a chance to smell the smells of summer, to see real flowers growing. My family made most of our early trips in the Spring-usually at Easter. We stayed in a villa with the five kids and it became home for over a week. We drove, so the road trip became part of the fun. We packed groceries, Easter goodies, and even our Sunday best so we could go to Mass. We had a lot of time for fun. There were fewer theme parks so we had swimming days and egg-coloring days and lots of family time. What a treasure.
Christmas has to be my next favorite time at Disney. This is more recent. We’ve made three trips during the pre-holiday time now. One of my sons got engaged to be married during one of the trips. The castle dinner, fireworks, and a glass slipper with the diamond! Can you believe it? Wow, Disney does the Holidays like no one else. The resorts are glowing, the parks are even more magical and the Very Merry Christmas Party is, well, you just have to experience it.
Summer is vacation central at WDW. We planned a Family Magical Gathering one year. My daughter was the ringmaster for that one and arranged her heart out so we could all have a fantastic time. Another time we camped-our last trip with the five kids before college and weddings and jobs took over. WE were the “site of the day” at the campground and it was a riot. I love the Fort Wilderness campground. It is one of my top 2 favorite places to stay. It is off away from the crowds and can be a nice respite from the World but still has enough “magic” so that you know you are in Mickey’s zone.
I haven’t been to WDW in Autumn yet. I teach full time and not sure when I could get there but my youngest son will be honeymooning there in September and our Head Magic Planner will be there for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler Sept. 29th and EPCOT 30th Anniversary Oct. 1st. I will be in Orlando in October on business. Hmmm…could I go to Orlando and not visit the World?