You may have read our story of how Magical Mouse Schoolhouse came to be and what it is that we do, but let me tell you why the magic of Walt Disney entertainment–and the Walt Disney World Resort in particular–holds such a special place in our hearts.
You’d think since Walt Disney Word Resort opened 2 days after I was born, the two of us would have grown up together! That, though, was not the case. I was born several states away and grew up somewhere else, several more states away. While I was a fan of Disney movies, story books, and characters, I never visited a Disney park until I was an adult and married with children. *Gasp!* (I know, right?)
My husband and I were lived near Dallas, and the Six Flags Over Texas theme park was one of our favorite places. We both loved the thrill rides and adventures. We also went to nearby waterparks. I visited other theme parks when I traveled with family, places like Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Kings Dominion in Virginia, and Kings Island in Ohio. While we both thought they were great fun, neither of us really understood why someone would spend a week’s vacation at just a theme park, as we thought Walt Disney World was. Until we did it ourselves.
We caught the Disney bug with our very first step onto Walt Disney World property in September of 2006, and quickly discovered the Resort is most definitely not just a theme park! My husband, 3 kids (ages 11, 3 weeks shy of 3 years old, and 10 months at the time), and my mom and step-dad first traveled to Walt Disney World as part of The Ultimate Field Trip (UFT), a week-long gathering of homeschooling families from across the United States, organized by Carol Beth Scott of 3D Travel Company. We stayed at Disney’s Pop Century Resort and took part in many of the UFT events, made new friends, and most significantly, took in as much Disney magic as we possibly could!
The first day we were there, the first morning, the very first thing we did was an early morning breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. My daughter, who was almost 3 at the time, was all about the princesses. She wore a different princess costume daily at home, so you can imagine her delight to dine with them at Cinderella’s very house. The above picture was her priceless reaction to seeing Cinderella Castle for the first time: “It’s REAL!!!!!”
The emotions of that moment were equally shared by my husband, myself, and each of our children. And while my parents had been to Disney previously, watching the magic light our eyes renewed their love for the Resort as well. Both my mom and step-dad have since passed away, and through the years, Walt Disney World has served as a place of healing and growth. It has carried us through grief, driven us beyond personal difficulties, and pointed us toward the future. We hold dear to old memories while we create new ones with every visit. Sometimes we reminisce through tears of sorrow for times long gone; other times we cry for joy of what can only be described as magical happenings that we encounter every single time we set foot inside a Disney Park.
In 2013, we moved our family from Texas to a community within driving distance of our favorite place on earth, The Most Magical Place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort. My husband is now a Cast Member, and our oldest child is now a young adult and 3rd-party Cast Member at Disney Springs, both passing along their passion and creating magic for Resort Guests each day.
As Cinderella sings, “A dream is a wish your heart makes…No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.” Our wish for you is that you too would discover the magic of Walt Disney World and its sister Resorts and Parks around the world! May it fully sink in and bring you all the joy your heart can hold!
Part of what makes Walt Disney World so special to us is all the friends we’ve made over the years, beginning with that first UFT, and continuing into the online community of Disney fandom.
Today, make a new friend somewhere in the world! Send and receive postcards from around the world through Postcrossing.com, The Postcard Crossing Project. It’s simple! If you send a postcard, you will receive at least one back from a random Postcrosser somewhere in the world.
The Postcrossing project was started by Paulo Magalhães from Portugal as a side project while he was a student. He enjoyed getting mail, postcards in particular, and developed the website in his spare time as an online support to this hobby. Friends helped develop and launch the program in 2005. The program grew and quickly gained media recognition. In 2014, Paulo and friends celebrated the 5 millionth postcard sent!
It’s a modern pen-pal program with a twist and it’s very simple! Here’s the short version of how it works:
Request an address* from the website.
Mail the postcard to the address.
Wait to receive a postcard.
Register the received postcard in the system.
Once your postcard is registered, you are eligible to send another one.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Social Studies, Communications
SKILL LEVEL: All (Parental supervision required.)
NOTE: While the Ultimate Field Trip is no longer an annual event, we will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its creation with our friends at 3D Travel Company and many fellow homeschooling, Disney-loving families. A mother-daughter weekend is planned for April, an Ultimate Field Trip for September, and a cruise for December. To find out more these or other Disney travel opportunities, contact your 3D Travel Agent or email them at the home office: Info@3DTravelCompany.com.
©2016 Magical Mouse Schoolhouse, your Disney homeschool resource!