An Open Letter to Disney: Your Magic Convinced This Skeptic

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An Open Letter to Disney: Your Magic Convinced This Skeptic

But can you work magic on a 33-year-old skeptic? The answer, dear Disney, is yes. You know how your evening fireworks spectacle opens with those blazing missiles launching over Sleeping Beauty’s castle, just like the shooting star in the opening credits of every single Disney movie I’ve ever seen? That wishing star polished the tarnish off my life’s Disney experience. My visit to Disneyland reclaimed the wonder and beauty in believing in something greater than my own jaded experience. In your perfection, Disney, you revised my hackneyed view of all things Mickey and transformed me back into a four-and-three-quarters-year-old who believes that dreams do come true. You reminded me that part of being a child is innocence, yes, and honesty, yes, and purity, yes, and Disney. Yes.

An Open Letter to Disney: Your Magic Convinced This Skeptic

I’ll be back for another whirl on Space Mountain. And I’d like to try the pineapple floats with vanilla ice cream in Adventureland. And I’ve got another princess-in-training who will need her own chance at the Bippity Boppity Boutique beauty treatment in a few years’ time. Maybe it’s the little things that get me, but as long as the trip involves some more of those great green beans and grins from a bathroom, I’ll agree, Disneyland, you really are the happiest place on earth.

Yours truly,
A happy Mama


Beth Hendrickson is mother to two daughters, ages 4 and 1, and Director of Marketing for The Being Well Center. Beth chronicles the ordinary miracles of family life at Paper Doll Tales.


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