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Eyes on the Prize: Disney Goals

Goals and Walt Disney World go hand-in-hand, don’t they? After all, if you don’t have goals for your WDW trip, you might get to the end of your vacation and realize that something that you wanted to experience during your visit didn’t get done.

In the spring of 2012, my in laws gifted my husband and I with a trip to Walt Disney World. The trip would be in June, and was to help us celebrate some huge goals that we had recently met. The cherry on the top was that our big trip would coincide with a milestone birthday of mine. Be still my heart. We were so excited.

With the help of our Dreams Unlimited Travel agent, we immediately went into planning mode. We started setting goals (being in Epcot on my birthday was #1), and mapping out what we’d do on each day.

The big trip came, and my hubby and I stepped foot onto Walt Disney World property, just the two of us. There was just something about being there, two big kids, running from attraction to attraction with the greatest worry being the current wait time of the next ride. It was lovely, and we enjoyed every minute of meeting the goals that we had set for those five special days.

The thought of setting goals seems somewhat fuzzy and elusive to me right now. It feels as if the world is spinning on a different axis these days. Our goals might be very different now than they were just four weeks ago. Perhaps a goal of yours is now that a new job must be found, or that a trip must now be rescheduled, and thus, replanned from the ground up.

So what are Disney-minded goal setters like you and me to do during a time like this? During a time in which we might find ourselves feeling very far from the magic of the Disney parks, what goals can we set?

For me, I think I’ll listen to Disney movie soundtracks (Saving Mr. Banks is playing right now) and savor the moments that I’ve had in the Disney parks with friends and family. I’ll think back to our trip in 2012 and getting to stay at Caribbean Beach, getting to spend the evening of my birthday watching IllumiNations with my best friend in my favorite park, and getting to gobble up the amazingly delicious Fried Wontons at Yak and Yeti.

And when I’m ready, I think I’ll plan for the next adventure that I might have on Walt Disney World property. There’ll be snacks to eat and benches to sit on and laughter to be shared. It’s good to have goals, right?

What about you? If you had a trip that was canceled because of the closure of the parks, will you be taking Disney up on their special offer that they made over the weekend to those who had to cancel? What are your goals for your next Disney trip? What goals are you setting today? Please share in the comments section below.

Our next time in the Disney parks will be here before we know it. Eyes on the prize.

Deni loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!


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