However, since that time, much has happened, and now, three days before heading back there, that is not what excites me about heading to WDW. I don't feel the same thrill as I enter any of the Disney World theme parks these days.
Don't get me wrong, I am looking forward to this trip to WDW as much as any in the past, but going to the parks and riding the attractions is not the only or even the main event. So why am I happy to be going down there now? Let me list some reasons.
1) First and foremost - and the reason we go so often these days - is to see and spend time with my daughter and son-in-law. It's been almost 12 years now since she moved to Central Florida, and I look forward to every opportunity I get to spend with her and her husband.
2) It's always good to get away from home. Any time there is a change in routine and a chance to enjoy being somewhere else, it's a good thing, right?
4) My wife and I always enjoy spending time in WDW. Before you start thinking that just because the same excitement I had at one time for being at WDW isn't there these days that I don't fully enjoy being there, let me tell you that isn't true. As I have been saying for a while now, while the "I am in Disney World!!!!" excitement isn't present, there is a feeling of comfort and "I am home again" each time we visit now. Because of this - and our frequent visits - we can visit without the sense of urgency we might have had when it was all new to us and we needed to see as much as possible in the time we had. The days of commando visits are long behind us (except for when we are hosting someone who has never been to WDW before) and we can now actually take it slow. If we only see a few things on any given day, it is not a problem as we have seen it/done it before and will be able to see it/do it again in the near future.
So while the excitement of a trip to WDW might not be what most people would experience, we are most definitely looking forward to an enjoyable week in one of our favorite destinations. (And yes, there will be pictures!)