Last week I went to Epcot to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival with my mom. I remember when Epcot was built, going out that way and watching as they built the big ball that is Space Ship Earth. Epcot has been a favorite park of mine since childhood, back when it all seemed so amazing to a little Florida girl. Granted, this was Florida before it was a major tourist spot; this was a Central Florida with just two parks at Disney, with orange groves all around, with a lot less congestion.
In November 2017 I picked up my Disney Annual Pass. It had been a few years since my last Disney visit and I had vacillated between a Disney pass or Universal pass. The Disney pass won due to the influence of a certain guy who also had a pass. Little did I realize on the day that I picked up my pass that Disney would quickly become a big part of my life. Just as quickly Epcot took on a favorite park for me for very different reasons than my childhood reasons.
As can happen when you go to the same place often you can begin to stop seeing what makes it special and forget to enjoy the experience. Friday as I walked around Epcot I remembered so many of the things that make it a place I love to go. Side note: this is hard to do when it is crowded, because CROWDS!
There are spots all around the park with great memories that greet me when I go. As I walked through the park I was reminded of so much time spent there with someone I still can’t believe is in my life! I’ve found that looking back to all of those times helps me appreciate even more the relationship I have with the man who convinced me to get that annual pass.
Epcot is a place tourists flock to and the flower and garden festival provides a gorgeous, color filled reason to go. For me though, the main reason to go is to enjoy time with that guy (or in the case of Friday it was to take my mom who hadn’t been in over 30 years) and to enjoy the France movie and make more memories.
It’s not about the park, the passholder magnets, or the stuff we can buy there. It is about sharing the experience with someone special, about enjoying some time in this life, about letting the kid inside my soul out for a bit of play.
The photos above remind me of my self imposed mission to look for the beauty in life. Not just what is around me, but who I have in my life.
I urge you all to think about the places you take for granted and remember why you first enjoyed them so much and to think about the people you love and all the reasons why that love is there.