Giving (or getting) a theme park visit as a Christmas present
Written by Robert Niles
A trip to Walt Disney World isn't just a vacation for some families. Sometimes, it's a Christmas present, too.Tweet
That's what my first visit to Disney World was. As child born in Los Angeles, I'd been to Disneyland many times. But when we moved to Indianapolis while I was in elementary school, I figured my days of visiting Disney theme parks were over.
Then my grandparents moved from Cincinnati to Florida. And the next Christmas, we found a Mickey Mouse pencil eraser on our Christmas tree on Christmas morning. A note was attached.
We were going to Disney World!
We ended up taking that first trip to Disney World - it was just the Magic Kingdom then - during Spring Break that year. Ice and snow still covered Central Indiana on the morning we left. As the sun rose and we reached Kentucky, the pavement dried. By the time we reached north Georgia, the snow was gone. And when we reached Florida, well, it felt like my bones were thawing after a long, cold winter.
Some people enjoy their Disney World present on Christmas itself. But Disney isn't the only holiday-present theme park destination. This year, I suspect that more than a few families will be getting visits to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My cousins in northern Kentucky (huge Harry Potter fans) are getting their first visit to Hogsmeade in January. Their parents set up an elaborate series of clues around the house, which ultimately lead to my cousins discovering their big prize - the trip to the Wizarding World.
Which leads me to ask: Did you ever get a theme park visit as a holiday or birthday present? How did you find out?
Or, have you given a theme park visit as a present? Did you do anything special to build the suspense?
I'd love to read some comments detailing fun stories about readers learning about their first trip to Disney Word, Universal or other major theme parks.
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