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The Real Reasons Why I Visit Disney World

The Real Reasons Why I Visit Disney World

Since the year we got married, Matt and I have made an effort to visit Disney World in Orlando, FL., at least once per year.

It might be for one day, or it may be for one week. Regardless of the time – we strategically invest financially and structurally within our calendars to make a trip happen. And while the budget and timeline may prove difficult to pan out sometimes, the rewards are always worth it.

From a first glance to most, it seems like we are Disney fanatics. It appears we're the type of people who eat, breath, and sleep anything by Walt Disney. In actuality, this is only 50 percent true :) But the other 50 percent of our perpetual return to the same rides, same parks, and same dining options actually stems off of motives that are surprising to most.

Interestingly enough, we aren’t even the only ones who feel this way. As we’ve experienced through personal conversations, many younger and older leaders alike share an appreciation for Disney for the same reasons we do.

It’s not necessarily because of the need to relive childhood dreams. It’s not because of immaturity or to live out mantras from Peter Pan such as “Never Grow Up.” Instead, the reasons across the board are fascinatingly based out of leadership principles and purposes connected to faith.

So, just for the fun of it, here are three reasons as to why we visit Disney World every year:

When No One Comes to Your Small Group

When No One Comes to Your Small Group

Let’s just cut to the chase – small groups can sometimes start out awkward. Like really awkward.

No one likes needed small talk, no one enjoys meeting random people for the first time, and I can only think of a few fun individuals in my life who truly enjoy the good ole’ “breaking the ice” experience.

Now for those who are SG veterans, we’re aware that it’s just how things go with the small group game. Eventually, you meet with someone in your group outside of the weekly set time or run into him or her at a store in town.

At some point a funny story or a vulnerable moment will be shared, and everyone else will feel free to open up as well. The awkward stage is just normal, and will usually wear off in a couple of weeks.