This Thursday, most of the members of the Class of 2019 will board a plane headed for Orlando. Their destination- Disneyworld, for four days of Senior Trip fun. Traveling with them are six chaperones (myself included, which should come as no surprise!) who are just as, if not more excited than the young ladies themselves. Whether those traveling are seasoned Park pros (this is my 10th visit!) or Disney newbies just “earning their ears” ( Mr. Currie, Ms. Armea!), we have planned excursions into Magic Kingdom, EPCOT during Flower and Garden Festival, Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs that will delight and fill everyone’s hearts with awe.
I am certain that more than a few of our young ladies will participate in the latest trend to hit the parks. As defined by the Huffington Post: For the uninitiated, Disneybounding is a subtler, more fashion-forward way for fans to show their love for Disney. Instead of wearing full-on costumes as cosplayers do, Disneybounders dress up in stylish, everyday outfits (known as Disneybounds) that are simply inspired by a particular character. Before you even ask, it is more than possible that I have already picked up a few Disneybounding outfits for myself and perhaps will share some photos in a future blog. My daughter, at age 7 is a total Disneybounder, but she takes it one step further most times, and become a Disney cosplayer as well. If any of our seniors take part in that, I will share some photos for sure. Keep your eyes on our Instagram and Twitter pages from March 28- April 1st to see all the fun we are having in “the most magical place on earth.”
However, as I prepare to take our students on this wonderful senior trip, it did occur to me that even while on vacation, in a place like Disney World there are lessons to be learned everywhere. One can hardly look at the beauty of these parks, the talent it takes to keep them functioning day in and day out 365 days per year, and the sheer amount of development and planning that goes into creating the overall Disney experience without absorbing some of the most important lessons to come out of Walt Disney Studios. And so, before we go, the teacher in me would like to offer a bit of a “refresher course” for all the young at heart and share some of the wisdom we learn from Disney’s creative films and experiences.
Just Keep Swimming- Finding Nemo
Always let your conscience be your guide- Pinocchio
If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish, will come true. – Cinderella
The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up- Dumbo
You’re only a fool if you give up- Aladdin
Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one. – Pocahontas
The only way to get what you want is through hard work.- The Princess and the Frog
Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours- Frozen
Our fate lies within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it. – BraveAnd perhaps, the most inspirational lesson of all, from the mouth of Walt Disney himself…All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.