Be Thankful ~ Our Holiday Enlightenment From Disney World ~

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty






To those of you who read and commented on our "Should we feel guilty this Christmas?" blog from last week, we thank you for your support.

We are Disney veterans, this visit marking almost 35 years from our first visit on our honeymoon in 1978. We have visited Disney World at least a dozen times over the years with our two children, family and friends but this was the first time since our initial visit in 1978 that we were there sans kids, family and friends.

It was wonderful, but very, very crowded and although we had been there during most seasons and had braved the crowds of summer and various other holidays, we had never been there on Christmas Day.

We had 4 day passes from the 23-26 and had already decided that we were going to wait until Christmas Day to visit the Magic Kingdom to watch the Disney Christmas Parade live for the first time.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade 12/25/12

The atmosphere was electric, comparable to a big time sporting event like the Superbowl or World Series or maybe even the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

One of the things we love about the Disney Corporation is their dedication to excellent customer service. From the highest level of management all the way to the vendors, ride operators and cleaning personnel, they are all friendly and courteous to a fault.

Another thing we love about Disney is their commitment to the disabled and handicapped. They go above and beyond to accommodate every person, no matter the age, who has special needs.

We saw very many handicapped children while we were there but we met one, who along with his sister, really touched our hearts. He was about 3 or 4 years old, in a wheelchair and had braces on both legs.  He had just come from "The Pirates League" where they make you up as a pirate. We told him he was the scariest pirate we had ever seen and he responded with a hearty AARGH! and a big grin. His sister, a year or two older was also made up as a pirate and we asked her why she wasn't dressed as one of the many Disney Princesses like all the other little girls and she responded "because I want to be like my brother".

The scariest pirate in disney WorldThe Most Beautiful Pirate Princess

Wow, time for a reality check.

What disability, these kids were having the time of their lives.

This is the time of year people like to make lists. Lists of resolutions for the new year. Lists of goals for the new year. Lists of the best or worst of last year.

Here's our list for the new year, ready for it?
1. Be thankful.

That's it. Even if we don't have everything, let's be thankful for the things we do have. If you have good health, be thankful, if you have good friends, be thankful, if you have loving family, be thankful. Just be thankful to be you.

Disney World's Castle 12/25/12


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Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Awesome post Frank and Karen and I agree wholeheartedly...being thankful is a terrific goal for 2013 and beyond.  I just love that you both love Disney!!  How cool is that :)?!

Dec 28, 2012 09:35 AM #1
Jeanne Kozak
RE/MAX In Action - Martinsburg, WV
REALTOR and Broker/Owner in WV and VA

Sad to say, I have never been to Disney World, have been to Disneyland in CA 

Dec 28, 2012 12:48 PM #2
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Frank & Karen, We too enjoyed Disney this Christmas time.  We enjoyed several fun filled days in Disneyland.  It really is a fun experience and they have amazing customer service! 

Dec 28, 2012 01:57 PM #3
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Can't ask for a much better list than that.

Most children see the real person and it seems that the sister certainly does.

Dec 28, 2012 10:21 PM #4
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Great photographs.  I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous new year in 2013!  May all your goals and dreams come true!

Dec 29, 2012 01:26 AM #5
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

With the sound of it, I feel wanting to bring along my family to Disneyland.. I'll make time next year!

Dec 29, 2012 01:40 AM #6
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Frank & Karen, this post brought tears to my eyes.  Thanks for sharing both your story and the little pirates.

Happy New Year!


Dec 29, 2012 02:34 AM #7
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Frank and Karen,

I love your picture as nothing is more picturesque than Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. We have all been there and what great memories your picture brings to mind. I love your story about the kids and they are so cute as pirates. Disneyland is concerned about all kids and adults and does so much to make their visit perfect. I have been to Disney World several times and Disneyland maybe 30 times or more. It is always a fun adventure as it is the happiest place on earth.

Best wishes to you both for 2013.  

Dec 29, 2012 02:49 PM #8
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