This is a journal entry that I wrote the night of Jan 6, so it is the journal entry that was the freshest in my mind at the time I wrote it.
Today was my first day at Disney World on my road trip. First thing I noticed was that Kissimmee, and the area around Disney in particular, has very flashy architecture. Not flashy in the cool way, but rather flashy in the gaudy way. I remember driving down 192 and seeing a building with a wizard built on top of the building as the roof. There are also a bunch of other buildings in this area that are designed and painted in a way to really attract attention from everyone driving by. It’s way too much.
One of the other things about the area around Disney World is that it’s also very commercialized. I typically try to eat at local places whenever I travel some place, but I couldn’t really find any place outside of Disney World to eat that wasn’t a chain. Of the things along 192, probably 90 percent of them are either hotels/motels, chain restaurants, shops in gaudy buildings, or little strip malls. It’s definitely an interesting mix. So for dinner after the park, we ate at Olive Garden, and I feel a little sad about having to settle for that.
So now Disney World itself. Shannon and I got there about 9:30 in the morning, with the intention of going in, getting breakfast in one of the countries, and then continuing on with other areas of the park. Well, we come to find out that none of the countries are open yet, just the stuff near the main entrance. So that was disappointing. I guess people don’t tend to eat breakfast at Disney World…
In France, I saw a dad filming his daughter before the screening of the movie about France. It was really cute. I couldn’t hear everything they were saying, but she was trying her best to look cute. She was smiling for the camera and tilting her head back and forth, and seemed to be saying things to her dad. Also in France, we saw a man doing a balancing act on some chairs, and I was very impressed.
We had lunch in Japan, where they performed the making of the dinner right in front of us. Some people who were next to us were a mother and son from Houston. She asked him what he has enjoyed the most so far during their trip, and he kept answering, “everything.” Well, she wouldn’t accept that as an answer, saying that it was an uninteresting answer, and she isn’t going to raise uninteresting children. She proceeded to name some experiences that she knew he didn’t enjoy, and he said, “no, I didn’t like that,” to which she replied, “then you can’t say you liked everything, can you?” Later on in the meal, Shannon asked me if I liked the chicken or shrimp I was eating better, and I replied, “I like everything.”
Overall, I’m surprised how unimpressed I was with Disney World, especially the Magic Kingdom. It had been a while since I was there before, and although I remember enjoying myself before—and don’t get me wrong, overall I enjoyed myself this time, too—I feel like I have become more jaded and cynical since my last visit. I was never really a Disney kid growing up, so maybe this plays a part in it, but I don’t really get that “magic” feeling when I’m there. Maybe tomorrow will be a little different when I go to the other places with Jamie, since she’s been here for a while and knows the best places to go.