Five Experiences, One Vacation
Most people think of Disney World as a place for children. So, when my boys began asking to go there for our family vacation, I wasn’t very excited. I had never been there and imagined me and my husband just following the boys around the park. Boy, was I wrong! Each of us had a wonderful time and it seems that we all remember things different, even though we were all together on the same vacation. Our five different memories have apparently come from our five different senses.
Jacob, my oldest son, has memories based on the wonderful sights of Disney World. Obviously, the most impressive image that comes to him is the colossal image that comes into view almost as soon as you enter the park. He recalls the vibrant colors that seemed to guide you from one attraction to another. He enjoyed the illuminating fireworks that lite up the starry night. But to my surprise, his favorite memory was taking numerous photos with the characters that could be found everywhere you looked.
When considering a vacation at a theme park, I was most concerned with my middle son, Jordan. He has always been sensitive to sounds and I was afraid he would be irritated by the noise. He seems to pick up on sounds that most people usually don’t notice. Because of this, it doesn’t surprise me that his memories of our vacation are based on sounds. He recalls the music changing from each land. Sometimes, the music was soft and calming. His favorite was the up-beat music that made him want to dance. He remembers the different languages that are spoken throughout Epcot. His most revered memory is the screams of enjoyment coming from the rides.
Jared, my youngest, remembers the fabulous aromas everywhere. He recalls the different smells that escaped the restaurants, but most impressive to him was the use of smells on the rides. He loved Soarin’ over the fragrant orange groves and holding his nose when the skunk appeared in Imagination. I am most amused by his...
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