One of my New Year's Resolutions was to blog more often.
Yeah, broke that already. (Sorry!) But I have a very good excuse. I have been without Internet access for a week because...
I've been in Disney World!!!
I love Disney World. I really, really love it. I think it's my favorite place in the entire world. I know not everyone agrees. I do recognize that Disney chose the most passive version of Cinderella that exists, that Minnie Mouse is an appallingly non-feminist role model (for pity's sake, get yourself a hobby that doesn't involve Mickey!), and that Snow White's voice could curdle milk. I know that sneering at Disney is fashionable and that loving Disney probably renders me ineligible to join the cultural intelligensia. But I absolutely love every inch of the place.
Why do I love Disney? Three words: princesses on leashes.
Seriously, tell me that's not awesome. It's awesome. Also awesome: the new Bibbity Bobbity Boutique. Little girls can be transformed into princesses, complete with a dress, tiara, and lots and lots of sparkles all over their cute little scalps. There were princesses (on and off leashes) everywhere you looked. I felt underdressed. And jealous. I totally want a princess dress. And tiara. And wings. Oh, and a unicorn. Or possibly a manatee. Manatees, while perhaps less elegant than unicorns, are the teddy bears of the sea. I want one.
I love the little (and not-so-little) details at Disney World. I love that the trash cans are designed to match whatever area of the park they're in. I love that the giant Big Wheels sculpture outside our hotel had a recommended child weight limit of 877 lbs.
I love how every time you turn around you're encouraged to dream, to imagine, to make wishes. In the acknowledgements for Into the Wild, I say that this book is my wish in the wishing well. Disney reminds me of my wishes.
I made some wishes for my next book, Out of the Wild, while I was there. I even chatted with some of its characters...
And shopped in its namesake gift shop...
But the best part of the whole trip was spending every second with my family. Here's a photo of my family on Dumbo:
Hope you all are having a magical start to 2008 and that all your wishes come true!
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