I was in the College Program at Walt Disney World from August of 2009 to January of 2010. I was a lifeguard at Blizzard Beach during my internship. I learned so much in that six month period, and I made a lot of friends while meeting many new people during my time at Disney. The memory I want to share with you today is one that I will never forget.
One of the other lifeguards and I had become really great friends over the course of those 6 months. We thought, “what better way to end our time at Disney than to have one last time at the Magic Kingdom.” I mean, it’s the most magical place on Earth, of course we’re going to the Magic Kingdom!
We spent most of the morning packing and getting everything ready for our departure the next day so we would have the rest of the day to enjoy ourselves. We finished before lunch and met up around noon and spent the rest of the afternoon at the Magic Kingdom. Luckily, it was not a busy day and we were able to get all of our favorite rides in and visit our favorite attractions. Topped off with one last taste of their delicious frozen lemonade, it was truly a perfect day.
As we were leaving the park, we were both feeling a little sad as we knew that our time at Disney was now at an end. We had just come around the intersection from the first aid office going past Casey’s Corner, when we saw a child who was crying to their mother. As the child was crying the mother asked, “What’s wrong honey? I thought we had fun today. Didn’t you have fun today sweetie?” Then the child responded with a tear rolling down their cheek, “Mommy, I don’t wanna go home!”
It was at that moment that both my friend and I started crying. We were both so moved by this child and we could not hold back our feelings anymore. I told my friend, ” I don’t wanna go home either.”
After that, we took one last long look at the castle from the Train Station, and then we left.
My internship at Disney ended at the beginning of 2010. However, since then I have been back to Disney World twice; once in 2012 and earlier this year in May of 2014. This most recent visit I was able to share in another magical moment with another special someone in my life, as I proposed to who is now my fiancé at the Port Orleans: Riverside Resort at the Gazebo at Magnolia.
It is sad when good things come to an end, but what I love about Disney is that we don’t have to be sad when we leave… Because the magic will still be there waiting for us when we get back.