Growing up in the late 60's life wasn't that great for me. My life wasn't like most people. I grew up with a Mental Illness. Back then my parent's didn't understand me back then. People didn't understand the illness. Many didn't do anything but shut their eyes and it was go away. Since my parent didn't pay attention to me like my sisters and brother. I was left alone a lot of the time. But Sunday nights I sat in front of TV and I would watch "The Wonderful World of Disney" and that was the start of something. Every kid back then watched "The Mickey Mouse Club" and "The Wonderful World of Disney." Back then it was just a show. The age of 12 my dad took me and my brother to California to visit my uncle and cousin. On this trip we went to Disneyland. I saw a place that was fun and a place that you could have fun.
When I grew up life wasn't that get. Thing were not going like other people. I was having problems with school and work. Then I was understood that I had a Mental Illness called Manic Depression. I started to get treatment for it. I was in my early 20's. When ever a Disney movie came out I would go to see it. That was my way to keep Disney in my life.
When I was in my 30's I was living in Las Vegas, NV and I was on the Disney website and took a look at what the cost of a Walt Disney World vacation was a easy thing to do. That is when I booked my first trip there. I found a vacation that I could be myself. That was the start of my Disney life. It was there for a long time but then I could do anything about it.
Living with a Mental Illness wasn't easy. But at a Disney park I could be treated like any one else. I started to collect Eeyore plushy. Eeyore was always my favorite because he was always depressed. It grew wit other things. I started to make trips to Anaheim and Orlando. A lot of people didn't understand why a person of my age was into Disney. I told them that it was a place that I could be me.
Now I go to a Disney park at least a few times a year. I'm now a Annual Pass holder at Walt Disney World and I go there twice a year. I have no husband or kids so I go alone. I have fun and I can forget my problems for awhile.
Disney isn't just a movie, show or a park but a Lifestyle. A lifestyle that millions live.
Disney People are happy people.