The Happiest Place on Earth?

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Contemplating a first time trip to Disney, we sought advice from our Disney veteran friends and relatives. All loved it, said we would too, and all raved about it being magical; the "happiest place on earth." The other common sentiment was not to make the mistake of many and try to do or see everything all in one visit, thus completely over-stressing and wearing yourself and your traveling companions to a frazzle. This is also known as Disney commando-ism. We get the idea. Plans drawn up, reservations made, strict schedules with which to adhere, and no time or tolerance for anyone or anything that could possibly create even the slightest deterrence. We laughed at this idea and even had a visual, but were quickly informed it wasn't a joke. A large percentage of Disney travelers were Disney commandos. We were stunned. Our sources were credible Disney veterans, but how did this phenomenon jive with the happiest place on earth? Was it possible the happiest place on earth didn't have the happiest people on earth? Are these people really spending all this money and time for the experience of conquering the park as opposed to experiencing the joy and the memories? Which led us to a bigger question - are we child-rearing commandos in our daily lives? Oprah calls these revelations "Aha! Moments. We experienced one with the Disney conversation and made a conscious decision to be anti-commando. When we finally reach Disney, we'll relax and enjoy each moment whether or not we win the race for the FastPass. Until we get there, we'll stop hurrying ourselves, our kids, our schedules, dogs and everything else just for a check mark.  Our goal is to make each day, no matter how small or grand, the happiest on earth.

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