Countless visitors flock to Disney World every year to experience a “magical” vacation that only the park can provide. As one of these visitors, I too have sought after that particular brand of enchanting escapism, but revisiting Disney World as an adult has forced me to come to terms with the fact that it is a real theme park that exists for the purpose of earning profits. Yet amidst this revelation, I have found new ways to find joy in the place where I’ve made so many happy memories.
Elsa, Miriam and Lorraine gather together for a family photo in front of the iconic Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Photo by Ann Linson