I am very much a kid at heart. Always have been, always will be. I don’t know if it’s my Autism or just nostalgia coming into play here, but I am a sucker for childhood opportunities. What I mean by that is, I still like some stuff from when I was a kid and have a new-found appreciation and admiration for it now. Sesame Street is an example of this. But a prime example is anything Disney. I am heading to Orlando in about a week and I am going to Disney parks…excluding Magic Kingdom. I don’t know why, but I feel Magic Kingdom is a “been there, done that” park for me. I have been there 4 times…twice in Orlando and twice in California. Yes, I am going to miss the obligatory shot of me in front of Cinderella Castle, but to me, that’s a necessary skip. I went to Disney’s California Adventure in summer of 2017 and while I was there, I had *ONE* mission: GET A PICTURE WITH MICKEY MOUSE! It’s the original Disney, for God’s sake! How could I not? Plus I grew up with Disney cartoons so it was fun to relive my youth and reminisce. Like, “Oh yeah! I remember this!”

I think the same will hold true when I go to Florida. I know Mickey is prominent at Magic Kingdom, but I am sure I’ll see him at Hollywood Studios, EPCOT and/or Animal Kingdom. I am going to Hollywood Studios because I went there when I was a kid (like 10 or 11) and they have my all-time favorite Disney ride. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. My dad kinda forced me to get on it when I was little and I wound up LOVING it so it’ll be fun to relive my childhood on that ride! AND Hollywood Studios now has TOY STORY LAND.

I don’t know about you, but I am absolutely in LOVE with Toy Story. It is part of my childhood. So getting to meet the characters from my childhood is…I’m getting giddy and excited just thinking about it! Actually, when Toy Story 4 was announced and I saw the trailer for the first time…I’m not gonna lie…I teared up. I am sort of skeptical of the new Toy Story movie, seeing as they ended the 3rd movie SO PERFECTLY! Nevertheless, I will be one of the first people in Regal Cinemas in Hunt Valley when the movies opens.

I am also into classic Universal horror movies (Frankenstein, WolfMan, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dracula, King Kong, etc.) and there is a show at Universal Studios that kind of gives away the secrets of how they did the makeup for those movies back in the day. I am a movie buff so I am very interested in that kind of thing. Those are the horror movies I grew up with and have loved since I was a kid so getting to get a look behind the scenes of how they did everything is an uber-nerd movie experience for me.

I think it is every kid’s dream to go to Disney and probably every parent’s worst vacation nightmare and obligation. Now why did I say Disney is probably every parent’s worst vacation nightmare? One word: MONEY! It is so damn expensive to go to Disney! God, everything is SO outrageously overpriced, but can you really put a price on your kid’s happiness? I went to Orlando twice in my life and honestly, I do not remember that much about it apart from I had fun. I think it’s gonna be cool to go back as an adult so I can take lots of photos and videos and remember it for probably the rest of my life. 

So I am very much a kid at heart and am getting excited to meet Disney characters. Yes, I realize I am a grown 28 year old man, but honestly…who doesn’t want the chance to meet Mickey Mouse? Hell, my 90 year old grandmother would probably like to meet him! Mickey just appeals to people of all ages and walks of life. I guarantee wherever you go in the world–people who do not speak a lick of English–will recognize the names “Disney” and “Mickey Mouse”. So I want to hear from you. Are you a kid at heart like me? Or are you like my dad–to an extent–and think I need to mature and grow up a little? Thanks for reading and I look forward to your comments!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

One thought on “KID AT HEART”

  1. You know I am a kid at heart like you hon! I love Disney! I love reliving my childhood! You can’t put a price on a child’s happiness! We both are kids at heart!


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