When I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2010 my family and I faced some rough times. I had surgery after surgery and the kids and my husband faced worry after worry. The one thing that always made it better – at home or at one of the parks- was Disney.

From late nights watching Disney Channel in bed, to video games, to apps to special trips to Disneyland and DisneyWorld we found our family happy place. You know, that one special place where the warm fuzzies happen and your heart swells and everyone grins really big and you all collapse into a heap of tangled love and exhaustion and memories at the end of the day? Yeah…like that.

Through my new found chronic illness I became a park go-er in a wheelchair, giving me a ‘roll new world‘ of perspective on how to navigate the resorts and attractions.

My son also has OCD, sometimes making the parks a bit overwhelming and long lines a challenge. This too has given our family different tips and tricks that we find helpful when heading out for your own magical day.

All of this carries over back home, where characters and pin collecting and HEAPS of plush animals fill the house…including a special one of my own. An original Duchess plush from the late 70′s, early 80′s, bought for me by my grandmother on a trip to DisneyWorld.

She is affectionately known as Boo-Boo Kitty in our house and my first Disney memory that did that whole ‘heart swelling’ thing.

Take a look around, hopefully you will find some ideas for your brood, or find a place to share your ideas with the rest of us, or maybe even become inspired to test out a few of my navigational tips and tricks as I learn to wheel (or scooter) my way around the parks.

From one dreamer to the next,

Erin