My wife and I couldn't believe we were hearing these words come from the mouth of our 7-year-old son. And his little sister wasn't any more enthused about our proposal to visit the Magic Kingdom, which, by the way, is the world's most popular theme park (more than 17 million visitors in 2009). I guess when you live in Orlando and work for Disney (and get into the parks for free), your kids become numb to the magic.
But despite their reluctance to be tourists in their own town, we dragged our miniature malcontents to the Happiest Place on Earth after dinner last night, and guess what? Yep, they loved it. You should have seen them laughing uncontrollably during Mickey's PhilharMagic, loving the rush of the soaring Astro Orbiter, competing for the highest score on Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and savoring every bite of their Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.
The only drag was the drizzly weather, which delayed the 9 p.m. start of the Electrical Parade, which was the real reason my wife wanted to go the Magic Kingdom in the first place. We hung around for another 15 minutes, hoping the weather would clear, then decided to pack it in and head home. We'd already had more than enough fun.
"You're right dad, I did have a good time," my son admitted a moment ago. Ahhh, the pixie dust continues to swirl.