Dreams Come True?

A guest repost from my sister-in-law, originally appearing on our family website

Do you think that Disney has ever realized that their slogan may not be all that appealing to kids?

We are going to Disneyland. My son came to me with a concerned looked on his face and said, “I’m not sure if I want to go to Disneyland.”

The night before, at around 3 a. m., he came to our room and said he had a bad dream. After some sympathy from Dad, he went back to bed. Then, he came back up and said he just couldn’t sleep. He did finally go to sleep. I remember thinking after he left that we should tell him to think about how fun Disney would be.

Well that was just the problem.

So when he said in the morning that he wasn’t sure he wanted to go, I responded with a huge question-mark look on my face, “Well, why don’t you want to go to Disneyland?”

“Because that’s where all our dreams come true!!”

And then the light bulb went on in my head. “Oh, that’s right, you had a bad dream last night?”

“Yea, and in Disneyland, all my dreams will come true!”

Come to find out the dream had been about a dragon that ate him. I wouldn’t want that dream to come true either!

We had a little chat about what “The Place where DREAMS come TRUE.” means. So maybe there are kids out there that don’t really want to go to Disneyland, after all. They might think they will not live through it, let alone, Happily Ever After!


  1. Julie
    May 9, 2008

    What a precious story! Kids are so amazing… I love how their minds work and the things they think of. (Quick story: My niece was around 3 years old and she was trying to eat a piece of candy when she wasn’t supposed to. She puts the candy in her mouth really quickly and says “But Auntie Julie, it wanted to swim in my mouth!”. I found it impossible to stop laughing at that point…)

    We are heading out to Disneyworld this weekend so the timing of this was great. 🙂

  2. Robin
    May 10, 2008

    Sweet boy, I’m glad he confessed his fears so they could help him past them.

    This reminds me of a passage in Voyage of the Dawn Treader (the Narnia Chronicles). There was a place where dreams really did come true, and no, it was most certainly not a place you wanted to be.

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