The Magic Castles and Finding a Great Pediatrician

Tips on Finding a Great Pediatrician

We would first like to say thank you for Dr. Narahari at pediatricsmetrowest.com for sponsoring this post. She is a world-class Pediatrician in Orlando, FL and recommends that you do your research before you determine which pediatrician you should use.

Make sure they are board-certified and have a great bed side manner. Do research on reviews that other people have left, and at the end of the day, choose someone that your child likes and feels comfortable with.

If Pediatricians could only adopt a thing or too from Disney World, they would be way more successful at connecting with children in a positive manner.

Now on to the article:


 

Let’s face it…the Magic Kingdom is perfect for reaching children.

The lights at the Magic Kingdom at this time of year are really spectacular. Especially on the castle.

Which brings me to a rabbit trail. Is it called the Cinderella castle or the Sleeping Beauty castle? I guess I could Google it and find out, or go to a Disney website and find out.
Both Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty had involvement with castles, didn’t they? Cinderella went to a ball at the Prince’s castle, and lost her glass slipper as she was running down the steps to get into her coach, which would turn into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight.
And Sleeping Beauty . . . let’s see . . . I think I’m getting mixed up with Shrek . . . she ate a poisoned apple, didn’t she? And then went into a coma until a Prince came along and kissed her, whereupon she revived and went off with the happy Prince and married him, probably in a castle.

So as I think about it, the castle figures much more prominently in the Cinderella story than in the Sleeping Beauty story, so I think it’s probably the Cinderella castle.

This brings me to another rabbit trail, which means I’m probably not going to get around to my riveting review of the lights at the Magic Kingdom. Oh well.

Did you know that Disney’s Cinderella castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria?

Yes. Now that is one spectacular castle. It’s impressive when you see it from a distance, nestled among the dark green firs halfway up the mountainside. It’s no less impressive as you get closer.

As with all castles (I have found), once you get inside, you realize these imposing stone habitats were not cozy and warm. They were either 1) chilly, or 2) cold, or 3) ball-shriveling freezing. All the tapestries in Europe couldn’t warm up those walls. Yeah, fireplaces warmed up the rooms, but once you got out into a passageway, or up into a turret (say, to shoot arrows at enemy hordes scaling the castle walls), you were definitely no longer warm.

Back to Neuschwanstein Castle. It was commissioned by King Ludwig, who had other castles built, too, most notably (after Neuschwanstein) Linderhof, which I believe is where he actually lived.

Unfortunately, he died by drowning, and foul play is suspected, if I remember the facts correctly.

Anyhow, even though Linderhof is a spectacular estate castle, with expansive grounds and fountains and gardens, I think most would agree that Neuschwanstein was his piece de resistance.

It truly is magical. It’s a mix of big banquet halls, passageways, and smaller rooms that were lavishly appointed. His own bed took something like four years for master woodworkers to carve (also if I remember my facts right). It’s a four-poster with the posts and the wood canopy all intricately carved.

Well, anyway, this castle is what Walt Disney used as the inspiration for the castles that are the centerpieces of both Disneyland and DisneyWorld. They are entrancing just as they are, but when draped with hundreds of thousands of hanging, twinkling lights, they are breath-taking.