Tell me, has anyone taken their non-Disney initiated children to Disney World and still experienced the "magic" people speak of? And, can you just show and experience it, or do you have to plan like you have OCD to make it happen?

I want to know what the "magic" is. Is it seeing the characters and their worlds come to life? Or is it something else?

We don't "do" Disney for the most part. My kids don't know most of the characters. I definitely don't feel like spending big bucks for a Disney trip, however, a relative is talking about maybe doing a group trip. I'm trying to determine whether it is worth it in this case.

My kids would probably be 1 or 2 and 3 or 4 years old at the time of the trip.