You don't get more American than that, folks.
And alot of my friends have been asking about the how. About the details. About what the plan is. Because when you're even considering a Disney trip you want to have a plan. So I thought I'd write up some of our thoughts and decisions.
|Look! A pinnable image!|
Also because I"m not capable of posting to this blog without way too many pictures I thought I'd throw in a little Throwback Thursday action. Sprinkled throughout are photos from the last time we were at Disney. In 2003. For our class trip with the UC Masters of Architecture class of 2004.
|A picture that I will absolutely be retaking for comparison purposes. Here we are 23 and engaged. Now we are 33 and have more than doubled our little family. Heh.|
10 things about our Disney Plan.1.) We are not rich. We are also not doing the Disney the cheapest way possible thing. It seems like every one of the tips I've read makes me think "Right. I'd do that if I had ALL THE MONEY" or "Yeah I'm SO not dealing with that nonsense." Bottom line we are a normal family who wants to take a normal vacation without either selling our soul to the mouse via $250 tea with a princess (an actual thing) or scrounging for meals comprised of rolls and stolen condiments (an actual frugal Disney tip I've read.) NOOOPE.
|As long as we can go to the haunted manor I'm good.|
|Honestly I'm a little disappointed he didn't mimic the lobster claw jazz hands.|
|Another picture I feel we should recreate.|
|But the jumping fountain! My kids won't get to play in the jumping fountain! aaaaaand over it.|
|This is the only picture I took at Animal Kingdom other than a really blurry one of an alligator? Probably an alligator. I don't know. I spent the day wishing I could lie down someplace darker.|
|Too many people to put in a motel room.|
|What. I would never create any laundry that needs to be done OMG NOW GROSS ICK ICK ICK.|
7.) We are doing some character dining but not breakfast. From everything I've read the little kid version of Disney needs to include some character dining. This is supposedly the best way to meet the characters and there's tons of options out there - you can even have dinner INSIDE the castle (see also: ALL THE MONEY). Most of the character dining events are breakfast but as my Disney expert friend warned us "You guys are going to be pist if you spend $100 on eggs" TRUTH. So we're doing the Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner. I figure we're going to eat dinner out anyways. And it's at one of the resorts so it's a way to get in an extra bonus Disney day without paying for another day of park admissions. We gave this to my daughter for her birthday - along with a belle dress to wear to it - and she LOST HER MIND:
8.) The plan for the Magic Kingdom is to leave at naptime. Maybe. So rumor has it that the Magic Kingdom is not very magical around 3:00. Instead it's filled with overtired, overstimulated melting-down kids at what should be naptime. I have no desire to be the parent of three such horror shows. So the plan is to leave after lunch, drive back to the condo (only a few miles away), and nap until dinner. Then go back to the park for the nighttime stuff - the electric parade and the fireworks where Tinkerbell really flies! Obviously this plan is subject to change and I understand the logistics of getting out and back into the park are daunting and involve the monorail. We'll see how it goes.
|And look how pretty the castle is at night!|
9.) The plan for Hollywood Studios is to white knuckle it through a day of no naps: So Hollywood is all about the shows. There's a Muppet show! And a Stunt racer show (McQueen makes a cameo and the Dude is going to FREAK and it's going to be so awesome)! Our thought is that the kids will have enough downtime to make it through the day without napping. HOWEVER. We def. want to go to the Fantasmic show (MALIFICENT!) that night. So once again we'll see how it goes.
10.) We're going to get the kids "first time visitor" badges. So yeah. There's these badges you can get at Guest Services that say "First Time at Disney" and with them everyone gives you extra attention. Goes the extra mile to make your day that much funner. YES AND MORE YES. We will be getting one for each of our kids.
So yeah. I think it's going to be a really great trip. If anyone has any other tips that I'm missing please do tell. Clearly I'm new to this game.