Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DISNEY WORLD, FL | TAKE 1


So…we went to Disney several weeks ago (thanks again to everyone who weighed in with Disney advice, btw). 

At the time of that advice seeking, the whole Disney experience was overwhelming to the point where I just didn’t know where to start. I knew nothing about Disney except for a few fuzzy memories from my 14 year old self, namely the time we all rode Space Mountain and my dad turned white as a sheet and couldn’t move afterwards (I seriously thought he was going to die from that ride). But thanks to those stupid Internet cookies, Disney ads started following me around the web, reminding me of my ineptitude and procrastination in planning this trip. And thanks to my trip-planning husband – he planned the trip pretty much in its entirety -- researching hotels and resorts, what rides to conquer early, when and where we should seek out Fest Passes. 

I started learning the lay of the land, the location of the resorts relative to the parks and found myself pondering the meaning of terms like “extra magic hours” and “magical express” and debating on whether or not we needed all that “magical” stuff on our trip. And I only started this a couple days prior to our departure. Yikes!

There is a whole lot of Disney analysis out there on crowd levels and wait times and strategic planning on which parks to avoid on which days based on historical data. But thanks to the anal retentive nature of my husband (as much as he’d like to think that part of his personality doesn’t exist), he gets sucked into statistics and spent days plotting the 4 days that we’d be there, trying to get insights from the dozens of websites and blogs that exist solely to help strategize how to beat the crowds.

Oh, and then there is the food. It’s a whole other category of confusion and choices. Should we do the Dining Plan or not? Or should we try and strategize (there’s that word again) by filling one suitcase with cereal, granola bars, bread and fruit and attempt to get away with eating only 2 meals out a day? We opted for the meal plan, and are rather stoked we did. If we could change anything, we would simply purchase fewer of them – one meal is often enough food for two people. 


We were all “it’s part of the American experience!” spiel about everything really, and I think that’s why we didn’t fuss much about the expense of anything. I’m easily overwhelmed by crowded amusement park settings and I have visions of a long recovery after a vacation of standing in lines for too long, but April proved the ideal time of year to attend.

It’s unlike any vacation we’ve ever taken since all of our trips usually center around some place tropical. Disney was rather a surreal, alternative reality – the perfect kind of family vacation where bonding really happens. Probably the furthest thing from relaxing, however. And I’ll admit, I’m a little thankful my kids had no interest in seeing characters or princesses come to life. They were a bit appalled actually, by the idea of “character dining” where Disney characters and princesses walk around the restaurant and stop by your table while you eat. 


Enjoy this first peek of our adventures…







16 comments:

  1. Woah , Disney worlds are one of my favourite places all over the world. Seems like you'd a blast time :)
    Noor's Place

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    1. Hi Noor! We did have a blast -- it was great family bonding for all of us. Even my 13-year old son who thinks he's too cool for just about everything, said he felt like a little kid again. It was awesome to see him enjoy himself as much as he did.

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  2. This looks like such a great trip, I so love the little boxwood labyrinth!

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    1. Isn't that the coolest? That was at Epcot, near England I think. We put the 2 year old in there and set him free while we rested our legs for a moment. Bad parents? At times, perhaps. :-)

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  3. Looks amazing. I love the picture with Alice

    Mollyxxx

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    1. The young lady that played Alice was so interesting. Her mannerisms were infectious to watch -- so prim and proper -- constantly wiping her dress and ensuring not a wrinkle appeared. My daughter was almost embarrassed talking to Alice, as she came across most ecstatic to meet my daughter...in an awkward sort of way almost.

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  4. I have yet to visit Disney, but I see us going in the not so distant future. My little girl is 5 now and I know she would have a blast. Looks like you had an amazing Disney vacation :) Roechelle @ http://www.hugatreewithme.com

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    1. I can't wait for your little girl to experience the "magic" that Disney is. We waited a little longer than we had always hoped, but my 13 and 11 year old said they felt like little kids again. It's wonderful to see that that innocence still exists in them.

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  5. So much fun and suck great memories you'll have. We went about 5 years ago and I love looking back on our pics :) Thanks for linking up!

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    1. It's an experience I hope every child gets to have! Adults, too!

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  6. Beautiful pics! Looks like you all had an amazing time:).

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    1. It was amazing, Tiff, I can't wait for your family to experience Disney!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous! It looks like you had so much fun! Thanks for linking up with me and Lish for Loves on a Thursday! BTW, your blog is adorable!

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    1. Thank you, Jamie -- I'm honored by your words! I'm thrilled to have discovered you via Loves on a Thursday -- you have an amazing talent.

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  8. I love the picture of your daughter and Alice because it reminds me of one of my fondest family memories. We finally had the money to go to Disney World when I was 15 and my parents had paid off their mortgage. My parents were in their fifties at the time and we all acted like kids the whole time. The woman playing Alice was so sweet and wonderful that we spent a big chunk of our Hollywood Studios (it was still called Disney-MGM at the time) just hanging out with her.

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    1. Reading your comment put the biggest smile on my face! I just love that I sparked a memory and that you go to relive that, if only for just a moment. xoxo

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