No, I didn’t just win the Super Bowl. What do I look like . . . Joe Flacco? I mean, yeah, maybe a little around the eyes. But, that’s not what this is about! Focus, people. Back to the issue at hand . . .
This isn’t a post in the traditional sense. What it is, is more of a cry for help.
My husband and I are planning a trip to Disney World at the end of March. This will be our first trip as a family, the first time for our boys. We already have the flights booked and the hotel reserved. But other than that, we are still in the planning stage . . . including how we are going to tell the boys we are going.
I’ve been on YouTube. I’ve seen the multitude of ways in which parents have surprised their children with news of their upcoming journey to the happiest place on earth. In fact, just last week, a Facebook friend posted her own video of her and her husband telling her own boys they were going to Disney, that morning in fact. That seems to be the most common trend in reveals. The “we’re going to Disney . . . right now!” surprise. We’re pretty sure we don’t want to wait until the day of to tell them. We want them to have the chance to look forward to it and have some of that lovely anticipation, which I think is part of the joy of a great vacation. But now we just have to figure out how to tell them.
Additionally, it has been many years since either the hubs or I have been to the magic kingdom. I have a general idea of the things to do down there, but since the last time I visited, there are 2 new parks, I believe. Quite a lot to see and do in just a short amount of time. I’ve ordered the “planning video” from Disney, and looked online briefly for all the different activities there are to do, but to be honest, I’m a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing.
See, I’m a planner. I like to know what I’m getting into. And while I don’t need each and every moment of my vacation planned to the second, I at least like to have a general idea of what we are doing on what days, with some room for change if necessary. My hubs is actually the opposite. His father used to be a drill sargeant about vacations, and would yell and scream if everyone in the family wasn’t where they were supposed to be at the exact time he dictated. My hubs’ reaction to this is to now hate all things planned and scheduled. He is a very “go with the flow” vacationer. I try to respect that as much as possible, but still need some kind of structure. So it is very give and take with how we plan these things.
Being a first timer (be gentle, please), I need your help. I know many of you have taken your kids to Disney, so I would like some real world advice. First . . . how did you tell your kids? Was it prior to or the morning of? Did you give gifts, make posters, do a scavenger hunt? Any tips or advice would be very helpful.
Next . . . what are some suggestions of things that we must see and do while we are there? Obviously, we are going to try to hit each of the major parks, probably one on each day, unless something else is happening. Any suggestions on must sees or things we could skip this first visit?
And finally . . . any other tips and tricks that might be useful? Such as: did you get the food plan? Was that a good idea? Did you rent strollers? My kids are 7 and 4, but I’ve been advised that a stroller is key, even at these ages. Did you do any of the character meals? Which ones and was it worth it? And . . . anything else you might be able to share to help me make this a great vacation for my kids, but also make my life a bit easier with planning and execution of this massive endeavor. Tips people. I needs ’em. I wants ’em. I gots to have ’em.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, as always. I love all y’all. Thanks for being my peeps!