It has been almost a year since our first family trip to Disney World and I am ready to go again. It seems to me that Disney World is either a place you love or hate…and I am definitely in the former camp. I have been to Disney World three times…once with my family the summer before 7th grade, once with the band when I was in high school, and last October with Ed’s parents. Although I liked it the first two times and had a lot of fun, it wasn’t until I was with my children that I really got the “magic” of it all.
I don’t remember seeing many characters (or even caring to see them) when I was there the first two times, but with two small girls, meeting and getting autographs from the characters definitely was a highlight. Ed actually even worked a small miracle and managed to get us in to lunch at Cinderella’s Castle. It was by far the best experience and the best meal during our stay. Truly magical.
I saw a feature on Disney’s water park on the travel channel today and I can’t believe we didn’t check that out when we were there (although, I don’t know how we would have had time!) Of course, that just gives us even more reason to go back!
I hope we are able to go again before Hailey is out of elementary school…not only because of her age, but because the year-round school schedule makes it much easier to enjoy Disney during off-peak times. October was perfect – not too crowded and not too hot.
If you are planning a trip to Disney World, I highly recommend The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. I used this book to plan out the details of our day, from what order to ride the rides to the best place to stand for the parades and shows. I was able to decide what rides were appropriate for each of our kids, what restaurants would have food they liked, etc. I carried a small backpack and the only two things in the backpack were our video camera and this book.
This book is packed with tips and tricks that will help make your trip more enjoyable and fun for everyone!
Now…if some money would just fall from the sky so that we can go back!