One month ago, I was madly running around my house, trying to pack all the warm weather clothes I could find for myself and the kids, in preparation for our trip to Florida. We’re one of those lucky families who have a set of grandparents who spend the winter there, and we try to bring the kids down for a visit every other year. Purely for their benefit, of course. Definitely not ours. I mean, who likes to escape the weather equivalent of no man’s land that is March, to soak up some vitamin D?
This year, because both my husband and I were able to work remotely, we arranged to stay a bit longer–10 days in total. It gave us a bit more freedom to relax and not try to fit everything into a few short days like we normally do.
It also gave us time to consider adding Disney World to the equation.
We didn’t tell our kids. We really weren’t sure it was something we could pull off until a few days before, actually. Money is tight, believe it or not. We flew south solely on points, were staying with family and planned to cook meals most of the time, so if Disney was going to be a thing, it was only going to be a one day thing. On top of that, our kids are on the young side for Disney, at 2 and 5 years old, so we weren’t going to put a big investment in a Disney holiday that could potentially go horribly wrong.
We did it, though. We went to the Magic Kingdom for one magic-filled day, and it was 100% worth it. I learned a lot along the way, though, and I think that if you have young kids yourself, these tips will take your Disney experience from meltdown central to excitement and wonder.
I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how well my kids handled the overwhelming excitement that is Disney World. I expected at least one meltdown per kid, but we escaped without any. I truly believe that’s due in part to not pushing our kids too hard, not trying to fit absolutely everything in. Our kids left the park saying it was the best day ever, and asking when they could visit again, and I think it will be sooner than I originally planned.
Disclaimer: The author received 2 complimentary Park Passes from Walt Disney World in order to write about her experiences, however all opinions are her own!