Just Back From Disney World

kids with Mickey Mouse

We recently returned from a family vacation to Disney World. What a trip! I was so immersed in that magical place that it has taken me several days to get my feet back under me here in the real world. Experiencing all four parks and seeing everything  through the eyes of my kids really allowed me to get lost in the moments there…and it was fun!

Now that I’m back, I feel like I could almost be one of the experts whom I researched and consulted as we planned our trip. Having experienced it makes me want to share the ins and outs of it with others so they can get the most out of their trip. So if you plan on going soon and haven’t been there before, be sure to let me know because I’d be happy to pass on any knowledge that I have before I forget it–because unlike the real experts, I won’t be going again anytime soon and what is so fresh in my mind now will quickly fade.

Grohs at Magic Kingdom

My biggest take-away: Plan an extra day, maybe in the middle of your trip, to sleep in a bit and enjoy the pool or other amenities of your resort or hotel, and relax. We didn’t do much relaxing once we were on Disney grounds. We poured as much fun as we could into the 7 days that we were there, and that meant getting up early and going to bed late. It paid off, but some down time would have been nice too. I took a book and a couple of magazines to read, and they never got touched.

Something that pleasantly surprised me was that the parks aren’t actually as big as they appear on the maps. What seemed to be “way on the other side of the park” was really a pretty reasonable walking distance away, and that’s a very good thing.  Everything was surprisingly close together—I noticed this especially in Magic Kingdom. Don’t get me wrong, I believe we walked 7 or more miles each day {my father-in-law wore a pedometer}, and we were worn out every night, but the parks themselves seemed very manageable.

The bus rides to and from the parks were another story. I never followed what route they took, but it seemed like we drove around, here and there and I never had any clue when we were going to arrive at our destination. We always did though, and that’s what’s important, right?

I was glad I took a lightweight sweater with me every day. It was either on me or tied around my waist. It was cool in the morning and evening and COLD inside the restaurants and shows, in my opinion anyway. The buses were generally freezing.

I had read somewhere that we would never see everything so we should not expect to, and that was a helpful piece of advice. We did what we could and what we thought the kids would enjoy the most, and left it at that. No need to push anyone into a meltdown.

Grohs with Donald Duck at Animal Kingdom

Now it’s time to get pictures arranged in albums and scrapbooks so that we have something tangible to help us remember our trip. Our kids were at a great age for this trip and will hopefully remember a lot of it, but I know having a scrapbook full of pictures will help them remember it even more. So that’s one of my next projects!

Grohs at Hollywood Studios

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