Somehow I've made it eight-and-a-half years into motherhood without taking a trip to the "happiest place on earth" otherwise known as Disney World. Truth be told, I have kind of prided myself on NOT being a Disney person. My grandparents took me when I was two (which I don't remember), and my parents took me back when I was eleven, but by that time, I was past the magic of the whole place.
Fast forward 26 years, and my parents are taking me (along with Scott and the three kids) to Disney World all over again. They gave us the trip as a Christmas present, and the kids were thrilled. As much as I love to travel, planning a trip to Disney was a little overwhelming...stay on property or off, meal plan or no meal plan, not to mention Fast Passes! I finally quit worrying about it, made my choices and stuck with the plan. The only real challenge became trying to balance the boys' desire to ride the rides with my princess's desire to meet all the princesses.
Marian was so overwhelmed to meet the "real" Anna and Elsa! She could not stop talking about it. The boys got to ride Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain, both of which they loved. We even took Marian on Thunder Mountain where she screamed the whole time and got off saying, "I almost killed myself." Needless to say, she is not a big fan of roller coasters.
We arrived and headed straight to the Tower of Terror so that the boys could get their thrill-fix before they had to sit through the Frozen Sing-a-long for their sister. Since they just saw "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" over the break, the boys are into everything Star Wars, so they did the Jedi Training and went on the Star Tours simulator ride. We took Marian on this one, and again she was not happy. But, she had everyone laughing as she yelled, "R2D2, I'm so mad at you for that ride."
The whole trip was so much better than I anticipated! I still do not understand why people love the food, but maybe we didn't make it to the right places. (On a side note, we did have some of the most amazing Mexican food from a strip-mall dive called Poblano's. Outside the park, of course.) Seeing Disney World through my children's eyes made it such a special experience. I doubt we'll be planning yearly visits, but it's safe to say that my opinion about Disney has softened. For the three days for three little kids, it was the happiest place on earth.