Taking a nearly six year old and a three-and-a-half year old to Disney World is so awesome. They are absolutely appreciative, overwhelmed, and starry-eyed for days! Plus, no diapers, no nursing, it was a breeze.
Here are my top five things that make Disney World incredible.
1. The characters take the time to meet, chat, and get to know your kids. This is different than the turn and burn operation from a few years ago. It used to be that you stood in line to meet a character and got your photo taken and that was it. This year, every character spent a minimum of five minutes with our kids. Doesn't sound like much, but when you are six and meeting your heroes, it is the world. It was beautiful. Bonus, they were completely in character and used verbiage and speaking patterns from their character in their movies. It was just great!
2. The food is always great. Also, I didn't think it was exorbitantly priced. If you find yourself hungry in Epcot, I have two places for you.
The walk-up fish and chips stand in England is so authentic I was the only American in line. I was surrounded by hungry Brits who were trying to "teach" me how to properly eat fish and chips. Oy vey. People, I grew up in Australia. I'm no novice. I speak fish and chips fluently. Extra salt? Check. Malt vinegar on fish AND chips? Check Check. Duh. Tartar sauce? Travesty. Yes, agreed. However, the pushy lessons and stupidity assumptions aside, the fish was stellar. So flavorful, it was the best meal of the week for me. I craved it all week and tried to get back three times and never had a chance. I dream of the fish and chips. Also... $7.95. For a full meal. Not too shabby.
The Patisserie in the very rear of France is an experience. First, the food is great. Really great. Savory, sweet, pastries, quiches, real live croque monsieurs cooked by real live Frenchies. I was in heaven. If I lived at Epcot, I'd be happy and supremely fat. But sooooo happy.
3. The quality of everything is super high. There are no bugs. I mean none. No trash. Everything is freshly painted and looks incredibly well-maintained. The shows are exceptional. The rides are awesome and give you stuff to do while you wait. And the food is great. Yum!
4. You get to be a kid again! I saw so many cranky adults walking around sulking and I never got it. I was grinning like an idiot every time we passed under the Welcome to Disney World sign. If you are cranky at Disney World, God help you in real life. Yikers.
5. You forget about stupid crap like Facebook, iPads, MacBooks, etc. We spent a whole week as a family, hanging out, sharing moments, and laughing together. Regan wants to move to Disney World. You heard it here first.
Probably the worst two things about the trip is the absolute exhaustion that sets in pretty early into the trip. You walk for miles and miles, up and down hills, pushing a stroller with 100 lb. of kids. You were stupid and wore canvas flats with zero arch support and brought no spare shoes. Your feet begin to refuse to function and when you sit for longer than five minutes, you turn into an 80 year old woman as you hobble to your next destination. Don't be like me. Wear sneakers.
The other part of Disney World that sucks is the people. If we could go to DW and be one of 500 families there, it would literally be heaven. People push your kids. I was so glad we rented a stroller. On one ride, we had to pick up and carry our kids because people were pushing so much that I was afraid they would fall and be trampled. I actually watched a woman pointing out birds to her son so he could run and kick them. It's not a place to be inspired by humanity, that's for sure.
If you are planning a visit to Disney, definitely take advantage of the PhotoPass program. We have 167 professionally taken photos on a CD. We didn't have to lug our camera around and it made the week really easy.
What a week! It was great! I'm so glad we had the opportunity! Can't wait to go back.
Also, I missed you guys. :D
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