Tuesday, June 3, 2014

10 Things I Learned Going to Disney with My Family of 7...

From May 25-June 1, 2014, our family went to Disney World in Florida for the first time. We made the 10.5 hour drive and we were excited to finally see the "Welcome to Florida" sign at a rest area and stretch our legs.  I went to Disney World a few times as a child, but this was the first time with my family.

This was a fun and memorable vacation and we crammed in a lot in our 1 week visit to the four Disney Parks: Magic Kingdom on Monday (5/26/14), Hollywood Studios on Tuesday (5/27/14)Epcot on Wednesday (5/28/14) Animal Kingdom on Thursday (5/29/14), and then back to Magic Kingdom on Friday (5/30/14).  Then on Saturday (5/31/14) we visited Disney Downtown, swam in the resort's pool, and went to a Vigil Mass at a local basilica.  

Before I attempt to blog about our fun week (and share a few highlights) I thought I would write 10 things I learned going to Disney with our family of 7...

#10: I learned that people-watching with my 10 month old daughter while waiting for my other family members to get on rides is a great, free way to be entertained and I marveled at just how many different and unique people there are in this world.

#9:  I learned that there are a lot of people who go to Disney many, many, many, many times and that planning for Disney is an art and a science and uses lots of strategy to make sure you don't spend too much time waiting in lines. 

#8:  I learned that some people wear the oddest shoes and clothes to walk around a crowded and hot park all day.

#7:  I learned that arriving at least 1 hour early before the parks open and waiting in the hot, morning sun can be hot and tiring, but is well worth it to beat some of the crowds and get to the popular rides before having to wait for 2 hours for one ride.

#6:  I learned that packing our own food and water bottles really is a time and money saver.  We would have spent a fortune if we invested in the $10 hot dogs each day!

#5:  I learned that Fast Passes are your best friends.

#4:  I learned that taking a 10 month old child helps get you on rides quickly with the Rider Switch passes, which are like Fast Passes.

#3:  I learned that it is possible to take 5 children to the "happiest place on earth" and NOT have one of them whine, cry, or complain about wanting to buy souvenirs that are overpriced. 

#2:  I learned that is is possible to take 4 daughters to Magic Kingdom and not do anything princess related since our entire family enjoyed the coasters and rides together and skipped the character lines, autographs and dress-up boutiques. This saved us time and money too! 

#1:  After meeting and chatting with several people at the various parks, I learned that everyone has their own Disney experiences and memories.  I'm happy to share some of the highlights from our week as another way to savor the fun and memories!

Oh!  and one more thing I learned is that my daughters enjoyed filling out their Disney Journals that I made for them to document their Disney memories, while my son didn't think keeping a Journal was such a great idea.  :)  I didn't print out every page for the Disney Journal, just a few I thought would help my children remember their eventful and fun week!

Click on the links below to read some of our favorite memories during our Disney Days:

Disney Day 1: Magic Kingdom on Monday (5/26/14)
Disney Day 2: Hollywood Studios on Tuesday (5/27/14)
Disney Day 3: Epcot on Wednesday (5/28/14)
Disney Day 4: Animal Kingdom on Thursday (5/29/14)
Disney Day 5: Back to Magic Kingdom on Friday (5/30/14)
Disney Day 6: Downtown Disney on Saturday (5/31/14)



Mia Jude said...

I love your list of 10 things! My husband have not taken our two small children yet (they are just 2 and 8 months old). We plan to go when our oldest is 5, our second is 3, and we may or may not have another baby by then. My husband and I have gone twice already since we've been married (without kids.) We love Disney! Fast passes truly are the best! I've never heard of Rider Switch passes. Good to know! I'm excited to read about your week at Disney!

Patty said...

So much fun!!! Happy for y'all. What a great experience....memories that last a life time!

Hi Mia! Thanks so much for stopping in to get a glimpse of our Disney week! That's great that you have been so many times before! We really had a great time with our kids and I can see why people go back again and again! :) I hope you enjoy your time there with your kids when you make the trip!

Thanks Patty! It was alot of fun and writing these posts about our Disney Days brings back fun (and tiring) memories :)

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