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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Survived Disney World - And Had a Blast

We got back from our Disney World vacation two days ago. The first day back in New Mexico was super hard. All I wanted was to go back to the magic. (I know I'm an adult, but… DISNEY WORLD IS AMAZING)

Some suggestions I have for you: 
  1. Stay at a Disney hotel with transportation to the parks
  2. Skip a rental car (it had a ton of hidden fees and ended up costing $950 for 10 days)
  3. Shop for deals on the disney site - the week we went apparently was a "free dining" week where the guests who booked through disney got FREE MEALS every day. 
  4. Don't forget your ponchos and umbrella
  5. Buy the memory maker ($170 in advance or $200 at the park)
I can post my packing list if there are people genuinely interested in it. 

If you're planning on or really wanting to take young kids to Disney, I highly recommend taking the trip. It's magical for them too.

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Universal Studios Orlando was also awesome. We went for a story time with The Cat in the Hat and my 3 year old thought it was so awesome. Suess Landing is also really cool and I'd highly recommend going there if your children are into Dr. Suess books at all. More importantly, Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley are mind-boggling. The Butterbeer is AMAZING. We drank 4 in the two days we spent there. My favorite was the frozen one - there are: cold, hot, frozen and ice cream

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Disney World with Young Children (PACKING)

I think I might be a little crazy. Some people call it brave. Brave is much more flattering.

Whatever it is, it is happening in 3 days. We are going to Disney World with our 3 year old and an 8 month old. 

Being a planner, I've got LISTS all over our home. A "what to do beforehand" list including things like hold mail, cut boys hair, turn off a/c. A "what to do the day of" list including last minute packing (makeup, underwear, pacifier, snacks) and piles of "going to disney" and "for the airplane ride". 
I get a rush from planning ahead because in all my experience of flying (trust me here) and traveling with young children, the trip goes infinitely smoother. Anticipation and preparation is EVERYTHING.
You can find packing lists all over the internet for going to Disney World with young children. You'll probably do better coming up with your own than if I post mine. Your accommodations will probably be different. We're not on-site (sad, huh) and we are renting a car to get around. Accommodations will alter whats on your list. Plus, your kids are different than mine. Building your packing list is fun. 
Have fun with the prep! Here are a few things you shouldn't forget: 
  1. underwear
  2. toothbrush
  3. ponchos
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In the last few months… Ive prepared by:
  1. bought a double stroller 
  2. bought new shoes
  3. stocked up on disney things (dollar tree mickey mouse, Target dollar section has disney socks, etc)
  4. bought themed shirts for 6 days (you know… Oregon, BYU, Disney, Star Wars)
  5. made themed shirts with plain t's and fabric paint (mickey mouse, harry potter)
  6. researched the internet for survival tips (ie-ensuring we actually enjoy our trip)
  7. got a Disney themed pedicure 
  8. made lists :) of lists. 
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