We went to Disney World last week. This picture sums it up. I put it on Facebook so a lot of you may have seen it, but it’s still my favorite.
I’ve decided I may put a little too much energy into planning vacations. Because they never go as planned and no one is every perfectly happy. And even when your kids beg to go on a ride, they duck for the picture.
I studied for this trip for hours but not the right way, I think. Disney World is an EXPERIENCE not a ride. Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot are also about shows and just being there. We tried to run from ride to ride and we got in a lot of rides, but I wish we’d seen more shows and worried less about the rides. There’s a life lesson in there. Mickey would be proud.
The last night we were there, I told the kids we were staying for the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. They’re at 10pm. Our youngest 2 had been going to bed at 9pm (or earlier) and waking up at 7am. We got to the park when it opened, took a two hour break in the afternoon and then headed back.
At 8:30pm my 5 yr old asked if it was time to go to bed. At 9pm he asked again. At 9:30 he asked once more. I told him we were waiting for the fireworks. He asked if they could light them now.
At 10, we started watching the fireworks. During a pause, he asked if they could be over now. After the fireworks, we had one more scavenger hunt map to complete before we became pirates. I asked him to go with me. We became pirates. It wasn’t as big a deal as I was expecting.
I asked my 7 and 5 yr old to go on Pirates of the Caribbean one more time to celebrate our pirate-hood. He fell asleep 2 minutes into the ride.
I took him home after this. I can take a hint.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have two birthday parties, and a triathlon this week. (One party was last night. 15 kindergarteners. Fill in the blanks.) And laundry. We’ll see if I’ve learned to enjoy the experience…