I am your Disney Go To - Who?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I first went to Disney World when I was four years old and my brother was just two. I spent a few months working a popcorn wagon (which I cleaned each night with vinegar and a knife) and serving chocolate covered Mickey Bars during my College Program in Outdoor Foods (ODF forever) at the Magic Kingdom in the fall of 1998. I wore ridiculous costumes (knee high socks with a bow tie and newsie hat, curtain fabric knee length kulots with black socks and a plaid flannel shirt, a skirt with so much crinoline I looked like Galinda from Wicked, you get it) and played in the parks on my days off, stopped for sushi in Japan on my way home with my boy Brandon, listened to the Double Live Garth when Shane drove me home, and ate after hours at IHOP on our way back to Vista Way more times than should be legal (pretty sure I was always the pancake catalyst). I was so overworked at the end of my "program" which conveniently ended just after the busy holiday season that I swore I wouldn't return until I had my own kids. The moment my daughter was born in 2007, my Disney itch started and it wasn't long before I was trying very hard to convince my husband that she would love Disney World. We took her when she was four and her brother was 20 months old, a trip I somehow arranged during an away Boston College football game in Orlando that ended up being a night game that we couldn't attend with small kids. Oops.

This past year I have been asked multiple times to assist others plan their Disney Magic and I always get super smiley and giddy and jump online to look up crowd calendars and help them plan as much as they will allow me to. I would hop into their luggage if they would let me and grab a flag and tour them around in matching t shirts. No one has invited me to do that yet, but I'd be down. Is it worth it to get a Park Hopper? What age is too young? Which character meals? What parks should we go to if we only have two days? Where should we stay? I love all of these questions and more than that, I love watching these friends go off on their magical trip, and I spend the week they are gone trolling the internet for more photos of their wide Disney smiles.

My husband looked at me tonight with TWO requests for my Disney insight in my inbox and remarked how happy I was typing away about potential trip dates and Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. It's time to share all that info here. I learned a great deal while I worked there, but a lot of the really helpful info is just under your nose on the web. You just need to learn where to find it and I am here to point you in the right direction. You need a flexible plan to travel with little ones. I LOVE a good plan.

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2 Responses to “I am your Disney Go To - Who?”

  1. Haha, I know exactly how you feel. I have informally helped 3 other families plan their trips, and it sure is addicting. When I spent all my available time, lovingly but voraciously scouring the internet for every morsel of Disney advice for our first family trip a few years back, I thought I would be so sick of Disney after our trip finally happened. The exact opposite occurred: I became obsessed. What could we have done better, what will we make sure we do or see next time. A few trips later, and I still haven't tired of it one single bit. After helping friends of ours plan their family trip this summer, I found myself consulting the Lines app while they were there, and texting her that the Fastpasses for such attraction were about to run out! Now that is a sickness!
    So I just wanted to say good luck with your new blog. I hopped over from your comment on WDW Prep School.

  2. Thanks Sharon!! I find that I give the same advice over and over, so the blog is just my way of organizing that information for the many info seekers in my life. Easier than searching through sent emails. I sure have a lot of work to do on it, but it's fun! thanks for stopping by!