WALT DISNEY WORLD!
Yes! We are and I’m so excited. We are going to be there in early December.
We are actually headed to a wounded veteran’s conference through The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (where I work) but they gave us the option to go early, so we are leaving about 4 days before that and taking the girls to Disney. Then the conference is for the rest of the time and we’ll be able to go to Universal since our hotel is part of them.
So with everything, there’s a fun story that goes with this. 🙂
About 3 years ago, Bella wanted to know if we could go back on the Disney cruise Babble sent her and I on in 2012 (man has it really been that long??). I said it was a lot of money to do that, so it would take a while (if ever) before we’d ever have enough to go again. She decided to start saving all the change around the house, birthday money, etc in this little owl bank so she could take us. <3 Every few months she’d count her money and ask, “Is that enough yet?”
Before we knew about any of this with the conference, one day in Sept she came around the corner while I was in the kitchen and asked, “Mama, will you take off the bottom of the owl bank for me?”
I said yes but asked if there was a reason she wanted me to do that – I figured maybe she wanted to count it and I’d need her to wait until I was done. But instead her face lit up and she replied, “It’s full now! I can’t fit another money in. So I can take us on the Disney cruise!”
*sigh* I gently explained that even if it was full, we would still have to plan and it would be a while. She was disappointed but said ok. That night I told Sam what had happened, and we agreed to try to figure out if maybe we could take them to Disney World in a year or so instead.
Just a few days later we found out about the conference and that we’d been accepted to go. I was looking at the itinerary when I saw they offered a chance for us to go earlier or stay longer in Orlando – and realized if we did this, we’d be able to go to Disney World much, much cheaper. Our hotel would be 9 miles away. It’ll be Christmas time.
So then how could we not?
We bought our tickets through the military, and now I’m planning a few fun things for us to do while we’re there (Bella really wants to meet Winnie the Pooh so we reserved a breakfast where he is). We’re also spending a day in Animal Kingdom because of her love for animals (and the pics remind me so much of Zimbabwe). We’re tying the trip into both girls’ birthdays and Christmas.
We also let Bella think she’s taking us 😉
I’ll have a post soon on her birthday but it’s still being worked out. A lot to cover <3
I’m so very excited to go during Christmas and every moment of my spare time right now is devoted to researching it. I went once when I was little with my parents, but I don’t remember anything except the It’s a Small World ride. Apparently we’re going at a great time with lower crowds, which is wonderful.
If you have any tips or ideas, let me know!