Book it Danno.
We have made our reservations to take the TGBs (twin grand babies) to Disney World next December. They will be 27 months old. Just about the same age their dad was when we took him for the first time.
I was in high school and living in Florida when Disney World opened its gates on October 1, 1971. Our family visited a few weeks later, staying at a Hyatt Hotel about ten miles away. The on-site hotels were fully booked and our Hyatt was the next closest lodging. Can you imagine? Now there are approximately one bazillion hotels in that 10-mile radius but back then it was orange groves as far as the eye could see.
The following summer, my sister, a neighbor and I collected cans and newspapers for recycling to raise money for a one-night stay at Disney World. Looking back, there are lots of things about this endeavor that amaze me. Who knew that we a) were so “green” in 1972, b) would be allowed to go on a girls’ getaway at the age of 14 and 17 and c) would be able to raise enough money for a night at The Polynesian Resort. Today the price tag for one night at the Polynesian and a two-day park pass for three people would come to about $1,000. I know we did not collect that much aluminum!
My high school “Grad Night” was at Disney World. The park was open from 10pm until 6am and our senior class, along with those from other schools around Florida, had the run of the place. That was back in the day that Disney still used ride tickets but we didn’t have to bother with any of that. We could enjoy as many E-Ticket rides as we wanted all night long.
Fortunately, when I met and married Peter I discovered that not only was he a big fan of Bruce Springsteen, he was also a Disney fan. Phew!
Over the years, travels to Florida have included two things: visits with grandparents and trips to Disney World.
When the time came to take a family vote on the subject, “Where should we go for vacation?”, the answer was ALWAYS Disney World.
There was the trip with our son when I was pregnant with our daughter.
And the trip during which Annie chipped her tooth on the very first ride on the very first day. It was a baby tooth, there was no blood and the Dumbo line was not going to get any shorter so we soldiered on.
Once we took a Disney vacation during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. We will never, never, never do that again. While festive and beautiful, the parks were twice as crowded as we had ever seen them. The Magic Kingdom stopped letting people in at 11 am on New Year’s Eve. Yikes!
We’ve ridden every ride, seen every show, attended dozens of character meals, bought and worn the monogrammed Mickey ear hats and sung every word of the Small World theme song. We’ve done it all. (With the exception of eating a turkey leg because that just looks gross.)
And now it is time to share the family tradition with the new little guys.
Chip and Dale, their mom and dad, Aunt Annie, Uncle Jerry, Peter (aka Tato) and I will immerse our selves in every ounce of Disney magic, take a million pictures and make plans to return as soon as our schedules and wallets will allow.
And I can’t wait.
Do you have any great Disney memories? Or any tips for us as we navigate the parks with two 2-year-olds?Thanks for stopping by,
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