You see, I've never been there.
Neither has my Mom. Or my daughters.
So, we're calling out the stops, gathering a slew of family members, and hopping on a plane to the ol'Magic Land of all Magic Lands as we make Disney World our home for one week in September.
Holy Cow. I have no idea what to imagine. But the planning alone that this trip requires is enough to put any Mickey Mouse lover into therapy. Do you know we've had to make reservations for all of our meals, like, MONTHS in advance? I don't even know what I'm having for dinner tonight - yet I'm expected to make dinner reservations with Mickey, or Belle, or Cinderella, like, MONTHS in advance? Yikes.
So, we've mapped out our days. The spreadsheet is full of reservation numbers and confirmation letters and park hours and ticket information and all the things necessary to make this time at the "Happiest Place on Earth" truly the happiest time ever. I'm looking for autograph books, as I understand these are an essential for the girls to have with them. I'm reading about "Hidden Mickey's" and all the secrets of the parks. I've started riding my exercise bike every single day, too, as "Disney Training" is officially begun in my home . . . I hear the walking is INSANE!!! So, I'm getting ready.
Did I mention this is a FAMILY Trip? So, those of us joining the Mickey Wagon: PG, Katie, Ella, my Mom, my Mother-in-Law, my sister, my brother-in-law, my brother, my sister-in-law, and me. Yep, that's 10 of us, folks. 10. YIKES.
But, I'm thrilled. All because of these three people . . .
We are going to have some pretty fun times and create some pretty amazing memories for our family. Seriously - I can't even begin to imagine what it is going to be like, seeing the girls faces and expressions as they discover the magic of Disney World. I think this is the very best time to take them (Katie's 7 and Ella is 3 1/2). And I.can't.wait!
As I'm sure so many of you have been there . . . do you have any pointers? Any things I should consider? Things I shouldn't miss? I'd love to know . . . so please leave me a comment.
The other thing I'm looking forward to? Well, with 6 additional adults there, I'm hoping PG and I could sneak out for a few hours and enjoy a lovely dinner together - or perhaps a few moments of quiet peace just he and I. I mean, the magic of Disney isn't for the kids alone, is it?
Oh, and one more thing . . . no worries about missing me while I am gone. I have gone ahead and set up some AMAZING GUEST WRITERS to post on my blog during our trip! They have a few more weeks to get their words to me . . . but I'm telling you - I have complete and total faith that these friends are going to produce some pretty incredible and insightful words for ALL in my absence. I've requested PULITZER WORTHY material, people, so LOOK OUT!!!
Until then - you still have a few weeks stuck with me and my non-pulitzer material! ;)
In the meantime - share your favorite Disney memory, or give me a pointer or two. I greatly appreciate it!!