Older Kids, New Possibilities at Walt Disney World
Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re discussing that one thing we are looking forward to on our next Disney trip. I started writing this blog post during our first Disney trip, before I had any idea I would even start a Disney blog! We only had 4 1/2 days, not nearly enough time to do everything, and spent a lot of our time making mental notes of things to do on our next trip.
On that first trip, our kids were 8, 6, 5, and 2. They’re older – and taller! – now, so one of the things I’m really looking forward to is being able to enjoy more of the attractions together, instead of one parent taking the kids on the big rides while the other stays with the younger ones. Last time, I didn’t get to experience Soarin’ on our last day at Epcot because I stayed back with our little Princess, who was too small to ride. Next time, she’ll be big enough that we all can go together.
Another benefit to older kids is that Bill and I might just get some grown-up time! Last time around, I knew that Disney could arrange for in-room childcare, but my gut said it wasn’t right for our kids. We still had no idea how to handle so many of their autistic behaviors, how could we expect anyone else to handle things? And our little girl was still in the clingy stage, and wouldn’t allow anyone but Mom to take care of her. But that was two years ago, and how far we’ve come in those two years! I could write this whole post just on the strides our kids have made, but the point is that now they could handle a few hours with a babysitter. I know, for a lot of families, that’s a no-brainer. For our family, it’s a huge milestone!
Which brings me to another point: What’s the one grown-up thing that I am looking forward to on this night out, since the kids will be able to handle child care? I think it will be dinner at the Be Our Guest Restaurant, followed by leisurely wandering down Main St. USA. I know, it’s pretty tame, but I’ve always wanted to take an hour or two to really soak in Main St. USA, and have never been able to!
The big difference between our first trip and our next one is the ages of our kids – these are a few of the ways I’m really looking forward to taking advantage of that difference. What are you looking forward to most on your next trip?
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Donna Kay.
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1st Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
2nd Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
3rd Stop ~ Return to Disney
4th Stop ~ Disney Donna Kay
Final Stop ~ DIStherapy