|Emily in October 2008 with Stefanie in Biergarten|
One of the most important things we do when we are within two months of leaving is buy each of the children new sneakers and have them start “breaking them in.” There is a tremendous amount of walking when on a Disney vacation and having a comfortable pair of shoes is a necessity to enjoy it. Plus, it is also important before leaving to start having your child build their endurance by walking everyday. I know many adults who were not physically prepared for the amount of walking required. They ended up with blisters and sore feet and legs, meaning they missed a day or so in the parks to recover. So if an adult can be run down, imagine a child!
|The kids in their Patriots gear ~ October 2008|
Another resource for preparing your child is Disney’s free Vacation Planning Video. You can order the DVD right from Disney’s Official website. It is a nice overview of what you’ll see in each of the parks, as well as Downtown Disney, the hotels and special events throughout the year. There is even a section to help you plan your upcoming trip. There are quick clips of rides, shows and parades from each of the four theme parks, as well as the two water parks. My kids love to watch it and tell us which rides they are going to go on when we are there. It is a great conversation starter.
Finally, the best way for us to get the kids ready is to look at our photos from previous trips. I have many formats that I use to show off our pictures. We, of course, have the traditional photo albums. I make a family one, as well as one for each of the kids. I also love to scrapbook. This is a great way to preserve our memories and add in park maps, tickets, and any other little souvenirs we gather during our trip. For our last trip, I made a photo montage, which I put on DVD. This has turned out to be one of the best ways to share our photos. Between my mom, sister-in-law and myself we took over 900 photos, so I had plenty to choose from. The DVD is a little long (about 20 minutes), but my children love seeing themselves on TV with their favorite characters or in the pirate pool or riding a particular ride.
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