Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Disney Inspirations


Joey's 1st Trip to WDW in 2006
My name is Beth and I am a huge Disney fan raising, hopefully, three future Disney fanatics ~ Joey, Hayley and Emily.  My first trip to Walt Disney World was in 1986 as a teenager, and the day I walked down Main Street and saw the castle for the first time, I was hooked.  I remember before arriving in Disney my parents told my brother and I we would never be able to afford to return, so we would be getting up early and going to bed late everyday of vacation to make sure we were able to see everything. At that time there were just two theme parks ~ Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Let's just say, it was such an amazing family vacation that we returned just two years later. My parents then took us back every other year until my brother and I were in college.  After that, to our dismay, my parents even began going every year without us!  Do you remember the old Disney commercial of the son in the business suit talking on the phone about how his parents could not possibly be enjoying themselves in Walt Disney World and the ad cuts to the two parents, of course, having a great time?  My family literally could have created and starred in this ad!  It was as if it were written about us!

Hayley, Emily & Braden's (my nephew) 1st Trip 2008
I have been to Walt Disney World 12 times since that first trip.  I've experienced it as a teenager, a newlywed, as a wedding guest, for family reunions, pregnant and as a mom.  Before children, my most cherished memories were of my very first visit, but once I brought my children, I had a whole new belief in Disney magic.  Don't get me wrong, I loved traveling with my husband and being able to stroll through World Showcase sampling the different foods and drinks, eat late dinners, and basically go wherever we wanted whenever we wanted.  But being there with my children just makes the parks all that more special to me.  Seeing my son meet his idol, Buzz Lightyear, for the first time and watching my daughters hug their favorite princesses, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, I, of course, was teary-eyed and realized just how magical Disney is.  Being able to share something with my children that my parents shared with me is a feeling that really truly is amazing.  To this day, my family still visits Walt Disney World together.  In 1986, there were just four of us.  On our next trip, there will be eleven of us ~ my parents, brother, sister in law, two nephews, my husband, my three kids and myself.  Each trip our little family gets bigger and our vacations get even better. 

I started my blog because I wanted to share some of our family experiences when traveling to WDW.  These experiences are funny stories of magical moments, important things learned about traveling with babies and small children, and ways to enjoy a vacation when you are with a large group.  Being prepared can keep tantrums (not just the kids' tantrums, by the way!) to a minimum.  All the information I share comes directly from something I have personally experienced and learned from.  I hope it helps you plan and enjoy a great Disney vacation with your family.

10 comments:

Didi Marie said...

I feel as though I am on hallowed ground, revisiting the very first stop on this ground-breaking, amazing Magical Blogorail ride. What an honor to hop aboard!

Beth D. said...

It is so funny because I remember this first loop. I was VERY nervous! LOL! Now I can't wait for each loop!

Deb @ Focused on the Magic said...

I'm with Didi! The very first post on the very first loop! Very cool! Thanks so much Beth for your hard work in making the MB a reality and so much fun all these years!!

Beth D. said...

I tried to find it on You Tube but couldn't. I'll have to keep looking because it seriously was exactly the type on conversation my brother and I would have. Then my parents would return from vacation with all these pictures of themselves with lots of characters! :-)

Beth D. said...

No, thank you to everyone who participates and reads! I could never have done this on my own. I am blessed to have so many great people a part of it!

Beth D. said...

It is so great how we have all connected over Disney! Disney magic at work outside the parks! :-)

Disney on Wheels said...

Thank you so much for putting this wonderful idea together and letting all of us be a part of it. I'm so glad I got to meet you and your wonderful family in person!

James Cameron said...

It's great to "meet" you. Thanks again for hosting the blog up. I hope it's okay that we (Home is Where the Mouse is) joined in even though we're not blogorail members. I can totally relate to how you feel about going to Disney with your own children. There is nothing like it! The days of strolling World Showcase alone or just with the wife will come again... eventually.

Beth D. said...

We want everyone who wants to participate to join in, so we are so happy you did! I love meeting new bloggers! I can't read enough about Disney. :-)

Beth D. said...

Next time we have to plan to spend more time together though! It was so great meeting, but I would love for you to get to know my kids. You would love them ... of course, I am a little bias! ;-)